Programme Officer (Nature-based Solutions)

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Gland, , CH

IUCN’s work on Nature based Solutions has rapidly evolved from implementation of policy and practice work, across the globe. NbS involves using ecosystem management (conservation, restoration and sustainable use) for solving a societal challenge (such as climate change adaptation, green economy development and human wellbeing). IUCN is currently in the process of further defining NbS through case study analysis, including development and adoption of NbS standards. IUCN also regularly convenes internal and external awareness raising activities to strengthen the understanding, ownership and partnerships in bringing NbS to scale.
Two key areas of the NbS work are Ecosystem based Disaster Risk Reduction (EcoDRR) and Ecosystem based Adaptation (EbA). IUCN has been implementing these approaches in various parts of the world for the past decade. Additionally leveraging the on-ground work, IUCN has been providing technical advice and policy support to key international policy frameworks such as the UNFCCC process, Sendai Framework and UN Convention on Biological Diversity. As these areas of work expand, IUCN has been promoting integrated approaches between EbA and EcoDRR, in order to have a more coordinated approach to applying ecosystem management to climate change and disaster risk reduction, simultaneously, through the same interventions. Additionally, EbA and EcoDRR are key areas of work that will inform the development of the NbS standard. Therefore, the IUCN Global Ecosystem Management Programme (GEMP) is seeking a Programme Officer to support the following duties:
Nature based Solutions:
• Implement projects on NbS standard development, which would include desk research, consultation process and pilot application of the draft standard, under the supervision of the the NbS focal points;
• Assist with NbS coordination and awareness raising activities such as internal meetings and brown bag lunches;
• Conduct technical research to inform the development of project proposals and design of NbS initiatives;
• Conduct capacity development workshops within IUCN and externally;
• Develop communication material for information dissemination;
• Coordinate opportunities for engaging IUCN’s NbS externally, for example through conferences, guest lectures, project partnerships;
• Further develop the NbS partnership between IUCN secretariat and the Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM).
• Conduct field missions for project implementation, as necessary

Ecosystem based Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction:
• Project implementation of EcoDRR portfolio, in close collaboration with the Commission on Ecosystem Management and under the supervision of the Programme Managers;
• Support IUCN’s engagement with the Partnership for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction, as needed;
• Represent GEMP in internal technical and coordination meetings;
• Develop communication material for target audience;
• Support capacity development workshops and events on EcoDRR;
• Provide research and technical support to further development of joint approaches for Ecosystem based Adaptation and EcoDRR;
• Support IUCN’s engagement with the Sendai Framework Processes
• Develop technical and communication products on synergies between EbA and EcoDRR

 • A Master of Science degree related to Environment, Geography or Climate Change

• At least 5 years of experience working in natural resource management or sustainable development. Experience in working with ecology and ecosystem services is highly desirable. Field experience in an IUCN region is also highly desirable.

• The individual must be committed to learning new skills and establishing work experience in a dynamic work place and in two critical areas of IUCN’s work.

• The individual must be committed to learning new skills and establishing work experience in a dynamic work place and in two critical areas of IUCN’s work.

• Excellent interpersonal skills; Proven ability to work harmoniously as part of a team in a multi-cultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

• Excellent written and spoken English and French or Spanish required. Excellent editing skills in both languages will be highly desirable.

The gross annual salary for this position is in the range from CHF 86’330 to CHF 107’913, subject to deductions for social security contributions and second-pillar pension, and before tax.

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