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Programme Officer- Communications and social media management-PAPACO

Vacancy #:   5349
Unit:   ESARO South Africa Programme
Organization:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   South Africa Country Office, Pretoria, South Africa
Reporting to:   Coordinator - Pan-African Protected Areas
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P1
Expected start date:   01 June 2020
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (24 months)
Closing date:   08 May 2020


The Program on African Protected areas & Conservation (Papaco) aims at improving the management and governance of protected areas in Africa and their positive results on biodiversity conservation. To achieve this, Papaco has developed a broad program on distance learning (MOOCs) and communication/sensitization via different channels (including social media) that need a permanent management and development

The Programme Officer will be IUCN-Papaco’s Communications focal point, and will participate in the overall development of the programme, especially the management of the MOOC tools. The selected candidate will play an active role in IUCN-Papaco’s MOOCs by increasing their reach and adapting their form to the constantly evolving demand. This position requires a range of acute technical communications skills (design, video editing, web development etc.), excellent proficiency of English and French (written and spoken) and being a good team player.

Papaco communications
Website support and social media management
Publication editing
Support to implementation of training activities
Prepare and participate to IUCN World Conservation Congress and other large scale meetings
Administrative support
Perform other duties as may be assigned from time to time.
  • Education;
Masters’ degree from accredited institution (translation, administration, communication)

• Work Experience;
At least two years’ experience with an international organization dealing with conservation issues

• Language Proficiency;
Fluency in English and French (written, spoken, read), knowledge of Spanish (third IUCN official language) is an asset.

• Competencies;
Very good competency of the Adobe Master Collection (Indesign, Photoshop, Illustrator)
High degree of competency in Microsoft Office software, including Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint
Competencies in editing publications following good practices
Excellent writing, proofreading and editing skills both in French and in English
Proficiency in HTML/CSS, knowledge of PHP, website implementation and CMS use

• Functional competencies;
High standards of communication skills, both oral and written
Proven interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment
Must be highly organized, detail-oriented, and self-motivated with the ability to multi-task and prioritize needs
Possess energy, drive, enthusiasm, commitment and passion for high quality work and a strong interest for nature conservation
Must be dependable, a good team player and able to work independently as well as have the ability to learn quickly and expand scope of functions
Capacity to work under pressure, meet tight deadlines and produce high quality documents at short notice.

• Core Competencies
Transparency: Able to build trust and contribute to informed and responsible decision making by carrying out the work of IUCN in a transparent manner; provides clear guidance to ensure that objectives and desired measurable results are understood by members of the team.
Inclusiveness: Understands and accepts cultural diversity, and provide a tolerant, positive and supportive working environment that fosters respect for diversity, demonstrates ability to work in a multicultural, multi ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different nationalities and cultural backgrounds.
Professionalism: Promote the organization’s interests, objectives and values in a diligent and professional manner.
Accountability: Takes responsibility of individual and collective actions, promotes the IUCN One Programme approach.

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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