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Backend Developer (AD1206)

| Permanent, full-time, Specialist Officer

£26,000 - £38,000 depending on experience

Closing date: 2021-10-03

The UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) is a specialist Centre on biodiversity. We operate as a collaboration between UNEP and WCMC, a UK-registered charity. Together, we are confronting the global crisis facing nature. With so much emphasis and importance currently being placed on mitigating against biodiversity loss, and caring for our planet, there really is no better time to join an expert, innovative and forward-thinking conservation organisation.

The successful candidate will care passionately about what they work on and be keen to understand the context and background of a project and its potential impact. S/he will be focused on producing reliable, performant and maintainable software and excel when working as part of a close-knit team. S/he should enjoy designing and working with large datasets, including geospatial data and be constantly looking to develop their skills and learn new technologies.

Working within our existing Digital Transformations team, you will be responsible for implementing the back-end components of our web applications (Ruby on Rails). You will work closely with designers, architects, product managers and other developers to implement modern, efficient data storage, data processing pipelines and APIs.

The Centre’s staff are passionate, experienced, ambitious and results-orientated, providing you with a brilliant opportunity to develop and contribute to your own skills. 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.

WCMC is committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all staff and job applicants. We aim to create a supportive and inclusive working environment in which all individuals are able to make best use of their skills, free from discrimination or harassment, and in which all decisions are based on merit. We do not discriminate against staff on the basis of age; race; sex; disability; gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity; religion; faith or belief. We shortlist without using the personal information that you provide as part of the recruitment process. Therefore, please do not include a photograph in your cv or we may automatically reject your application.

If you are looking for a rewarding and challenging post where you can impress us with your motivation, commitment and ‘can-do’ attitude, we want to hear from you. Please complete a WCMC application form and personal details form and send it together with your CV and a short covering letter through the link below by 3rd October 2021. Please apply as soon as possible as we reserve the right to withdraw the advert as soon as the right candidate is found.

Please note that this is a position with WCMC the UK-registered charity and is not a position working for the United Nations. It is a UK based role and the successful applicant will be expected to reside within commuting distance of Cambridge and within the UK. Some of our roles are eligible for visa sponsorship, providing the relevant sponsorship criteria are met.