International Union for Conservation of Nature

IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges.

IUCN’s work focuses on valuing and conserving nature, ensuring effective and equitable governance of its use, and deploying nature-based solutions to global challenges in climate, food and development. IUCN supports scientific research, manages field projects all over the world, and brings governments, NGOs, the UN and companies together to develop policy, laws and best practice.

IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organisation, with more than 1,200 government and NGO Members and almost 11,000 volunteer experts in some 160 countries. IUCN’s work is supported by over 1,000 staff in 45 offices and hundreds of partners in public, NGO and private sectors around the world.

International Union for Conservation of Nature Washington D.C., DC, USA
Apr 19, 2018
Full time
BACKGROUND IUCN’s Science & Knowledge Unit supports the Union in maintaining: a) data and knowledge products mobilized against IUCN standards; b) relationships with peer conservation science-related networks; c) a culture of science and knowledge; and d) the development and production of IUCN’s flagship report. In addition, the Science & Knowledge Unit implements a portfolio of projects, for example, in supporting scientific aspects of the implementation of IUCN Resolutions, and in fulfilling scientific needs from other IUCN Programme Units. JOB DESCRIPTION OVERALL RESPONSIBILITY The Senior Manager will lead the execution of the portfolio of projects through the Science & Knowledge Unit, integrating all four of the Unit’s business lines. Application of data and knowledge products mobilised against IUCN standards will be a common theme, and expected to be harnessed as appropriate in all projects. Most if not all Science & Knowledge projects will be implemented jointly with peer conservation science -related institutions and networks, both among the IUCN membership and beyond it (e.g., the Global Environment Facility). Most if not all will also anticipate written outputs for publication into the peer reviewed literature, either into independent scientific journals or as IUCN publications, as well as presentations in scientific and policy-related conferences and other fora. The Senior Manager will serve a substantial role in development of the IUCN flagship report, especially in handling the data compilation, analysis, and visualization aspects of the report. Finally, the Senior Manager will have project management responsibilities for substantive tracking and reporting on the Science & Knowledge Unit project portfolio, and liaison with the GPOU for budget management aspects. SPECIFIC DUTIES •Apply the data and knowledge products mobilised against IUCN standards (including but not limited to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, the World Database of Key Biodiversity Areas, and the World Database of Protected Areas) as appropriate in all projects, including leading novel analyses (e.g., of agriculture as a driver of extinction risk). Anticipated time: 10%.   •Lead interactions with peer conservation science -related institutions and networks, both among the IUCN membership and beyond it, in implementation of Science & Knowledge projects, for example, with the Global Environment Facility in science-based targets work and follow up to the 2016–2018 Global Commons project. Anticipated time: 30%. •Lead and collaborate as appropriate in dissemination of project results, through (a) presentations in scientific and policy-related conferences and other fora and (b) publication into the peer reviewed literature, either into independent scientific journals or as IUCN publications. Anticipated time: 20%. •Undertake a substantial role in development of the IUCN flagship report, especially in handling the data compilation, analysis, and visualization aspects of the report. Anticipated time: 30%. •Fulfill project management responsibilities for substantive tracking and reporting on the Science & Knowledge Unit project portfolio, and liaison with the GPOU on budget management aspects. Anticipated time: 10%. REQUIREMENTS  • PhD in conservation-related scientific field required • Advanced degree in policy-related field required • Five years of experience in conservation-related activities required • Excellent knowledge of the conservation-related scientific literature required • Experience writing scientific publications required • Experience in convening scientific and technical workshops, meetings, or conferences required • Analytical skills including database development, GIS, programming required • Fluency in English, French, and Spanish as the official IUCN languages required • Willingness to undertake some travel associated with the position required • Experience of field conservation in developing countries useful • Passion for conservation essential • 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. Expected start date:  25 July 2018 Type of contract:  Fixed-term (24 months with possibility of renewal) Closing date:  23 April 2018   Remember to say you found this opportunity at EnvironmentalCareer.com And always apply early because employers may close the job listing early.