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Programme Officer (AD1139)

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

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

Closing date: 2020-03-30

We are looking for a highly motivated and technically credible Programme Officer to contribute to the delivery of WCMC’s suite of projects supporting global efforts to ensure that international trade in timber and wildlife is well-regulated, legal and sustainable. The focus of this post will be to develop and oversee the delivery of policy-relevant outputs to governments as part of UNEP-WCMC’s efforts to support the implementation of the EU Timber Regulation and FLEGT.

As Programme Officer, you will lead on project components and make substantial contributions to projects that support effective implementation of the EU Timber Regulation, FLEGT and CITES, particularly in relation to timber trade. Using your excellent writing skills and your strong analytical and critical thinking skills, you will synthesise data and information to produce engaging, relevant and succinct reports for policy-makers. Working within a team, you will also put both your project management and editorial skills to good use as you will be responsible for overseeing the delivery of policy reports and analyses, ensuring that outputs are consistently delivered on time, within budget, and to the high quality reflective of UNEP-WCMC’s standard. Where appropriate, you will also liaise with government officials and represent UNEP-WCMC at expert meetings in relation to our timber trade work.

A strong focus of this role will be on supporting international frameworks and legislative responses that were put in place to combat illegal logging and to ensure international wildlife trade is sustainable. You will hold a relevant degree in international policy/law, biological sciences, forestry, or a related subject and have relevant professional experience. You will also have a good awareness in timber trade, CITES and wider global efforts to promote sustainable forest management and be pro-active in keeping up to date with new developments. A high level of accuracy and a meticulous approach to quality control (for both synthesis of literature and data analyses) is essential for this role. Furthermore, you will be organised, a good team-player, an excellent communicator and able to prioritise multiple competing deadlines. 

We will provide you with the opportunity to work on high-profile projects where your work supporting international policy frameworks really makes a difference to the field of conservation. We will also provide you with the chance to develop your project and line management skills and to further enhance your technical 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.

If you are looking for a rewarding and challenging post where your excellent project management skills, technical knowledge and expertise in the international policy context contribute to efforts to combat illegal logging and safeguard global biodiversity, 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.