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Legal Officer

Vacancy #:   5320
Unit:   Environmental Law Programme
Organization:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Environmental Law Centre, Bonn, Germany
  Place of duty : Bonn, Germany
Reporting to:   Director, Environmental Law Centre
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P1
Expected start date:   01 June 2020
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (12 months with possibility of renewal)
Closing date:   17 April 2020
The Environmental Law Programme (ELP) provides the principal source of environmental legal expertise to the IUCN Programme.

The work of ELP is carried out by the IUCN Environmental Law Centre (ELC) in collaboration with the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL), and the IUCN Regional and Country Programmes.

The ELP supports the development and implementation of international and national environmental law, provides technical assistance and promotes capacity building in developing countries, as well as maintains the world's premier environmental law information and data base service.
The primary responsibilities of the Legal Officer are:

A. Implementation of the Environmental Law component of the 2021-2024 IUCN Programme

1. Play a major role in the implementation of the 2021-2024 IUCN Programme, especially with regard to legal issues relating to oceans and marine biodiversity, and the development of major knowledge products.
2. Concept development and project management in particular on legal issues relating to oceans and marine biodiversity. It is also expected that the legal officer deals with other environmental legal issues, as appropriate.
3. Carry out selected ELC project-related duties, such as preparing contracts and monitoring project activities, budget implementation and project reporting requirements.
4. Search and identify potential sources of funding, develop project concepts and proposals; in particular focusing on legal issues relating to the conservation of marine biodiversity, ecosystems and related matters.
5. Contribute to programming and reporting for the ELP.
6. Organize and lead project-related activities, meetings, workshops, and dialogues in the area of his/her work, as appropriate.
7. Manage and supervise the work of consultants in the projects within his/her area of work.

B. Other general duties pertaining to the work of the Environmental Law Centre

1. Ensure that the ELP expertise on legal and institutional aspects of oceans and marine biodiversity is available to policy and decision makers.
2. Collaborate with ELC officers, IUCN global and regional programmes and, as appropriate, with members of WCEL in project-related development work.
3. Develop and prepare IUCN environmental law-related reports, publications and information materials.
4. Represent the Director of the ELC in relevant meetings and conferences.
5. Supervise the work of ELC interns and fellows assigned to his/her area of work.
6. Take up any appropriate duties within the areas of work assigned by the ELC management.
  • master of Laws or equivalent with strong academic records and ephasis on environmental law, including significant experience in biodiversity legal issues, in particular on oceans and marine

• A minimum of 5 years of increasingly responsible work experience in those fields. Work experience in developing countries is desirable

• Proven experience in developing, fundraising and managing projects, in particular in managing large scale projects involving budgets of minimum EUR 1 million

• Excellent research, writing and analytical skills needed as well as an ability to work both independently and in a small, multi-cultural team

• Experience in facilitating and participanting with Governments, NGOs, volunteer Networks or civil society is an advantage

• Exceptional interpersonal skills

• Computer literacy in basic office applications and the internet

• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, including to a non-legal audience

• Speaking and writing skills in English required and fluency in other IUCN languages (French and Spanish) desirable. Working knowledge of German an advantage

• Willingness to undertake significant levels of work-related travel


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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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