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Communications Intern

Vacancy #:   649
Unit:   West Asia - Regional Documentation and Communication
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Regional Office for West Asia, Amman, Jordan
Reporting to:   Regional Documentation and Communication Officer
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   -
Expected start date:   01 November 2013
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (12 months with possibility of renewal)
Closing date:   02 October 2013
• IUCN Regional Office for West Asia (ROWA) was established in 2004. IUCN ROWA covers thirteen countries of the West Asia Region: Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Palestine, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

The role of IUCN ROWA is to coordinate environmental activities at regional and local levels; particularly in relation to regional environmental agreements and global environmental conventions. On the other hand, the office synthesizes information about previous and ongoing conservation and development initiatives, in order to assess their effectiveness and impact, identify lessons learned, and define gaps and priorities. IUCN ROWA focuses on multi-stakeholders decision process involving governments, civil society and research institutions. Environmental awareness is a key issue for making a difference, thus the office facilitates communication, coordination, and information exchange among different actors in the region.

The Communications Intern supports the work of the Regional Documentation & Informatio Officer in the development and implementation of the IUCN ROWAs communications and program strategie. 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 provides a challenging and interesting opportunity to work in a dynamic international organization and to gain work experience in the field of international donor projects.

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 Regional Documentation and Information Officer and will participate in all implementation phases of the communication and program strategies.

To achieve our goals, we work closely with Program Managers, Project Coordinators and staff, with national representatives and our partners, ranging from NGOs and academic institutions.


- Assisting and regular updating of IUCN ROWA Program webpages
- Assisting in the production of 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 newsletters and websites
- Supporting work targeted to local and regional media
- Contributing to the development and dissemination of audio and video materials
- Supporting IUCN’s social media efforts (Facebook, Twitter)
- Assisting with day to day administration tasks with the Regional Documentation & Communications Officer.
- Assisting in Arabic – English translation & review
- Performing any other duties as requested by the line manager.
  • • Required
- Interest to work in an international and multi-cultural environment
- Keen interest in science-project communications
- Very strong motivation to contribute to IUCN’s work
- Excellent communication skills
- Excellent writing skills (Arabic and English)
- 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
- Affinity with the vision and mission of IUCN

• • Desired
- 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 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.

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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 1,400 Member organisations and around 16,000 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.