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Programme Officer Invasive Species

Vacancy #:   5889
Unit:   Biodiversity assessment and knowledge
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Cambridge Office, Cambridge, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Reporting to:   Senior Programme Officer, Biodiversity Data Impact and Influence
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P1
Expected start date:   01 March 2022
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (10 months)
Closing date:   13 February 2022
This position is in the Invasive Species Unit, which is part of the IUCN Science and Data Centre’s - Biodiversity Assessment and Knowledge Team. They will work alongside an existing Programme Officer, and Programme Support Associate, and report to the head of the unit.

The position is based in the IUCN office in Cambridge, which is part of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative in the David Attenborough Building. Remote working options are available according to IUCN’s policy.

Responsible for assisting on the implementation of invasive alien species (IAS) projects and leading on their deliverables, primarily in relation to the EU Invasive Alien Species Regulation 1143/2014, the application of the IUCN Environmental Impact Classification for Alien Taxa (EICAT), and the development of national strategies and global policy on IAS. This includes being responsible for the production and co-ordination of analyses and guidance documents, managing sub-contractors, organising and running workshops, and developing funding proposals. The position will also have responsibility for other invasive alien species activities, and projects as they arise.


Supporting project co-ordination and leading on task delivery in relation to IUCNs contracts with the EC to Support the implementation of the EU Regulation 1143/2014 on Invasive Alien Species, and on the Identification, assessment, sharing and dissemination of best practices for the humane management of invasive alien species. The position will have the following responsibilities:

• Lead on the production, co-ordination and/or review of technical and scientific guidance and analyses.
• Manage sub-contractors and other external experts in order to produce required tasks/deliverables.
• Represent IUCN at meetings with the EC, and other stakeholders (e.g. at conferences, workshops).
• Lead and/or support the organisation of workshops (online and/or in person), to support the implementation of IUCNs contracts with the EC on IAS.
• Support, or lead on any other task activities required in order for IUCN to produce the deliverables as requested by the EC.

Supporting the application of EICAT, the position will have the following responsibilities:

• Support the organisation and facilitation of EICAT training and assessment workshops.
• Alongside the ISSG EICAT Authority, develop EICAT training material.
• Providing quality checks and reviews of EICAT assessments.
• Supporting the management of EICAT assessment and training projects as required.

Other activities, other responsibilities will include:

• Supporting the implementation of other projects (e.g. on the development of national IAS strategies), such as leading on the delivery of project tasks or components.
• Co-ordinating other projects as required, including responsibility for project administration and budgets.
• Taking a lead on and assisting in the production of technical reports and scientific papers as required.
• Identifying funding opportunities and supporting on the development of proposals.
• Supporting engagement with the IUCN Regional Offices to identify, develop and implement invasive species projects.
• Supporting activities of the IUCN Species Survival Commission, and in particular the Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG).
• Supporting all other aspects of IUCNs work on invasive species, in general as required.
• Supporting IUCN policy work on IAS, such as on the Convention on Biological Diversity & the UN 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development.
• Providing support to the line manager on other invasive species activities undertaken by IUCN, as required.
• Representing IUCN at meetings and conferences.

Supervisory responsibilities

• Line management of junior staff, MPhil student placements, and PhD secondments on occasion.
• Management of sub-contractors, supervision of project implementing partners.

In addition, the position will need to be available to undertake travel worldwide.
  • A higher degree (MSc or PhD) in conservation biology, invasion ecology, or related field.
• Minimum five years of relevant professional experience, ideally on invasive alien species.
• Proven experience in the management of project deliverables, such as technical and scientific reports, ideally on invasive alien species with relevance to the EU IAS Regulation.
• Proven experience of managing sub-contractors and co-ordinating technical and scientific inputs from external experts.
• Excellent knowledge of invasive alien species and their impacts to biodiversity.
• Good knowledge of the EU Invasive Alien Species Regulation 1143/2014.
• Good knowledge of the IUCN EICAT Standard.
• Excellent editing and writing skills in English.
• Excellent attention to detail.
• High proficiency in use of computer software, particularly MS Word, and Excel.
• Proven ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
• Strong organizational skills.
• Excellent communication skills.

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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