Forests Programme Officer (maternity cover), Birdlife International, Cambridge UK

Application Deadline: 
15 May 2019



Forests Programme Officer (maternity cover)

  • Location: Cambridge, UK
  • Full time: 35 hours per week
  • Contract: 6 months fixed term with the possibility of extension
  • Salary: £35,000 pro rata plus competitive 12% pension benefit
  • Annual Leave: 25 days pro rata 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.


Increasingly, the world is waking up to the crisis of deforestation. As the understanding of the drivers and implications of global forest loss become clear, the global community is increasing its commitment to reverse this trend. There are a growing number of political and corporate commitments being made, and a variety of funding mechanisms that seek to invest in transformative change at large scale. 


We are looking for a Forests Programme Officer to support BirdLife Partners and Secretariat,  well as the wider Trillion Trees partnership, to link diverse forest conservation initiatives to the global commitments, funding sources and private sector interests that can support our work.


This person will be responsible for mobilizing large-scale funding for forests, with a particular focus on BirdLife priority forests and Trillion Trees-linked projects. He or she will develop, pitch and close proposals for forest funding and financing.  The FPO also acts as technical support and advisor to assist in articulating the scale-up and sustainability visions for landscapes and other forest initiatives, creating clear, compelling and feasible concepts, and matching these with the opportunities that exist.


The ideal candidate will have 

  • Undergraduate degree in a relevant subject (eg. natural resource management, conservation, sustainable development, economics, international relations), a post graduate degree would be desirable
  • Relevant professional experience, preferably in conservation, sustainable agriculture, rural development or a similar field
  • Proven ability to lead on proposals for and securing funding from large public funding sources (e.g. EC, IKI, USAID, GEF, GCF), corporate partners and/or major US-based foundations
  • Experience developing project concepts and/or building up programmes through strategic planning and fundraising
  • Ability to distil complex ideas and programmes into compelling project concepts and clearly articular alignment with potential funders’ impact objectives
  • Proven ability to lead on complex projects involving multiple stakeholders across various sectors, geographies and cultural backgrounds
  • The right to work in the UK


A detailed job description can be found at


Closing date:  Wednesday 15 May 2019


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 w/c 27 May 2019.