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EU Partnerships Intern

Vacancy #:   1469
Unit:   European Regional Office - EU Policy
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   European Regional Office Belgium, Brussels, Belgium
Reporting to:   European Senior Policy Manager
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   -
Expected start date:   14 October 2019
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (4 months)
Closing date:   23 January 2017
About the International Union for Conservation of Nature - IUCN
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.
IUCN’s work focuses on valuing and conserving nature, ensuring effective and equitable governance of its use, and deploying nature-based solutions to global challenges in climate, food and development. IUCN supports scientific research, manages field projects all over the world, and brings governments, NGOs, the UN and companies together to develop policy, laws and best practice.

The internship will be based in the IUCN European Regional Office but the intern will be jointly supervised by the EU Partnerships Officer and the Director of Global Strategic Partnerships (based in Switzerland). Working in collaboration with other staff the intern will support both global work in respect to donors and work in relation to the European Union.

Globally, the EU Partnerships Intern will support the Strategic Partnership Unit (SPU) and this work will be supervised by the Director of Global Strategic Partnerships. The Unit is responsible for identifying and managing strategic partnerships with IUCN’s donors as well as coordinating IUCN’s overall resource mobilization efforts. The mission of the intern will be to support SPU in a variety of research, communications, and logistics tasks.

At a European level, under the supervision of the EU Partnerships Officer, the function of the EU Partnerships intern has a particular focus on the opportunities that are offered by the European Institutions for funding Biodiversity Conservation and to assist the IUCN global secretariat staff in its fundraising activities with the EC.

The incumbent furthermore assists in the implementation of IUCN EURO’s work programme with regard to the liaison with the European Institutions (mainly the European Commission and the European Parliament) regarding key nature conservation policies with a focus on EU External activities such as illegal wildlife trafficking, the implementation of Agenda 2030 for sustainable development and the new Multiannual Financial Framework. The internship is unpaid but expenses for public transport and lunch are covered (monthly MOBIB card + 5 EUR/day for meals).

Specific tasks
Focus of the internship will be on assisting in efforts to identify potential EU funding for the IUCN global network as well as to provide general support to the activities of the EU Partnerships Officer, including
some policy and project related activities. This assignment will also include the following responsibilities:

• Provide support to the IUCN offices worldwide in accessing EU funding and exploring relevant EU funding instruments;
• Background research/intelligence gathering (desktop) on selected bilateral donors and multilateral institutions. This will include analysis and synthesis of information on their development policies, environment and conservation strategies, partnership and funding priorities.
• Conduct (desktop) research/intelligence gathering on EU policies and processes related to nature conservation and sustainable development (e.g. search for upcoming events & policy calendars, research background information, EC consultations etc.);
• Assisting in the development and circulation of the bi-weekly “Funding EUpdate” newsletter;
• Develop background briefs on bilateral and multilateral donors.
• Prepare documents/communications for IUCN’s donors.
• Assist in the preparation of meetings and public speaking events by drafting briefings and presentations
• Attend meetings and conferences and report on the outcomes;
• Provide some administrative support functions on a day-to-day basis (e.g. processing of invoices, contracts, financial reports, and logistics for meetings).
  • Applicants must have student status and be enrolled at a university for the entire duration of the internship.

• Studying towards a relevant Bachelor’s or Master’s degree with a focus on environmental policy, sustainable development, international relations.

• Affinity with the vision and mission of IUCN and a strong interest in and good understanding of international environmental policies and developments;

• Complete fluency in the English language, including excellent demonstrated English writing skills; good level of written and spoken French is an asset but not required.

• Sound understanding of information technology, with experience in applying Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) as a minimum skill set.

• Good analytical, conceptual, organization, multitasking, and problem-solving 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, keen to bring in own ideas;

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

• 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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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 1,400 Member organisations and some 15,000 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.