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Director General

Vacancy #:   5212
Unit:   Director General's Office
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Headquarters, Gland, Switzerland
  IUCN Headquarters
Rue Mauverney 28
1196 Gland
Reporting to:   -
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   DG
Expected start date:   13 July 2020
Type of contract:   Max-term (42 months)
Closing date:   17 December 2019
Appointed by the Council, the Director General is the CEO of the Union and Head of the Secretariat. S/he is responsible and accountable to the Council, and the President between meetings of the Council, for the effective implementation of the policies and programmes of the Union. His/her most important tasks are to promote the mission of IUCN and link this mission to the financial strategies that sustain the organization. S/he will shape and lead the implementation of the Union’s Global Programme as established by the Congress and Council. With the President, s/he serves as an Ambassador and spokesperson for the Union on major platforms, promoting the mission of IUCN.

The detailed description and specific responsibilities/tasks of the Director General are listed in the Statutes of IUCN: https://www.iucn.org/sites/dev/files/iucn_statutes_and_regulations_september_2016_final-master_file.pdf
They include management of the executive team, programme development, budgeting and financing, reporting, promotion, external relations and general administration.
• Manage and lead the Union by articulating its vision, mission and policies and implementing the Union’s Global Programme.
• Work with Council, Regional Councilors and Commission Chairs to implement that Programme.
• Support the “One Programme Charter” which seeks to ensure that the different parts of IUCN: Members, as represented by National and Regional Committees, Commissions and facilitated by the Secretariat, work together to develop, implement and advance IUCN’s Programme of work.
• Lead, manage and motivate staff both at headquarters and within the IUCN regions, including initiating and implementing major initiatives through the decentralized regional offices.
• Promote partnerships with relevant private, public, development and non- governmental sectors to enhance the reach and impact of the Union’s Global Programme.
• Ensure financial sustainability by expanding and diversifying the sources of finance including through Framework Donors and by mobilizing new and innovative sources of revenue and funding to support the activities of the Union.
• Strive to enhance the global visibility and broaden the influence of the Union and represent and promote the nature conservation and ecologically sustainable development agenda in global public policy arenas.
• Communicate, coordinate and continuously engage with all parts of the Union, in particular with the Members and expert Commissions, to leverage their capacities and deliver targeted Programme results.
• Understand, and where needed, mediate between the diverse interests of NGO and State/government agency members of IUCN to further nature conservation and ecologically sustainable development goals, collectively and collaboratively.
• Ensure that IUCN’s programme and conservation solutions remain relevant in the context of emerging global issues.

Managerial, conceptual, organizational competencies, characterized by:
• A proven record of leading and managing, at high / top administrator level, large multinational and multicultural institutions / organizations with widely recognized influence in the world.
• An ability to manage, steer, and coordinate complex programmes of a policy and/or conservation nature at the international level across diverse constituencies.
• A strong record of accomplishment in building consensus among stakeholders with varied or diverging points of view.
• Demonstrate successful experience in engaging with governments at the highest level.
• A demonstrated experience with managing nature conservation and ecologically sustainable development projects at different scales, including their financial and control management.
• An ability to lead, motivate and manage a decentralized organization through a process of distance management - delegation matched with performance monitoring.
• Demonstrated successful experience in the running and governance of a multinational and multicultural organization. Experience with conceptualizing and managing strategic change to deliver effective results.
• An ability to align the interest and expertise of Members in the strategic design and implementation of the Union’s Global Programme.
• A good understanding and appreciation of the value of the IUCN Commissions and the commitment to fully engage and support these volunteer networks in design and delivery of the Union’s Programme.
• A significant and proven track record in fundraising from diverse public and private sector organizations.
• A clear understanding of financial and corporate governance aspects especially as they relate to the management of a non-profit organization.
• Demonstrated experience in developing and implementing financing strategies aligned with the IUCN Programme.
• The ability to set priorities and organizational goals to achieve results and to apply judgment in respect of people and situations.
• A familiarity with the culture of civil society as well as experience of interaction with governmental organizations and the private sector.
• Sensitivity and exposure to dealing with growing conservation and environmental challenges in a changing world, in particular with the center of gravity of global development shifting South and East.
• A deep knowledge of global policy processes as well as multilateral institutions and governance especially as they relate to conservation, environment and sustainable development.

Competencies of character and personality, characterized by:
• Demonstrated commitment to nature conservation and ecologically sustainable development.
• Excellent leadership, written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.
• Proven diplomatic skills coupled with familiarity and sensitivity to different cultures, genders, languages and countries and ability to convince, negotiate and build consensus and foster teamwork.

• An attractive package will be offered in order to motivate candidates with superior qualifications.
• IUCN is an equal opportunity employer.
• The Director General will be based at the IUCN Headquarters in Gland, Switzerland.
  • Graduate degree ideally in subject areas related to conservation, environmental protection and/or sustainable development;

• Minimum of 20 years of relevant experience to undertake the role with a proven track record of leadership in international organizations, international NGOs, knowledge networks, civil service institutions and similar entities;

• A thorough and clear understanding of the major conservation, environmental and sustainable development issues at the international policy level, in particular within the context of the evolving environment/development interface and IUCN’s focus on conservation and nature-based solutions;

• A proven record in the management and implementation of conservation/sustainable development programmes in both the developed and developing parts of the world, and the ability to make short- term operational changes and long-term structural changes to strengthen the management and financial sustainability of the organization;

• A working knowledge of the science, law, policy and ethics underlying the Union’s conservation programmes;

• A demonstrable ability to engage and operate effectively at the highest policy and political levels as well as mobilization of a large Union and utilization of high-level networks and members;

• Strong communication skills to reach out to the broader conservation and development communities, and to engage stakeholders across the Union;

• Fluency in English, both spoken and written. A good knowledge of Spanish and/or French (other IUCN official languages), would be an asset;

• A demonstrable ability to enable, engage and facilitate the work of a diverse Membership and networks of expert Commission volunteers.

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 1,400 Member organisations and some 15,000 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.