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Junior Professional - Congress Communications

Vacancy #:   5109
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:   -
Expected start date:   01 September 2019
Type of contract:   Max-term (15 months)
Closing date:   18 July 2019
About IUCN and the IUCN World Conservation Congress
IUCN is a membership Union composed of both government and civil society organisations. It harnesses the experience, resources and reach of its more than 1,300 Member organisations and the input of more than 10,000 experts. IUCN is the global authority on the status of the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard it.
As IUCN’s flagship event, the Congress attracts thousands of participants from across the world. The event has two components – the Forum and the Members’ Assembly. The Forum is the largest knowledge marketplace for conservation and sustainable development science, practice and innovation. Over 1000 sessions address the economic, social, scientific and technical aspects of issues ranging from wildlife to oceans, protected areas to sustainable business, and climate change to human rights.
During the Members’ Assembly, IUCN’s 1,300+ Member organisations collectively decide on actions to address the most pressing and often controversial conservation and sustainable development challenges. IUCN’s membership includes some of the most influential government and civil society organisations from more than 160 countries, giving the decisions taken at the IUCN Congress a powerful mandate.

The Congress Communications Junior Professional will create content for IUCN’s highest profile international event – the IUCN World Conservation Congress. Every four years, the IUCN Congress brings world leaders and decision makers from governments, civil society, indigenous peoples’ organisations and business together with leading scientists and experts to determine the world’s most pressing environmental and development challenges, and actions to address them. The next IUCN Congress will take place in Marseille, France from 11 to 19 June 2020. We are looking for a talented writer who is able to grasp the essence of a topic quickly, turn technical, complex ideas into compelling stories, and to deliver them to a wide range of audiences, maintaining high quality standards across a variety of communication formats. The incumbent will work with IUCN Member organisations, partners, communicators and leadership to promote the Congress before, during and after the event. Tens of thousands of people around the world will engage with the Congress, making the position an excellent opportunity for a talented communications professional looking to prove her or his capacity to deliver effective content. The Junior Professional will report to the Media and Communications Manager in IUCN’s Global Communications Unit and work closely with members of the Global Communications Team, the Congress Unit and counterparts from the Host Country.
Detailed responsibilities of the IUCN Congress Communications Junior Professional are as follows:
• Develop content in the lead up to the Congress. This includes researching, writing, creating or contributing to Congress website content, multimedia content, email campaigns, printed and other materials so that every piece is on message, on time and of top quality for maximum impact.
• Oversee translation process to ensure all content is in the three official IUCN languages (English, French and Spanish).
• Coordinate, edit and proofread internally and externally sourced content including from high-profile IUCN Member and partner organisations to feed IUCN press and social media networks.
• Produce daily, rapid-delivery content during the Congress to inform participants and external target audiences of the outcomes of the Congress as they happen.
• Support the Congress Communications Officer as liaison between the Global Communications Team, the Congress Unit and the Host Country communications representative(s) as well as between the Global Communications Team and IUCN programmes, regional offices and other focal points regarding the Congress.
• Participate in the Congress in Marseille, France from 11 to 19 June 2020 and assist the Global Communications Unit team across a wide variety of communications activities as required throughout the duration of the contract.


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.
  • English: Native level proficiency essential. French and/or Spanish competency desirable.

• Excellent writing skills in English. French writing skills desirable.

• Strong storyteller with excellent news judgment.

• Degree in Communications/Journalism/Literature/Languages or a relevant field.

• Knowledge of nature conservation and sustainability issues desirable.

• At least 1 years’ experience creating quality, substance-driven content for diverse audiences.

• Able to work effectively with a variety of teams in a multi-cultural work environment.

• Pro-active, dynamic and results-focused self-starter willing to take initiative.

• Able to prioritise and deliver to tight deadlines.

• Flexible and willing to take on a wide variety of responsibilities, including administrative tasks, as required.

• Able to work outside of normal working hours, as required.

• Able to be in Marseille, France from 9 to 21 June 2020.

• Open-minded and positive, with a good sense of humour.

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.