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Media and Communications Manager

Vacancy #:   2880
Unit:   Global Communications Unit
Organization:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Headquarters, Gland, Switzerland
Reporting to:   Director - Global Communications
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P2
Expected start date:   01 December 2018
Type of contract:   Max-term (24 months with possibility of renewal)
Closing date:   23 September 2018
IUCN is looking for a dynamic, results-driven communications professional who is able to harness the potential of a small team to deliver top-quality content. We are looking for a self-starter who excels under pressure and is able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously while meeting strict deadlines. The successful candidate will be able to draft and edit texts quickly and to the highest standard. S/he will also mentor relevant staff throughout the Secretariat, ensuring that the bar for IUCN communications is kept high. Overseeing a press-relations officer, the Media and Communications Manager will know exactly how journalists work, what they need and how IUCN content can best be communicated to meet those needs. This is a challenging position for someone far from the 9-to-5 world.
1. General
- Under the direction of the Director, Global Communications, and in close cooperation with colleagues in the Global Communications Unit, support the implementation of the IUCN corporate communication strategy.
- Ensure the strict quality of outputs being communicated through IUCN’s corporate channels.
- Manage a team of two staff members responsible for content and media relations (Communications Officer and Public Affairs Officer) and a Species Media and Communications Officer under a matrix system.
- Provide advice and training to programme and region communicators on all communications-related issues, and particularly content and media relations.

2. Content
- Draft and edit content to be distributed through IUCN’s corporate communications channels and in corporate publications.
- Oversee and take part in the production of IUCN corporate products including the Annual Report, brochures and Issues Briefs.
- Plan, manage and evaluate media and communications opportunities at external events.
- Coordinate the commissioning and maintenance of the IUCN Crossroads blog.
- Lead on quality control assurance of IUCN corporate, web and media content.

3. Media Relations
- Manage and oversee the work of a Press Relations officer.
- Under the guidance of the Communications Director, oversee the production of media-related policies and guidelines for IUCN staff.
- Lead on raising the IUCN’s media profile. Manage, execute and evaluate media-related communications at the global level and, working with IUCN communications professionals in the Regional and Country Offices, at the regional and country levels.
- Identify stories and develop narratives for media outlets.
- Coordinate the development and promotion of media relations products and supporting materials.
- Work with senior IUCN experts and spokespeople to ensure they deliver strong messages to the media, and that these messages are consistent with IUCN’s mission.
- Oversee the production of outcomes reports following press announcements.
- Oversee the management of IUCN’s global media list.

4. Events
- Under the guidance of the Communications Director, implement media and communication strategies for major international events.
- When needed, attend events where a media or content presence is required.
  • At least 5 to 8 years’ experience in media relations and content creation, with proven managerial experience.

• Master’s level university degree, in Environmental studies, International Relations, Public Affairs, Political Science, journalism or other relevant field.

• Knowledge and understanding of nature conservation and sustainability issues.

• Experience working in an international organisation an asset.

• English – native level; French – full professional proficiency; Spanish would be an advantage.

• Outstanding writing and editing skills; ability to turn technical information into compelling stories.

• In-depth understanding of international media.

• Excellent news judgment and ability to find newsworthy angles in technical, complex content.

• Ability to deliver top quality content fast, under pressure and within tight deadlines

• Strong IT and technical skills

• Experience working with web content management systems such as Drupal.

• Excellent prioritization and coordination skills

• Strong multi-tasker, able to deliver multiple priorities at once.

• Confidence in interacting with journalists, scientists, external partners, and in representing IUCN.

• Flexible; able and willing to adapt to new processes and procedures.

• Fast and dynamic but rigorous when it comes to the quality and accuracy of outputs.

• Open to constructive feedback and committed to continuous learning, shows willingness to learn from others; seeks to learn and improve.

• Offers new solutions to problems; demonstrates an ‘outside the box’ attitude; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things.

• Keeps abreast of new developments in own profession; actively seeks to develop oneself professionally and personally; contributes to the learning of colleagues;

• Positive, ‘can-do’ attitude.

• Willing and able to work out of office hours, as required.

• Able to travel, as required.

• Able to thrive in a fast-paced international environment.
The gross annual salary for this position is in the range from CHF 100'355 to CHF 125'444, subject to deductions for social security contributions and second-pillar pension, and before tax.

Applicants are requested to apply online through the HR Management System, by opening the vacancy announcement and pressing the "Apply" button.

Applicants will be asked to create an account and submit their profile information. Applications will not be accepted after the closing date. The vacancy closes at midnight, Swiss time (GMT+1 / GMT+2 during Daylight Saving Time, DST). Please note that only selected applicants will be personally contacted for interviews.

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