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Intern - Communications

Vacancy #:   5783
Unit:   EURO - Communications
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   European Regional Office, Brussels, Belgium
Reporting to:   Policy & Communication Officer
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   I
Expected start date:   01 March 2022
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (7 months)
Closing date:   23 January 2022 (extended)
About the International Union for Conservation of Nature - IUCN

IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental network - a democratic membership union with more than 1,000 government and NGO member organizations, and almost 11,000 volunteer scientists in more than 160 countries. IUCN’s work is supported by more than 1,000 professional staff in 45 offices and hundreds of partners in public, NGO and private sectors around the world. Its headquarters are based in Gland, Switzerland.

IUCN’s work focuses on valuing and conserving nature, ensuring effective and equitable governance of its use, and deploying nature-based solutions to global challenges in climate, food and development. IUCN brings governments, NGOs, the UN and companies together to agree and develop policy, laws and best practice, and also supports scientific research and manages field and policy projects all over the world.

Important information about the position

Please note that an EU work permit is an essential requirement for this position and that applicants must have a student status and be enrolled at a university for the entire duration of the internship.

The internship is unpaid, but expenses for public transport and lunch are covered (monthly MOBIB card + 5 EUR/day for meals). Applicants are encouraged to apply for an Erasmus+ internship grant.

If needed, in light of the possibly still ongoing COVID-19 crisis, and related potential travel restrictions or continued teleworking, the possibility to work remotely may be considered, with previous agreement from the Head of Policy and Programme.
The IUCN Brussels team is looking for a highly motivated intern for a period of 6 months to provide support to the communications work of the office. Under the supervision of the Policy and Communications Officer, the intern will assist the communications work with the implementation of IUCN Europe’s communication and social media strategy.

This assignment will include the following responsibilities:

• General support to the activities of the Policy and Communications Officer, including assisting the implementation of IUCN Europe’s communications strategy.
• Drafting communication materials such as newsletters, web stories, articles, brochures, and fact sheets for a broad range of audiences.
• Assisting with the running of social media accounts such as Twitter and Facebook, and helping to perform analysis of these accounts.
• Attending virtual or in person meetings or conferences and reporting on the outcomes.
• Assisting a website migration of the IUCN European Regional Office’s page.
• Supporting the delivery of IUCN’s overall global communications strategy.
• Producing digital content using tools such as Canva and Adobe Rush.
• Providing a range of administrative support functions on a day-to-day basis, including assisting with project management activities, logistics for meetings and updating internal calendars.
  • Have a student status and be enrolled at a university for the entire duration of the internship;

• Be studying towards a relevant Bachelor’s or Master’s degree with a focus on communications, art, media, journalism, environmental studies or another discipline relevant to the internship.

• Desirable:
o design/digital communications skills - photoshop/indesign or other Adobe Suite
o familiar with Social Media (especially Twitter + Twitter Media Studio)
o comfortable using online conferencing tools

• An affinity with the vision and mission of IUCN and a strong interest in and (preferably) good understanding of communications, preferably with knowledge of the EU Institutions and/or the environment sector;

• Have a proficient level of written and spoken English, other languages, especially French, are an asset;

• Good organisational, administrative and reporting skills;

• Strong writing skills and IT literate: MS Office;

• Experience using design software such as Canva, Adobe Rush, Photoshop, etc.

• The ability to work independently and on multiple tasks simultaneously;

• The ability to meet tight deadlines without compromising the quality of outputs;

• Be highly motivated to learn and develop new skills, keen to bring in own ideas;

• A team player with a strong interest to work in an international environment;

• Be an EU national or holder of an EU work permit

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.

Other job opportunities are published in the IUCN website: http://www.iucn.org/involved/jobs/

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 1,300 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.