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Media and Communications Officer

Vacancy #:   4016
Unit:   Global Communications Unit
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Headquarters, Gland, Switzerland
Reporting to:   Senior Global Communications Manager
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P1
Expected start date:   01 June 2023
Type of contract:   Max-term (24 months with possibility of renewal)
Closing date:   09 April 2019 (extended)
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is looking for a dynamic, results-driven press relations professional who knows exactly how journalists work, what they need and how IUCN content can best be communicated to meet those needs. We are looking for a self-starter who excels under pressure and is able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously while meeting strict deadlines. The successful candidate will be able to draft and edit press releases and other material quickly and to the highest standard. This is a challenging position for someone, far from the 9-to-5 world.
Under the general supervision of the Senior Global Communications Manager – Global Communications Unit, the Media & Communications Officer will carry out the following tasks:

1. Media relations
• Research, write and edit press releases, working closely with the Senior Global Communications Manager and liaising with IUCN experts
• Research and draft other information for the media, such as media statements, explainer pieces, FAQs
• Conduct daily media relations: respond to media queries, find experts to answer interview requests, set up media interviews, produce media briefs
• Maintain IUCN’s media contact lists up to date
• Research, draft and pitch opinion pieces and features to media outlets
• Monitor media coverage of IUCN and of news relevant to IUCN’s work
• Analyse media coverage, produce media reports, liaise with media monitoring service provider
• Organise in-person, virtual and hybrid press conferences as needed
• Assist in media training for IUCN staff

2. Content creation – writing and editing
• Produce high-quality written content including press releases, news stories, features, and talking points
• Commission, edit, fact-check and proofread content
• Work with colleagues throughout the IUCN Secretariat and in IUCN Commissions to gather and edit content for use in various outputs (e.g. op-eds, speeches, issues briefs, web stories, etc.)
• Ensure positioning and key messages are reflected in high-quality content
• Liaise with the communications network across IUCN units and regional offices
• Liaise with translators when necessary

3. Other
• Support IUCN’s corporate presence at selected events worldwide (scientific and policy conferences, IUCN events)

The above job description contains the main duties and responsibilities for this position. However, in a small organisation such as IUCN, staff members are expected to show flexibility in their approach to work and be willing to undertake other tasks that are reasonably allocated to them, but which are not part of their regular job description. Where any task becomes a regular part of an employee's responsibilities, the job description will be changed in consultation with the employee and the Human Resources Management Group.
  • 3-5 years’ experience in a similar communications position. Experience of working in a similar organisation is an asset.

• University degree, preferably at the Master’s level, in Journalism, International Relations, Public Affairs or similar relevant field.

• In-depth understanding of how the media works and experience of conducting daily media relations essential

• Outstanding writing and editing skills; strong attention to detail; ability to turn technical information into compelling stories.

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

• Experience organising in-person, virtual, hybrid press conferences an advantage

• Strong technical skills, experience in using a media monitoring service helpful

• Experience developing and implementing communications strategies helpful

• Strong interpersonal and presentation skills. Confidence in interacting with IUCN experts, external partners and journalists, and in representing IUCN.

• Offers new solutions to problems; demonstrates an ‘outside the box’ attitude; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things.

• Commitment to continuous learning. Keeps abreast of new developments in own profession; actively seeks to develop oneself professionally and personally; contributes to the learning of colleagues; shows willingness to learn from others; seeks feedback to learn and improve.
The gross annual salary for this position is between CHF 86'330 and CHF 107'913, subject to deductions for social security contributions and second-pillar pension, and before tax. While this is an indicative amount effective as of the current date, changes may occur as per IUCN's compensation practices without prior notice. The same applies to other organisations hosted by IUCN.

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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