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EU Programme Officer Nature Based Solutions

Vacancy #:   1528
Unit:   IUCN European Regional Office
Organization:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   European Regional Office, Brussels, Belgium
Reporting to:   EU Programme Manager Nature Based Solutions
Work percentage:   100%
Function group:   P1
Expected start date:   08 September 2017
Type of contract:   Fixed-term
Closing date:   05 May 2017
The IUCN European Regional Office is an out-posted Headquarters unit providing global services to the organization. With premises located in Brussels, Belgium, the office provides vital linkages for IUCN (and its Members, National Committees, scientific Commissions and the global Secretariat) to key European Union (EU) institutions and other public and private actors with regional headquarters in Brussels.

Nature Based Solutions & Local and Regional Authorities

Europe faces enormous challenges, such as mitigating climate change, enhancing resilience to natural disasters, ensuring safe and nutritious food to more than 500 million people, safeguarding water and air quality, protecting biodiversity, strengthening the economy, and dealing with increasing urbanization and human health issues.

Using nature to respond to some of the most pressing challenges of our time can be cost-effective, help safeguard the environment and halt biodiversity loss, and provide numerous economic and social benefits. IUCN engages with policy makers, scientists, planners, practitioners, land owners, businesses and civil society to promote nature based solutions to complement traditional conservation actions.

One of the key focus areas of the IUCN European Union Programme is to collaborate closely with local and regional authorities for the implementation of nature based solutions. Urban landscapes are the everyday environment for the majority of the global population, with more than 75 per cent of Europeans living in these areas. The continuous increase in the number and size of urban regions, and the ensuing transformation of landscapes, pose great challenges for reducing the rate of biodiversity loss and ensuring human welfare. IUCN is committed to mobilising the biodiversity conservation expertise of its large network to help local and regional authorities raise awareness for the value of nature and incorporate nature-based solutions within their planning and policies to ensure a sustainable future.
Under the supervision of EU Programme Manager Nature Based Solutions, the EU Programme Officer Nature Based Solutions will perform the following tasks:

• Coordinate the delivery of tasks part of European projects on nature-based solutions, liaising with project partners and drawing on IUCNs knowledge network to provide inputs for deliverables as required;
• Develop new project ideas and support fundraising efforts to help IUCN expand its engagement with local and regional governments for nature-based solutions, and strengthen IUCNs involvement in related networks and initiatives in Europe;
• Lead the development of promotional and communication materials, such as webstories, presentations, project brochures and webinars, that help raise awareness for the value of nature based solutions for specialist and non-specialist audiences;
• Develop and maintain collaboration with IUCN Members and partners across Europe and represent IUCN at external events;
• Organisation and assistance with the preparation of events and workshops
• Follow closely EU policy developments related to nature-based solutions;
• Coordinate the development of a database of examples and best practices related to nature based solutions;
• Responsible for technical reporting and administrative management of projects.
  • A Masters degree in environmental sciences, ecosystem management, sustainable development, or any other discipline that is relevant to nature conservation; knowledge of urban issues is an advantage;

• At least 5 years of work experience in the field of nature conservation, sustainable development or a related area of work; experience with the private sector is an asset;

• Experience in developing project proposals for the European Commission (Horizon 2020 is an advantage);

• Experience with project management and good organizational, administrative, and reporting skills;

• Knowledge of European nature legislation and familiarity with EU funding and policy processes;

• Excellent level of written and spoken English (native speaker or equivalent), other languages an asset;

• Excellent oral and written communication skills and ability to create engaging communication strategies and products;

• Experience organizing events and workshops;

• Excellent organizational, administrative, and reporting skills;

• A motivated self-starter with an ability to work independently, become familiar with new topics quickly, and meet tight deadlines without compromising the quality of outputs;

• A team player with a strong interest in working in an international environment and willingness to 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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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.