EU Partnership Intern

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Brussels, , BE

About the International Union for Conservation of Nature – IUCN
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.

Under supervision of the EU Partnerships Officer and in collaboration with other staff of the IUCN European Regional Office, the function of EU Partnerships intern has a particular focus on the opportunities that are offered by the European Institutions for funding Biodiversity Conservation and to assist the IUCN global secretariat staff in its fundraising activities with the EC.

The incumbent furthermore assists in the implementation of IUCN EURO’s work programme with regard to the liaison with the European Institutions (mainly the European Commission and the European Parliament) regarding key nature conservation policies with a focus on EU External activities such as illegal wildlife trafficking, the implementation of Agenda 2030 for sustainable development and the new Multiannual Financial Framework.

As there are two internship vacancies announced simultaneously, applicants are required to apply for one vacancy only; depending on which one suits their interest and profile best.

Focus of the internship will be on assisting in our efforts to identify potential EU funding for the IUCN global network as well as to support some policy and project related activities.
Some of the specific tasks include:
• General support to the activities of the EU Partnerships Officer, including some project and policy related activities
• Provide support to the IUCN offices worldwide in accessing EU funding and exploring relevant EU funding instruments;
• Conduct (online) research on EU policies and processes related to nature conservation and sustainable development (e.g. search for upcoming events & policy calendars, research background information, EC consultations etc.);
• Assisting in the development and circulation of the bi-weekly “Funding EUpdate” newsletter;
• Assist in the organization of IUCNs presence at conferences and events including the European Development Days 2018
• Attend meetings and conferences and report on the outcomes;
•Provide some administrative support functions on a day-to-day basis (e.g. processing of invoices, contracts, financial reports, and logistics for meetings).
 • Affinity with the vision and mission of IUCN and a strong interest in nature conservation and sustainable development;

• (Studying towards) a relevant University degree with a focus on environmental policy, sustainable development, international relations – or another discipline relevant to nature conservation, sustainable development or international policy is a strong advantage;

• Excellent level of written and spoken English; good level of written and spoken French is an asset;

• Strong writing skills and IT literate: 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 an EU work permit.

• Fluency in written and spoken English, excellent command of French is an asset;

• Familiarity with the European Union funding mechanisms is an asset;


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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About IUCN

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.