Associate Programme Officer

Application Deadline: 
22 Sep 2019

UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre

Job title: Associate Programme Officer (AD1100)

Role description: Associate Officer

Contract duration: Permanent, full-time

Salary: £20,000 to £26,000 per annum depending on skills and experience

We are seeking a motivated, conscientious and technically credible individual to join our Species Programme as an Associate Programme Officer. This role will support the delivery of UNEP-WCMC’s suite of projects focussed on tackling one of the main drivers of species loss – overexploitation – and will help contribute to global efforts to ensure that international trade in wildlife and timber is well-regulated, legal and sustainable.

The successful candidate will be a highly competent individual with an eye for detail and a commitment to species conservation that brings excellence in both technical writing and data management. In particular, the focus of this post will be to work with a dedicated team of colleagues to support the effective implementation of CITES, the EU Wildlife Trade Regulations and the EU Timber Regulations by:

1) analysing and synthesising information, including primary literature and data from multiple sources, to produce well written and succinct reports for policy-makers; and

2) ensuring that species and trade data are entered accurately and efficiently into the relevant information management systems maintained by UNEP-WCMC (e.g. Species+ and the CITES Trade Database).

Working as part of a team, you will use your critical thinking and analytical skills to evaluate biological, conservation, trade and management information on species from primary literature and other sources and write incisive species assessments to guide policy-makers. You will have a meticulous approach to quality control in order to process and input data into the relevant databases. You will assist with the compilation of reports on wildlife trade and illegal logging that are well-researched and incorporate graphical representations of data that help to convey complex datasets in a way that can be easily understood by policy-makers. As an effective member of the team, you will be flexible and willing to help with a variety of tasks to ensure that projects are delivered to the highest level of quality and on time to meet tight deadlines.

An enthusiasm for conserving the world’s species and a recognition of the importance of providing robust information to policy-makers is essential for this role. You will also have a general understanding of global responses to the biodiversity crisis and an interest in global and regional efforts to regulate international wildlife trade. You will have the ability to work effectively within a team and a demonstrated ability to deliver high quality written outputs for a range of audiences. Fluency in English is essential, and the ability to speak and write at a professional level in French or Spanish is strongly desirable in the context of our international and regional project work.

We will provide you with the opportunity to work on high impact projects, where your work really makes a difference to the field of conservation. 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.

If you are looking for a rewarding and challenging post where you can put your technical expertise and excellent writing skills to good use while contributing to global efforts to safeguard nature, we want to hear from you. Please visit this link to complete a WCMC application form and send it together with your CV and a short covering letter by 22nd September 2019.

Please note that this is not a UN post, and we can only accept applications from those eligible to work in the UK.

The UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) is a global Centre of excellence on biodiversity. The Centre operates as a collaboration between UN Environment Programme and the UK registered charity WCMC.  Together, we are confronting the global crisis facing nature. We do this through our unique position ensuring science, knowledge and insights shape global and national policy, and by collaborating with partners around the world to build capacity and create innovative solutions to environmental challenges. We use our position as respected custodians of powerful and trusted environmental data to create positive impact for people and nature.