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Programme Officer - Red List

Vacancy #:   3933
Unit:   Species Cambridge Unit
Organization:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Cambridge Office, Cambridge, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Reporting to:   Head, Red List Unit
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P1
Expected start date:   01 February 2019
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (12 months with possibility of renewal)
Closing date:   20 January 2019
The IUCN Red List Strategic Plan has an ambitious target to expand the taxonomic and geographic coverage of The IUCN Red List so that it becomes a more complete “Barometer of Life” with 160,000 species by 2020. IUCN is recruiting a new Programme Officer to focus on plant, fungi and invertebrate Red List assessments.
The Programme Officer will be responsible for coordinating, conducting and processing Red List assessments as part of IUCN’s Red List Unit in Cambridge.


- Conduct and/or coordinate priority Red List assessment work, including: collation of information for preparation of draft species assessments and digital species range maps (GIS); quality and consistency checking of completed assessments and; liaison with species experts contracted to assist with the assessments.

- Facilitate Red List assessment and review workshops, including: guiding species experts in application of the IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria; data entry and editing within the IUCN Species Information Service database (SIS); presentation on the workshop methodologies and objectives, and; assistance with organization of workshops.

- Assist in the processing and validation of Red List assessments submitted for publication on The IUCN Red List

In addition to duties specific to the Cambridge Office, the Programme Officer may also collaborate with Global Species Programme staff in Gland, Switzerland and Washington, USA and members of the IUCN Species Survival Commission.
  • A first degree in environmental sciences or a similar subject
• Excellent knowledge of the IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria.
• High proficiency in the use of MS Access and Excel.
• Proven skills using GIS.
• Strong editing and writing skills in English.
• Excellent communication skills.
• Proven ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

In addition to the above requirements, the following skills and experience would be advantageous:
• Oversees work/travel experience.
• Fluency in French and/or Spanish.

Applicants must be eligible to work in the United Kingdom.
The gross annual salary for this position is in the range from GBP 30'012 to GBP 37'515.

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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