Forests Programme Officer – Trillion Trees

Application deadline: 
Wednesday, 14. July 2021 - 23:45

Forests Programme Officer – Trillion Trees

• Location: Cambridge, UK
• Full time: 35 hours per week
• Contract: 2 year fixed term
• Salary: circa £35,000 pro rata plus competitive 12% pension benefit
• Annual Leave: 25 days pro rata in year 1, increasing by 1 day pa 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.
 
BirdLife International Partners work in some of the most important forest landscapes around the world. We deliver impactful conservation for biodiversity and the climate, and advance nature-positive economic development. The BirdLife International Partnership harnesses the strength of our 112 national organisation Partners through an aligned global strategy.  Working together, we enable the scale-up of local action and influence forest policy, science, and practice at national and global scales, towards the global goals for forests and climate.
 
Our global forest strategy has three focal areas, imperative to achieve the global forest and climate goals: 
  • Protection of the most important forests through advocating for, managing and supporting forest protected areas, including enabling community management of forest resources. 
  • Tackling the drivers of deforestation through advocacy and engagement with key sectors and institutions, particularly linked to agriculture, to drive sustainable practices, inputting to policy processes to incentivize forest conservation and mitigate climate change.
  • Restoration of forest landscapes through diverse restoration approaches working with local people to establish connectivity between Key Biodiversity Areas, enhance climate resilience and ecosystem services, and expand nature-based carbon sequestration.
 
BirdLife International’s Forests Programme aims to advance these initiatives, including through the Trillion Trees partnership, a joint venture for forests between BirdLife, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF). Trillion Trees is our shared voice for forests. Together, we implement conservation and restoration in forest landscapes, influence global policy and private sector practice, and inspire a global movement of positive action for trees and forests. A major focus of this partnership is to develop and secure new pathways and large-scale funding for actions that increase global tree cover. More information can be found here: https://trilliontrees.org/
 
The role of the Forests Programme Officer for Trillion Trees (FPO-TT) is to enable the BirdLife Partnership and Trillion Trees to strategically network our diverse forest conservation initiatives with key change-makers, funding sources and private sector interests in order to scale our work towards achieving the global goals.
 
The FPO-TT will have three main areas of work:
• Trillion Trees Partnership Management: Harness the partnership opportunity that Trillion Trees provides for BirdLife International in enabling the scale-up of our Forest Programme and our contribution to the global forest agenda.
• Large-scale fundraising: Mobilize resources for BirdLife priority forest landscape portfolio and Trillion Trees-strategic programmes. 
• Forest Landscape Restoration: Lead the development of a diverse portfolio of forest restoration projects from across the Partnership, and develop mechanisms with Trillion Trees to effectively channel funding to this portfolio.  
The FPO-TT will act as the Management Team representative for BirdLife on Trillion Trees.  He/she will play a key role linking Trillion Trees to the BirdLife Partnership and Global Forests Programme.
 
The ideal candidate will have 
• Knowledge of forest and/or landscape conservation issues and the global forest conservation agenda
• Experience supporting or managing tropical forest conservation or restoration work, including deep understanding of the key challenges and opportunities for forest restoration today.
• Experience engaging in and managing large partnerships, including coordinating complex processes involving multiple stakeholders across various sectors, geographies and cultural backgrounds.
• Experience in development and presentation of strategic communications
• Knowledge of key funding institutions, opportunities and mechanisms, and experience leading on proposals, for example to large public funding sources, corporate partners and/or major foundations. 
• Experience managing grants or budgets.
• Excellent spoken and written English with demonstrated ability to communicate complex processes and ideas to specialist and non-specialist audiences. 
• Ability to represent BirdLife to external audiences in a polished, professional manner.
• Storytelling and presentation skills
 
 
 
Closing date: 14 July 2021
 
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: recruitment@birdlife.org   
Interviews: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Interviews will be held w/c 26 July 2021