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Species Programme Intern

Vacancy #:   1444
Unit:   Species Programme
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation, Malaga, Spain
Reporting to:   Species Programme Coordinator
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   YP
Expected start date:   15 July 2019
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (6 months)
Closing date:   10 February 2017
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization, with more than 1,200 government and NGO members and almost 11,000 volunteer experts in some 160 countries. IUCN’s work is supported by over 1,000 staff in 45 offices and hundreds of partners in public, NGO and private sectors around the world.

The mission of the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation (IUCN-Med) is to influence, encourage and assist Mediterranean societies in achieving both the conservation and sustainable use of natural resources, and sustainable development.

With a strong focus on biodiversity, nature conservation, protected areas and ecosystem services, IUCN-Med provides valuable input into ongoing policy debates in these areas, as well as a broad platform for discussions thanks to its varied membership.
Under the direct supervision of the Mediterranean Species Programme Coordinator, the Species Programme Intern will support the ongoing work and projects of the department, particularly in relation to biodiversity analysis and communications. This will include activities such as support for the organisation of workshops, targeted research on certain topics, writing technical reports, as well as a range of administrative activities.

This assignment will include the following responsibilities:

• Assist in the daily activities of the Mediterranean Species Programme, including collection and analysis of data and information on Mediterranean biodiversity, and assist in the development of projects including the writing of reports, factsheets and other communication material;
• Support the work on assessing the IUCN Red List of Species undergoing
• Prepare digital distribution maps using GIS tools based on published and unpublished information and correspondence with experts
• Collate, synthesize and analyse new published and unpublished information on status,
• distribution and threats to each species under evaluation
• Update data fields and text accounts in the IUCN Species Information Service (SIS) online database
• Contact experts and reviewers to update and check this information, and incorporating such updates
• Provide support for the organisation of workshops and meetings upon request;
• Provide a range of administrative support functions on a day-to-day basis (e.g. distribution lists, consultancy contracts, etc.).

This internship provides a challenging and interesting opportunity to work in a dynamic international organisation and to gain work experience in the field of nature conservation policies and projects. For this internship there is no financial remuneration but a daily allowance for meals as well as a contribution to cover transportation can be provided.

Preferred starting date of the internship is 17 June 2019.

This position as a gross internship allowance of 550 € per month.
  • Candidates must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate university programme and not have graduated from it. Candidates who have graduated from university are not eligible.

A degree in a relevant biological or environmental subject.

• Good understanding of IUCN Red List categories, criteria and application.

• Excellent English writing skills in a scientific style

• Experience of collating, verifying, analysing, interpreting and disseminating biological data (e.g. publications and reports).

• Highly proficient in English (native speaker or equivalent). Other languages beneficial, but not essential.

• Good GIS skills (preferably ArcGIS) and experience handling and analysing big databases in Excel.

• Excellent attention to detail, with the ability to undertake repetitive tasks accurately and consistently.

• Proficient in Microsoft Office (especially Outlook, Word and Excel).

• Good organizational, administrative and reporting skills.
Strong written and oral communication skills.
Ability to work independently and on multiple tasks simultaneously.

Ability to meet tight deadlines without compromising the quality of outputs.

Highly motivated to learn and develop new skills.

A team player with a strong interest to work in an international environment

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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About IUCN

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.

Working with many partners and supporters, IUCN implements a large and diverse portfolio of conservation projects worldwide. Combining the latest science with the traditional knowledge of local communities, these projects work to reverse habitat loss, restore ecosystems and improve people’s well-being.