Intern (Ecosystem based Adaptation)

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Washington, DC, United States 🇺🇸

The internship represents a good opportunity to gain helpful experience in international conservation, and will be of particular help in developing a career in this field. The intern will receive US$1,500 per month.


The incumbent will support the Programme Manager and Programme Officer, Ecosystem based Adaptation (EbA), in tasks related to the implementation of several global-scale climate change adaptation projects. He or she will provide assistance in reviewing technical documents, communications, and donor deliverables; and in ensuring the timely coordination of activities and reports among IUCN and partner offices. In addition, the incumbent will support EMP’s engagement in partnerships on EbA, ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction (ecoDRR) and mangrove conservation, particularly through the Friends of EbA, PEDRR, and with USAID, UN SDG-Mangroves Initiative, and the Global Mangrove Alliance.

The incumbent will undertake the following tasks:

a) Assist in coordinating the work being done under the Scaling Up Mountain Ecosystem based Adaptation (EbA) project (Nepal, Peru, Uganda, Bhutan, Colombia, & Kenya). This would entail compiling progress reports and synthesizing info into one joint report.

b) Assist in coordinating the work being done under the project Ecosystem Based Adaptation: Strengthening the evidence and informing policy. This would also entail compiling progress reports and synthesizing info into one joint report.

c) Assist in developing and generating knowledge through the formulation and application of Nature based Solutions and Ecosystem based Adaptation Standards and action learning exercises in select countries.

d) Support coordination under partnerships including PEDRR, the Friends of EbA and the Global Mangrove Alliance, e.g. drafting communications, reviewing joint technical papers, and tracking deliverables.

e) Support the preparatory work on technical/position papers on EbA.

f) Assist in the EbA webpage maintenance, including uploading relevant material.

g) Carry out any other relevant task as assigned by, and agreed with, the line manager.

 • Affinity with the vision and mission of IUCN and a strong interest in nature conservation and sustainable development;

• A relevant university degree (preferably a post-graduate degree) in a subject relevant to natural resources management, geography, international development, conservation science, environmental policy, etc.

• Well-developed computer skills (Word for Windows, Excel, e-mail);

• Good organizational, administrative and reporting skills;

• 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;

• Ability to work in English is essential for this internship.


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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.