Intern - Nature-Based Solutions

IUCN European Regional Office
  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Internship
  • Posted
    Jul 17

Position description

The IUCN Brussels team is looking for a highly motivated intern for a period of 6 months to provide support to one specific area of the office’s activities: upscaling the implementation of nature-based solutions.

Under the supervision of the IUCN EU Programme Manager Nature Based Solutions, the intern will support two major projects focused on implementing and upscaling nature-based solutions – GrowGreen, which focuses on demonstrating the value of nature for climate and water resilience in cities and NetworkNature, which is a European and global platform for strengthening the use of nature-based solutions. He/she will support communications, outreach and capacity building events, both online and (if circumstances allow) in person. The intern will also contribute to mapping potential partners for nature-based solutions at EU, national and regional level, will follow relevant EU policy developments and will maintain an overview of reports, documents and case studies of nature-based solutions.

This assignment will include the following responsibilities:

  • Assist in developing the evidence-base for nature-based solutions via desk-based research, particularly to identify reports, documents, policy developments and analyses at EU and national level;
  • Contribute to mapping potential partners for nature-based solutions at EU, national and regional level;
  • Monitor news, developments and events on nature-based solutions, including maintaining an up- to-date list of events on nature-based solutions and on relevant sectoral issues;
  • Produce communications materials such as newsletters, webstories, articles, brochures, factsheets etc.) related to nature-based solutions;
  • Organise outreach and training events, both virtual and in-person (if circumstances allow), including speaker liaison, logistics, onsite support and reporting;
  • Contribute to organisation of partner meetings, including logistics, minutes and document administration;
  • Assist in preparing speeches and PowerPoint presentations on a variety of topics related to IUCN’s mission;
  • Attend relevant webinars, meetings and conferences and reporting on the outcomes;
  • Provide a range of administrative support functions on a day-to-day basis (e.g. processing of invoices, contracts and financial reports).

REQUIREMENTS

  • Studying towards a relevant Bachelor’s or Master’s degree with a focus on environmental science, natural resource management, sustainable urban development, or any other discipline that is relevant to nature conservation or sustainable development;
  • Applicants must have student status and be enrolled at a university for the entire duration of the internship;
  • Affinity with the vision and mission of IUCN and a strong interest in and understanding of European environmental policies and sustainable urban development;
  • Excellent level of written and spoken English (native speaker or equivalent), other languages are an asset;
  • Good organizational, administrative and reporting skills; strong writing skills; and IT literate in 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 EU work permit.

Application instructions

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