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Programme Officer - Species, Sustainable Use and Trade

Vacancy #:   5830
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:   Deputy Director, Global Species Programme
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P1
Expected start date:   01 February 2022
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (-1 months)
Closing date:   12 December 2021
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is a global union of governments and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) dedicated to influencing, encouraging and assisting societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and to ensuring that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable. The sustainable use and trade issues that IUCN works on include assessing the impacts of trade on the status of wild species, assisting TRAFFIC on a range of wildlife trade projects as well as contributing to key issues within The Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES) through providing scientific evidence to support sustainable trade.

IUCN holds a position as an observer Intergovernmental Organization within CITES, and is widely viewed within the Convention as a provider of credible and unbiased scientific and technical advice. Engagement in CITES is traditionally led by the Global Species Programme (GSP) in the IUCN Secretariat and the Species Survival Commission (SSC) which has more than 130 Specialist Groups focusing on various species taxonomic groups as well as interdisciplinary groups such as the Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group (SULi). IUCN brings the diverse knowledge of its worldwide membership to inform complex CITES issues.

The salary range for this position is between GBP 30,000 to 35,000 p.a.
The Programme Officer - Species, Sustainable Use and Trade will perform a vital role within the Global Species Programme through ensuring high quality delivery of CITES-related work and developing collaborative initiatives to support sustainable trade with two key partners: TRAFFIC International and the IUCN SSC.

CITES and other international policy:

• Coordinate IUCN (Secretariat and Commission Member) input into CITES meetings and intersessional activities.
• Produce, with TRAFFIC, the Analyses of Proposals to Amend the CITES Appendices which bring together the best scientific and trade-related data to help CITES Parties to make informed decisions on proposals to change the listing of species on the CITES Appendices at CITES Conferences of the Parties.
• Link species use and trade with global strategies (e.g. Convention on Biological Diversity) and priorities (e.g. climate change, emerging zoonotic diseases).
• Represent IUCN on the Convention on Biological Diversity’s Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management (CPW), coordinating IUCN’s input and liaising with its Commissions as needed, in particular SULi.

Illegal wildlife trade:

• Represent IUCN on the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Global Wildlife Program (GWP) Steering Committee, coordinating IUCN’s input and liaising with relevant parts of IUCN and its Regions and Commissions.
• Develop and secure funding for projects focused on addressing illegal and unsustainable trade in fauna and flora.

Collaborative projects:

• Work with IUCN constituents (mainly SSC), TRAFFIC International and other partners on a variety of joint projects to support sustainable trade including assessment of the impact of legal and illegal trade on species status.
• Work with SULi and other partners to strengthen the evidence base on sustainable use and livelihoods, and integrate this knowledge into policy and practice.
• Act as IUCN Secretariat focal point for disseminating wildlife trade and sustainable use policy messages to key decision-makers and policy-makers, liaising with relevant parts of IUCN and its Regions and Commissions.
• Collaborate with IUCN Regions and Commissions to support regional conservation work on sustainable use and trade (e.g. research, communications, working with local and national governments/communities, policy and legislation).

General responsibilities:

• Develop project proposals and seek funding for implementation.
• Manage project budgets and reporting.
• Represent IUCN at meetings involving discussion of sustainable use and trade where relevant and required.
  • A relevant university degree and preferably a post-graduate qualification in conservation science or a related discipline.
• At least five years of work experience relevant to wildlife use and trade.
• Good understanding of wildlife management, sustainable use and CITES.
• Practical experience of CITES is required.
• Strong technical experience in data collection, management and analysis.
• Project Management experience an advantage.
• Ability to work co-operatively and diplomatically with others, with respect for and sensitivity to diverse cultures and viewpoints.
• Familiarity with standard word processing, data management, and presentations software.
• Fluency in English with the ability to work in Spanish and/or French an advantage.
• A willingness to travel internationally and to work to strict deadlines.

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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