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Junior Programme Officer (Invasive Species)

Vacancy #:   1400
Unit:   Species Cambridge Unit
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Cambridge Office, Cambridge, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Reporting to:   Programme Officer, Invasive Species
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   A3
Expected start date:   20 February 2017
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (10 months)
Closing date:   04 December 2016 (extended)
IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, is looking to recruit a full-time Junior Programme Officer (JPO).
Invasive alien species are the second biggest driver of biodiversity loss worldwide with severe consequences for both nature and people. In 2010 the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) adopted Aichi Target 9 which states:

By 2020, invasive alien species and pathways are identified and prioritized, priority species are controlled or eradicated, and measures are in place to manage pathways to prevent their introduction and establishment.

IUCN was instrumental in providing advice on the wording of this target which requires Parties to:
• Identify invasive alien species and prioritize for management action;
• Identify key pathways of introduction and prioritize for management action including preventative measures

IUCN can offer more than any other global organisation in terms of support for achievement of this target. We have been a recognized leader in this field and built up a reputation of excellence and experience at recognizing, preventing and managing biological invasions. IUCN’s work covers the generation of knowledge, policy work, as well as action on the ground.

One of the major developments in addressing biological invasions, and helping to achieve Aichi Target 9, is the European Union Regulation on Invasive Species (1143/2014), which entered into force on 1 January 2015 . This Regulation imposes restrictions on a list of species that are of ‘Union Concern’, whose potential adverse impacts across the European Union are such that concerted action across Europe is required. IUCN, through a contract with the European Commission (EC), are providing technical support to the EC on the implementation of the EU Invasive Species Regulation. The primary aim of this post is support the IUCN Invasive Species Programme Officer, in providing this technical support to the EC.

The salary for this position is £23,000 p.a. dependent on skills and experience
The JPO will work to provide technical support to the EC on the EU Invasive Species Regulation. For this role, the position will support the IUCN Invasive Species Programme Officer and other members of the IUCN team, to co-ordinate analyses and the production of guidance documents, as requested by the EC. The JPO will also have responsibility for other activities as they arise including on other aspects of IUCNs invasive species work.

European Regulation Technical Support under the guidance of the IUCN Invasive Species Programme Officer
• Coordination of data collation and analysis on invasive species as requested by the EC (this is likely to include cost-benefit analysis and likely impacts).
• Collating and managing relevant invasive species data, including those submitted by EC Member States as part of the invasive species Regulation.
• Supporting the coordination of the production of guidance documents, as requested by the EC in relation to the implementation of the EU Invasive Species Regulation.
• Communication with external experts to undertake and peer review the analyses and guidance documents.
• Assist, as required, with the additional technical and administrative support work undertaken by IUCN, including:
o Review of templates used by Member States to submit applications and notifications under the Invasive Species Regulation
o The production of technical notes for the EC on the applications and notifications submitted by Member States under the EU Invasive Species Regulation.
o Reporting to the EC

Other activities
Provide support to the Invasive Species Programme Officer on other invasive species activities undertaken by IUCN. This may include:
• Providing input to funding proposals, potentially including Global Environment Facility, and Cambridge Conservation Initiative Collaborative Fund for Conservation.
• Supporting policy work, such as on the Convention on Biological Diversity & the UN 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development
• Representing IUCN at meetings.
• Supporting the IUCN Species Survival Commission, and in particular the Invasive Species Specialist Group
• Engaging with the IUCN Regional Offices to identify, develop and implement invasive species projects
• Supporting the development of an IUCN method to rank invasive species based on their environmental impact (Environmental Impact Classification for Alien Taxa - EICAT).
• Providing technical and administrative support to the Programme Officer in the implementation of other IUCN projects, such as the Inva’Ziles project
  • Applicants should have, as minimum:
• A higher degree (MSc) in relevant field.
• A proven understanding of issues related to invasive species.
• High proficiency in the use of computer software, particularly databases such as MS Access, and Excel.
• Strong data management and analysis skills
• An understanding of European Union legislation.
• Strong editing and writing skills in English, with published technical reports.
• Excellent communication skills
• Proven ability to multitask and work to strict deadlines.

• In addition to the above requirements, the following skills and experience would be advantageous:
• Knowledge of the EU Regulation on Invasive Species (1143/2014), and its implementation.
• Demonstrated application of cost benefit analysis in relation to conservation, ideally to invasive species management.
• Proven ability to co-ordinate the production of analysis or technical documents through collaboration with multiple people.
• Knowledge of invasive species management within a European context, or within one or more of its Member States.
• Database design and development.
• Fluency in French and/or Spanish.
• Peer reviewed publications.
• Geographic Information Systems (GIS) proficiency.

• Applicants must be eligible to work in the United Kingdom without the need for a work visa.

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