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Intern, Forest Conservation Program

Vacancy #:   5670
Unit:   Forest Conservation Programme
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   IUCN Washington DC Office, Washington D.C., United States of America
Reporting to:   Senior Programme Coordinator, Locally Controlled Forestry and Primary Forests
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   I
Expected start date:   15 July 2021
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (6 months)
Closing date:   29 June 2021
The incumbent will support the Senior Programme Coordinator and the Geospatial Analyst of the Forest Conservation Program (FCP) in developing a spatial index to understand the conservation and development benefits of the Stabilizing Land Use (PLUS) project at the landscape level. He or she will assist in reviewing technical documents, spatial data analysis, communications, and donor deliverables, and ensuring the timely coordination of activities and reports among IUCN and partner offices. In addition, the internship will allow the candidate to apply and advance his/her knowledge and research skills in evaluating the landscape transition brought by protected area governance and management.
This is a remote working position but may require the candidate to join meetings and events in person if needed. The incumbent will undertake the following tasks:

a)Assist in data collection/extraction from various resources, including published reports, field data, global maps, and regional participatory map reports from all the project countries (Ghana, Tanzania, DRC, and Uganda). It would entail synthesizing information from multiple sources into one database and coordinating with colleagues in regional and country offices of IUCN and other partner organizations.

b)Assist in the methodological development of the transition index development. It would require a literature review and supporting brainstorming exercise with regional colleagues to create a better roadmap for the mapping exercise.

c)Assist in data processing, analysis, data representation, and infographic material generation for the project and report publishing.

d)Assist in preparing technical notes, presentation, and hands-on materials data collection, processing, and analysis. It would also entail compiling stepwise procedures into a solid analytical method for the current and future research work.

e)Support the preparatory work on technical/position papers of the PLUS project.

f)Carry out any other relevant task as assigned by, and agreed with, the line manager.

This position has an allowance of US$1500 per month for full-time dedication.
  • Must be a current student (pursuing at least Bachelors, Masters preferred) or have obtained a degree within the past 12 months

• Availability to report for regular business hours (9 AM–5 PM, Mon-Fri)

• Affinity with the vision and mission of IUCN and a strong interest in nature conservation and sustainable development

• Pursuing or holding a relevant university degree relevant to natural resources management, geography, geospatial sciences, sustainable development, conservation science, ecology, etc.

• Strong GIS & remote sensing skills and proficiency

• Knowledge of forest governance/ management, landscape approach, and Protected area and biodiversity

• Good organizational, administrative, and reporting skills

• Ability to work independently and on multiple tasks simultaneously

• Ability to meet tight deadlines without compromising the quality of outputs

• Highly motivated to learn and develop new skills, keen to bring in own ideas

• A team player with a strong interest to work in an international environment

• Excellent writing and editing skills in English. Good knowledge of French and/or Spanish will be 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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