Junior Programme Officer (Invasive Species)


IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, is looking to recruit a full-time Junior Programme Officer (JPO).
Invasive alien species are the second biggest driver of biodiversity loss worldwide with severe consequences for both nature and people. In 2010 the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) adopted Aichi Target 9 which states:

By 2020, invasive alien species and pathways are identified and prioritized, priority species are controlled or eradicated, and measures are in place to manage pathways to prevent their introduction and establishment.

IUCN was instrumental in providing advice on the wording of this target which requires Parties to:
• Identify invasive alien species and prioritize for management action;
• Identify key pathways of introduction and prioritize for management action including preventative measures

IUCN can offer more than any other global organisation in terms of support for achievement of this target. We have been a recognized leader in this field and built up a reputation of excellence and experience at recognizing, preventing and managing biological invasions. IUCN’s work covers the generation of knowledge, policy work, as well as action on the ground.

One of the major developments in addressing biological invasions, and helping to achieve Aichi Target 9, is the European Union Regulation on Invasive Species (1143/2014), which entered into force on 1 January 2015 . This Regulation imposes restrictions on a list of species that are of ‘Union Concern’, whose potential adverse impacts across the European Union are such that concerted action across Europe is required. IUCN, through a contract with the European Commission (EC), are providing technical support to the EC on the implementation of the EU Invasive Species Regulation. The primary aim of this post is support the IUCN Invasive Species Programme Officer, in providing this technical support to the EC.

The salary for this position is £23,000 p.a. dependent on skills and experience
The JPO will work to provide technical support to the EC on the EU Invasive Species Regulation. For this role, the position will support the IUCN Invasive Species Programme Officer and other members of the IUCN team, to co-ordinate analyses and the production of guidance documents, as requested by the EC. The JPO will also have responsibility for other activities as they arise including on other aspects of IUCNs invasive species work.

European Regulation Technical Support under the guidance of the IUCN Invasive Species Programme Officer
• Coordination of data collation and analysis on invasive species as requested by the EC (this is likely to include cost-benefit analysis and likely impacts).
• Collating and managing relevant invasive species data, including those submitted by EC Member States as part of the invasive species Regulation.
• Supporting the coordination of the production of guidance documents, as requested by the EC in relation to the implementation of the EU Invasive Species Regulation.
• Communication with external experts to undertake and peer review the analyses and guidance documents.
• Assist, as required, with the additional technical and administrative support work undertaken by IUCN, including:
o Review of templates used by Member States to submit applications and notifications under the Invasive Species Regulation
o The production of technical notes for the EC on the applications and notifications submitted by Member States under the EU Invasive Species Regulation.
o Reporting to the EC

Other activities
Provide support to the Invasive Species Programme Officer on other invasive species activities undertaken by IUCN. This may include:
• Providing input to funding proposals, potentially including Global Environment Facility, and Cambridge Conservation Initiative Collaborative Fund for Conservation.
• Supporting policy work, such as on the Convention on Biological Diversity & the UN 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development
• Representing IUCN at meetings.
• Supporting the IUCN Species Survival Commission, and in particular the Invasive Species Specialist Group
• Engaging with the IUCN Regional Offices to identify, develop and implement invasive species projects
• Supporting the development of an IUCN method to rank invasive species based on their environmental impact (Environmental Impact Classification for Alien Taxa - EICAT).
• Providing technical and administrative support to the Programme Officer in the implementation of other IUCN projects, such as the Inva’Ziles project

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).

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

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: Cambridge
  • Grade: A3 - Administrative Support
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Development Cooperation
    • Development Cooperation
    • Development Cooperation
  • Closing Date: 2016-12-04

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