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Junior Professional

Vacancy #:   4080
Unit:   Global Protected Areas Programme
Organization:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Headquarters, Gland, Switzerland
Reporting to:   Community Manager, IUCN Green List of Protected and Conserved Areas
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   -
Expected start date:   03 September 2019
Type of contract:   Max-term (5 months with possibility of renewal)
Closing date:   27 June 2019
The IUCN Green List of Protected and Conserved Areas (Green List) is a recent initiative of IUCN’s Global Protected Areas Programme (GPAP) and IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) that advances several joint priorities. The Green List contributes to improving the quality of protected and conserved areas globally by scaling-up the implementation of a new global Standard driving protected and conserved area governance and conservation performance according to IUCN best practice guidelines. The Standard helps protected and conserved areas achieve and receive recognition for demonstrable fair governance and successful conservation outcomes at site to land/seascape scales. The Junior Professional (JP) will be part of a small Green List team in GPAP.

The JP position will have two main responsibilities:
1. Green List Implementation: support global Green List operations, with a particular focus on one or two active regions; and, support Green List event management.
2. Green List Communications: support increasing communications and awareness of the Green List globally by contributing to website design/content, news articles, blogs, social media, and innovative mapping and data platforms.
• Provide support to IUCN staff in regional and country offices, and Green List Implementing Partners, on the implementation processes of the Green List
• Compile orientation, training and guidance material for staff in protected and conserved areas to understand the Green List Standard requirements and its links to IUCN Protected Area Best Practice guidelines and other IUCN Knowledge Products
• Support and occasionally join field trips to protected areas and training workshops (including in remote locations)
• Conduct administrative functions necessary for the functioning of the Green List Secretariat, and for Green List event management (e.g. setting up conference calls, taking minutes, maintaining distribution lists, creating surveys, processing contracts, booking venues, managing invitee lists, assisting with travel logistics)

• Support the organisation of protected/conserved area compliance evidence and promote Green List community communications via the cloud-based information management platform (using Salesforce)
• Support and lead on some tasks related to website design and content delivery, news articles, blogs, and social media posts
• Support and lead on some tasks related to innovative communications of technical aspects of the Green List including the use of GIS/maps, shorthand, visual and audio media
• Support increasing Green List communications across the Union, particularly with WCPA and IUCN Member organisations

These are the main duties of this position. 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 may not be 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.


Gross salary CHF 60'000.- per year subject to internal withholding tax (not applicable to Swiss nationals) and social security. The salary is a fixed amount, not negotiable.

Annual leave: 25 working days per year.


• CHF 320 per month (CHF 3,840 per year) cash contribution towards health insurance cover. Staff members are responsible for their own health insurance coverage;

• IUCN Pension scheme (6% employee and 7% employer contribution);

• Accident and Disability insurance (Zurich);

• Travel and emergency evacuation insurance on mission (TSM);

• You will be enrolled in the Swiss social security system which includes first pillar state pension, unemployment insurance and loss of earnings insurance.
  • Passion for sustainable development, nature conservation and innovative ideas;

• Master’s degree or higher in a relevant discipline (e.g. conservation biology; environmental sciences/studies; natural resource management; environmental or science communications; sustainable development or resilience studies);

• At least 2 years relevant professional work experience in nature conservation or sustainable development fields in public, private or civil society sectors;

• Communications experience with websites, news stories, blogs, professional social media;

• Excellent interpersonal skills and strong ability to work efficiently, and proactively as part of a small team, with respect for and sensitivity to multi-cultural and multi-stakeholder approaches;

• Excellent fluency in English required, plus fluency in one other IUCN official language (French or Spanish) or Arabic is an asset;

• ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS (two or three of these will be additional assets)

• Experience with protected or conserved area management effectiveness and/or governance;

• Experience with public (e.g. government or inter-governmental) and civil society (e.g. non-governmental or indigenous or community organisations) sectors;

• Experience with sustainability standards (e.g. ISEAL Member standards or ISEAL Codes of Good Practice);

• Experience with developing or implementing a communications strategy;

• Experience with CRM platforms such as Salesforce or CiviCRM or equivalent.

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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