TOR EU Partnerships Intern

IUCN European Regional Office


Volunteer • Full Time

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Sunday, 21st January 2018   3 days left

TOR EU Partnerships intern

Duty station: IUCN European Regional Office, Brussels, Belgium
Duration: 6 months: 1 March 2018 – 31 August 2018
Reporting to: EU Partnerships Officer
Deadline: 21 January 2018

About the International Union for Conservation of Nature - IUCN

IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental network - a democratic membership union with more than 1,000 government and NGO member organizations, and almost 11,000 volunteer scientists in more than 160 countries. IUCN’s work is supported by more than 1,000 professional staff in 45 offices and hundreds of partners in public, NGO and private sectors around the world. Its headquarters are based in Gland, Switzerland.

IUCN’s work focuses on valuing and conserving nature, ensuring effective and equitable governance of its use, and deploying nature-based solutions to global challenges in climate, food and development. IUCN supports scientific research, manages field projects all over the world, and brings governments, NGOs, the UN and companies together to develop policy, laws and best practice.


Under supervision of the EU Partnerships Officer and in collaboration with other staff of the IUCN European Regional Office, the function of EU Partnerships intern has a particular focus on the opportunities that are offered by the European Institutions for funding Biodiversity Conservation and to assist the IUCN global secretariat staff in its fundraising activities with the EC.

The incumbent furthermore assists in the implementation of IUCN EURO’s work programme with regard to the liaison with the European Institutions (mainly the European Commission and the European Parliament) regarding key nature conservation policies with a focus on EU External activities such as illegal wildlife trafficking, the implementation of Agenda 2030 for sustainable development and the new Multiannual Financial Framework.

Specific tasks
Focus of the internship will be on assisting in our efforts to identify potential EU funding for the IUCN global network as well as to support some policy and project related activities.

This assignment will include the following responsibilities:

  • General support to the activities of the EU Partnerships Officer, including some project and policy related activities
  • Provide support to the IUCN offices worldwide in accessing EU funding and exploring relevant EU funding instruments;
  • Conduct (online) research on EU policies and processes related to nature conservation and sustainable development (e.g. search for upcoming events & policy calendars, research background information, EC consultations etc.);
  • Assisting in the development and circulation of the bi-weekly “Funding EUpdate” newsletter;
  • Assist in the organization of IUCNs presence at conferences and events including the European Development Days 2018
  • Assist in the preparation of meetings and public speaking events by drafting briefings and presentations
  • Attend meetings and conferences and report on the outcomes;
  • Provide some administrative support functions on a day-to-day basis (e.g. processing of invoices, contracts, financial reports, and logistics for meetings).


  • Affinity with the vision and mission of IUCN and a strong interest in and good understanding of European environmental policies and sustainable urban development;
  • (Studying towards) a relevant University degree with a focus on environmental policy, sustainable development, international relations - or another discipline relevant to nature conservation, sustainable development or international policy is a strong advantage;
  • Excellent level of written and spoken English; good level of written and spoken French is an asset;
  • Good organizational, administrative and reporting skills;
  • Strong writing skills and IT literate: MS Office;
  • Ability to work independently and on multiple tasks simultaneously;
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines without compromising the quality of outputs;
  • Highly motivated to learn and develop new skills, keen to bring in own ideas;
  • A team player with a strong interest to work in an international environment;
  • EU National or holder of an EU work permit.

Students are encouraged to apply to their University for an Erasmus+ Internship grant

Applicants are requested to apply online through the IUCN 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.

As there are two internship vacancies announced simultaneously, applicants are required to apply for one vacancy only depending which one suits their interest and profile best.

Please mention when responding to this ad.