IUCN is the Advisory Body for Natural and Mixed World Heritage properties under the World Heritage Convention. IUCN’s role mainly involves four functions: (1) evaluating new natural and mixed properties which are proposed for inscription on the World Heritage List; (2) monitoring the state of conservation of existing natural and mixed World Heritage properties; (3) promoting a range of training and capacity building initiatives; and (4) providing guidance on the strategic implementation of the Convention. These activities are implemented in close coordination with UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre and financially supported by a contract with UNESCO, the implementation of which needs to be monitored and reported on.
The Monitoring Officer will be responsible for supporting IUCN’s role under the World Heritage Convention of monitoring the state of conservation of natural and mixed World Heritage sites, and selected cultural landscapes, in certain regions, as well as contribute to the World Heritage evaluation process and related policy, strategy, capacity building and communication activities as needed. Specifically, the role will be responsible for the following tasks, as part of the work of the Heritage Culture and Youth Team (HCYT).