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IBAT Programme Officer

In this role, you will be working on one of the biggest global challenges facing the world today – the biodiversity crisis. This role is at the forefront of the business and biodiversity space, providing practical solutions to the business and finance community.

Cambridge, UK

Full time
35 hours per week


c. £32,000 – £38,000, dependent on skills and experience, plus a competitive 12% pension benefit

Annual Leave
25 days pro rata in year 1, increasing by 1 day/annum 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. We are now looking to recruit a passionate and proactive IBAT Programme Officer to join our team.

The Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool (IBAT) is the product of a ground-breaking alliance between four major conservation organisations: BirdLife International, Conservation International, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC). The tool integrates data from core global biodiversity datasets – the World Database on Protected Areas, World Database of Key Biodiversity Areas and the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species – into a single portal to support decision-makers from industry, finance and governments. Launched over 12 years ago, it is an innovative solution for providing biodiversity information to decision-makers, while channelling resources into the underlying datasets.  

In this role, you will be working on one of the biggest global challenges facing the world today – the biodiversity crisis. This role is at the forefront of the business and biodiversity space, providing practical solutions to the business and finance community.

How you will do this:

  • Supported by experts from four of the most influential conservation organisations, you will empower decision-makers from global companies across a variety of sectors to incorporate authoritative biodiversity into their operational processes.
  • You will be the public face of IBAT, representing the IBAT Alliance to industry and conservation communities alike.
  • Using your passion for nature, skills and knowledge, you will help ensure IBAT remains the world’s most authoritative biodiversity tool and continues to evolve to meet the emerging needs of a rapidly changing disclosure landscape.
  • You will be responsible for IBAT’s business development, user support, and marketing and communications.
  • Working closely with the IBAT Manager and other Programme Officer, and supported by the IBAT User Sub-committee, you will engage with businesses and financial institutions across a range of sectors to expand IBAT to more organisations.
  • You will support existing IBAT users, delivering training and providing user support to ensure organisations can use IBAT to incorporate biodiversity into their decision-making.
  • Working within a multi-disciplinary and cross-organisational team, you will help generate innovative ideas based on your experience working with IBAT users to generate new products and services.

Ideally, you will have:

  • A robust understanding of biodiversity and conservation principles.
  • A degree in a field related to biodiversity, environmental sustainability, economics or international business.
  • Experience in business and biodiversity, a commercial environment or in the finance sector.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • A passion to use your skills and experience to address the biodiversity crisis.

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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 are happy to put into place reasonable adjustments for candidates who may have a disability, so please let us know if this is the case.

How to Apply:

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

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

We will be shortlisting for this role as applications are received, so we will close this vacancy once a suitable applicant has been appointed. We endeavour to reply to all our candidates, however, if you have not heard from us within three weeks, you should assume that you have not been successful. Please do continue to check our careers page for any suitable future vacancies.