BIRDLIFE INTERNATIONAL Technical Assistant for LIFE EuroSAP Project

Application Deadline: 
31 Dec 2017
Technical Assistant for LIFE EuroSAP Project
• Location: Cambridge, UK
• Full time: 35 hours per week
• Contract: 6 month fixed term contract, starting March 2018
• Salary: £19,000 – £22,000 pro rata per annum dependent on experience. Plus competitive 12% pension benefit
• Annual Leave: 25 days pro rata per annum in year 1, increasing by 1 day pa to 28 days
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 assist the Species Conservation Officer for Europe & Central Asia on the delivery of the EU funded LIFE EURO SAP project on European Species Action Plan at its final stage, ensuring project’s objectives and activities are achieved within the planned timeline.
You will be responsible to ensure appropriate assistance on all project actions, particularly on organising the Final Conference of the project back-to-back with the First meeting of the European Species Coordination Group, and help with the elaboration of a Layman’s Report and Final Report.
You will work with a wide range of people both within the organisation and externally and your ability to build positive relationships and engage effectively at all levels will be key to the success of the role.
You will be a highly motivated and focused individual able to deliver high quality work to support the ambitious conservation goals of BirdLife.
The ideal candidate will have 
• A bachelor’s degree, or equivalent experience, in a relevant scientific or environmental subject.
• Good knowledge of European bird species (e.g. conservation status, distribution, abundance, ecology and threats). 
• Familiarity with international conservation issues, including relevant environmental conventions, instruments and processes desired (especially EU Directives).
• Previous experience with EU-funded and/or international projects, especially reporting.
• Previous experience working with Species Action Plan related projects.
• Previous experience of organising international conferences/events for up to 150 people.
• Self-motivation to act independently, but also to work collaboratively in a team spread across several locations.
• Proven skills in critically assessing and synthesising information, and in producing accurate and concise written summaries.
• Ability to solve problems effectively, with creativity and confidence.
• Ability to pursue new and unfamiliar challenges, work independently and devise innovative solutions to novel challenges.
• High level of fluency in written and spoken English (and preferably other European languages). Ability to avoid jargon and use clear, simple language when required.
• Genuine interest in and commitment to the environment, bird conservation, the NGO sector and civil society.
• The right to work in the UK.
Closing date: 31 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:   
Interviews: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Interviews will be held during the week commencing 15 January 2018.