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Intern, Forest Conservation Programme

Vacancy #:   5669
Unit:   Forest Conservation Programme
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   North America Regional Office, Washington D.C., United States of America
Reporting to:   Senior Forest Policy Officer
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   I
Expected start date:   08 July 2021
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (6 months)
Closing date:   25 June 2021
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) was founded in 1948 and brings together over 1,100 members (States, government agencies, NGOs, and affiliates) and some 11,000 scientists and experts from 181 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.
The IUCN Forest Conservation Programme team based in Washington D.C. is seeking a motivated candidate for an intern to support the work related to the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, focused on agriculture, restoration and sustainable production. This is a remote working position but may require the candidate to join meetings and events in person if needed.
Our placement offers valuable work experience toward the candidate's professional development, increasing its skills and knowledge on international biodiversity policy focused on terrestrial ecosystems conservation, restoration, and the interface with sustainable production while working with an international organization.

As an intern, you will work as part of a team in advocacy outreach, research, and communications.

The intern, under the supervision of the Senior Forest Policy Officer and working with key partners located in different time zones and regions, will accomplish the following tasks:

•Assist in carrying out research and analysis to map key stakeholders and parties' views on managed ecosystems, agriculture, restoration, etc., and feed into the outreach strategy.

•Assist in the drafting of short briefs and position papers to respond to an established engagement strategy for negotiations, official meetings, and other kinds of relevant events

•Support in the drafting of web stories, infographics, brochures, and other communication assets to enhance the dissemination of key messages

•Assist in outreach activities and be the main focal communication point between stakeholders and parties and the project team, as per the engagement strategy. Assist with organizing online meetings.

•Conduct other task/emerging issues assigned by the supervisor to ensure the effective implementation of activities.
  • A student currently enrolled in a graduate degree in relevant fields, such as Political Science, International Relations, International Development, Public Policy, or other fields such as Environmental Science, Environmental management and communications, etc. preferably with some exposure to environmental or biodiversity policy issues, or, alternatively, environment and biological sciences, preferably with some exposure to political science.

• Availability during regular business hours (9 AM–5 PM, Mon-Fri) to the IUCN Office in Washington DC

• Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively to others, correctly interprets messages from others, and responds appropriately

• Knowledge of basic design tools to improve the presentation of documents and develop communication assets such as infographics, brochures, social media cards, etc

• Ability to stay organized and work independently with minimum supervision

• Curious, autonomous, and having a capacity of analysis of the synthesis of texts and technical reports

• Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views

• Excellent writing and editing skills in English. Good knowledge of French and/or Spanish 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 1,300 Member organisations and some 10,000 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.