Global Policy Safeguards Officer

Application deadline: Friday, 25. July 2014 - 23:45

Global Policy Safeguards Officer
• Location: BirdLife International Secretariat, Cambridge, UK
• Full time (35 hours per week)
• 12 months Fixed Term Appointment

BirdLife International is a global partnership of national conservation organisations present in 120 countries and territories. BirdLife works together as a partnership to conserve wild birds, their habitats and global diversity, by working with people towards sustainability in the use of natural resources. BirdLife’s unique local-to-global approach enables us to deliver high impact and long term conservation for the benefit of nature and people.

We are seeking to recruit a Policy Safeguards Officer to BirdLife International’s global policy team in Cambridge. This position represents an exciting opportunity to support the work of the BirdLife Partnership to advance the integration of biodiversity safeguards within policies and plans impacting biodiversity. Emphasis will be placed on advocating best practice policy and technical guidance on a range of development issues, with a focus on renewable energy developments. The postholder will promote the strengthening and application of environmental safeguards, including national Strategic Environmental Assessment and Environmental Impact Assessment processes, within policies and plans including those of financing institutions. In addition the postholder will help support the protection and biodiversity safeguard elements of BirdLife’s Important Bird Areas Programme: a programme pivotal to the delivery of BirdLife’s conservation agenda, working closely with policy staff across the organisation focused on international conservation agreements.

The ideal candidate will have:
• Experience of, and commitment to, international biodiversity conservation.
• Degree, or equivalent experience, in a subject related to conservation or sustainable development
• Sound knowledge of renewable energy issues, Environmental Impact Assessment and Strategic Environmental Assessment.
• Understanding of the need for conservation policy advocacy and the landscape of Multilateral Environmental Agreements
• Excellent written English and ability to communicate in writing and orally with a wide range of audiences.
• Be available to take up this post in September 2014.

A detailed job description can be found here.

Closing date: 25th July 2014

Salary:  £27,000 - £30,000 pro rata, dependent on experience.  Competitive pension benefits.

If you have any queries about the post please contact Sue Patterson, PA to the Director of Science, Policy and Information

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 on 13th August 2014.