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Policy and Science Trainee

Vacancy #:   1273
Unit:   Global Policy Unit
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Headquarters, Gland, Switzerland
Reporting to:   Head - Global Policy Unit
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   -
Expected start date:   03 May 2016
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (6 months)
Closing date:   03 April 2016
The Science and Knowledge and the Global Policy units have been collaborating closely in the process of designing indicators to track progress towards the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals. This collaboration has enhanced the science-policy interface of IUCN in the work both units undertake under the SDGs process. To support this work, especially in the light of the upcoming World Conservation Congress, it is foreseen that the above-mentioned work be continued through a Trainee who will work 50 percent for the Science and Knowledge Unit and 50 percent for the Global Policy Unit.
The Trainee will continue work undergoing during 2015 related to indicators on SDGs and provide support on all activities related to positioning IUCN as a player for the achievement of SDGs. He/she will also support IUCN’s work on IPBES and IUCN’s engagement with other scientific networks.


• Support the preparations of the SDGs Journey for WCC
• Support the development of material on IUCN strategy on SDGs (awareness raising, training, etc.)
• Support GPU and Science & Knowledge Unit following on the SDGs indicators discussions
• Support Science & Knowledge Unit in IPBES engagement, and in tracking IUCN engagement with peer conservation science institutions in general
• Assist the Deputy Head GPU and Head Science & Knowledge in any other tasks related to WCC, as appropriate.
  • Fluency in oral and written English.

• Knowledge of other IUCN languages (French and Spanish) or other languages is an advantage.

• Good analytical and research skills.

• Dynamic and fast learner.

• Due to local legal requirements the candidates must have the right to live and work in Switzerland (L,B,C permits or EU Citizens only).

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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