BIRDLIFE INTERNATIONAL Biodiversity Monitoring Project Assistant

Application Deadline: 
10 Dec 2017
BIRDLIFE INTERNATIONAL
Biodiversity Monitoring Project Assistant
 
• Location: Cambridge, UK
• Full time: 35 hours per week
• Contract: One year fixed term
• Salary: £22,000 pro rata per annum (plus competitive 12% pension benefit)
• Annual Leave: 25 days pro rata per annum
 
BirdLife International is the world’s largest nature conservation partnership. Through our unique local-to-global approach, we deliver high impact and long-term conservation for the benefit of nature and people.
 
We are looking for someone to help implement an exciting new project, funded by the CCI Collaborative Fund for Conservation, which aims to deliver the first global audit of biodiversity monitoring. By identifying the major taxonomic, geographic and temporal gaps in data coverage and suggesting ways to close them, the project will help to improve the monitoring of threatened species and Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) and support several Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs), including the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). The project team is led by BirdLife and includes the IUCN SSC Species Monitoring Specialist Group, UNEP-WCMC, RSPB, ZSL and the University of Cambridge.
 
This person will play a key role in implementing the project by undertaking a range of activities, including a literature review, web searches, targeted interviews, data collation and validation, database population and analysis, and scientific writing. The nature of the project means that they will engage widely with colleagues within and beyond the project team, and experts around the world, providing a great opportunity to gain experience and develop their professional network.
 
The ideal candidate will have: 
• Good general knowledge of global biodiversity and international conservation issues
• Awareness of the nature, variety and limitations of biodiversity data and monitoring schemes
• Experience of collating, verifying, analysing, interpreting and disseminating scientific data
• Good organisational skills, with the ability to coordinate activities and meet deadlines
• Good written and verbal communication skills, and a high level of fluency in English
• The right to work in the UK
 
Closing date: 10 December 2017
 
Application: Applications should include a covering letter summarising the applicant’s suitability for the position, a detailed CV and contact details of two referees known to the applicant in a professional capacity. Applications should be sent by email, stating where the advert was seen, to: recruitment@birdlife.org 
Interviews: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Interviews will be held on 10 January 2018 at BirdLife’s Global Secretariat Office in the David Attenborough Building in Cambridge.