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Back-End Developer (AD1150)

Informatics | Permanent, full-time, Technical/Professional Officer

£26,000 to £32,000 depending on skills and experience

Closing date: 2020-05-18

UNEP-WCMC is a not-for-profit organisation devoted to promoting, for public benefit, the conservation, protection, enhancement and support of nature and natural resources worldwide. At UNEP-WCMC we’re building web applications to help save the planet. 

We’re a close-knit team of passionate developers, UX/UI designers and product managers putting our skills towards a mission that is tackling one of the biggest problems of our time - the massive loss of biodiversity and habitat destruction that’s pushing the planet to the brink of the 6th mass extinction.  

There is huge focus on climate change and conserving biodiversity especially in 2020 where the new global targets are to be set around "Ecological Civilization: Building a Shared Future for All Life on Earth".  

We are expanding our team in response to the large demand for digital expertise within the conservation industry. We work across a variety of projects that provide solutions to the private sector, governmental bodies and other not-for profits including the United Nations. 

We’re looking for a motivated back-end developer to join our growing team and work with us on our new projects this year as well as developing our projects flagship sites such as ProtectedPlanet and Species+. Support will also be required for a variety of smaller Informatics projects such as Ocean+Library and Protected Planet Digital Report which was built in collaboration with National Geographic. 

You will need commercial experience in web development and demonstrable experience of back-end development skills. Our web projects are typically built with JavaScript (Vue.js) on top of Ruby on Rails. Most of our projects involve databases (PostgreSQL) and mapping and geospatial analysis so experience with PostGIS, Mapbox, CartoDB, ArcGIS or similar would be beneficial.  

We are looking for someone with a passion to produce high quality outputs as well as a desire to continue learning. You will have an interest in designing and manipulating performance-proof databases and producing easy-maintainable and tested Ruby code.  

We collaborate on multiple projects across the organisation simultaneously so are looking for people who thrive working in a team as well as being confident working independently. 

We also do work in process automation and data science where experience in scripting languages (bash, R, Python) would be valuable.

The teamwork doesn’t stop within the centre; we are part of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI) and work in partnership with many other not-for-profits that are based in the David Attenborough Building. Although not essential, an interest in the environment is a bonus! 

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 use your skills to make a positive impact, we want to hear from you. Please complete a WCMC application form and submit it with a CV and short covering letter using the link below. Please apply now as we have agencies working on this role and may take down the advert early if someone suitable applies.

Please note that this is not a UN post and we can only accept applications from those eligible 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.