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EU Communications Intern

Vacancy #:   592
Unit:   IUCN European Regional Office
Organization:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   European Regional Office, Brussels, Belgium
Reporting to:   EU Programme Officer-Focal point for local and regional authorities
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   -
Expected start date:   16 September 2013
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (6 months)
Closing date:   17 July 2013
The EU Communications Intern supports the work of the Communications Officer in the development and implementation of the IUCN’s EU and Brussels communications strategies. S/he assists with the delivery of communications products for corporate and project purposes and helps ensure communications resources are up to date. The internship is not paid but it provides a challenging and interesting opportunity to work in a dynamic international organization and to gain work experience in the field of EU nature conservation policies.

Note: This position is demanding and an intense workload is foreseen. We are seeking for a highly motivated young professional who is willing to learn new skills, share his/her knowledge and bring fresh ideas for effective and inspiring communications about the importance of conserving nature. The position holder will work very closely with the Communications Officer and will participate in all implementation phases of the communications strategies. S/he will assist in crafting and carrying out targeted actions for influencing EU nature-related policies. Our objective is to bring biodiversity conservation at the heart of the EU policy debate. To achieve our goals, we work closely with EU officials and MEPs, with national representative and our partners, ranging from companies, business associations, NGOs and academic institutions.
• Assisting with the bi-monthly Country Focus for the IUCN European webpages
• Regular updating of the IUCN European webpages via CMS
• Assisting in the production of corporate and project publications by gathering and/or drafting information and carrying our background research
• Helping with layout of publications and coordination of designers’ work
• Carrying out research for and writing webstories and articles for IUCN’s and external newsletters and websites
• Assisting in organising events and presence at events, e.g. Green Week
• Supporting work targeted to Brussels media and keeping the media database up-to-date
• Updating mailing lists and databases
• Contributing to the development and dissemination of audio and video materials
• Supporting IUCN’s social media efforts (Facebook, Twitter)
• Participating in monitoring progress of the communications strategy, via media coverage and newsletter reports, website statistics.
• Supporting the production of a series of policy briefs on BiodivERsA research projects (http://www.iucn.org/about/union/secretariat/offices/europe/activities/?12788/Bridging-science-and-policy-with-the-BiodivERsA-network)
• Assisting with day to day administration tasks.
  • Required
- Interest to work in an international and multi-cultural environment
- Keen interest in EU nature policies and science-policy communications
- Very strong motivation to contribute to IUCN’s work
- Knowledge of EU policy-making
- Excellent communication skills
- Excellent writing skills
- Solid knowledge of Microsoft Office
- Highly motivated to learn and develop new skills
- Very good eye for detail and accuracy
- Team player with an ability to work independently
- Ability to work with short deadlines and multiple simultaneous tasks
- Native English speaker (or native level)
- Affinity with the vision and mission of IUCN

• Desired
- Database and website management experience is an asset
- Familiarity with biodiversity and environmental issues is an asset
- Previous experience in communications is an asset
- Knowledge of French, Spanish and other European languages is an asset

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.

Other job opportunities are published in the IUCN website: http://www.iucn.org/involved/jobs/

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.