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Senior Communications Officer (AD1256)

Development and Communications | Permanent, full-time, Specialist Officer

£37,000 - £42,000 depending on skills and 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.


This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced communications leader to take a key role in developing and growing UNEP-WCMC’s profile and reach. You will develop and deliver a communications strategy, curate and oversee a pipeline of high quality impact-orientated content and manage a small team of communications professionals to build our following across platforms with different audience groups. You will lead by example and take an active leading role in the writing of communications content. You will also lead on all media and press engagement for the Centre including building relationship with key media contacts, writing press releases, organising press conferences and briefing spokespeople.

You will work closely with the Head of External Affairs, colleagues in the Development and Communications team and across the Centre, to create a compelling, coherent and consistent narrative which increases the profile, visibility and reach of UNEP-WCMC and the impact of our work. We are looking for a knowledgeable and creative individual, with expertise in leading communications for an organisation, a flair for writing engaging content, and a keen interest in nature conservation.

We will provide you with the challenge of working on innovative and impactful conservation projects, where your work can really make a difference for people and planet. 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.  

WCMC is a UK charity that promotes for public benefit the conservation, protection, enhancement and support of nature and natural resources worldwide. We do this by collecting, storing, processing, analysing, interpreting and sharing data that increase our knowledge and understanding of biodiversity and the conservation of nature. Good data are the foundation of informed decision-making and we work with many partners to help them develop their knowledge and capacity to make good decisions. 

If you are looking for a rewarding and challenging post where you can work at the interface between conservation and real-world development, we want to hear from you. Please complete our application form, personal details form and send it together with your CV and a short covering letter through the link below by 3rd October 2021.

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