• Location: Cambridge, UK
  • Full time: 35 hours per week
  • Contract: Fixed term
  • Salary: circa £27,000 pro rata plus competitive 12% pension benefit
  • Annual Leave: 25 days pro rata in year 1, increasing by 1 day pa to 28 days
  • Application deadline: Monday, 26 September 2022

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 Partnership, Communities and Capacity Development (PCCD) department exists to strengthen and grow the Partnership for more effective and impactful conservation action. Towards this goal, we are looking for someone to contribute towards strengthening the conservation capacity of BirdLife Partners at the national and local levels to deliver for nature and people.

You will support mainstreaming of strategic priorities related to conservation enterprise, ecotourism and microfinance, and apply these in support of organisational resilience for BirdLife Partner organisations and sustainable livelihoods of local community groups. You will keep up-to-date with latest best practice approaches in supporting sustainable livelihoods, especially related to conservation enterprises and financial instruments, and inform the development of BirdLife’s approach in these areas. You will also convene meetings with Partners, Secretariat staff and external experts to support the development of conservation enterprises and support sharing of lessons experiences between Partners to build capacity.

The ideal candidate will have

  • A degree in Life Sciences and or development studies preferred with experience of work in biodiversity conservation projects in low income economic countries.
  • Some experience of working with national NGOs on capacity building will be essential.
  • Strong commitment to conservation and understanding of the need for conservation capacity-building at grassroots and institutional levels
  • Knowledge of financial instruments and business models as they apply to conservation and/or development
  • Knowledge of and interest in international wildlife conservation (not necessarily birds).
  • Strong commitment to conservation and understanding of the need for conservation capacity-building.
  • Facilitation skills in international, multi-cultural settings.
  • Field experience in practical project management within the conservation field.
  • Experience with grant management
  • Experience and/or understanding of environment-development linkages, especially in developing countries, highly desirable.
  • Good desk-based research in a biodiversity conservation organisation is relevant, including good analytical and report writing skills.

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BirdLife values a diverse workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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.

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

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 marking your application with “Programme Officer” in the subject line.

Interviews: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.