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Legal Officer

Vacancy #:   943
Unit:   Environmental Law Programme
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   European Regional Office Germany, Bonn, Germany
Reporting to:   Director, Environmental Law Centre
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P1
Expected start date:   01 March 2015
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (12 months with possibility of renewal)
Closing date:   30 July 2017 (extended)
The Environmental Law Programme (ELP) provides the principle source of environmental law expertise to the IUCN Programme. The work of ELP is carried out by the IUCN Environmental Law Centre (ELC) in collaboration with the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL) and the IUCN Regional and Country Programmes.

The ELP supports the development and implementation of international and national environmental law, provides technical assistance and promotes capacity building in developing countries, while also maintaining the world's premier environmental law information and data base service.
The primary responsibilities of the Legal Officer are :

A. Specific focus on the development, implementation and delivery of the Environmental Law Programme (ELP) component of the IUCN Programme 2013-2016 :

-Play a major role in the implementation of the IUCN-Programme 2013-2016, especially with regard to legal issues concerning nature conservation and climate change, as well as development of major knowledge products;
-Managing projects in the ELP areas of work, including budgets and reporting requirements, and provide technical legal assistance to those areas;
-Carry out selected ELC project related administrative duties;
-Search and identify potential sources of funding, develop project concepts and proposals;
-Contribute to programming and reporting for the ELP and to general IUCN programming as required;
-Organize and lead project related workshops and meetings in the area of his/her work, as appropriate;
-Manage and supervise the work of consultants in the projects within his/her area of work.

B. Other general duties pertaining to the work of the Environmental Law Centre :

-Ensure that the ELP expertise on the legal and institutional aspects of biodiversity related issues is available to policy makers;
-Collaborate with IUCN's technical programmes to identify and meet their requirements for legal input;
-Collaborate with ELC legal and documentation officers, with the staff of IUCN's Regions responsible for environmental law, and with members of WCEL in project related development work;
-Support the activities of the IUCN's World Commission of Environmental Law (WCEL), and its specialist groups, as appropriate;
-Develop and prepare IUCN environmental law related newsletters, reports and publications;
-Supervise the work of ELC interns and fellows assigned to his/her area of work;
-Represent the ELC in relevant meetings and conferences;
-Take up any appropriate duties within the areas of work assigned by the ELC management.
  • Juris Doctor or equivalent with strong academic record and emphasis on environmental law; significant experience on terrestrial and marine biodiversity legal issues, including ABS, as well as international conventions related thereto.

• A minimum of 8 years of increasingly responsible work experience in those fields: Work experience in developing countries is desirable.

• A broad legal background, including private sector and/or government practice, experience with commercial and industry issues and legislative development desirable. Policy development experience an advantage.

• Excellent research, writing and analysical skills needed as well as an ability to work both independently and in a small, multi-cultural team.

• Experience in facilitating and participating with volunteer networks.

• Exceptional interpersonal skills.

• Computer literacy in basic office applications and the internet.

• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, inlcuding to a non-legal audience.

• Speaking and writing skills in English required and fluency in other IUCN languages (French and /or Spanish) desirable. Working knowledge of German is an advantage.

• Willingness to undertake significant levels of work related travel.

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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