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Intern – North American Office

Vacancy #:   5977
Unit:   North America Regional Office
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   North America Regional Office, Washington D.C., United States of America
Reporting to:   Director, IUCN North America Office
Work percentage:   50%
Grade:   I
Expected start date:   16 May 2021
Type of contract:   Max-term (0 months)
Closing date:   05 May 2022
The incumbent will support the North American Regional Director and the Membership Manager for the North America office of IUCN in carrying out the duties listed in the job description below.

The internship will allow the candidate to work closely with the leadership and be at the center of the execution of a regional to global conservation program. Skills that are sought but can also be developed during the internship include: ability to digest and synthesize technical information and summarize the most critical points, analyses and capture of strategic priorities for IUCN that are aligned with donor priorities, communications/outreach appealing to IUCN’s various audiences, and engaging with people/interpersonal skills as well as strong time management. Strong competence with Microsoft word, outlook, and teams desirable.
This is a DC-office based position, requiring the candidate to join meetings and events in person as needed. The incumbent will undertake the following tasks:

a) Research US and Canadian donors conservation-related strategies and summarize key funding priorities while describing how they best align with IUCN priorities, focusing on climate change, nature-based solutions, indigenous people and gender, forestry and grassland management, and marine conservation.

b) Develop talking points as needed by the Regional Director to help her prepare for meetings and events covering a range of technical issues that IUCN works on, based on the commission, member and secretariat work done by IUCN.

c) Support IUCN members with information and follow-up requests they have to track down progress on various motions, and help them find the appropriate contact points within the Union.

d) Communicate results from North American region work, summarizing results and updating the https://www.iucn.org/regions/washington-dc-office website, as well as sharing updates with the IUCN-US board.

e) Support the Membership Manager to process and track membership requests for IUCN members, organize member events including Webinars, and other events with the opportunity to engage in content development for those events working with members.

f) Provide general logistical support to the NA Regional Director and Membership Manager, including but not limited to note taking at member/partner meetings, and appointment/meeting scheduling, as well as helping with diplomatic missions re hotel, restaurant, and other scheduling.

g) Carry out any other relevant task as assigned by, and agreed with the line manager.

**This internship can be 50% or full time**
  • Student of environmental policy, environmental science, biology or related.

• Affinity with the vision and mission of IUCN and a strong interest in nature conservation and sustainable development

• Well-developed computer skills (Microsoft Office for Windows, Google Drive, e-mail)

• Good organizational, administrative and reporting skills

• Ability to work independently and on multiple tasks simultaneously

• Ability to meet tight deadlines without compromising the quality of outputs

• Highly motivated to learn and develop new skills, keen to bring in own ideas

• Ability to work in English is essential for this internship

• Availability to report for regular business hours to the IUCN Office in Washington DC for the 50% for this internship

• This is a paid internship

• Available to work 50% or 100%

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 1,400 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.