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Junior Professional - Business and Biodiversity

Vacancy #:   5509
Unit:   Global Business and Biodiversity Programme
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Headquarters, Gland, Switzerland
Reporting to:   Programme Manager
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   YP
Expected start date:   01 February 2021
Type of contract:   Max-term (11 months)
Closing date:   18 January 2021
The Junior Professional (JP) will be an integral part of the IUCN’s Programme on Business and Biodiversity (BBP), which comprises a small team of staff based at IUCN Headquarters in Gland, Switzerland and in several other out-posted offices.

The IUCN Business and Biodiversity Programme was established in 2003 to influence and support private partners in addressing environmental and social issues. The Programme's work is led by a Business Engagement Strategy, approved by the IUCN Council, to engage the business sectors that have a significant impact on natural resources and livelihoods.
IUCN also recognises that extractive industries – such as oil, gas and mining are significant contributors to the global economy, and this makes them an influential force in shaping how global conservation and development goals are attained. To help ensure IUCN’s work is undertaken in an institutionally coherent and consistent manner, it has developed an operational framework that outlines its programmatic approach with the extractive sector
The JP will provide support to the BBP team in order to help the team design, develop and implement its portfolio of extractive sector focussed projects. In particular, he/she will provide assistance to colleagues through background research and information analysis and synthesis, support for organizing various events and contribution towards effective communication, outreach and engagement activities aimed at ensuring that IUCN’s work with the extractive sector is coordinated and delivered effectively.

This JP position is structured to provide professional development opportunities, and will offer the incumbent the chance to gain direct career experience in terms of:-
• direct understanding of how conservation and sustainable actions can be embedded into commercial operations;
• understand project structure and steps required for design and development;
• exposure to engagement with the corporate sector on globally-relevant issues of biodiversity management, climate change, social issues, and corporate social responsibility.
• Conduct desk research and analysis to support the implementation of BBP extractive sector projects;
• Support the design and content management of websites detailing IUCN’s extractive sector-focused work;
• Develop agenda and support convening meetings and webinars to support the implementation of BBP’s extractive sector projects ;
• Develop communication materials to promote IUCN’s work with the extractive sectors;
• Support the organization and delivery of awareness-raising and capacity building activities related to IUCN’s work with the extractives sector.


Gross salary CHF 60'000.- per year subject to internal withholding tax (not applicable to Swiss nationals) and social security. The salary is a fixed amount, not negotiable.

Annual leave: 25 working days per year.


• CHF 320 per month (CHF 3,840 per year) cash contribution towards health insurance cover. Staff members are responsible for their own health insurance coverage;

• IUCN Pension scheme (6% employee and 7% employer contribution);

• Accident and Disability insurance (Zurich);

• Travel and emergency evacuation insurance on mission (TSM);

• You will be enrolled in the Swiss social security system which includes first pillar state pension, unemployment insurance and loss of earnings insurance.
  • Eligibility to live and work in Switzerland;
• A degree in a subject relevant to the position;
• At least 6 months’ relevant work or research experience, and ideally a longer period in a relevant field;
• Exceptional organisational skills and attention to detail;
• Experience in online research and literature reviews;
• Experience in analysis and synthesis of large information volume;
• Excellent written and spoken English and French is essential for this position.
• A demonstrable commitment to using the opportunity of the position as a platform for professional development;
• A strong aptitude and ability to communicate both informally (interpersonal skills and networking) and formally;
• Ability to work independently and deliver quality products within agreed deadlines;
• Desired: Experience (either in a professional or academic setting) related to the role of business in biodiversity conservation;
• Desired: Experience in organising events
• Desired: Experience with website content management;
• Desired: Experience working in a cross-cultural and multi-disciplinary environment.
The gross annual salary for this position is CHF 60'000, 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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