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Policy & Communications Officer

Vacancy #:   5471
Unit:   IUCN European Regional Office
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   European Regional Office, Brussels, Belgium
  Local contract
Reporting to:   Senior Manager, Policy and Programme
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P1
Expected start date:   22 February 2021
Type of contract:   Indefinite
Closing date:   30 November 2020 (extended)
IUCN’s work focuses on valuing and conserving nature, ensuring effective and equitable governance of its use, and deploying nature-based solutions to global challenges in climate, food and development. IUCN supports scientific research, manages field projects all over the world, and brings governments, NGOs, the UN and companies together to develop policy, laws and best practice.

The IUCN European regional Office provides both European and global services to the organization by representing IUCN (and its Members, National Committees, scientific Commissions and the global Secretariat) to the key European Union institutions and other public and private actors with regional headquarters in Brussels and is responsible for regional membership and programming.

Please note that an EU work permit is an essential requirement for this position.
The main responsibilities of this key position are:

Under the supervision of the Senior Policy Manager, the Policy & Communications Officer will be responsible of performing the following tasks:

• Promote IUCN’s knowledge and policy, and increase its visibility
• Prepare or support the preparation of draft policy positions on EU policies of interest to IUCN
• Advise on Brussels office internal communications and establishment of tools for information sharing
• Act as focal point for and ensure regular liaison with global programmes and communication teams
• Overall quality control of all communication products and provide guidance and advice to colleagues on style and format of communication products and strategies
• Coordinate media work, including developing and maintaining contacts with journalists, as well as monitoring and analyzing relevant media, aiming to promote IUCN policy and knowledge in Europe, with a focus on EU media
• Ensure and prepare IUCN’s presence at main conferences and meetings, including the organization of events and exhibitions, support IUCN events in the EU
• Produce web stories, article, summaries and publications for IUCN and external channels
• Support the preparation of project proposals related to policy and communication issues.
• Support in the implementation and administration of project policy and communication activities.
• Contributing to regular internal communication flow from the Brussels Office with Headquarters
• Identify opportunities for promoting IUCN through social media
• Develop and manage the IUCN EU web pages (as part of IUCN European website) and ensure regular updates with policy, corporate, members’ news and project information
• Manage IUCN brand and ensure compliance of global communication standards in collaboration with Communications Department
• Management of communication and external activities calendar integrated with the EU policy calendar
• Ensure the monitoring and tracking EU policy developments and management of communication calendar
• Any other related activities, as required
  • A minimum of 5 years of previous experience in policy analysis & communication, public relations, preferably at EU level. Experience of working in an international organization is an asset.
• University degree in environmental/political/economic sciences, international relations or European Affairs.
• Knowledge and practical experience with EU policy processes in the field of environment.
• Strong written and oral communications skills: Ability to present complex information in a clear and effective manner to different target audiences
• Knowledge and practical experience of approaches for effective communications
• Ability to present complex information in a clear and effective manner and to tailor communications to target audiences
• Demonstrated capacity to work well under pressure and successfully manage multiple deadlines and competing demands
• Fluency in written and spoken English is essential. Knowledge of other languages is an advantage
• Ability to travel occasionally

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 1,300 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.