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Junior Natural Capital Officer

Vacancy #:   3931
Unit:   IUCN European Regional Office
Organization:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   European Regional Office, Brussels, Belgium
Reporting to:   EU Programme Manager Nature-Based Solutions, SP
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   A3
Expected start date:   01 March 2019
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (12 months)
Closing date:   13 January 2019
BACKGROUND
IUCN - International Union for Conservation of Nature

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.

The IUCN European Regional Office represents around 360 IUCN Members (2017) and provides regional and global services to the Union, by providing vital linkages to EU institutions and other stakeholders in Brussels. Its primary role is to connect and engage in policy dialogues with European institutions, governments, civil society, NGOs, science and the business communities to improve conservation policy and action. As a science-based organisation, together we strive to meet our goals for a sustainable future by using the expertise and the strength of the global IUCN network.

Business and Natural Capital - There is an increasing awareness of the need to gain a better understanding of the value of our natural resources so as to internalise their role in economic decisions. IUCN will develop the technical and analytical underpinnings of natural capital valuation, including the development of agreed and standardised metrics to measure biodiversity and ecosystems. IUCN is a founding member of the Natural Capital Coalition, which has created a Natural Capital Protocol – a framework designed to help business identify, measure and value their impacts on natural capital.

Nature-based Solutions - IUCN Europe is actively working to raise awareness of the many socio-economic and environmental benefits of nature-based solutions and their contribution to sustainable development. Demonstrating the benefits of nature and healthy ecosystems, and showcasing the return on investment they can offer is necessary in order to increase awareness, but also to provide support and guidance on how to implement nature-based solutions, which a specific focus on the urban context.
JOB DESCRIPTION
Junior Natural Capital Officer
Work percentage: 100%
Function group: A3
Expected start date: 1 March 2019
Duration: 12 months
Duty station: IUCN EU Representative Office, Brussels, Belgium
Reporting to: European Programme Manager Nature Based Solutions
Closing date: 13 January 2019

Tasks and Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the IUCN European Programme Manager Nature Based Solutions, the Natural Capital Assistant will support the work and projects related to natural capital for business and cities in Europe. This will include knowledge development and research on selected topics, support to project tasks, policy analysis, the organisation of workshops and events, communication, fundraising as well as a range of administrative activities.

This assignment will include the following responsibilities:

• Assist in the implementation of the Horizon 2020 project We Value Nature, which will encourage businesses to embed the value of nature into their decision making and adopt the Natural Capital Protocol, the internationally standardised framework for the identification, measurement and valuation of natural capital impacts and dependencies to inform private sector decision making;
• Strengthen collaboration and create new liaisons with business partners, experts, networks and other relevant actors engaged in the natural capital;
• Assist in identifying opportunities for IUCN to create new partnerships and projects related to natural capital and green finance;
• Support the development of funding proposals for the EU and other donors that focus on natural capital issues and the upscaling of investment in nature-based solutions in cities and other landscapes;
• Develop communication materials, such as web stories, infographics or presentations to raise awareness of natural capital and strengthen the economic evidence base on nature based solutions for business and cities;
• Follow relevant EU and international policy developments related to natural capital, green growth, bio-economy and green finance;
• Represent IUCN in relevant natural capital related meetings and workshops;
• Organise workshops and meetings of relevance to this theme and participate in relevant events;
• Provide a range of administrative support functions.

All of the above tasks will be done in close collaboration with the IUCN Global Business and Biodiversity and the Lead Natural Resource Economist.
REQUIREMENTS
  • A University degree (preferably a post-graduate degree) in sustainable development, economics, or business studies, with an affinity to nature conservation, socio-ecological systems or assessment of the value of natural capital;

• A minimum of 3 years’ professional experience, preferably in the private sector;

• Good understanding of the EU decision making process and familiarity with EU nature conservation policies;

• Affinity with the vision and mission of IUCN and a deep interest to work on the topic of natural capital;

• Experience and ability to work in multi-cultural environments, with a diversity of experts and stakeholders;

• Good communication, organisational, administrative, and reporting skills;

• A motivated self-starter with an ability to work independently and meet tight deadlines without compromising the quality of outputs;

• Excellent written and spoken English skills (other languages are an asset);

• Experience working with social media;

• Good knowledge of Microsoft Office applications;

• Willingness to travel.

• EU National or holder of an EU work permit.
APPLICATIONS

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.

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