Communications Officer

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Brussels, Belgium

Skill Required:, Media and Communication
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
4th December, 2015

Job Description


• Design and implement communications strategy for the IUCN European Regional Office, as an integral part of IUCN policy influencing and fund-raising strategy, in order to promote IUCN’s knowledge and positions, and increase its visibility
• In close cooperation with the Policy Officer, monitor and track EU policy developments to identify relevant communications opportunities, and manage communications calendar
• Manage IUCN brand and ensure application of global communication standards and act as focal point for and ensure regular liaison with global and programmes communication teams
• Overall quality control of all communication products; provide guidance and advice to colleagues on style and format of communication products
• Manage a communications intern
• Maintain linkages with the Global Communications Unit in terms of IUCN communication requirements and updates.

Media engagement
• Coordinate media outreach work to promote IUCN knowledge and policy with a focus on Brussels and EU Member States media and social media
• Develop and maintain contacts with journalists and media outlets to promote IUCN’s European and global messages

Communications products & events
• Develop and manage IUCN European website and ensure regular updates
• Produce newsletters, blogs, web stories, articles, brochures, fact sheets editorials and publications for IUCN and external channels
• Develop and maintain the database with key and targeted contacts
• Plan and organize events to promote IUCN’s knowledge and policy and increase visibility
• Ensure and prepare IUCN’s presence at key internal and external conferences and meetings (e.g Green Week, World Conservation Congress)

Projects, budgeting & fundraising
• Overall responsibility for the office’s communications budget
• Project management and administration: implementation of the communications components of projects that the office is engaged in ; keeping track of commitments and deadlines; liaise with other partners; producing communication materials; organizing events; budgeting and monitoring expenses
• Contribute to fund-raising by Identifying opportunities for funded communication projects; developing and preparing proposals and assisting colleagues in the preparation of project proposals and reports


• A minimum of 5 years of previous experience in a relevant field (communications, public relations, journalism, biodiversity conservation)  
• University degree or equivalent in communications, journalism, environmental science or other relevant field  
• Strong writing and editing skills  
• Knowledge and practical experience of approaches for effective communications; ability to present complex information in a clear and effective manner and to tailor communications to target audiences  
• Highly organised, good time management and prioritization skills: Demonstrated capacity to work well under pressure and successfully manage multiple deadlines and competing demands  
• Relevant IT skills, including website management and other communications applications  
• Experience in working with social media, video, ICT and/or other outreach approaches and tools  
• Fluency in written and spoken English is essential (native speaker or equivalent). Knowledge of other European languages (especially French) would an advantage

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