Business and Biodiversity Assistant, IUCN

Business and Biodiversity Assistant

Status: Open (currently receiving applications)
 
Vacancy #: 208
Unit: European Programme
Location: European Union Representative Office, Brussels, Belgium
Reporting to: Regional Business and Biodiversity Officer
Work percentage: 100%
Function group: A2
Expected start date: 10 January 2011
Type of contract: Fixed-term (until 02 November 2011)
Closing date: 24 November 2010

BACKGROUND

IUCN’s Programme in Pan-Europe stretches from Greenland to the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia, including the European Union, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, the Russian Federation and most of the Commonwealth of Independent States, including Central Asia. This is IUCN’s largest programmatic region and it contains two global biodiversity hotspots – the Mediterranean Basin and the Caucasus. The region is also home to over one third of IUCN’s global membership and a significant proportion of the expert base of its six specialist Commissions.

IUCN’s Pan-European Programme is delivered by five offices, including the Regional Office for Pan-Europe (ROfE) located in Gland/Switzerland, the European Union Representative Office located in Brussels/Belgium, as well as Programme Offices in Belgrade/Serbia, Tbilisi/Georgia, and Tilburg/The Netherlands.  

IUCN’s Programme in Pan-Europe stretches from Greenland to the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia, including the European Union, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, the Russian Federation and most of the Commonwealth of Independent States, including Central Asia. This is IUCN’s largest programmatic region and it contains two global biodiversity hotspots – the Mediterranean Basin and the Caucasus. The region is also home to over one third of IUCN’s global membership and a significant proportion of the expert base of its six specialist Commissions.

IUCN’s Pan-European Programme is delivered by four offices: the Regional Office for Pan-Europe in Gland, Switzerland, the European Union Representative Office in Brussels, Belgium, and the Programme offices in Belgrade, Serbia and in Tbilisi, Georgia.

“Greening the World Economy” is an important new element of IUCN’s global and Pan-European programme. Unless the private sector is actively and effectively engaged in the conservation of biodiversity, the meeting the global biodiversity conservation and sustainability challenges will be extremely difficult.

SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Directly reporting to, and under the overall supervision and guidance of the IUCN Regional Business and Biodiversity Officer, the position holder shall pprovide various forms of assistance in the implementation of ongoing Business and Biodiversity projects of IUCN’s Regional Office for Pan-Europe. At the outset, these projects include the European Commission funded projects “The Establishment of a European Business & Biodiversity Platform/Technical Facility” and the LIFE+ Project “The European Business and Biodiversity Campaign”.  

SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Assist in the implementation of a European-wide Business and Biodiversity platform, which aims to bring together businesses and other stakeholders who are committed and or interested in including biodiversity concerns into their core business  
     
  2. Assist in compiling best practice guidance for the following sectors, agriculture, forestry, tourism, extractive industries, tourism and finance  
     
  3. Assist in the implementation of other Business and Biodiversity projects  
     
  4. Assist in day-to-day communication with project partners, participants and project steering Committee members  
     
  5. Assist in the organization and preparation of relevant project meetings  
     
  6. Organize and maintain project files  
     
  7. Under the guidance of the Regional Business and Biodiversity Officer help maintain project financial records and process day-to-day project administration including: monitoring and tracking of projects expenditures such as staff time, time sheets, travel expenses, invoicing etc  
     
  8. Provide assistance in organizing and developing sectoral technical workshops and seminars within the framework of the projects  
     
  9. Support the writing of the projects’ final and midterm reports and other reports through information and document gathering  
     
  10. Do back-ground preparatory work for the writing of project follow up or project funding proposals  
     
  11. Occasionally perform other related tasks as may be required  
     

REQUIREMENTS

  • University degree in business administration, Environmental studies, or in another relevant field of study  
  • Between 1-3 years of relevant work experience  
  • Demonstrated highly developed organizational skills, including contract administration, logistical coordination and event preparation  
  • Attention to detail  
  • Understanding of the relationship between the private sector, public sector and NGOs  
  • Adequate knowledge and skills in the use of relevant computer applications (Word, Excel, Power Point and Microsoft Outlook and use of the Internet)  
  • Familiarity with website management programmes  
  • Write draft versions for documents such as reports, proposals, articles etc  
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a team member, as well as independently, demonstrating initiative in problem solving and showing creativity and flexibility  
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills  
  • Personal diplomacy and discretion  
  • English proficiency including good writing and editing skills; knowledge of other European languages is an asset  
  • Capacity to work occasionally under pressure and meet tight deadlines  
  • Willingness and ability to travel occasionally  
  • Candidate should show genuine interest in and commitment to the job  
  • Personal interest in global environment issues is an advantage  

APPLICATIONS

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).

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