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Nature-based Solutions Project Assistant

Vacancy #:   5668
Unit:   ECARO – Ecosystem Management
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Belgrade, Serbia
  This post is located in Belgrade, Serbia
Reporting to:   Nature-based Solutions Project Officer
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   A3
Expected start date:   01 October 2021
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (15 months with possibility of renewal)
Closing date:   30 June 2021
IUCN Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia (ECARO) is seeking to recruit an enthusiastic and motivated candidate to join the IUCN ECARO team as Nature-based Solutions Project Assistant.
IUCN defines Nature-based Solutions as “actions to protect, sustainably manage, and restore natural and modified ecosystems that address societal challenges effectively and adaptively, simultaneously providing human well-being and biodiversity benefits.” In Eastern Europe and Central Asia, IUCN works closely with partner organisations and experts on promoting and implementing Nature-based Solutions at various levels.
The primary task of the Nature-based Solutions Project Assistant will be to provide assistance to the management and coordination of projects under the Nature-based Solutions Programme Area in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, with a particular focus on the project “ADAPT: Nature-based Solutions for Resilient Societies in the Western Balkans”. Other tasks will include support to project formulation, event organisation and liaison with IUCN partners.
The successful candidate will work under the supervision of the Nature-based Solutions Project Officer and in close cooperation with the ADAPT Project Director and ECARO Nature-based Solutions team.

• Assist in the effective management and coordination of IUCN ECARO Nature-based Solutions project portfolio in the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region;
• Undertake logistical and administrative tasks;
• Liaise with project partners and experts with a view to ensuring high-quality project deliverables and outcomes;
• Support project development.


• Assist in the coordination and management of the project “ADAPT: Nature-based Solutions for Resilient Societies in the Western Balkans” and ensure that it effectively delivers against the work plan and results framework;
• Support the preparation of work plans, technical and financial reports, provision of goods and services, partnership agreements and service contracts;
• Undertake logistical and administrative tasks related to project implementation, including the organisation of meetings and events, preparation and dissemination of meeting minutes, material and results, and make travel arrangements;
• Liaise with external consultants and field experts in ensuring their timely planning and delivery of project results;
• Support the project communications team in preparing and disseminating communications and visibility material;
• Support the dissemination of IUCN NbS knowledge tools in the region;
• Represent IUCN ECARO at project-related events;
• Carry out other relevant tasks on request and agreement with the line manager.


The gross annual salary for this position is 22.026 EUR subject to deductions for social security contributions and health insurance, and before tax.
  • Bachelor degree in a subject related to environmental sciences, natural resource management or any related fields;

• Minimum of 3 years of experience in a field related to natural resources management, climate change or ecosystem restoration;

• Experience in project management and partner relations;

• Knowledge of IUCN tools and standards on Nature-based Solutions;

• Work experience in the region, preferably in the Western Balkans;

• Ability to work in international teams and multi-disciplinary groups;

• Willingness to frequently travel within the region, sometimes at short notice;

• Excellent command of English; knowledge of other languages spoken in the region would be an asset;

• Computer literacy in MS Office packages;

• Excellent organizational and networking skills, team-oriented attitude and ability to work independently.

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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