IUCN North America Office Program Support Officer

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Washington, D.C., USA 🇺🇸

Vacancy #: 5724
Unit: IUCN Washington DC Office
Organisation: International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location: IUCN Washington DC Office, Washington D.C., United States of America
Reporting to: Director – IUCN Washington, D.C. Office
Work percentage: 100%
Grade: A3
Expected start date: 01 September 2021
Type of contract: Max-term (4 months)
Closing date: 24 August 2021


The IUCN North America Program Support Officer will work in the IUCN Washington, D.C. Office providing program support, including communications and grants management. The scope of duties will include assistance to the US National Committee of IUCN and IUCN-US, a 501 (c)(3) hosted in the IUCN offices in Washington DC.
The officer should have previous experience in communications and grants management, research and fundraising. This position will require professional interaction with a wide variety of conservation professionals around the world.


Grants, fundraising and communications duties will include:

•Maintain pertinent grant records, files and documents in parallel electronic and paper formats; assure completeness and accuracy

•Monitor upcoming US-based grant making opportunities and communicate them to appropriate regional contacts

•Act as a resource for colleagues on IUCN internal project requirements

•Assist in reviewing, editing and formatting grant proposals

•Conduct research on foundations and private philanthropy in the US and assist the Philanthropy Manager in preparing associated resources for prospect donors

•Track and file individual donations and prepare and transmit thank you/acknowledgement letters to donors

•Maintain websites, including through collecting regular updates from programs in the office to keep websites up to date

•Attend and relay information from regular Communications meetings organized by Headquarters

•Assist with administrative support for the bi-annual IUCN-US Board meetings and support the Board in its duties

•Act as a co-focal point for the US National Committee along with the US Membership Officer providing support as required in regular meetings and for communications


• At least an undergraduate degree relevant to conservation (biology, environmental science, sustainable development, natural sciences, economics) and knowledge of key concepts, issues, and recent developments in international nature conservation

• Excellent writing, communication, and presentation skills.

• Fundraising experience, database management, writing, public speaking and outreach experience, and/or graphic design experience, are a plus.

• Fluid knowledge of file sharing software (Dropbox) and Microsoft Office Word and Excel.

• Attention to detail, punctuality, and well-rounded critical thinking and problem-solving skills.


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.

Other job opportunities are published in the IUCN website: http://www.iucn.org/involved/jobs/

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.