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Associate Programme Officer – Policy




Policy Innovation

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Cambridge, United Kingdom    

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United Kingdom    

Application Deadline

January 21, 2024

Policy | Permanent, Full-time | £25,000 to £31,000 per annum, depending on skills and experience

We are searching for an extraordinary individual who combines analytical prowess with a proactive, results-driven mindset. This role is tailored for someone with a deep commitment to shaping a sustainable future, seamlessly merging expertise in policy and governance with exceptional writing and communication skills.

The ideal candidate will be meticulous and thorough, instrumental in advancing our mission to provide impactful and credible policy guidance. At the heart of the Policy Innovation Area at UNEP-WCMC, our team of over 25 experts specializes in international policy, nature indicators, ecosystem assessments, and the nexus of nature, gender, and rights. Here, you’ll be pivotal in shaping multi-disciplinary projects in the science-policy interface that resonate with our vision of a world living in harmony with nature.

Your role will be to spearhead evidence-based policy initiatives, conduct meaningful policy analysis, and contribute to influential, culturally diverse events. This is an invitation to join a trailblazing team, making strides towards environmental stewardship and global sustainability. Your work will not just influence policies; it will inspire change and forge a better world.

In this role, you will be tasked with the analysis and synthesis of information from varied sources, including primary and grey literature and data, to create well-crafted, succinct reports aimed at policymakers. These reports will primarily focus on conservation policy and other relevant domains affecting biodiversity, such as economic, social, and environmental policies. You will also play a key role in organizing workshops and project events, contributing to the drafting and compilation of various publications and analyses for policymakers. Additionally, you will respond to technical information requests and actively participate in a cohesive team, implementing the Centre’s strategy and mission to support decision-makers with authoritative biodiversity data and information.

Essential qualifications include a degree in a field relevant to policy innovation in biodiversity and nature’s contributions to society and the economy. This could encompass areas like political science, international relations, geography, sociology, anthropology, environmental policy, environmental management, environmental governance, sustainable development, law, economics, or interdisciplinary environmental social sciences. Alternatively, a degree in another subject with a postgraduate degree in a relevant field is also acceptable.

You should possess the ability to critically and constructively analyse policy documents and datasets. Exceptional communication skills are vital, both for written and oral expression. You should be adept at setting clear work standards and identifying and addressing issues, maintaining focus and productivity in a dynamic, team-oriented environment, and working effectively within diverse cultural contexts. Fluency in English, both written and spoken, is a must.

We will provide you with the challenge of working on high profile conservation projects, where your work really makes a difference to the field of conservation in an area aligned to our strategic aims and broader global initiatives. In addition to training and development opportunities, we offer a competitive salary and benefits package, including generous pension contributions.

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