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Communications Officer: REDD+, Governance and Locally Controlled Forests

Vacancy #:   716
Unit:   Forest Conservation Programme
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Headquarters, Gland, Switzerland
Reporting to:   Deputy Director, Knowledge, Policy and Environmental Governance - GFCCP
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P1
Expected start date:   09 June 2014
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (14 months)
Closing date:   08 January 2014
BACKGROUND
LOCATION: This position will either be based in Gland, Switzerland or Washington DC, USA.


IUCN’s Global Forest and Climate Change Programme is seeking a motivated and creative communications professional to contribute to the delivery and uptake of targeted knowledge and communications for its thematic work on REDD+ and Locally Controlled Forests.

The Communications Officer will work with programme and project colleagues to identify and facilitate effective and efficient pipelines and pathways for transforming lessons, findings and analysis from the programme into desired impact upon policy and practice through targeted audiences. Experience with impact-driven knowledge and communications approaches is essential, as is wide-ranging experience in writing and editing. Technical knowledge of issues related to natural resources management or policy or a related field is a definite asset.
JOB DESCRIPTION
Overall responsibility

Under the supervision of the Manager, Knowledge and Communications, and in collaboration with programme and project staff the Communications Officer will develop and execute communications and outreach strategies to raise awareness of IUCN’s project and programmatic work on REDD+ and LCF. Key responsibilities include executing a communications and outreach strategy, ensuring consistency in all communications, producing marketing materials (brochures, presentations, newsletters, social media, etc.), event planning and promotion, desktop publishing, media engagement, and maintaining alignment with IUCN’s overall global communications strategy.

More specifically the Communications Officer will:
• Build clear and consistent programmatic messaging on REDD+ and LCF, based on identified synergies across projects and other programme activities, and improve integration across platforms and media channels
• With programme and project staff, develop and execute communications plans that contribute to learning frameworks and knowledge uptake plans:
o For the programmatic themes of REDD+ and LCF
o For GFCCP projects and initiatives that fall under the themes of REDD+ and LCF
• In collaboration with the Knowledge and Learning Officer, monitor project and national reporting on an ongoing basis to identify key stories and knowledge outputs and results, building the programmatic messaging on REDD+ and LCF.
• Manage the production and dissemination of high quality and evidence-led communications and marketing materials in a variety of formats.
• Create compelling and persuasive slideshows and other presentation materials.
• Draft press releases and media advisories and contribute to the writing of other program materials.
• Engage key audiences through online and social media, which may include Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Flickr.
• Maintain the REDD+ and LCF sub-sites of the IUCN web pages and act as the IUCN focal point for any external REDD+ and LCF related programme websites.
• Monitor and report on media placements, website analytics and other communications impact metrics.
• Organize media events.
• Provide substantive backstopping to meetings, to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, facilitation of meetings.
• Liaise with national and regional teams to understand capacity needs and requirements in relation to the above.
• Contribute to broader IUCN communications and media engagement on REDD+ and LCF.
• In consultation with the GFCCP Manager of Knowledge and Communications, maintain relationships with communications staff of other international and regional organizations working on relevant REDD+ and LCF issues, particularly those that are crucial to project and programme delivery because of partnership commitments.
• Carry out other communications duties as needed.
REQUIREMENTS
  • A minimum of 3 years of previous experience in communications, marketing, public relations, or journalism, with evidence of strong writing and editing skills across a range of styles and issues; and experience working within IUCN or a similar organization is an asset.

• University degree or equivalent in communications, international development, natural resources management, social sciences or other relevant field

• Further qualifications in communications and/or journalism an asset

• Knowledge and practical experience of approaches for effective communications

• Ability to rapidly research, analyze and integrate diverse information from varied sources

• Ability to present complex information in a clear and effective manner and to tailor communications to target audiences

• Demonstrated capacity to work well under pressure and successfully manage multiple deadlines and competing demands

• Relevant IT skills, including desktop publishing and other communications applications

• Experience building and managing websites and learning platforms

• Experience in working with social media, video, ICT and/or other outreach approaches and tools

• Experience in working with video is an advantage

• Fluency in written and spoken English is essential. Knowledge of a second language is an advantage (Most relevant are Spanish and French, the other official languages of IUCN; and the languages ENPI FLEG + Russia countries).

• Ability to travel occasionally if needed would be desirable, but not essential.
APPLICATIONS

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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