International Union for Conservation of Nature
The Water Policy and Sustainability Advisor contributes substantively to the development of the IUCN Water Programme, in particular by implementing the agreed strategy and by managing programmes and projects, including the ‘Building River Dialogues and Governance’ (BRIDGE) project and other water-related initiatives. In doing so, the Advisor will work as part of a team, support and advise IUCN regional programmes and have the opportunity to build a portfolio of new projects and policy initiatives on sustainable river basin management. The role of the Water Policy and Sustainability Advisor is to deliver high-quality project management, provide technical and policy advice and support project and programme design for IUCN’s water-related work at global and regional levels, with specific responsibilities relating to practice, learning, policy and programme delivery.
JOB DESCRIPTIONSPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES Programme Delivery • Lead project management for large multi-region programmes and/or thematic projects, including workplanning, coordination with partners and monitoring and reporting, including data management and analysis. • Contribute substantively to the preparation of project proposals and budgets, as well as lead development of new projects. • Provide backstopping to the IUCN regional water programmes on project and programme development and implementation, emphasizing the social and economic development and equity aspects of water management, including gender responsiveness, applications of multi-stakeholder processes to water governance and improved effectiveness in policy influencing. • Develop and maintain appropriate collaboration and partnerships with government agencies, NGOs and businesses on water and wetland issues. • Develop and maintain good contacts with bilateral and multilateral donor agencies, and raise funds for Water Programme activities at global, regional, national and field levels. Learning & Practice • Lead on social and policy aspects in the preparation of Water Programme publications and other communications outputs, in cooperation with Regional Offices, the IUCN Environmental Law Centre, Commissions and the members of other scientific and technical networks. • Ensure that effective links are created and maintained between practice and the development of tools and policy guidance on water resources management. • Lead analysis of the development impacts of water management projects and the synthesis of results and lessons into learning, communications and policy-relevant outputs. • Guide the application of lessons learned from demonstration projects and policy processes in capacity building for IUCN Members and partners. • Lead the design and implementation of capacity building for sustainable water resources management and water policy, including training workshops and communities of practice. Policy • Support development of IUCN influence on global and regional policies on water, river basin and wetland management, including in the context of the water-energy-food nexus, water infrastructure investments, the green economy and Sustainable Development Goals, through policy analysis, development of information products and implementation of policy campaigns. • Advise the Global Water Programme and collaborators including the IUCN Environmental Law Centre, on strategies for supporting reform processes in water governance at community, national and transboundary levels. • Represent IUCN at international policy and scientific meetings addressing issues relating to water management and inter alia food security, water infrastructure and economic development. The above job description contains the main duties and responsibilities for this position. However, in a small organization such as IUCN, staff members are expected to show flexibility in their approach to work and be willing to undertake other tasks that are reasonably allocated to them but which are not part of their regular job description. Where any task becomes a regular part of an employee's responsibilities, the job description will be changed in consultation with the employee and the Human Resources Management Group.
• The successful candidate will hold a post-graduate degree (MSc or PhD) in social policy or international development studies relevant to water or, alternatively, a post-graduate degree in water resources management or another relevant environmental science with experience of social development and policy applications. He or she will have at least 8 years of experience and 5 years of international experience, including work in developing countries. • The successful candidate will have an excellent track record of successful project management, for multi-partner, multi-country initiatives, including demonstrated experience of monitoring and evaluation. She/he will have experience of project design, fundraising and communication. • The position requires good knowledge of current policy priorities and policy processes relevant to water resources and sustainable development at global level. A strong track record in writing and editing of high-quality publications is a requirement. • IUCN aims to significantly improve integration of water and land resource management in its work. Knowledge and experience of integrated landscape management and/or strategies and policies on food security will be an advantage. • An excellent command of English is essential. Ability to work and write in Spanish, French and additional languages is a major advantage. • Experience of actively facilitating integration of knowledge across disciplines, preferably in a team environment, including for example social development, economics and environmental sciences is also an advantage. • The successful candidate will be expected to be fully computer literate and familiar with Microsoft Office and major software packages. • The position carries considerable autonomy and requires excellent organizational capacity and networking skills and a willingness to work as part of a team in a multi-cultural and multi-lingual setting. • The post requires frequent travel.
The gross annual salary for this position is in the range from CHF 96'160 to CHF 120'200, subject to deductions for social security contributions and second-pillar pension, and before tax.
Expected start date: 01 September 2017
Type of contract: Max-term (24 months with possibility of renewal)
Closing date: 31 May 2017
International Union for Conservation of Nature
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Expected start date: 01 June 2017
Type of contract: Fixed-term (12 months)
This post is part of the HQ-based Global Communications Unit, but is based in IUCN’s UK Office, and works in close association with colleagues in IUCN’s Global Species Programme (GSP). The Species Media and Communications Officer plays a key role in delivering media and communications support for the Global Species Programme, the Key Biodiversity Areas Programme and the Species Survival Commission. The position requires a strong media and communications skills set and a flexible approach to support the species marketing and fundraising strategies. The Species Media and Communications Officer is required to work in close collaboration with the Marketing, Communication and Partnership Officer of the Global Species Programme and liaise with the IUCN Species Survival Commission and other IUCN networks in engaging a broad range of stakeholders through a range of media.
General • Working closely with the IUCN Global Species Programme and the IUCN Species Survival Commission, support the development and implementation of the media and communications strategy for the Global Species and KBA Programme and the Species Survival Commission, centred on key products such as The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, as a contribution to the GSP-SSC Species Strategic Plan and the IUCN Programme; • In close cooperation with IUCN experts and under the supervision of the Media and Communications Manager, research and draft talking points for the Director General for species-specific media interviews, press conferences, speeches and other engagements or outputs; • In close cooperation with IUCN experts, draft or provide quality input into other species-related content, such as statements or opinion pieces, as requested by the Director General’s Office; • Provide coordinated communications support to IUCN SSC Specialist Groups to communicate news via press outlets, websites, social media and all other relevant media; • Manage a calendar of SSC outputs and coordinate the planning of media and communications campaigns based on major SSC publications. Content creation - writing and editing • In close collaboration with IUCN experts and under the supervision of the Media and Communications Manager, support the production of high-quality written content including press releases, statements, news stories, features, blogs, speeches, issue briefs and talking points on species-related topics; • Commission, follow-up, edit and proof read content from global IUCN species experts for use in various outputs; • Ensure positioning and key messages are reflected in high quality content; • Fact check, proofread and ensure quality and accuracy of species communications outputs; • Ensure quality control of the IUCN species and Red List websites; • Manage translation of press releases and other communications materials; • Working closely with Marketing, Communications and Partnership Officer - Global Species and Key Biodiversity Areas (KBA) Programme, provide high quality content for species marketing materials, publications, videos, infographics and other products; Press relations • Under the supervision of the Media and Communications Manager, help deliver species-related media campaigns; • Research and draft high quality press releases and other media materials; • Field media queries, find experts to answer interview requests, draft and issue media responses, set up media interviews, follow up with reporters; • Perform daily monitoring and analysis of species-related media and social media coverage; • Lead on the development of a species-specific media database; • Help develop and maintain long-term relationships with reporters; • Assist in preparation of press conferences and related events. Social media • In close collaboration with the Marketing, Communications and Partnership Officer, develop and implement The IUCN Red List social media strategy with the objective of building awareness through increasing followers and visits to the IUCN and the IUCN Red List websites; Draft and schedule species-related social media posts; • Source and edit images for species-related social media outputs; • Monitor and analyse the performance of the IUCN Red List social media platforms; • Monitor external feeds for engagement opportunities. Multimedia • Support the implementation of a strategy to increase the number of photographic images on The IUCN Red list website. The above job description contains the main duties and responsibilities for this position. However, in an organization such as IUCN, staff members are expected to show flexibility in their approach to work and be willing to undertake other tasks that are reasonably allocated to them but which are not part of their regular job description. Where any task becomes a regular part of an employee's responsibilities, the job description will be changed in consultation with the employee and the Human Resources Management Group.
• Professional experience in a similar position, ideally in a species /conservation/environment sector, with a focus on communicating technical information to a general audience; • University degree, preferably at the Master’s level, in International Relations, Public Affairs, Environmental Studies, journalism or similar relevant field, preferably with a strong focus on a conservation-related scientific subject; • Outstanding writing and editing skills; strong attention to detail; • Strong interest in environmental issues; ability to turn technical information into compelling stories; • Excellent analytical and research skills; • Experience developing and implementing communications strategies; • Experience working closely with the media; • Sound knowledge of social media; • Strong technical skills; experience in working with web content management systems such as Drupal; • English – native level; French and Spanish – an advantage; • Strong interpersonal and presentation skills. Confidence in interacting with IUCN experts, members of the media, external partners, and in representing IUCN; • Offers new solutions to problems; demonstrates an ‘outside the box’ attitude; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; • Ability to cope with varied workload and flexible working hours, and to work independently. • Passion for and commitment to species conservation and communications; • Commitment to continuous learning. Keeps abreast of new developments in own profession; actively seeks to develop oneself professionally and personally; contributes to the learning of colleagues; shows willingness to learn from others; seeks feedback to learn and improve; • You must be eligible to live and work in the UK without a sponsored visa.
Closing date: 01 June 2017
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