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Junior Professional

Vacancy #:   5640
Unit:   Forest Conservation Programme
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Headquarters, Gland, Switzerland
Reporting to:   Programme Officer
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   YP
Expected start date:   18 October 2021
Type of contract:   Max-term (2 months with possibility of renewal)
Closing date:   08 June 2021
The Forest Conservation Programme (FCP) is a global thematic programme of the IUCN Secretariat and supports the forest-related activities of the Union. The FCP consists of a global secretariat based at the IUCN Headquarters and out-posted staff in North America. The FCP also directly links to, and supports coordination between a worldwide network of over 50 regional and country-level forest officers, enabling it to add value to the work of IUCN members through both field-based and policy-orientated interventions. FCP’s work is centred on three mutually supporting themes of Forest Landscape Restoration, Locally Controlled Forests and Primary Forests.
One aspect of FCP’s portfolio focuses on private sector engagement, including smallholders, agri-businesses and farmers, to motivate and implement locally controlled forest landscape restoration around the world. Under this umbrella, FCP supports forest and farm producers organizations with capacity building and international policy engagement. In addition, FCP is piloting tools to assess and implement restoration interventions in international agribusinesses supply chains while building a bigger momentum for private investment in restoration.
The Young Professional will mainly support this growing portfolio but might be engaged in other topics depending on the evolution of the work.
Global policy (UNFCCC COP26 and building momentum up to COP27)
• Support and facilitate farmers and indigenous peoples representatives presence at key policy dialogues (development of a calendar and data repository of potential speakers, organize logistics of attendance between organizers and participants, summary and analysis of discussions during the events)
• Support the setup of a body of work on private investment in restoration in Africa (organize calls, minutes, and follow up action points)
• Contribute to reports and policy briefs
• Organization of webinars or other types of online meetings.

Project support
• Monitor project implementation and develop project reports as assigned;
• Support the learning processes of current projects, including drafting of case studies and lessons learned in collaboration with the M&L officer.
• Support with the content management of specific web pages.
• Contribute to the development of new proposals by carrying out background research and carrying out risk and opportunity assessments of potential new business partners.

• Develop web stories and other communication material with the support of the line manager and communication officer.
• Liaise with farmers’ unions and indigenous peoples organizations to support communications campaigns around the Indigenous Peoples Summit and UNFCCC COP26, including logistics coordination.
• Support communications officer on the development of infographics, publication production and promotion around the launch of a guide for agri-businesses (coordinate with external stakeholders for a joint virtual launch, social media, events planning, etc.)


Gross salary CHF 60'000.- per year subject to internal withholding tax (not applicable to Swiss nationals) and social security. The salary is a fixed amount, not negotiable.

Annual leave: 25 working days per year.


• CHF 320 per month (CHF 3,840 per year) cash contribution towards health insurance cover. Staff members are responsible for their own health insurance coverage;

• IUCN Pension scheme (6% employee and 7% employer contribution);

• Accident and Disability insurance (Zurich);

• Travel and emergency evacuation insurance on mission (TSM);

• You will be enrolled in the Swiss social security system which includes first pillar state pension, unemployment insurance and loss of earnings insurance.
  • A Master's degree in a subject relevant to the position (e.g. natural resources management, political science, international relations, geography, etc);
• At least 6 months relevant work or research experience, and ideally a longer period in a relevant field (maximum 2 years).
• Exceptional organisational skills and attention to detail;
• Excellent written and spoken English is essential for this position. Knowledge of written and spoken French and/or Spanish is a strong advantage;
• A strong aptitude and ability to communicate both informally (interpersonal skills and networking) and formally;
• Ability to deliver quality products within agreed deadlines;
• Experience working in a cross-cultural and multi-disciplinary environment.
The gross annual salary for this position is CHF 60'000, subject to deductions for social security contributions and second-pillar pension, and before tax. While this is an indicative amount effective as of the current date, changes may occur as per IUCN's compensation practices without prior notice. The same applies to other organisations hosted by IUCN.

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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