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Programme Officer, [Global Search], Indigenous and local knowledge, biological and cultural diversity, and human rights


UNEP-WCMC, United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre


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Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom    

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United Kingdom    

Application Deadline

April 16, 2024

We’re looking for a Programme Officer, advanced, skilled in policymaking, research, and managing complex relationships and projects related to global biodiversity and development. The ideal candidate will offer expert advice on Indigenous and local knowledge, biological and cultural diversity, and the rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities. This role requires a humble leader capable of producing high-quality policy materials, leading project teams, and fostering strategic partnerships. Responsibilities include managing projects, weaving Indigenous and local knowledge into ecosystem assessments in collaboration with UNESCO, ensuring high-quality project outcomes, and leading fundraising initiatives. The successful candidate will represent UNEP-WCMC at external events, working closely with UN agencies and key partners to champion evidence-informed policies and drive positive, sustainable change.

The main purpose of this Programme Officer role at UNEP-WCMC is to play a pivotal part in teams focused on Human Rights and Gender Equality, as well as National Ecosystem Assessments. The chosen candidate will enhance the center’s capacity for policy innovation concerning the rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities, along with their Indigenous and local knowledge. This involves thought leadership, leading fundraising efforts, and multifaceted roles such as steering science-policy-society projects, offering capacity support to peers and partners, and fortifying both internal and external partnerships. The overarching goal is to contribute towards UNEP-WCMC’s vision of a harmonious coexistence between humanity and nature​​.

Key responsibilities entail spearheading and cultivating evidence-informed policies, integrating diverse knowledge systems including Indigenous and local knowledge, and guiding dedicated teams. The role encompasses managing complex projects with adaptive strategies, nurturing strategic alliances, articulating complex ideas to a broad audience, and steering project teams towards growth. Additional duties involve designing impactful projects to ensure top-quality results, synthesizing analytical data for tailored recommendations, managing budgets and timelines efficiently, supervising team members to uphold quality standards, and engaging in external representation and fundraising activities.

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