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Associate Programme Officer (AD1142)

Species | Permanent, full-time, Associate Officer

£20,000 to £26,000 depending on skills and experience

Closing date: 2020-03-30

We are seeking a dedicated, conscientious individual with strong numerical skills and an enthusiasm for working with data to join our Species Programme as an Associate Programme Officer. This role will support the delivery of WCMC’s suite of projects focussed on supporting global efforts to ensure that international trade in timber and wildlife is well-regulated, legal and sustainable. You will do this by providing robust data to decision-makers in support of the effective implementation of the EU Timber Regulation, FLEGT and CITES.

The successful candidate will have an eye for detail and excellence in both data analysis and database management. In particular, you will have experience with data analysis (including cleaning and manipulation of large, complex datasets in R), as well as experience with managing large datasets/databases.  You will have a meticulous approach to quality control in order to process and input data into the relevant databases. You will also have excellent skills in synthesizing numerical and quantitative data, particularly in the context of policy reports. Knowledge of and interest in international forest policy and wildlife trade is important. Practical experience of analysis, cleaning and manipulating trade/licensing data, as well as experience of data visualisation, is strongly desirable.

You will be driven to contribute to WCMC’s work in ensuring that international trade in timber and wildlife is both legal and sustainable. An enthusiasm for providing robust information to policy-makers to improve the outcomes for nature is essential for this role. You will assist with the compilation of reports on wildlife trade and illegal logging that are well-researched and incorporate graphical representations of data that help to convey complex datasets in a way that can be easily understood by policy-makers. As an effective member of the team, you will be flexible and willing to help with a variety of tasks to ensure that projects are delivered to the highest level of quality and on time to meet tight deadlines.

Fluency in English is essential, and the ability to speak and write at a professional level in French or Spanish is desirable in the context of our international project work.

We will provide you with the opportunity to work on high impact projects, where your work really makes a difference to the field of conservation. In addition to training and development opportunities, we offer a competitive salary and benefits package, including generous pension contributions.

WCMC attaches great importance to addressing safeguarding and ethical considerations in all activities carried out by its staff, including where partner organisations or individuals are part of the delivery of our work. This includes children and vulnerable adults in the community who may be vulnerable to abuse. WCMC act with integrity, are transparent and expect applicants to share the same values.

If you are looking for a rewarding and challenging post where you can put your technical expertise and excellent data skills to good use while contributing to global efforts to safeguard nature, we want to hear from you. Please complete a WCMC application form and send it together with your CV and a short covering letter through the link below by 30th March 2020. Applicants must be able to evidence the right to work in the UK.

The UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) is a global Centre of excellence on biodiversity. The Centre operates as a collaboration between UN Environment Programme and the UK registered charity WCMC.  Together, we are confronting the global crisis facing nature. We do this through our unique position ensuring science, knowledge and insights shape global and national policy, and by collaborating with partners around the world to build capacity and create innovative solutions to environmental challenges. We use our position as respected custodians of powerful and trusted environmental data to create positive impact for people and nature.