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Deputy Director General, Corporate Services

Vacancy #:   5429
Unit:   Director General's Office
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Headquarters, Gland, Switzerland
Reporting to:   Director General
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   S
Expected start date:   15 March 2021
Type of contract:   Max-term (46 months with possibility of renewal)
Closing date:   07 October 2020

The Deputy Director General, Corporate Services is a key leadership role in IUCN, working closely with the Director General to implement the strategy of the Union. They collaborate with the other members of the Executive Board, on key management aspects of the organisation including but not limited to ensuring the development and timely implementation of a cohesive and integrated IUCN programme; that the Secretariat works with and supports the membership and Commissions; and that the sources of financial support for the activities of the Union are expanded. They support the work of the Director General to maintain the viability, reputation and standing of IUCN and ensure the effective performance of its global distributed Secretariat.

The Deputy Director General, Corporate Services leads the translation of IUCN goals into effective organisational strategies that support tailored and streamlined services and operations. They oversee the following units:

? Strategic partnership
? Business engagement
? Global convenings and events
? Global communications
? Membership and commissions support
? Human resources
? Global information systems (IT)
? Legal
? Internal oversight
? Institutional performance management and evaluation
? Multilateral finance (GEF/ GCF)
? Full overview of the operations of the organisation in line with corporate services
? Compliance across the organisation.

Strategy and planning
• In close collaboration with the Director General and the Executive Board, shape the overall strategic direction of the work of the Union.
• Ensure that IUCN corporate functions effectively and closely collaborate and coordinate with the different components of the Union to shape an integrated and cohesive organisation.
• Provide strategic directions for the management of the Secretariat including the establishment and global enforcement of standards, processes, and policies.

Secretariat operations
• Monitor the overall performance, quality assurance and change management across the Secretariat and ensures its effective management and continuous improvement.
• Lead the development, implementation and continuous improvement of effective global policies, systems and standards for the Union.
• Promote cooperation between all of the units within the Secretariat and with Members and Commissions to strengthen IUCN’s global impact.
• Develop and strengthen IUCN’s ability to respond to external challenges, risks and opportunities.

Resource mobilisation
• Ensure effective communication, collaboration and strategic partnership for funding and resource mobilisation with relevant partners.
• Provide leadership to the further development and implementation of a tailored fundraising and resource mobilisation strategy aimed to strengthen and expand the Union financial base.

• Provide other strategic support and perform other duties as assigned by the Director General.

• Advanced University Degree (Master’s) in a development or science-related area including natural resources management, business management, public administration, project management, economics, conservation and sustainable development or relevant social sciences;

• A minimum of 20 years’ progressively responsible experience in strategic and managerial leadership, including governance of a complex multilateral organizsation or programme preferably in an area related to conservation and/or sustainable development, of which at least 10 years at executive management level;

• Solid knowledge of conservation and sustainable development policy issues as well as the geopolitical, development and multi-stakeholder contexts and a sound understanding of how this fits into the global context;

• Demonstrated experience in partnership, government relations, and operations management;

• Experience in developing projects and programmes and ability to lead fund raising strategies and activities with the donor community, both public and private;

• Leadership experience in managing the performance of diverse and multi-cultural teams;


• Ability and commitment to act in accordance with the core values of integrity and trust, transparency, professionalism and accountability, equality, inclusiveness and respect for diversity;

• Unimpeachable integrity as evidenced by behaviour, communication style and way of handling ambiguous or difficult situations;

• Demonstrated ability to manage and lead the work of the Secretariat with diverse skills, personalities, and backgrounds;

• Clear commitment to fostering a culture of high performance and accountability, demonstrated in the ability to manage by results, differentiate performance and assertively give feedback and take decisive action when necessary;

• Demonstrated experience building teams diverse in gender, nationality and background to achieve business results. This commitment to diversity and inclusion should be exemplified through staffing decisions and the ability to model behaviours that promote a more inclusive organisational culture;

• Proven experience in maintaining and nurturing expert networks with demonstrated ability to handle politically and culturally sensitive issues;

• Experience in identifying key issues in a complex situation, and consulting, gathering, and analysing relevant information before proposing and implementing decisive actions or recommendations;

• Enthusiastic commitment and vision characterised by a commitment to nature conservation and sustainable use and the ability to provide inspiration and strategic direction;

• Proven experience of global affairs and experience with the workings of Multilateral Environmental Agreements and governmental and non-governmental institutions;

• Maturity, knowledge and experience in management and leadership abilities with a deep sense of self-awareness as evidenced by the ability to articulate one’s own strengths, weaknesses and impact on others;

• Proven ability to effectively delegate, empower and motivate staff and others, and the ability to both plan and take action, keeping staff focused on priorities;

• Experience developing teams and individuals and effectively leading improvement and change.
The gross annual salary for this position is between CHF 219'039 and CHF 273'799, subject to deductions for social security contributions and second-pillar pension, and before tax. While this is an indicative amount effective as of the current date, changes may occur as per IUCN's compensation practices without prior notice. The same applies to other organisations hosted by IUCN.

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 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.

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.