Intern: Coastal and Ocean Resilience (COR)

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Pretoria, South Africa 🇿🇦

Vacancy #:  5985
Unit:  ESARO – Coastal and Ocean Programme
Organisation:  International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:  South Africa Country Office, Pretoria, South Africa
Reporting to:  Program Manager, Coastal and Ocean Resilience (COR), South Africa
Work percentage:  100%
Expected start date:  01 June 2022
Type of contract:  Fixed-term (7 months)
Closing date:  10 May 2022


The IUCN Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO) operates in twenty-four countries in the Horn of Africa, covering Eastern and Southern Africa, and the Western Indian Ocean (WIO). The ESARO region is extremely rich in biodiversity with a high number of endemic species and the largest populations of iconic wildlife left on the continent. ESARO’s Programme focuses on biodiversity conservation through a diverse portfolio of projects and programmatic initiatives ranging from activities at the level of individual protected areas to shaping regional policy on biodiversity conservation. ESARO defines and delivers on its programmatic priorities in collaboration with IUCN members, commissions and other strategic partners.

The Coastal and Ocean Resilience (COR) Programme is responsible for marine and coastal issues, including biodiversity conservation, development and management of marine protected areas and their networks, ecosystem and fisheries management, marine spatial planning, marine pollution, integrated management and governance of coastal areas, adaptation to climate change and disaster risk reduction. IUCN has redesigned its WIO coastal and marine resilience program strategy so that it can efficiently address current and emerging challenges. The new strategy, “Towards a Blue Future”, aims at rolling out IUCN ESARO’s Blue Resilience Framework comprised of three key pillars: Blue Planet, Blue People and Blue Partnerships. The three pillars respectively aim to secure the integrity of critical blue natural capital features, increase ocean and coastal conservation benefits and stewardship; and establish innovative and ambitious partnerships to dramatically increase impact. The strategy aims at responding to the needs of the WIO region, both in terms of conservation and development by unlocking the potential of WIO’s natural capital through a blue economy.



The Intern-Coastal and Ocean Resilience is responsible for archiving the following;
Provide technical and administrative backstopping for the Coastal and Ocean Resilience program across the region and in South Africa, particularly to the project “Accelerating the rapid expansion of locally-managed areas while also promoting effective implementation and management in the Western Indian Ocean”;
Provide support to coordination of operations of the national/regional Expert Assessment Group for the Green List (EAGL) for Western Indian Ocean Region (WIO);
Assist in organizing meetings, workshops and trainings to facilitate awareness raising and skills development across the region;
Assist in information gathering towards the preparation of official documents, reports, website and social media material, and outreach by drafting and editing;
Maintain and update a database of key partners and stakeholders relevant to coastal and ocean conservation, the Green List process, and to the OECM mechanism;

Perform other duties as may be assigned from time to time by the Supervisor.



Bachelor Degree in a relevant subject, such as in environmental science, coastal and marine conservation, marine protected areas, social science, sustainable development or any other related field.
Knowledge of computers and relevant software application.

Work Experience;
Be enrolled in an undergraduate university programme, a graduate university programme, or be in a “gap year” between studies.

Language Proficiency;
Verbal and written communication skill in the English language

Core Competencies;
Transparency: Able to build trust and contribute to informed and responsible decision making by carrying out the work of IUCN in a transparent manner; provides clear guidance to ensure that objectives and desired measurable results are understood by members of the team.
Inclusiveness: Understands and accepts cultural diversity, and provide a tolerant, positive and supportive working environment that fosters respect for diversity, demonstrates ability to work in a multicultural, multi ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different nationalities and cultural backgrounds.
Professionalism: Promote the organization’s interests, objectives and values in a diligent and professional manner.

Functional competencies;
Ability to handle confidential information with the utmost discretion
Computer skills (Microsoft Office)
Professional personal presentation
Organizing and planning
Attention to detail


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IUCN is a membership Union uniquely composed of both government and civil society organisations. It provides public, private and non-governmental organisations with the knowledge and tools that enable human progress, economic development and nature conservation to take place together.

Created in 1948, IUCN is now the world’s largest and most diverse environmental network, harnessing the knowledge, resources and reach of more than 1,300 Member organisations and some 10,000 experts. It is a leading provider of conservation data, assessments and analysis. Its broad membership enables IUCN to fill the role of incubator and trusted repository of best practices, tools and international standards.

IUCN provides a neutral space in which diverse stakeholders including governments, NGOs, scientists, businesses, local communities, indigenous peoples organisations and others can work together to forge and implement solutions to environmental challenges and achieve sustainable development.

Working with many partners and supporters, IUCN implements a large and diverse portfolio of conservation projects worldwide. Combining the latest science with the traditional knowledge of local communities, these projects work to reverse habitat loss, restore ecosystems and improve people’s well-being.