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Species Conservation Officer

Vacancy #:   1540
Unit:   ECARO – Protected Areas
Organization:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Belgrade, Serbia
Reporting to:   Director, IUCN Eastern Europe and Central Asia Regional Office
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P1
Expected start date:   01 September 2017
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (24 months with possibility of renewal)
Closing date:   25 May 2017
IUCN Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia (ECARO) is seeking to recruit an experienced and enthusiastic candidate to join the IUCN ECARO team as focal point for the IUCN Global Species Programme and the Species Survival Commission. The successful candidate will work in close cooperation with the IUCN ECARO Director and the IUCN Global Species Programme, and will be responsible for the coordination and implementation of species-related activities in Eastern Europe, North and Central Asia.

• Oversee the implementation of the species conservation component of the IUCN's Programme in Eastern Europe, North and Central Asia
• Coordinate the implementation of IUCN ECARO’s species project portfolio in the region
• Liaise with IUCN Members, Commissions and partners in identifying priorities in species conservation in the region
• Act as IUCN ECARO’s focal point for the IUCN Global Species Programme and the Species Survival Commission
• Help identify programme implementation and project development opportunities


• Coordinate the implementation of IUCN ECARO’s species-related project portfolio in Eastern Europe, North and Central Asia, with particular emphasis on national Red List Development
• Support the organizational development and capacity building of partner organizations on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
• Provide technical assistance to IUCN Members and partners in Eastern Europe, North and Central Asia on priority setting for species conservation
• Liaise with the IUCN Global Species Programme, IUCN Regional Offices, and the Species Survival Commission in providing support to the implementation of IUCN ECARO’s project portfolio
• Ensure timely and quality communication of IUCN ECARO’s species conservation activities
• Assist IUCN ECARO’s Director and Conservation Programme Coordinator in identifying partnership and project development opportunities


The gross annual salary for this position is in the range of 24.960 EUR to EUR 27.504 subject to deductions for social security contributions and health insurance, and before tax.
  • Bachelor’s degree (or higher) in a subject related to the field of environment

• Minimum of 3 years of experience in the field of species conservation

• Good knowledge of the Red List Categories and Criteria and regional and national Red List assessments

• Proven ability to work with multi-disciplinary groups, including governments, experts and civil society

• Capacity to work effectively under time pressure and extended hours if required and pre-approved by ECARO Director

• Willingness to travel within the region, sometimes at short notice

• Excellent command of English and other language spoken in the region

• Computer literacy in MS Office packages

• Excellent organizational and networking skills

• Team-oriented attitude and ability to work independently

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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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.

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