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Communications Officer

Vacancy #:   4042
Unit:   Global Communications Unit
Organization:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Headquarters, Gland, Switzerland
Reporting to:   Media and Communications Manager
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P1
Expected start date:   01 August 2019
Type of contract:   Max-term (24 months with possibility of renewal)
Closing date:   23 May 2019
BACKGROUND
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is looking for a dynamic, results-driven communications professional with excellent writing and editing skills. The successful candidate will be able to research, draft and edit substance-rich content quickly and to the highest standards. We are looking for a self-starter who excels under pressure and is able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously while meeting strict deadlines.
JOB DESCRIPTION
Under the general supervision of the Media and Communications Manager – Global Communications Unit, the Communications Officer will carry out the following tasks:

1. Content creation - writing and editing
• Produce high-quality, substance-rich written content including statements, policy briefs, press releases, talking points, speeches and blog posts
• Commission, edit, fact-check and proofread content
• Liaise with a wide variety of IUCN experts, members and partners
• Ensure positioning and key messages are reflected in content

2. Content coordination and monitoring
• Liaise with the IUCN global communications network in programmes and regional offices, coordinate upcoming content and provide guidance to ensure quality of outputs
• Oversee a calendar of upcoming content
• Oversee editorial projects such as the IUCN Annual Report
• Help plan and implement communications support for major events including IUCN World Conservation Congresses, Convention on Biological Diversity, Climate COPs
• Liaise with translators when necessary

3. Research and fact-finding
• Research, fact check, proofread and ensure accuracy of communications outputs
• Work with colleagues throughout IUCN Secretariat and in IUCN commissions to source information for use in various outputs (e.g. op-eds, speeches, web stories, etc.)
• Conduct external research where necessary

OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES

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.
REQUIREMENTS
  • 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 International Relations, Public Affairs, Journalism or similar relevant field;

• 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 in managing editorial projects desirable;

• 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.
SALARY
The gross annual salary for this position is in the range from CHF 86'330 to CHF 107'913, subject to deductions for social security contributions and second-pillar pension, and before tax.
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.

Other job opportunities are published in the IUCN website: http://www.iucn.org/involved/jobs/


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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