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Legal Research and Technical Assistant

Vacancy #:   5110
Unit:   Environmental Law Programme
Organization:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Environmental Law Centre, Bonn, Germany
  Place of duty is Bonn, Germany
Reporting to:   Director, Environmental Law Centre
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   A3
Expected start date:   01 August 2019
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (12 months with possibility of renewal)
Closing date:   21 July 2019
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), established in 1948, is the oldest and largest global environmental organization in the world. Its work focuses on valuing and conserving nature, ensuring effective and equitable governance of its use, and deploying nature-based solutions to global challenges in climate, food and development. IUCN supports research, manages field projects all over the world, and brings governments, NGOs, the UN and companies together to develop policy, laws and best practices.
The IUCN Environmental Law Centre (ELC) located in Bonn, Germany, is an outposted unit of IUCN headquarters working on conceptual development of law as well as technical assistance, capacity building and information dissemination. It works closely with the World Commission on Environmental Law, a network of environmental law and policy experts from all regions of the world, and with the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, a network of universities and law schools committed to advancing environmental legal research, teaching and scholarship.
Under the overall supervision of the Director of the IUCN Environmental Law Centre, and the direct supervision of the assigned Legal Officer(s), the Legal Research and Technical Assistant (LRTA) will support and assist in developing and implementing the ELC’s programme portfolio.
Working closely with the assigned Legal Officer(s), the LRTA will provide inputs needed for implementation of existing projects, support the development and expansion of the portfolio, and contribute to monitoring and reporting on programme implementation.

Areas of work

In close collaboration with staff of the ELC, the LRTA will support ELC’s work in the following substantive areas:

• Protected areas, including financing, capacity building, and compliance;

• Oceans, including areas beyond national jurisdictions, marine protected areas, and coastal zone management;

• Access and benefit sharing, with focus on developing national legal frameworks for implementing the Nagoya Protocol;

• Rights issues relating to natural resources;

• Water, including national and transboundary governance and hydrodiplomacy;

• Wildlife, including capacity building, information, and international cooperation.

Key functions

Under the supervision of the assigned Legal Officer, the LRTA will:

• Support the implementation and further development of existing projects, which may include research, analysis, drafting; reviewing and editing of papers and reports; the organization of workshops and meetings, general project management, and selected project-related administrative duties;

• Assist in the development of project concepts and proposals within the ELC’s portfolio;

• Identify funding opportunities, which may include organizing documentation and setting up meetings with potential partners;

• Contribute to monitoring and reporting on projects and programme implementation;

Assist in preparing for the IUCN World Concervation Congress 2020

• Perform any other related duties as required.
  • Graduate qualification in law, such as JD or Masters Degree

• Strong writing and communication skills in English

• Ar least two years of experience in environmental law or related field

• Proficiency in French and Spanish an advantage

• Legal experience in developing countries

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.