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Junior Professional

Vacancy #:   3918
Unit:   Global Ecosystem Management Programme, HQ
Organization:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Headquarters, Gland, Switzerland
Reporting to:   Director - Global Ecosystem Management Programme
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   -
Expected start date:   01 March 2019
Type of contract:   Max-term (24 months)
Closing date:   12 December 2018
Since 2008, IUCN has been leading the development, implementation and monitoring of a global standard for the assessment of ecosystem status, applicable at local, regional and global levels. The IUCN Red List of Ecosystems categories and criteria use information on losses in area and degradation of the key processes and components of ecosystems, to determine an ecosystem’s threat status – its probability of collapse. A standardized protocol allows for objective, transparent and repeatable assessments of ecosystem risk, and losses of ecosystem functions and services, comparable between regions and over time.

IUCN’s work on Nature based Solutions (NbS) has rapidly evolved from implementation of policy and practice work, across the globe. NbS involves using ecosystem management (conservation, restoration and sustainable use) for solving a societal challenge (such as climate change adaptation, green economy development and human wellbeing). IUCN is currently in the process of further defining NbS through case study analysis, including development and adoption of NbS standards. IUCN also regularly convenes internal and external awareness raising activities to strengthen the understanding, ownership and partnerships in bringing NbS to scale. Furthermore, IUCN is conducting research and pilots on how RLE can be used as a monitoring tool for implementation of NbS.
IUCN Global Ecosystem Management Programme (GEMP) is seeking a Junior Professional to gain valuable work experience by supporting the following duties:

Nature based Solutions:
• Agenda and logistics for convening regular meetings and brown bag lunches of the IUCN informal group on NbS, communicating minutes and information;
• Conduct desk research and technical support to further development of the NbS concept and its relevance to different ecosystems, societal challenges and country contexts;
• Support the design of the Nature-based Solutions (NbS) website;
• Assist in maintaining the NbS website and social media (Facebook, Twitter), in 3 IUCN languages, where applicable;
• Develop communication materials (infographic, flyer) to promote the public consultation process of the NbS Standard;
• Support the organization and delivery of awareness raising and capacity building activities;
• Other duties assigned by the supervisors, when needed

Red List of Ecosystems:
• Conduct desk based research and communications on the links between RLE and NbS;
• Assist in maintaining the RLE website and social media (Facebook, Twitter), including drafting communication materials, in 3 IUCN languages, where applicable;
• Support the RLE photo competition (coordinate with external partners, participants and IUCN Programmes, Offices and Commissions;
• Other duties assigned by the supervisors, when needed.
  • Eligibility to live and work in Switzerland (L, B, C, Ci, G Permit or Swiss citizen),

• A Master of Science degree in Ecology, Biology, Geography or a related field, and a good understanding of/interest in natural sciences.

• At least 2 years’ background and/or experience working in ecology, communication, data processing or any other related field. Ability to be managed from a remote location and deliver in a timely manner.

• The individual must be committed to learning new skills and establishing work experience in a dynamic work place and in two critical areas of IUCN’s work.

• Strong communicator and confident public speaking to information dissemination and communication. Pro-active attitude and diplomacy to communicate with partners and IUCN constituencies.

• Excellent interpersonal and multi-tasking skills; Proven ability to work harmoniously as part of a team in a multi-cultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

• Excellent written and spoken English required. Another IUCN official language is an advantage.

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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About IUCN

IUCN is a membership Union uniquely composed of both government and civil society organisations. It provides public, private and non-governmental organisations with the knowledge and tools that enable human progress, economic development and nature conservation to take place together.

Created in 1948, IUCN is now the world’s largest and most diverse environmental network, harnessing the knowledge, resources and reach of more than 1,300 Member organisations and some 10,000 experts. It is a leading provider of conservation data, assessments and analysis. Its broad membership enables IUCN to fill the role of incubator and trusted repository of best practices, tools and international standards.

IUCN provides a neutral space in which diverse stakeholders including governments, NGOs, scientists, businesses, local communities, indigenous peoples organisations and others can work together to forge and implement solutions to environmental challenges and achieve sustainable development.

Working with many partners and supporters, IUCN implements a large and diverse portfolio of conservation projects worldwide. Combining the latest science with the traditional knowledge of local communities, these projects work to reverse habitat loss, restore ecosystems and improve people’s well-being.