Global Policy Officer

Application deadline: 
Friday, 30. August 2019 - 23:45

Global Policy Officer

  • Location: Cambridge, UK
  • Full time: 35 hours per week
  • Contract: Two year fixed term
  • Salary: £26,000-£32,000 pro rata per annum (dependant on skills and experience), plus competitive 12% pension benefit
  • Annual Leave: 25 days pro rata per annum 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.
 
We are seeking a highly motivated and focussed individual to join the BirdLife Global Policy team. You will work to deliver on a range of significant biodiversity and development policy and advocacy initiatives, in particular renewable energy (such as wind and solar). Working to reconcile such development with biodiversity, you will contribute significantly to global efforts to mitigate climate change and achieve the goals of the IPCC, Paris Agreement and SDGs through the global energy transition. A major focus will be on safeguarding biodiversity at sites and in the wider landscape through developing, disseminating and advocating best practice policy guidance, science and spatial mapping tools on high priority renewable energy and other development issues to key stakeholders. This will include supporting broader efforts across the BirdLife Partnership to ensure biodiversity science, tools and safeguards are embedded in policies of multi-lateral development banks and other financing institutions, governments and industry. 
 
The ideal candidate will have: 
  • Degree (or equivalent experience) in a subject related to conservation, international policy, climate change or sustainable development
  • A good understanding of renewable energy and other development issues, including Environmental Impact Assessment and Strategic Environmental Assessment
  • Experience of conservation policy advocacy and the landscape of Multilateral Environmental Agreements (including at national level, including Nationally Determined Contributions and National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans), climate change issues and development finance
  • Evidence of practice in conservation and/or energy and/or development policies
  • Ability to deliver across multiple complex projects, demonstrating creativity and initiative
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication (both oral and written, and ideally via social/online media) and teamworking skills
  • The right to work in the UK
 
 
Closing date: 30 August 2019 
 
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 11th and 12th September 2019.