IUCN is looking for a Director for its Brussels office

The Director of the IUCN Brussels Office represents the IUCN Secretariat and provides leadership and guidance for all activities undertaken by the Secretariat within the EU context in Brussels. 


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The IUCN Brussels Office is an out-posted Headquarters unit providing global services to the organization. With premises located in Brussels, Belgium, the Office provides vital linkages for IUCN (and its Members, National Committees, scientific Commissions and the global Secretariat) to key European Union institutions and other public and private actors with regional headquarters in Brussels. The principal focus of the IUCN Office in Brussels is policy influencing and fundraising at the EU level.

The Director of the IUCN Brussels Office reports to the Director General of IUCN. 

The main responsibilities of this key senior level position are:

Policy influencing

  • Establish long-term cooperation with the EU institutions, including national representatives;
  • Promote IUCN’s mission and ensure that IUCN’s global and European knowledge, policies and programmes are reflected in EU policy decisions that impact nature conservation and sustainable development in Europe and globally;
  • Promote nature-based solutions through EU policies and programmes;
  • Establish strategic alliances with environmental NGOs working on European policies;
  • Provide a policy exchange platform for IUCN Members with a presence in Brussels;
  • Inform the IUCN constituency of EU policy developments and channel IUCN inputs into EU decision-making.


  • Develop and implement a diversified fundraising strategy targeted at EU institutional sources and the private sector for IUCN’s global and European work through the Secretariat, Commissions and Members in close collaboration with the Strategic Partnerships Unit in Headquarters;
  • Identify EU funding opportunities and channel this information to the relevant IUCN components;
  • Strengthen a project portfolio to achieve IUCN’s mission, in collaboration with Global Programmes;
  • Establish solid relationships with key donors in Brussels.


  • Represent, or arrange for appropriate representation of IUCN in the most essential EU expert groups, meetings and events in Brussels;
  • Initiate and engage in partnerships with other environmental policy organizations based in Brussels;
  • Within available resources, organize events and meetings to present IUCN products and knowledge at relevant times in the EU decision-making process;
  • Provide a meeting place for IUCN Members, Commissions and Secretariat in Brussels.


  • Oversee recruitment and administration of IUCN staff in the Brussels Office, including performance assessment, annual work plans, and evolving employment conditions consistent with IUCN policies;
  • Provide guidance and oversee the support to out-posted staff located in Brussels from other components of the Secretariat in close collaboration with their respective line managers;
  • Manage the budget of the IUCN Office in Brussels;
  • Actively participate in IUCN’s senior management structure and participate as a member of the Senior Management Advisory Team (SMAT);
  • Ensure that the IUCN Association in Brussels (AISBL) continues to operate within Belgian law.


  • Post graduate/advanced degree, preferably related to conservation and sustainable development.
  • At least 15 years’ professional experience in the environmental policy field, including management of conservation/sustainable development programmes, of which a minimum of 5 years shall be at the international level.
  • Broad knowledge of IUCN and its components and of EU institutions, including their political environment.
  • Good understanding of the EU decision-making and budget processes.
  • Experience in strategic management and leadership of networks as well as fundraising in the EU context.
  • Excellent communication skills to be able to channel information about new EU initiatives and programmes to the relevant IUCN components.
  • Extensive knowledge of global conservation and sustainable development policy issues.
  • Ability to lead and motivate a diverse and multi-cultural team within a complex, decentralized organization.
  • Broad experience in managing human and financial resources.
  • Ability and experience in conflict management and mediation.
  • Good negotiation, public speaking and networking skills.
  • Excellent command of English is a requirement. Familiarity with one or more of the other official languages used in the EU would be an advantage for this position.
  • Willingness to travel.

To apply click here. Deadline for applications: 16 December 2012.


Work area: 
Global Policy
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