Programme Officer (Climate Change and Biodiversity)

Application Deadline: 
22 Sep 2017

UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre - Climate Change and Biodiversity Programme

Job Title: Programme Officer

Job Grade: Specialist Officer

Job Reference No: AD 983

Duration of Contract: Permanent, full-time

Salary: £24,000 to £32,000 depending on skills and experience


The UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre is looking for a technically competent, conscientious and motivated Programme Officer to work in our Climate Change and Biodiversity Programme.  The Programme aims to provide authoritative information to support decision-making at the intersection of climate change and biodiversity conservation policies.  The Programme’s work covers the impacts of climate change on biodiversity, the impacts of climate policy on biodiversity, and the role of ecosystems in climate change mitigation and adaptation.

This role provides the opportunity to contribute to a portfolio of high profile projects that support effective decision making on biodiversity and climate change policy, with particular emphasis on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+), mitigation impacts (including biofuels), and ecosystem-based adaptation. You will lead on one or more small projects managing Associate Officer grade staff and working alongside leading REDD+ and adaptation experts, economists and GIS technicians to ensure successful delivery of important publications, reports and other information outputs.

You will have experience of working at the science/policy interface in the field of climate change or biodiversity and working collaboratively with technical colleagues in developing countries, as well as a good understanding of the intersection between climate change and biodiversity conservation issues. Relevant experience in Africa and/or an ability to work in French would be an advantage. The programme, with its experienced, ambitious and results-oriented staff provides an excellent environment to further develop your project and people management and technical skills, and strengthen your expertise within this sector.  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 within a group of like-minded people working at the science-policy interface, and have the necessary skills and experience, we want to hear from you.

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

The UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre strives for a sustainable world for biodiversity and people. The Centre works towards this vision by providing strategic leadership, technical expertise, and project support to increase capacity and inspire decision makers to manage biodiversity and ecosystem services for people and the planet. The Centre has close relationships with the UN system and other partners in the public and private sector, which combines with the Centre’s extensive understanding of science and policy to produce knowledge on biodiversity and ecosystem services that makes a world of difference.