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Junior Professional

Vacancy #:   4001
Unit:   Global Ecosystem Management Programme (GEMP), HQ
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Headquarters, Gland, Switzerland
Reporting to:   Director - Global Ecosystem Management Programme
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   YP
Expected start date:   01 June 2019
Type of contract:   Max-term (4 months)
Closing date:   02 April 2019
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.
The gross salary for this position is fixed up to CHF60'000.- per year subject to social security (and IUCN withholding taxes if you do not have the Swiss citizenship).

IUCN Global Ecosystem Management Programme (GEMP) is seeking a Junior Professional to gain valuable work experience by supporting the following duties:

Red List of Ecosystems:
• Support the development of the RLE database, in coordination with external partners and IUCN programmes (60%) on data curation, data-use agreements, storage, and front-end interface
• Assist with the development of material for online assessor trainings for RLE (MOOCs) also in close collaboration with external partners (20%), based on material obtained through in-person trainings
• Support as necessary, on proposal development, and reporting (10%)
• Provide technical and logistical support on research and scientific projects developed in conjunction with universities, or consortia such as the Global Mangrove Alliance, to move forward key research on RLE and its links to NbS, ecosystem services and natural capital accounting, etc. (10%)
  • A Master of Science degree in Ecology, Biology, Geography or a related field, and a good understanding of/interest in natural sciences. A formal qualification on geospatial mapping, ArcGIS or statistics and data processing applications would be highly desirable.

• At least 2 years’ background and/or experience working in geospatial mapping, ecology, communication, data processing or any other related field. Ability to be managed from a remote location and deliver in a timely manner. Prior experiences of working with IUCN or a detailed understanding of the organisation would be an advantage.

• 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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