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Nature Conservation and Food Systems project Officer

Vacancy #:   6219
Unit:   Nature Conservation and Food System
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation, Malaga, Spain
Reporting to:   Nature Conservation and Food System Programme Manager
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P1
Expected start date:   01 February 2023
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (35 months with possibility of renewal)
Closing date:   18 December 2022
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) was founded in 1948 and brings together over 1,400 members (States, government agencies, NGOs and affiliates) and some 18,000 scientists and experts from over 160 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 Nature Conservation and Food Systems Project Officer will support IUCN’s work in the Mediterranean, with the following major responsibilities:

Under the supervision of the Nature Conservation and Food Systems manager (estimated dedication 80-90%):

- Contribute to the development and management of the regional project portfolio;

- Establishing and maintaining sound and productive working relationships with IUCN partners involved in the projects;

- Assist in program development and identification of new project opportunities;

- Manage relationships with IUCN members, commissions, donors, and partners.

Specific duties

1. Coordinate and manage projects under the agriculture portfolio;

2. Ensure high-quality project planning and reporting, including preparing service
contracts, work plans, budgets, and reports and monitoring teams and experts;

3. Ensure the long-term impact of projects through timely and quality delivery of project outputs and outcomes;

4. Develop and manage a network of partner organizations involved in biodiversity conservation and agriculture/plastic pollution.

Other Support to Mediterranean Program implementation (estimated dedication 10-20%)

1. Assist in the identification of funding opportunities and development of project proposals;

2. Support the communications team in the development of project-related communications material and content;

3. Assist in the preparation of and represent IUCN MED at events and meetings;

4. Support IUCN MED day-to-day operations, including logistical services and organization of meetings and events;

5. Carry out other relevant tasks on request and agreement with the line manager.
The above list contains the main duties and responsibilities for this position. IUCN MED staff members are expected to show flexibility and be willing to undertake other tasks that are reasonably allocated to them but which are not part of their regular job description.
  • • A minimum of five-year professional experience in similar positions. Field experience and having worked in grassroot organizations for a minimum of 5 years is required.

• • Strong background in biodiversity conservation and climate change in Mediterranean landscapes, in particular related to food systems and agriculture.

• • Experience in the development and management of all phases of the project management cycle. Experience in proposal writing and fundraising capacity

• • Good knowledge of global and Mediterranean nature conservation in agricultural landscapes. Good knowledge on biodiversity monitoring is a plus.

• • Proven ability to work both independently and as part of a team

• • Proven leadership skills, ability to work under pressure and within multi-national environment and different cultures.

• • Experience in managing institutional relationships and support to multi-stakeholder initiatives

• • String organizational and communication skills

• • Willingness to travel within the region, sometimes at short notice

• • Full computer literacy

• • Fluency in written and spoken English. French or/and Spanish language will be highly considered

• * The proposed gross annual salary for this position is 41.000 € plus a private medical insurance for the candidate and direct family.

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.