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Communications Associate

Vacancy #:   5295
Unit:   Global Protected Areas Programme
Organization:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Headquarters, Gland, Switzerland
Reporting to:   Manager - Communications and Donors Programmatic Relations, BIOPAMA II
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   A3
Expected start date:   01 April 2020
Type of contract:   Max-term (6 months)
Closing date:   23 February 2020
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. www.iucn.org https://twitter.com/IUCN/

The IUCN Global Protected Areas Programme has a long heritage in the Union, with a headquarters-based core team and regional staff, and a closely coordinated programme of activities with the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA). This work is supported by a number of donors and partners, including the European Development Fund of the European Union, through the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States in the BIOPAMA Programme, the German International Climate Initiative through investments to achieve the objectives of the Convention on Biodiversity, the European Commission (DG DEVCO and DG ENV) through the BEST programme and by several private organisations.

Every four years, IUCN convenes the IUCN World Conservation Congress where IUCN Members set the global conservation agenda by voting on recommendations and guide the Secretariat’s work by passing resolutions and adopting the IUCN Programme. The Congress is also the largest marketplace for conservation and sustainable development science, practice and policy. Scientists, policy experts, business leaders and professionals from around the globe share their experience, innovation and latest research.

The IUCN Congress has three main components: Member’s Assembly, Forum and Exhibition. In the Exhibition, IUCN Members and Commissions, businesses, partners, and academia host pavilions, booths and events. The Exhibition is open to both Congress participants and the public, allowing exhibitors to showcase their research, innovations and other works to the broadest Congress audience. It is the premier opportunity in the conservation calendar for our work on protected and conserved areas to be communicated and celebrated.

The next IUCN Congress will be held in Marseille from 11 to 19 June 2020. The IUCN Global Protected Areas Programme, in collaboration with partners, will host the “Protected Planet” Pavilion as part of the Congress Exhibition. The BIOPAMA Programme, through its implementing partners and donors, is one of the major partners of the “Protected Planet” Pavilion. The BEST programme will be also be promoted during the Congress.

The Communications Support Manager will coordinate the planning and implementation of GPAP’s Protected Planet Pavilion, and support the BIOPAMA and BEST visibility activities linked to the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020. S/he will also contribute to the communications deliverables for the Global Protected Areas programme and in particular those of relevance to BIOPAMA and BEST.


The main responsibilities of the position are:
Protected Planet Pavilion (reporting to GPAP Director)

• Coordination of the Protected Planet Pavilion Partnership
• Preparation of the Pavilion Programme
• Coordinate the design and facilities of the Pavilion in conjunction with the Service Providers
• Ensuring effective handover and shut down of the Pavilion for the IUCN Congress
• On-site management of the Pavilion, its facilities, events and operations during the IUCN Congress.

BEST Visibility and communication (reporting to Senior Grant manager)

• Support the planning of BEST promotion and communication activities, in close collaboration with the BEST 2.0+ and LIFE4BEST officers
• Coordinate the design and management of the BEST spaces at the Congress (exhibit, pavilion)
• Develop a communication plan of the BEST Programme at the IUCN Congress
• Capture with the BEST 2.0+ and LIFE4BEST officers a record of event, images and outcomes of BEST events and communications activities
• Prepare promotional articles on BEST before, during and after the IUCN Congress
• Prepare a communication report of all communications activities.

Protected Area Communications (reporting to BIOPAMA Communications Manager)

• Contribute towards communications of the Protected Planet pavilion programme prior to the IUCN Congress
• Capturing a record of events, images and outcomes of the Protected Planet Pavilion during the IUCN Congress
• Contribute towards communications of the result of the Protected Planet pavilion programme during and after the IUCN Congress
• Deliver the monthly “Protecting the Planet” newsletter
• Coordinate with GPAP team and relevant external parties on the production and publication of the content of the newsletter (articles and news articles) with input and contributions from the GPAP team
• Update and maintain the IUCN Protected Areas online assets (website and social media- as relevant) with BIOPAMA-relevant content for the IUCN Congress
• Support specific BIOPAMA communications post- IUCN Congress (might include: producing the report of the BIOPAMA at the IUCN Congress and other products focused on visibility and success stories).
  • Eligible to live and work in the Switzerland (L, B, C Permit or Swiss citizen);

• At least three to five years’ work experience in communications and the management of events;

• Background in the science of communications or other relevant fields;

• Proven record of accomplishments working in communications and management of events. Experience in the field of environment and/or in the context of large organisations would be an asset;

• Excellent written and spoken English. Knowledge of French would be an asset;

• Strong motivation and interpersonal skills.

• Excellent planning and organising skills, with exceptional attention to detail;

• Availability to address requests effectively and in a timely manner;

• Excellent problem-solver;

• Ability to work effectively in a multicultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity;

• Team player and ability to implement tasks with minimal supervision;

• Adheres to IUCN’s core values of transparency, inclusiveness, professionalism and accountability.
The gross annual salary for this position is in the range from CHF 73'019 to CHF 91'274, subject to deductions for social security contributions and second-pillar pension, and before tax. While this is an indicative amount effective as of the current date, changes may occur as per IUCN's compensation practices without prior notice. The same applies to other organizations hosted by IUCN.

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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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.

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