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Programme Support Associate Invasive Species

Vacancy #:   5506
Unit:   Species Cambridge Unit
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Cambridge Office, Cambridge, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Reporting to:   Programme Officer, Invasive Species
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   A3
Expected start date:   01 March 2021
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (10 months)
Closing date:   17 January 2021 (extended)
The primary aim of this position is to support the two Programme Officers in providing technical and scientific support to the EC on the EU Invasive Alien Species Regulation, and in supporting the application of the new IUCN Environmental Impact Classification for Alien Taxa (EICAT). This includes supporting the co-ordination, production and review of analyses and guidance documents, and the organising and running of workshops. The position will also have responsibility for other invasive alien species activities as they arise.

The salary for this position is: £23,500 p.a.
Work to support IUCN’s contracts on the European Union Regulation on Invasive Alien Species
Under the guidance of the Programme Officers, provide technical, scientific and administrative support, including:
• Supporting the co-ordination of task deliverables, e.g. communication with sub-contractors, tracking progress of tasks and deliverables, proof reading and editing technical and scientific documents.
• Providing support in the production of technical and scientific reports and guidance documents, including undertaking research, data collation and analysis, and writing sections of technical reports.
• Representing IUCN at meetings and workshops with the EC, and other relevant stakeholders.
• Support the organisation of workshops, including on the assessment of humane management measures for invasive species.
• Assist, as required, with additional technical and administrative support work undertaken by IUCN.

Supporting the application of EICAT
Under the guidance of the Programme Officers:
• Support the organisation and facilitation of EICAT training and assessment workshops.
• Undertake consistency checks of EICAT assessments.
• Assist the IUCN EICAT Unit in activities related to the implementation of EICAT.

Other activities
Under the guidance of the Programme Officers, other responsibilities will include:
• Supporting activities of the IUCN Species Survival Commission, in particular the Invasive Species Specialist Group.
• Support all other aspects of the Global Species & Key Biodiversity Areas Programme’s work on invasive species, in general.
• Supporting policy work, such as on the Convention on Biological Diversity and the UN 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development.
• Supporting updates to IUCN’s IAS webpage.
• Supporting other invasive species activities undertaken by IUCN, as required.
• Representing IUCN at meetings and conferences.

In addition, the position will need to be available to undertake travel worldwide when safe to do so.
  • Education
• A degree in Conservation Biology, or closely related field.

Work Experience
• Relevant professional experience, ideally conservation related at a European or international level.
• Proven experience of supporting the delivery of project deliverables according to deadlines, for example technical or scientific reports.
Proven experience of working in projects engaging different stakeholders and sub-contractors.
• Excellent editing and writing skills in English.
• Excellent data management skills.
• Strong organizational skills.
• Excellent communication skills.
• High proficiency in use of computer software, particularly MS Word, and Excel.

• Good knowledge of conservation issues – ideally at a European or international level.
• Knowledge of invasive alien species and their impacts to biodiversity.
• Knowledge of the EU Invasive Alien Species Regulation 1143/2014 would be desirable.
• Knowledge of IUCN EICAT would also be desirable.

• Proven ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

• Fluency in written and spoken English essential.

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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