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Programme Officer (AD974)

Ecosystem Assessment | Permanent, full-time, Specialist Officer

Circa £25,000 per annum

Closing date: 2017-08-20

We are looking for a technically competent, conscientious and motivated Programme Officer to work in the Ecosystem Assessment Programme, who will thrive on the opportunity to participate within the international arena. The programme provides decision makers with information and tools to demonstrate the linkages between biodiversity, ecosystem services, sustainable land management and human well-being/livelihoods. The programme has a particular focus on biodiversity indicators, ecosystem assessments, and mainstreaming of biodiversity into development and planning policy in developing countries.

This role provides the opportunity to contribute to a high profile portfolio of projects, including support for international policy processes, convening partnerships and promoting institutional capacity development.  Your work will raise the profile of the Centre to put knowledge at the heart of decision making for multiple global and local stakeholders.  The main focus of your role will be to take a lead in managing and contributing to projects focusing on increasing the understanding of decision-makers regarding biodiversity and its many values.

As Programme Officer, you will be given the opportunity to represent the Centre at relevant conferences and workshops, both within the UK and internationally and will gain job satisfaction through the successful delivery of important publications, reports and other information outputs.

You will hold a degree in biological sciences, geography, ecology, environmental sciences, economics or social sciences, and will have a strong understanding of the issues and concepts related to biodiversity and ecosystem services, including appreciation of different knowledge frameworks and world views. As an excellent communicator, you will demonstrate your fluency in both written and verbal English and Spanish. Furthermore, you will be organised, a strong meeting facilitator, a good team-player, and able to prioritise multiple competing deadlines.

We will provide you with the opportunity of working on high-profile conservation projects, where your work really makes a difference to the field of conservation. We will also provide you with the chance to grow your technical skills and develop your project and line management skills. In addition to training and development opportunities, we offer a competitive salary and benefits package, including generous pension contributions. 

If you are looking for a rewarding and challenging post within a group of like-minded people working at the science-policy interface, and have the necessary skills and experience, we want to hear from you. Please complete a WCMC application form and send it together with your CV and a short covering letter to the link below by 20th August 2017.

The UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre strives for a sustainable world for biodiversity and people. The Centre works towards this vision by providing strategic leadership, technical expertise, and project support to increase capacity and inspire decision makers to manage biodiversity and ecosystem services for people and the planet. The Centre has close relationships with the UN system and other partners in the public and private sector, which combines with the Centre’s extensive understanding of science and policy to produce knowledge on biodiversity and ecosystem services that makes a world of difference.