Sunday, November 25, 2012

IUCN Position: Legal Officer, Environmental Law Programme, Deadline: December 21, 2012


Duty station: IUCN Environmental Law Centre, Bonn, Germany
Starting date: Immediate
Function group: P2 in the IUCN classification system
Work percentage: 100%
Reporting to: Director, Environmental Law Centre
The Environmental Law Programme (ELP) provides the principal source of environmental law expertise to the IUCN Programme. The work of ELP is carried out by the IUCN Environmental Law Centre (ELC) in collaboration with the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law (CEL), and the IUCN Regional and Country Programmes.
The ELP supports the development and implementation of international and national environmental law, provides technical assistance and promotes capacity building in developing countries, while also maintaining the world's premier environmental law information and data base service.
The primary responsibilities of the Legal Officer are:
·Develop and manage a portfolio of projects related to legal aspects of climate change including REDD+, Ecosystems based adaptation, forests conservation and land use issues. Project development and management include the preparation of concepts and proposals, the identification of funding sources, project related administrative duties, reporting, as well as the provision of technical assistance;
·Play a major role in the implementation of the 2013-2016 IUCN Environmental Law Programme (ELP) on valuing and conserving nature, effective and equitable governance of nature’s use and deploying nature-based solutions to global challenges in climate, food, development;
·Contribute to programming and reporting for ELP, and to general IUCN programming as required;
·Ensure that ELP expertise on the legal aspects of climate change related issues is available to policy makers;
·Collaborate with ELC legal and information officers, with the staff of IUCN's Regions responsible for environmental law, and with members of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law (CEL) in project-related development and work;
·Collaborate with IUCN's technical programmes to identify and meet their requirements for legal input;
·Organise and lead project related workshops and meetings in the area of his/her work, as appropriate;
·Manage and supervise the work of consultants in the projects within his/her areas of work;
·Support the activities of CEL, and its specialists groups, as appropriate;
·Develop and prepare IUCN reports, newsletters and environmental law-related publications;
·Represent the ELC in relevant meetings and conferences;
·Take up any other appropriate duties within the areas of work assigned by the ELC management.
·Juris Doctor or equivalent with strong academic record and emphasis on environmental law, including significant experience regarding climate change, and energy in relation to biodiversity conservation, as well as regarding international conventions related thereto.
·At least eight years of increasingly responsible work experience in those fields.Work experience in developing countries is desirable.
·Proven experience in developing, fundraising and managing projects.
·A broad legal background, including private and/or government practice, experience with commercial and industry issues and legislative development desirable. Policy development experience an advantage.
·Excellent research, writing and analytical skills needed as well as an ability to work both independently and in a small, multi-cultural team.
·Experience in facilitating and participating with volunteer networks.
·Exceptional interpersonal skills.
·Computer literacy in basic office applications and the internet.
·Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, including to a non-legal audience.
·Speaking and writing skills in English required and fluency in other IUCN languages (French and Spanish) desirable.Working knowledge of German an advantage.
·Willingness to undertake significant levels of work-related travel.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted at the beginning of 2013. Preference will be given to candidates familiar with IUCN programme and project development and management procedures.
Interested candidates who meet the selection requirements are requested to submit their curriculum vitae, a letter of motivation in English, and the names and contact details of three referees, including one recent employer, to:
ELC Coordinator of Operations
Human Resources
IUCN Environmental Law Centre
Godesberger Allee 108-112, 53175 Bonn, Germany
Applications by email are preferred. They should be sent only toDaniella.Montag@iucn.orgbefore 21 December 2012.

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