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Director - Brussels office

Vacancy #:   453
Unit:   IUCN European Regional Office
Organization:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   European Regional Office, Brussels, Belgium
Reporting to:   Director General
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   M2
Expected start date:   01 February 2013
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (24 months)
Closing date:   16 December 2012
The Director of the IUCN Brussels Office (herein referred to as the Director) represents the IUCN Secretariat and provides leadership and guidance for all activities undertaken by the Secretariat within the EU context in Brussels. The Director of the IUCN Office in Brussels reports to the Director General of IUCN.

The contract offered for this position is for two years (renewable).
The main responsibilities of this key senior level position are:

Policy influencing

• Establish long-term cooperation with the EU institutions, including national representatives;
• Promote IUCN’s mission and ensure that IUCN’s global and European knowledge, policies and programmes are reflected in EU policy decisions that impact nature conservation and sustainable development in Europe and globally;
• Promote nature-based solutions through EU policies and programmes;
• Establish strategic alliances with environmental NGOs working on European policies;
• Provide a policy exchange platform for IUCN Members with a presence in Brussels;
• Inform the IUCN constituency of EU policy developments and channel IUCN inputs into EU decision-making.


• Develop and implement a diversified fundraising strategy targeted at EU institutional sources and the private sector for IUCN’s global and European work through the Secretariat, Commissions and Members in close collaboration with the Strategic Partnerships Unit in Headquarters;
• Identify EU funding opportunities and channel this information to the relevant IUCN components;
• Strengthen a project portfolio to achieve IUCN’s mission, in collaboration with Global Programmes;
• Establish solid relationships with key donors in Brussels.
• Represent, or arrange for appropriate representation of IUCN in the most essential EU expert groups, meetings and events in Brussels;
• Initiate and engage in partnerships with other environmental policy organizations based in Brussels;
• Within available resources, organize events and meetings to present IUCN products and knowledge at relevant times in the EU decision-making process;
• Provide a meeting place for IUCN Members, Commissions and Secretariat in Brussels.


• Oversee recruitment and administration of IUCN staff in the Brussels Office, including performance assessment, annual work plans, and evolving employment conditions consistent with IUCN policies;
• Provide guidance and oversee the support to out-posted staff located in Brussels from other components of the Secretariat in close collaboration with their respective line managers;
• Manage the budget of the IUCN Office in Brussels;
• Actively participate in IUCN’s senior management structure and participate as a member of the Senior Management Advisory Team (SMAT);
• Ensure that the IUCN Association in Brussels (AISBL) continues to operate within Belgian law.
  • Post graduate/advanced degree, preferably related to conservation and sustainable development.

• At least 15 years’ professional experience in the environmental policy field, including management of conservation/sustainable development programmes, of which a minimum of 5 years shall be at the international level.

• Broad knowledge of IUCN and its components and of EU institutions, including their political environment.

• Good understanding of the EU decision-making and budget processes.

• Experience in strategic management and leadership of networks as well as fund-raising in the EU context.

• Excellent communication skills to be able to channel information about new EU initiatives and programmes to the relevant IUCN components.

• Extensive knowledge of global conservation and sustainable development policy issues.

• Ability to lead and motivate a diverse and multi-cultural team within a complex, decentralized organization.

• Broad experience in managing human and financial resources.

• Ability and experience in conflict management and mediation.

• Good negotiation, public speaking and networking skills.

• Excellent command of English is a requirement. Familiarity with one or more of the other official languages used in the EU would be an advantage for this position.

• Willingness to travel.
The gross annual salary for this position is in the range from EUR 81'787 to EUR 102'234.

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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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.