Intern (Nature-Based Solutions)

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Brussels, , BE

IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental network – a democratic membership union with more than 1,000 government and NGO member organizations, and almost 11,000 volunteer scientists in more than 160 countries. IUCN’s work is supported by more than 1,000 professional staff in 45 offices and hundreds of partners in public, NGO and private sectors around the world. Its headquarters are based in Gland, Switzerland.
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.
The IUCN European Regional Office represents around 360 Members. We provide regional and global services to IUCN, by providing vital linkages to EU institutions and other stakeholders in Brussels. Our primary role is to connect and engage in policy dialogues with European institutions, governments, civil society, NGOs, science and the business communities to improve conservation policy and action. As a science-based organisation, IUCN provides essential knowledge products for a broad range of policy debates.
One of the specific areas of work that will be part of the focus of this internship is the cooperation with cities and local and regional governments, business and other key actors for strengthening the awareness and implementation of nature-based solutions in urban planning, regional development and for business. Nature-based solutions use ecosystems to address global challenges such as climate change, natural hazards, food security, or urban heat production.
The IUCN Brussels team is looking for a highly motivated intern for a period of 6 months to provide support to one specific area of the office’s activities: upscaling the implementation of nature-based solutions.

Under the supervision of the IUCN EU Programme Manager Nature Based Solutions, the intern will support two major projects focused on implementing and upscaling nature-based solutions – GrowGreen, which focuses on demonstrating the value of nature for climate and water resilience in cities and NetworkNature, which is a European and global platform for strengthening the use of nature-based solutions. He/she will support communications, outreach and capacity building events, both online and (if circumstances allow) in person. The intern will also contribute to mapping potential partners for nature-based solutions at EU, national and regional level, will follow relevant EU policy developments and will maintain an overview of reports, documents and case studies of nature-based solutions.

This assignment will include the following responsibilities:
• Assist in developing the evidence-base for nature-based solutions via desk-based research, particularly to identify reports, documents, policy developments and analyses at EU and national level;
• Contribute to mapping potential partners for nature-based solutions at EU, national and regional level;
• Monitor news, developments and events on nature-based solutions, including maintaining an up- to-date list of events on nature-based solutions and on relevant sectoral issues;
• Produce communications materials such as newsletters, webstories, articles, brochures, factsheets etc.) related to nature-based solutions;
• Organise outreach and training events, both virtual and in-person (if circumstances allow), including speaker liaison, logistics, onsite support and reporting;
• Contribute to organisation of partner meetings, including logistics, minutes and document administration;
• Assist in preparing speeches and PowerPoint presentations on a variety of topics related to IUCN’s mission;
• Attend relevant webinars, meetings and conferences and reporting on the outcomes;
• Provide a range of administrative support functions on a day-to-day basis (e.g. processing of invoices, contracts and financial reports).

 • Studying towards a relevant Bachelor’s or Master’s degree with a focus on environmental science, natural resource management, sustainable urban development, or any other discipline that is relevant to nature conservation or sustainable development;
• Applicants must have student status and be enrolled at a university for the entire duration of the internship;
• Affinity with the vision and mission of IUCN and a strong interest in and understanding of European environmental policies and sustainable urban development;
• Excellent level of written and spoken English (native speaker or equivalent), other languages are an asset;
• Good organizational, administrative and reporting skills; strong writing skills; and IT literate in MS Office;
• Ability to work independently and on multiple tasks simultaneously;

• Ability to meet tight deadlines without compromising the quality of outputs;
• Highly motivated to learn and develop new skills, keen to bring in own ideas;
• A team player with a strong interest to work in an international environment;
• EU national or holder of EU work permit.


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). Please note that only selected applicants will be personally contacted for interviews.

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