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Junior Policy-Communications Officer

Vacancy #:   4103
Unit:   EURO - EU Policies
Organization:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   European Regional Office, Brussels, Belgium
Reporting to:   European Senior Policy Manager
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   A3
Expected start date:   26 August 2019
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (12 months with possibility of renewal)
Closing date:   23 June 2019
BACKGROUND
Under direct supervision of the Senior Policy Manager and in collaboration with other staff of the IUCN European Regional Office, the Junior Policy-Communications Officer will support the implementation and the communication of the policy work of the Office. This will include providing support to tasks within the project portfolio, as well as administrative support.
JOB DESCRIPTION
Under direct supervision of the Senior Policy Manager and in collaboration with other staff of the IUCN European Regional Office, the Junior Policy-Communications Officer will support the implementation and the communication of the policy work of the Office. This will include providing support to tasks within the project portfolio, as well as administrative support. The proportion devoted to each of this task could change depending on the real office and project needs during the time period of this contract. Administrative support includes assistance with project development, contract administration, and event planning and organisation. Specifically, the position will entail:

• Assist in the implementation of the ENVISION project, focused on the concept of inclusive conservation for the management of protected areas. This will include: support in the preparation of case examples, fact sheets, policy briefings and webinars; support with the tasks related with the PANORAMA Solutions website; support with the organization of workshops, a business breakfast and with the preparation for inter-site knowledge alliance meetings; support in the preparation of presentations and communications in events; and support in the preparation of the final ENVISION festival.
• Support the organization of meetings and events;
• Support the development of new project proposals;
• Provide a range of administrative support functions on a day-to-day basis transversal to several projects (e.g. processing of invoices, project assessments, monitoring, reporting, etc);
• Support in the preparation of web-stories, newsletters -such as the EUpdate-, posts for social media, press releases, as well as to keep contacts with relevant media, as well as in keeping the web-site policy section updated;
• Support in the preparations of the European Policy work towards the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Marseille in 2020;
• Will be required to provide support on a range of tasks as delegated by his/her Line Manager.

The above job description contains the main duties and responsibilities for this position. However, in an 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 relevant colleagues.
REQUIREMENTS
  • Affinity with the vision and mission of IUCN and a strong interest in and good understanding of European conservation initiatives;

• A relevant University degree (communication, international relations, environmental issues, administration…);

• Expected at least 2 years of work experience, ideally in the field of environment / sustainable development, preferably with an administrative supporting and communication component.

• Complete fluency in the English language, including excellent demonstrated English writing and editing skills; good level of other relevant European languages (French, Spanish) is an asset but not required;

• Sound understanding of information technology, with experience in applying Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) as a minimum skill set, as well as good knowledge of social media and ideally website editing.

• Knowledge, skills and/or practical experience of approaches for effective communications;

• Detail- and outcome-oriented; organization, multitasking, and problem-solving skills;

• Ability to work independently and on multiple tasks simultaneously;

• Ability to meet tight deadlines without compromising the quality of outputs;

• Highly motivated to learn and develop new skills, keen to bring in own ideas;

• A team player with a strong interest to work in an international environment;

• EU National or holder of an EU work permit.

• Knowledge of European nature legislation and familiarity with EU funding and policy processes is not essential, but is an asset
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/


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