Legal Officer 3 (Environmental Law Programme)

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Bonn, Germany
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
5-7 Years
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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The Environmental Law Programme (ELP) provides the principal source of environmental law expertise to the IUCN Programme. The work of ELP is carried out by the IUCN Environmental Law Centre (ELC) in collaboration with the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL), and the IUCN Regional and Country Programmes.

The ELP supports the development and implementation of international and national environmental law, provides technical assistance and promotes capacity building in developing countries, while also maintaining the world's premier environmental law information and data base service (ECOLEX).


The primary responsibilities of the Legal Officer are:

A. Specific focus on the implementation of the Environmental Law Programme (ELP) component of the 2017-2020 IUCN Programme as well as development of the 2021-2024 IUCN Programme:

• Play a major role in the implementation of the ELP, especially with regard to legal issues relating biodiversity conservation, and particularly on wildlife crime and illegal wildlife trade, and the development of major knowledge products.
• Concept development and project management, in particular on legal issues related to wildlife crime and illegal wildlife trade at national, regional, and global levels. It is also expected that the legal officer will handle projects and activities with focus more broadly on environmental crime.
• Carry out selected ELC project-related duties, such as preparing contracts and monitoring project activities, budget implementation, and project reporting requirements.
• Search and identify potential sources of funding, concepts and proposals development, in particular focusing on wildlife/environmental crime and illegal wildlife trade.
• Contribute to programming and reporting for the ELP.
• Organize and lead project related activities, meetings, workshops, and dialogues in the area of his/her work.
• Manage and supervise the work of consultants in the projects within his/her area of work.

B. Other general duties pertaining to the work of the Environmental Law Centre:
• Ensure that the ELP expertise on the legal and institutional aspects of biodiversity conservation particularly on wildlife crime and illegal trade in species is available to policy and decision makers.
• Collaborate with ELC officers, IUCN global and regional programmes, and with members of WCEL in project-related development work.
• Develop and prepare IUCN environmental law-related reports, publications, and information materials.
• Represent the ELC in relevant meetings and conferences.
• Supervise the work of ELC interns and fellows assigned to his/her area of work.
• Take up any appropriate duties within the areas of work assigned by the ELC management.


• Master of Laws or equivalent with strong academic records and emphasis on environmental law, including significant experience in biodiversity legal issues, in particular, wildlife crime and illegal wildlife trade.

• A minimum of 5 years of increasingly responsible work experience in those fields. Work experience in developing countries is desirable.

• Proven experience in developing, fundraising and managing projects, in particular in managing large complex projects involving budgets of minimum EUR 1 million.

• A broad legal background, including private sector and/or government practice, experience with legislative drafting desirable.

• Excellent research, writing and analysical skills needed as well as an ability to work both independently and in a small, multi-cultural team.

• Experience in facilitating and participating with NGOs, volunteer networks or civil society is an advantage.

• Exceptional interpersonal skills.

• Computer literacy in basic office applications and the internet.

• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, including to a non-legal audience.

• Speaking and writing skills in English required. Fluency in other IUCN languages (French and Spanish) is relevant.

• Willingness to undertake significant levels of work-related travel.



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