Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Position: Director, Environmental Law Center, IUCN (Deadline Dec. 5, 2014, Bonn, Germany)


Status:Open (currently receiving applications)

Vacancy #:899
Unit:Environmental Law Programme
Organization:International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:Environmental Law Centre, Bonn, Germany
Reporting to:Director, Environmental Law Centre
Work percentage:100%
Function group:P1
Expected start date:01 February 2015
Type of contract:Fixed-term
Closing date:05 December 2014

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 Environmnetal Law Center (ELC) in collaboration with the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL), 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 :

A. Specific focus on the development, implementation and delivery of the Environmental Law Programme (ELP) component of the IUCN Programme 2013-2016 :

- Play a major role in the implementation of the IUCN-Programme 2013-2016, especially with regard to legal issues concerning nature conservation and climate change, as well as development of major knowledge products;
- Manage projects in the ELP areas work, including budgets and reporting requirements, and provide technical legal assistance to those areas;
- Carry out selected ELC project-related administrative duties;
- Search and identify potential sources of funding, develop project concepts and proposals;
- Contribute to programming and reporting for the ELP and to general IUCN programming as required;
- Organize 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 withtin his/her area of work.

B. Other general duties pertaining to the work of the Environmental Law Centre :

- Ensure that the ELP expertise on the legal and institutional aspects of biodiversity-related issues is available to policy makers;
- Collaborate with IUCN's technical programmes to identify and meet their requirements for legal input;
- Collaborate with ELC legal and documentations officers, with the staff of IUCN's Regions responsible for environmental law, and with members of WCEL in project-related development work;
- Support the activities of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL), and its specialists groups, as appropriate;
- Develop and prepate IUCN environmental law-related newsletters, reports, and publications;
- Supervise the work of ELC interns and fellows assigned to his/her area of work;
- Represent the ELC in relevant meetings and conferences;
- Take up any appropriate duties withtin 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 on climate change related issues and land-use planning, as well as regarding international conventions related thereto.

• A minimum of 8 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 sector and/or government practice, experience with commercial and industry issues and legislative development desirable. Policy development experience an advantage.

• Excellent research, writing and analysical 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 on other IUCN languages (French and Spanish) desirable. Working knowledge of German is an advantage.

• Willigness to undertake significant levels of work-related travel.  
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, climate change, 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.


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