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Programme Officer (Advanced) – Policy Innovation Area




Policy Innovation Area

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Cambridge, United Kingdom    

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United Kingdom    

Application Deadline

January 21, 2024

Policy | Permanent, Full-time | £35,000 to £40,000 per annum, depending on skills and experience

We are looking for a dynamic individual who excels in the realms of policymaking, policy-relevant research, and the management of complex relationships and projects, particularly those focused on global biodiversity and development challenges.

As a key member of UNEP-WCMC’s Policy Innovation team, the successful candidate will be instrumental in advancing our work at the intersection of international policy, nature indicators, ecosystem assessments, and the interplay of nature, gender, and human rights. The Policy team counts over 25 experts, and collaborates closely with diverse partners, including UN agencies, governments, academia, and NGOs. In this role, you will be crucial in delivering inter- and multi-disciplinary policy-driven projects that align with our vision of a world living in harmony with nature.

The role demands a humble leader who can adeptly navigate complex projects and partnerships, streamline operations, and set a high standard for the team. Your ability to produce compelling, well-crafted materials for policy audiences will be key. This position offers the opportunity to be part of an innovative team committed to environmental stewardship, equity, and global sustainability. Your contributions will extend beyond shaping policies – they will be a catalyst for positive change and a more sustainable world.

In this role, you’ll lead in championing evidence-informed policies and collaborating with skilled teams. Your primary responsibilities include managing complex projects, particularly within Horizon Europe’s research and innovation framework, and fostering strategic relationships both within and outside the organization. You will effectively communicate complex ideas to varied audiences and lead project teams, driving their development and potential.

Your duties will encompass the innovative design and execution of impactful projects, ensuring high-quality outcomes. You’ll engage in analytical synthesis for crafting audience-specific recommendations and reports. Additionally, you’ll organize and oversee workshops, manage project budgets and timelines efficiently, using internal budget and management systems effectively, and supervise team members, ensuring adherence to quality standards. Representing UNEP-WCMC at external events and contributing to fundraising initiatives are also key aspects of this role.

We are seeking a candidate with a relevant honours degree (such as in politics, governance, law, international relations, environmental social sciences) and at least three years of experience in a policy-focused role. Essential skills include strong project management, particularly with multilateral policy frameworks, and a proven track record of producing high-quality policy materials. The role requires an in-depth understanding of international agreements related to biodiversity and the ability to effectively lead project teams. A strategic and analytical thinker capable of impactful policy work would be ideal for this position.

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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