Associate Programme Officer (Social Science)

Application Deadline: 
26 Sep 2017

UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre - Marine Programme

Job Title: Associate Programme Officer (Social Science)

Job Reference No: AD 978

Duration of Contract: 12 month fixed term, full-time

Salary: £18,000 to £25,000 depending on experience


The Marine Programme of the UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) is offering an Associate Programme Office role for a social scientist with a strong interest in the ocean. The oceans are a key element of global sustainability and this post is an exciting opportunity to consider the complex social and cultural challenges presented by the conservation and sustainable use of ocean resources. 

The role will be varied and include the following:

·         Support the planning and implementation of the social science and citizen behavior change components of UNEP-WCMC’s Healthy Ocean Strategy.

·         Contribute to the development of proposals with a social science component aligned with the Healthy Ocean Strategy.

·         Contribute to written, online and visual outputs with a social science component.

·         Support and promote high quality marine social science by contributing research and analysis to projects as appropriate.

·         Support the technical delivery and reporting associated with existing and new projects with a social science component.

·         On behalf of UNEP-WCMC attend, relevant scientific conferences, technical workshops and other specialist meetings both in the UK and overseas.

This role will involve international networking and collaboration within an engaging team environment. The programme, with its experienced, ambitious and results-oriented staff, provides an excellent environment to develop and contribute to your own skills.

We are looking for a conscientious and motivated social scientist.  The successful candidate will have a broad understanding of social science within an ocean context and a flexible skill base to enable contributions to a variety of projects. Ideally you will have a social science focused undergraduate degree (and possibly postgraduate degree) and some relevant experience in the application of social science methods in an ocean-related context.  We will provide you with the chance to strengthen your awareness and understanding of the international ocean policy arena and further develop your analytical and project management skills. In addition to training and development opportunities, we offer a competitive salary and benefits package, including generous pension contributions. If you are looking for a rewarding and challenging post, enjoy working in collaboration with others and have relevant expertise, we want to hear from you.

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The closing deadline is 9:00am on 26th September 2017. Interviews will be held on 2nd and 3rd October 2017.

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 World Conservation Monitoring Centre strives for a sustainable world for biodiversity and people. The Centre works towards this vision by providing strategic leadership, technical expertise, and project support to increase capacity and inspire decision makers to manage biodiversity and ecosystem services for people and the planet. The Centre has close relationships with the UN system and other partners in the public and private sector, which combines with the Centre’s extensive understanding of science and policy to produce knowledge on biodiversity and ecosystem services that makes a world of difference.