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IUCN/UNIA’s Chair on Nature Conservation Research Intern

Vacancy #:   5661
Unit:   Communication Programme
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation, Malaga, Spain
Reporting to:   Corporate Department Coordinator
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   I
Expected start date:   01 July 2021
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (6 months)
Closing date:   13 June 2021
The IUCN/UNIA Chair is a strategic collaboration between the International University of Andalusia and the International Union for Conservation of Nature and its Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation (IUCN-Med) for the generation of knowledge on how Nature-based Solutions can simultaneously contribute more effectively to biodiversity conservation and respond to various societal challenges such as climate change, food security or disaster risk, using a systemic and transdisciplinary perspective.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) was founded in 1948 and brings together over 1,200 members (States, government agencies, NGOs and affiliates) and some 17,000 scientists and experts from over 160 countries in a unique worldwide partnership. Its mission is to influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable. IUCN has approximately 1,000 staff, most of whom are located in its regional and country offices, and at its Headquarters in Gland, Switzerland. IUCN is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from qualified women and men.
Under the direct supervision of the director and co-director of the IUCN-UNIA Chair (Cátedra UICN-UNIA), the Research intern will support the IUCN Chair on Nature Conservation, with a specific focus in:

1) Support the implementation of the IUCN’s Chair research’s workplan. This includes:
a) Inventory of land uses for potential mitigation/adaptation measures of NbS in urban and peri urbans areas of Malaga (including hinterlands, shrubs lands, abandoned lands, wastelands, agriculture fields).
b) Preliminary list of potential NbS interventions for wetlands and waterbodies.
2) Administrative and communication support to development of the IUCN’s chair workplan
  • Bachelor of Science and Masters Degrees (or equivalent experience) in either a biological or environmental subject.

The student should be still enrolled in an university grade in order to be able to sign an internship agreement with the university.

• Experience of, and proficiency in, the practical use of GIS.

• Experience in interrogating academic and spatial databases

• Knowledge on ecosystems Restauration

• Editing and writing skills in English and Spanish.

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

• Organizational and communication skills

• Fluency in written and spoken English and Spanish,, French is desirable

• This position has an internship gross allowance of 650 € per month

Applicants are requested to apply online through the HR Management System, by opening the vacancy announcement and pressing the "Apply" button.

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About IUCN

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.

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.