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Communications & Business Engagement Manager

Vacancy #:   3944
Unit:   Global Species & Key Biodiversity Areas Programme
Organization:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Headquarters, Gland, Switzerland
Reporting to:   Head, Species Conservation Action - Global Species Programme
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P2
Expected start date:   01 March 2019
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (24 months with possibility of renewal)
Closing date:   20 January 2019
The Communications and Business Engagement Manager is part of the Species Conservation Action (SCA) Unit within the IUCN Global Species Programme. The SCA Unit facilitates species conservation action through the provision of resources, and advice based on The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and other knowledge products such as Key Biodiversity Areas. The Unit engages closely with the Species Survival Commission in all aspects of the work.

Healthy biodiversity is essential to human wellbeing, sustainable development and poverty reduction. Species are the most visible part of biodiversity, its building blocks. However, thousands of animals and plants around the world are facing extinction, with species currently disappearing at a rate of up to 1,000 times higher than normal. IUCN SCA is working towards improving the status of wild species and habitats in key conservation sites through targeted interventions.

IUCN recognises the key role the private sector plays in biodiversity conservation and in raising awareness about the extinction crisis and through the SCA work seeks to offer an opportunity for business to act decisively on this agenda and engage in conservation. SCA is aiming to achieve a significant increase above existing investments in species conservation over the next few years.

The Communications and Business Engagement Manager will be responsible for overseeing the communications activities and for engaging with the private sector to secure funding for species conservation action. This position will report to the Head of Species Conservation Action and will have a close level of engagement with the IUCN Business and Biodiversity Programme.
Marketing and fundraising
•Develop and implement a Business Engagement Strategy to secure funding for species conservation action;
•Identify, map and pursue new partnership opportunities with businesses to secure funding while ensuring compliance with IUCN Business and Biodiversity guidelines and policy;
•Develop and refine fundraising proposals ensuring consultation with relevant stakeholders in IUCN;
•Identify creative methods of engagement with priority companies;
•Coordinate all business engagements;
•Conduct due diligence on all private sector engagements as needed;
•Direct all communications and publicity efforts related to private sector relationships;
•Develop and implement marketing campaigns.

•Lead the process for branding and positioning for the species conservation re-granting schemes including SOS, the Integrated Tiger Habitat Conservation Programme and others; in the Species Conservation Action (SCA) Unit
•Lead the process of developing a new visual identity for the SCA work;
•Ensure that the brand and visual identity are fully applied in all communications including the current SOS website;
•Strategically position the SCA work within the Global Species Programme and IUCN brand architecture

•Design and oversee the implementation of a Species Conservation Action Communications Strategy;
•Oversee the implementation of communications and outreach activities;
•Lead the process for re-designing the Save Our Species website according to a new visual identity and branding guidelines, coordinate the process for generating the website content;
•Update SOS Facebook page and Twitter account according to the new branding and content;
•Ensure high quality communications products in a range of formats including reports, publications, brochures, web stories, press releases, videos;
•Ensure consistency of messaging across communication materials;
•Ensure harmony and consistency with other GSP communications activities.
  • University degree, preferably at the Master’s level, in communications/marketing/journalism/PR or related field;

• Relevant experience working at a professional level for at least 7 years, including at least 3 years focused on environmental issues;

• Experience with news media and social media;

• Knowledge and competence with the use of digital analytics to inform the development of marketing campaigns;

• Knowledge of digital marketing tactics, such as SEO and email marketing;

• Demonstrated fundraising experience and success with the private sector;

• Solutions oriented approach: demonstrates an ‘outside the box’ attitude;

• Demonstrated ability for critical thinking, analysis and strategic planning;

• Solutions oriented approach: demonstrates an ‘outside the box’ attitude;

• Proven ability to bring ideas from concept through to realization and implementation;

• Outstanding writing and editing skills; strong attention to detail;

• Strong interpersonal and presentation skills

• English – native level; French and Spanish – an advantage;

• Ability to take initiative, exercise good judgment, think laterally and resolve complex issues in a dynamic and changing environment;

• Ability to cope with varied workload and flexible working hours, and able to work independently;

• Willing and able to travel internationally as required;

• Responsible for the direct line management of one staff member and consultants as required.
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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