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Policy and Project Officer

Vacancy #:   908
Unit:   EURO - EU Policies
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   European Regional Office, Brussels, Belgium
Reporting to:   Senior Manager, Policy and Programme
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P1
Expected start date:   06 May 2019
Type of contract:   Indefinite
Closing date:   03 November 2014
IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental network - a democratic membership union with more than 1,000 government and NGO member organizations, and almost 11,000 volunteer scientists in more than 160 countries. IUCN’s work is supported by more than 1,000 professional staff in 45 offices and hundreds of partners in public, NGO and private sectors around the world. Its headquarters are based in Gland, Switzerland.

The IUCN Brussels team is looking for a highly motivated Policy Officer to join our Policy and Programme team. The successful candidate will support the policy work of the office towards the implementation of IUCN EURO’s Work Programme 2017-2020, with a strong focus on supporting IUCN’s work towards a more sustainable future agriculture in the EU, but also with a view on the impact of EU agriculture in the global context.

Please note that an EU work permit is an essential requirement for this position.
Under the supervision of the Senior Policy Manager, the Policy Officer will be responsible of performing the following tasks:

o Coordinate the delivery of tasks part of relevant projects on sustainable agriculture, liaising with relevant stakeholders to provide inputs for deliverables as required;
o Collection and analysis of existing information on the current and potential use of key sustainable agriculture concepts, coordinating relevant experts’ input and organizing workshops and discussions with relevant experts and stakeholders;
o Elaboration of documents, reports, articles as needed, based on the ongoing analysis of relevant knowledge, adapted to the audiences;
o Initiation, promotion and active support of opportunities for joint discussions among agriculture and environmental actors at EU level;
o Develop and maintain collaboration and liaison with relevant stakeholders, EU Institutions, IUCN Members and partners across Europe and represent IUCN at external events;
o Organisation and assistance with the preparation of events and workshops;
o Follow closely EU -and in some cases international- policy developments related to agriculture and pollinators protection, getting involved in relevant processes when needed;
o Lead the development of briefings and communication materials, such as webstories, presentations, project brochures, newsletters and webinars, for specialist and non-specialist audiences;
o Responsible for technical reporting and administrative management of projects;
o Relevant tasks in support of related IUCN work as needed.
  • A Masters University degree / completed studies related with agricultural, environmental, public, international and/or EU policies;

• Minimum 5 years of experience on related activities;

• Affinity with the vision and mission of IUCN and a strong interest in and good understanding of EU environmental policies, in particular sustainable agriculture and biodiversity policies, ideally also of international related processes;

• Project management and good organizational, administrative and reporting experience and skills;

• Excellent level of written and spoken English, knowledge of French is also an asset;

• Strong writing skills and IT literate;

• Ability to work independently and on multiple tasks simultaneously and to meet tight deadlines without compromising the quality of outputs;

• A highly motivated team player, with diplomatic abilities, and ready to learn and develop new skills, keen to bring in own ideas;

• EU National or holder of an EU work permit.

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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