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European Biodiversity Conservation Coordinator

Vacancy #:   2746
Unit:   Biodiversity assessment and knowledge
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   European Regional Office Belgium, Brussels, Belgium
Reporting to:   Head, Biodiversity Assessment and Knowledge
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P2
Expected start date:   01 December 2021
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (24 months with possibility of renewal)
Closing date:   12 March 2018
The European Biodiversity Conservation Coordinator (EBCC) is the focal point for the Global Species Programme in Europe. In particular, the EBCC will be responsible for managing the current project portfolio as well as strategically expanding the programme.

The EBCC will stay abreast of relevant European policy in order to inform the development and direction of IUCN work, and likewise, to enable best use of the IUCN Knowledge Products developed so far for Europe (e.g. European Red Lists of Species and Ecosystems, Green List of Natura 2000) in guiding European policy.
Project Development and management
• Act as the focal point for species work in Europe for the Global Species Programme, IUCN European Regional Office and the Species Survival Commission;
• Act as the focal point for the Biodiversity Conservation Group in Brussels:
• Undertake technical and financial management of projects, including donor reporting, budget management and administration;
• Act as Coordinator of the IUCN European Red List Initiative and manage existing and upcoming European Red Lists Projects (currently active is ERL Hoverflies);
• Act as Coordinator of the IUCN Green List for Europe Initiative, continuing to promote the uptake of the standard in the region through the development of new projects;
• Act as Coordinator of the EU invasive alien species projects;
• Follow EU Wildlife Trade and Use issues and explore funding opportunities;
• Coordinate project development to further the work of the Global Species Programme in Europe in cooperation with the Species Survival Commission, members and partners.
• Further develop the Green List initiative in Europe in cooperation with the Global Protected Areas Programme;
• Further enhance and maintain links with IUCN expert Commissions, in particular, the Species Survival Commission and the World Commission on Protected Areas;
• Remain abreast of policy development and appropriately deploy IUCN’s European knowledge products to guide the European Union decision-making process (i.e. on IAS, pollinators, species conservation planning, Natura 2000, etc).
• Support the IUCN European Regional Office in matters relating to European biodiversity;
• Supervise a team of 3 staff.

• Contribute to the identification of sources of funding for IUCN, including from the European Union, multilateral and bilateral sources, foundations etc;
• Contribute to the strengthening and development of positive and effective relations with potential donors;
• Develop a solid fundraising strategy and secure new funding;

Communication and representation
• Maintain communication with European Commission Directorates General, European biodiversity conservation stakeholders, project partners and IUCN members;
• Supervise and contribute to the production of high quality communication material as needed;
• Represent IUCN in relevant biodiversity related meetings and workshops;
• Present project findings in relevant meetings.

The above job description contains the main duties and responsibilities for this position. However, in a small organisation such as IUCN, staff members are expected to show flexibility in their approach to work and be willing to undertake other tasks that are reasonably allocated to them but which are not part of their regular job description. Where any task becomes a regular part of an employee's responsibilities, the job description will be changed in consultation with the employee and the Human Resources Management Group.
  • • Master's Degree in environmental sciences, wildlife conservation, biology or related field;
• Minimum 8 years of professional experience in relevant positions, with at least 5 years of project management experience;
• Good understanding of EU’s biodiversity conservation context and of the main drivers of biodiversity loss;
• Knowledge of EU biodiversity policies and processes;
• Affinity with the vision and mission of IUCN and a strong interest in and good understanding of European conservation initiatives;
• Familiarity with IUCN Knowledge Products, in particular the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and the IUCN Green List Sustainability Standard;
• Familiarity with EU Wildlife Trade and Use issues is an asset;
• Previous experience managing a portfolio of projects;
• Proven experience of successful project proposal development and fundraising;
• Proven experience managing staff (minimum teams of 5-10 staff);
• Sound understanding of information technology, with experience in applying Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and using virtual communication tools as a minimum skill set.
• Proven analytical, conceptual, organization, multitasking, and problem-solving skills;
• Previous experience administrating EU funded projects - experience with EU LIFE funded projects is an asset.
• Detail- and outcome-oriented;
• 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.
• Complete fluency in the English language, including excellent demonstrated English writing skills - knowledge of another EU language is an asset;
• Practical experience on Natura 2000 management is an asset.

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 1,400 Member organisations and around 16,000 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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