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Intern - Blue Tourism Initiative – Research and Communication

Vacancy #:   6503
Unit:   Ecosystem Programme
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation, Malaga, Spain
Reporting to:   Programme Manager - Ecosystem Resilience and Spatial Planning
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   I
Expected start date:   28 August 2023
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (6 months)
Closing date:   12 July 2023
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) was founded in 1948 and brings together over 1,100 members (States, government agencies, NGOs and affiliates) and some 11,000 scientists and experts from 181 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 IUCN Centre for Mediterranean cooperation, based in Málaga Spain, is looking for a Communication and project assistant to join the Ecosystem Resilience and Spatial Planning team for a fixed-term period to support the implementation of the Blue Tourism project and related initiative, mainly focused on research and communication.

The initiative the assistant will collaborate is an international project operating at Mediterranean scale, principally targeting marine protected areas and ecotourism development, called Blue Tourism Imitative (https://bluetourisminitiative.org/). It will be linked with the work of IUCN Mediterranean supporting the MEET Network (https://www.meetnetwork.org/). You can find additional information on the department’s initiatives here.
With the support of the Ecosystem Programme team, the Ecosystem Programme Intern will support research, project management and communication activities, and specifically:

• Support the development of three local Blue Tourism diagnosis reports and project action plans and one Blue Tourism diagnosis report of the Mediterranean, including, among others: literature review; mapping of stakeholders, projects, plans and policies; preparation, note-taking and analysis of interviews;

• Provide administrative support to the project, including contracting and support the preparation and logistics of project events and travel;

• Participate in project and networking online events, as well as any other key meeting;

• Support the activities of the MEET Network contributing to the Blue Tourism Imitative , in particular, communications and community building, including the development of content for MEET social media, website, newsletter;

• Undertake any other task/emerging issues at the request of the Ecosystem Resilience and Spatial Planning Programme Officer to ensure the effective implementation of the programme.

The Ecosystem Programme Intern will be based at IUCN’s Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation in Málaga, Spain, following the current working from home policy. The intern will receive a gross allowance of 700 EUR per month (full-time) to cover his/her living costs in Malaga. The intern reports to the Programme Officer, and is expected to work closely with the IUCN Med team and other project partners and stakeholders.
  • • Applicants must have student status (preferably graduate) and be enrolled at a degree related to sustainable tourism, blue economy, environment, economics, conservation, international development or related fields;

• Affinity with the vision and mission of IUCN and a strong interest in and good understanding of international tourism, marine & environmental issues; familiarity with the challenges of sustainable blue tourism in the Mediterranean context will be valued;

• • Excellent presentation, writing and spoken communication skills in English and good level of French are essential. Knowledge of Spanish or other Mediterranean languages will be valued;

• • Computer literacy is essential, including Microsoft Office (Excel, Power Point and Word) and Google Office suite;

• • Detail- and outcome-oriented, with strong analytical, conceptual and organizational skills;

• • Ability to work independently meeting tight deadlines;

• • Highly motivated to learn and develop new skills, keen to bring in own ideas in an international team setting.

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