Dear IUCN Members,
As you know, IUCN Director General, Julia Marton-Lefèvre, indicated her wish to step down as Director General at the Members’ Assembly in Jeju in September 2012, expressing the belief that it is healthy for an organization to seek a change of leadership on a regular basis. Although Julia Marton-Lefèvre’s second term contract as Director General ends on 31 December 2014, she has indicated that, to ensure a smooth transition, she would be ready to leave when a successor is identified and recruited, between 30 June 2014 and the end of her contract.
The appointment of the IUCN Director General being one of its most important responsibilities, the IUCN Council has established a Search Committee to assist it with the recruitment of a new Director General, consisting of the President, the four Vice-Presidents (Malik Amin Aslam Khan, Miguel Pellerano, John G. Robinson and Marina von Weissenberg), Dr. Simon Stuart, Chair of the IUCN Species Survival Commission, and Regional Councillor, Prof. Nilufer Oral.
The vacancy announcement of which the text follows hereafter has been posted on IUCN’s website and widely advertised.
All IUCN Members are invited to disseminate this advertisement in their networks and to encourage qualified individuals to apply for the position.
Thank you for your attention and cooperation,
President of IUCN
Recruitment for Director General of IUCN
IUCN is looking for a talented CEO who is passionate about nature conservation and the environment and is determined to make a difference. The Director General will manage the Union by articulating its vision, mission and policies and leading the implementation of its programme as approved by its membership. He/she will serve as the principal Ambassador and speaker for the Union on major platforms and will be in charge of enhancing the global visibility and broadening the influence of the Union, while innovatively expanding and diversifying its sources of finance.
IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, helps the world find pragmatic nature based 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 the private sector together to develop policy, laws and best practice.
We are seeking an experienced international leader with a thorough understanding and ability to engage in the major conservation and environmental issues at the international policy level and the openness and sensitivity to facilitate the work of a culturally diverse membership and network of expert volunteers while leading a decentralized, diverse global organization with more than 1’000 employees.
IUCN is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from qualified women and men.
A detailed job description and instructions to apply for this position are available at: www.iucn.org/dg-search