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Biodiversity Conservation Officer

Vacancy #:   5154
Unit:   Global Species & Key Biodiversity Areas Programme
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   European Regional Office Belgium, Brussels, Belgium
Reporting to:   Deputy Director, Global Species Programme
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P1
Expected start date:   06 January 2021
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (12 months)
Closing date:   18 September 2019 (extended)
Under the supervision of the European Biodiversity Conservation Coordinator, the Biodiversity Conservation Officer will support the work and project portfolio of the IUCN Global Species Programme in Europe. Specifically the successful candidate for this position will:

• Coordinate delivery of tasks and provide appropriate technical support to the current project portfolio, including projects on European Red Lists and other IUCN knowledge products, pollinator conservation and invasive alien species management, liaising with project partners and drawing on IUCNs knowledge network to provide inputs for deliverables as required;
• Lead the implementation of the European Red Lists of Hoverflies, including: liaising with experts and monitoring their progress in delivering high quality assessments, coordinating the organization of assessment workshops with support from the Biodiversity Conservation Assistant, reviewing species assessments, drafting project reports and support project progress meetings. Some training in Red List assessments will be required that will be provided by the team if necessary;
• Develop new ideas and support fundraising efforts to help the development of new projects and strengthen IUCN’s involvement in species conservation and protected areas initiatives and networks in Europe;
• Act as project manager for new projects, as appropriate and feasible, and as agreed with his/her Line Manager;
• Lead the development of promotional and communication materials, such as webstories, presentations, project brochures and webinars, that help raise awareness of the work of the Species team, for specialist and non-specialist audiences;
• Support and guide the work of more junior team members as required, including Interns and the Biodiversity Conservation Assistant;
• Will be required to provide support on a range of tasks as delegated by his/her Line Manager.

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. Initial appointment is for six months with the possibility of extension.
  • Affinity with the vision and mission of IUCN and a strong interest in and good understanding of European conservation initiatives;

• A relevant postgraduate University degree (e.g. environmental science, biology, conservation science, social science);

• At least 3 years of work experience in the field of nature conservation, sustainable development or a related area of work with progressively increasing responsibilities in project management and grant management;

• Sound administrative/coordination skills, including contract administration, logistical coordination and event preparation, travel planning and management of agendas, basic financial skills;

• 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;

• Thorough knowledge of modern office procedures and proven ability to work in MS Windows environment (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Microsoft Outlook);

• Proven analytical, conceptual, organization, and problem-solving skills;

• Detail- and outcome-oriented;

• Strong ability to work independently and on multiple tasks simultaneously;

• Strong 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 track record of working effectively in a multicultural and diverse environment with colleagues at all levels;

• EU National or holder of an EU work permit;

• Knowledge of European nature legislation and familiarity with EU funding and policy processes is not essential, but is an asset;

• Knowledge of the IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria and other IUCN Knowledge Products 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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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.

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