Associate Programme Officer - Species Programme (AD1019)

Application Deadline: 
20 May 2018

UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre

Job title: Associate Programme Officer

Job reference: AD1019

Contract duration: Permanent, full-time

Salary: £19,000 - £25,000 depending on skills and experience

We are looking for a highly motivated, conscientious and technically competent Associate Programme Officer with a passion for biodiversity to join our team. The Associate Programme Officer will support the delivery of UNEP-WCMC’s suite of projects relating to its strategic priorities of securing a future for wildlife and supporting the effective implementation of multilateral environmental agreements. In particular, the focus of this post will be to work with a dedicated team of colleagues to 1) undertake species or policy implementation reviews and trade analyses to support the effective implementation of CITES, the EU Wildlife Trade Regulations and the EU Timber Regulations and 2) to ensure 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).

Reporting to a Programme Officer, you will use your critical thinking and analytical skills to evaluate biological, conservation, trade and management information on species and write incisive species assessments to guide policy-makers. You will assist with the synthesis and analysis of data on wildlife trade and illegal logging to compile reports that are well-researched and contribute to producing graphical representations of data that help to convey complex datasets in a way that can be easily understood by policy-makers. You will also have a high level of accuracy and a meticulous approach to quality control in order to process and input data into the relevant databases and to provide robust analyses of these datasets upon which decisions affecting biodiversity policy are based. Supporting the Programme Officer, you will help to ensure that projects are delivered to the highest level of quality and on time to meet tight deadlines.

You will hold a degree or equivalent in biological/natural sciences, ecology, statistics or similar and will have strong skills in conducting literature reviews, scientific writing and in using MS Word, Excel, citation and database software. An enthusiasm for global biodiversity and a recognition of the importance of providing robust information to policy-makers is essential to this role. You will also have an understanding of global responses to the biodiversity crisis and an interest in global and regional efforts to manage wildlife and timber trade to ensure that it is legal, sustainable and traceable. You will have the ability to work effectively within a team and a real desire to support the work of UNEP-WCMC. Fluency in English is essential, and the ability to work in French or Spanish is strongly desirable in the context of our international and regional project work.

We will provide you with the challenge of working on high profile projects of importance to regional and global decision-making, 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.

If you are looking for a rewarding and challenging post where you can gain valuable experience in an international context and impress us with your technical expertise, excellent writing skills and teamwork, while contributing to efforts to safeguard global biodiversity, we want to hear from you.  Please complete a WCMC application form (which is available here: and send it together with your CV and a short covering letter by 20 May 2018.

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

WCMC is a UK charity, based in Cambridge, which works in collaboration with UN Environment, under the banner of UNEP-WCMC.  Our mission is to evaluate and highlight the many values of biodiversity and put authoritative biodiversity knowledge at the centre of decision-making.  Since our establishment in the 1970s, the Centre has been at the forefront of the compilation, management, analysis and dissemination of global biodiversity information, and has an outstanding record of achievement.