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Climate Change Programme Officer

Application deadline
Wednesday, 24 July 2024 – 23:45

Cambridge, UK

Full time
35 hours per week. We may consider reduced hours for the right candidate.

2 year fixed term

£36,000 per annum plus competitive 12% pension benefit
Annual Leave
25 days pro rata in year 1, increasing by 1 day p/a 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.

The BirdLife Climate Change Programme supports the BirdLife Partnership to:

  • Mobilise governments and society to implement policies and practices that reduce emissions and utilise nature-based solutions for climate change mitigation and adaptation.
  • Implement nature-based solutions for climate change and biodiversity conservation at important sites worldwide.
  • Support a rapid transition to renewable energy with safeguards for nature.

We are looking for an innovative and dynamic Climate Change Programme Officer. In this post you will support the development and implementation of the BirdLife Climate Change Programme and lead growing portfolios of nature-based solutions projects across the BirdLife Partnership.

You will do this by:

  • Assisting the Head of Climate and Forests in coordinating the Climate Change Programme.
  • Leading the Programme’s external and internal communications.
  • Monitoring progress against Programme objectives.
  • Leading the development of grassland restoration carbon projects.
  • Supporting capacity building within the BirdLife Partnership for these projects.
  • Leading the development and implementation of other portfolios of nature-based solutions.
  • Supporting fundraising efforts for the Programme.

Ideally you will have:

  • Degree in relevant subject (or equivalent, relevant experience).
  • Good knowledge of international and/or national climate change and biodiversity policy.
  • Demonstrable knowledge and experience of developing and implementing nature-based solutions projects, preferably including grassland or wetland restoration.
  • Experience of developing sustainable finance initiatives, preferably including carbon projects.
  • Excellent organisational and coordination skills, with careful attention to detail.
  • Experience of project management.
  • Ability to analyse complex problems and think strategically.
  • Ability to network and collaborate with others, with cultural sensitivity.

Please see the full job description for further details.

Some of our benefits:

  • We are able to offer a hybrid model of working on-site and from home/remote for most roles, which helps to ensure a flexible work-life balance.
  • A chance to work in the award-winning David Attenborough building, which brings together much of the Cambridge-based conservation community on a ‘conservation campus.’ 
  • A generous pension scheme, up to 12% company contribution.
  • Holiday starting at 25 days excluding Bank Holidays and increasing for every year of service up to a maximum of 28 days.
  • Full access to LinkedIn Learning with access to more than 13,000 high-quality, on-demand courses.
  • Cycle to work scheme. 

Employee Assistance Programme, including access to Health Assured online health portal (webinars, nutritional advice, 4-week programmes, financial wellbeing and more).

BirdLife values a diverse workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. Find out more about our Diversity statement.

We are committed to building and maintaining an inclusive and supportive culture, a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit. We aim to promote a more inclusive environment, which attracts all candidates and signals our commitment to celebrate and promote diversity.

We will consider putting into place appropriate reasonable adjustments for candidates who may have a disability.

How to apply:

Please email your application to us at: [email protected]

Please put “Climate Change Programme Officer” in the subject line. Your application should include a covering letter summarising your suitability for the role, your CV and details of where you saw the job advert.

Interviews: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Interviews will be held during the week of 29th July 2024.