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IUCN Scholarly Communications Librarian

Vacancy #:   5642
Unit:   Science and Knowledge Unit
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Headquarters, Gland, Switzerland
Reporting to:   Library and Publications Manager
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P1
Expected start date:   01 July 2021
Type of contract:   Max-term (36 months)
Closing date:   06 June 2021
IUCN is a science-based organisation that relies heavily on expertise from across its Membership, Commissions and Secretariat to provide policy relevant advice for sound biodiversity conservation decision-making. Mobilising that knowledge from across IUCN’s constituencies and integrating it into IUCN’s Programme are fundamental aspects of the work of the Science and Knowledge Unit (https://www.iucn.org/theme/science-and-knowledge/our-work). Specifically, the Unit supports the development, standards, integration, and sustainability of knowledge products; connects IUCN to peer networks; and strengthens IUCN’s culture of science and knowledge. As the world’s largest environmental network—comprising 15,000+ experts, 1,400 Member organisations (from governments, non-governmental organisations, and indigenous peoples’ organisations), and around 950 staff—IUCN is uniquely positioned to bridge the gap between the open access movement and the conservation community, as part and parcel of its historic efforts to facilitate access to knowledge on nature conservation.
Reporting to the Library and Publications Manager, this three-year limited-term position is to be primarily engaged in advocating for open access and in effective outreach and instruction to IUCN and the conservation community on topics related to scholarly communications. This is an exciting opportunity to establish the building blocks of open access within IUCN’s conservation community – many of whom are based within NGOs and governments rather than universities --- and thereby boosting the availability and quality of scholarly literature on biodiversity and conservation.

This position would be responsible for:
• Organising the development and implementation of an IUCN Open Access policy
• Supporting the development of an IUCN repository
• Provision of advice, guidance, and services for journals created by IUCN as a means of improving their quality and dissemination
• Development of educational programming and provision of individualized advice in areas of scholarly communication literacy, including organizing an event at the World Conservation Congress in September 2021 for the IUCN community


• Fluency in Spanish and/or French
• Experience developing and implementing policies
• Experience with repository and publishing platforms

This is a geographically flexible recruitment, in line with the objectives of the position; an appropriate duty station will be allocated from across IUCN’s network of regional and national offices. IUCN recognises the challenges of re-location during the ongoing COVID19 pandemic, and so is flexible to allow a remote work arrangement from an office within the IUCN network.
  • 3 to 5 years of proven relevant experience.

• MLS or equivalent degree in library/information science.

• Proven knowledge and experience of Open Access; basic metadata schema and standards; repository and publishing platforms; research impact indicators; international copyright law.

• Mastery of English with effective and enthusiastic communication (oral and written).

• Experience with developing educational programming and/or providing group instruction, ideally in an online environment.

• Experience building relationships with members of a diverse community.

• Experience working in an international environment or with a multilingual, international community.

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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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.

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