Global Policy Assistant - RSPB

Application Deadline: 
10 Nov 2019

2020 is a vital and exciting year to be working on global nature and climate change issues.

We know that our nature and our climate are in crisis. The UK government has declared a climate emergency, and recent global reports suggest that we are putting 1 million species at risk of extinction in a world where hardly any ecosystems remain untouched by humans. In response, we have seen rising public and political momentum, ambition, and opportunities to turn the tide of biodiversity loss in the UK and around the world - and 2020 is a key moment on this pathway. Next year several international agreements will come to pivotal moments of uplift and renewal; The Convention on Biological Diversity will meet in October 2020 agree ambitious global nature priorities for the next decade; the UNFCCC 26th Conference of Parties will be hosted by the UK where the global community needs to raise ambition significantly to address the climate crisis, and ensure that the protection and restoration of nature is central to country plans. We have a key opportunity to make sure these moments deliver ambition and action for nature and that they galvanize public momentum and political ambition in the UK and beyond.

RSPB's Global Policy Team is a dynamic group working hard to deliver change throughout 2020. As part of the team you will have the opportunity to work closely with and support global nature and climate policy colleagues in developing and advocating for our key positions. This will involve analysing external policy and political developments, undertaking research to help develop our key policy positions and providing administrative support to ensure their effective delivery. You will also have exposure to different networks and organisations we collaborate with, including the BirdLife International partnership, and help coordinate our engagement with them in this busy time.

This is a varied role with the opportunity to work across the international nature and climate policy spectrum at a critical time. The ideal candidate must therefore be able to think independently and on their feet, have excellent communication and coordination skills, and be able to deliver high quality research and written briefings. Good knowledge of environment, climate, or nature policy issues is required, and knowledge of multilateral processes is preferred.

If you are enthusiastic, persuasive, and enjoy working as part of a team, we'd like to hear from you.

There is an opportunity for flexible working and for the candidate to be based in Cambridge and/or London one or two days a week.

Salary starting at

£19,602 to £21,236 per annum - Applicants should expect under normal circumstances to receive an offer at the bottom of the advertised range

Hours & contract information

Hours: Full time
Contract: 18 Month Fixed Term Contract

Closing date: 10 November 2019
Interview date: 21 November 2019, 22 November 2019

How to apply

Our role profile describes the key result areas and skills and experience needed for the role. Please make sure you include reference number A2771019 on your application.

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This role is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. You will be asked to declare unspent convictions and cautions at offer of employment stage.

Who to contact

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Georgina Chandler

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Georgina Chandler