Senior Forest Policy Officer (Climate Change Specialist)

Washington D.C

The IUCN Global Forest and Climate Change Programme (GFCCP) is seeking a Senior Forest Policy Officer to lead its policy influencing work on forests and related land use, with a particular focus on international climate change policy, institutions and funding mechanisms. This includes provision of support to IUCN regions to enable related and demand-responsive policy implementation at the national and sub-national levels.

The Senior Forest Policy Officer will:
• Elaborate and implement a coherent policy influencing strategy for the GFCCP building on all areas of its current policy work but also identifying new policy options and developing new impact areas, e.g. SDGs.
• Coordinate high level policy messaging and positioning
• Identify, help catalyze and ensure coherency in international to national policy development and implementation opportunities and support national and regional colleagues in capitalizing upon these within well defined uptake/impact pathways
• Engage critical constituencies, including political, business and civil society coalitions, and form strategic relationships with a small number of highly aligned partners
• Deepen and expand IUCN’s collaboration with multilateral institutions, including the GCF, GEF, FCPF and FIP among others, to contribute to shaping their programing and linking them to IUCN’s work in countries and regions
• Identify strategic funding opportunities and contribute to converting them into project concepts
• Influence and contribute to delivery of the GFCCP’s project portfolio, ensuring its relevance to national and international policies and processes
• Carry out policy and institutional research and prepare reports and briefings on topics for a range of policy audiences
• Manage specific policy influencing and research sub-projects, including coordinating external stakeholders, contractors and interns
• Provide advice on IUCN’s role in partnerships, including the United Nations Collaborative Partnership on Forests and other high level UN and other processes related to forests, and represent IUCN as requested
• Maintain an overview of and coordinate responses to World Conservation Congress resolutions related to forests and related climate change and land use
• Ensure a consistency of approach and coherency across the GFCCP’s policy-related work
• Contribute proactively to IUCN’s broader climate change policy work and team, including liaising with IUCN’s Global Policy Unit to ensure coherency of messaging.

The above job description contains the main duties and responsibilities for this position. However, in IUCN staff members are expected to show flexibility in their approach to work and be willing to undertake other tasks that are reasonably allocated to them but which are not part of their regular job description. Where any task becomes a regular part of an employee's responsibilities, the job description will be changed in consultation with the employee and the Human Resources Management Group.

- Gross salary ranging from USD 77’000 to USD 95'000 per year
- Comprehensive health, dental, vision, life and long term disability insurance plan
- Retirement benefit of 5% of gross salary from the 4th month of employment
- 7.65% of gross salary FICA contribution (this benefit is only applicable to US nationals and green card holders)

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).

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About IUCN

IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges.

IUCN works on biodiversity, energy, human livelihoods and greening the world economy by supporting scientific research, managing field projects all over the world, and bringing governments, NGOs, the UN and companies together to develop policy, laws and best practice.
IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization, with more than 1,200 government and NGO members and almost 11,000 volunteer experts in some 160 countries. IUCN’s work is supported by over 1,000 staff in 45 offices and hundreds of partners in public, NGO and private sectors around the world.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: IUCN - International Union for Conservation of Nature
  • Location: Washington D.C
  • Grade: P-2, International Professional
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Agriculture and Forestry
    • Agriculture and Forestry
    • Agriculture and Forestry
    • Environment
    • Environment
    • Meteorology, Geology and Geography
    • Meteorology, Geology and Geography
  • Closing Date: 2016-11-30

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