Senior Policy Officer - Nature Positive Business


Flexible in UK
£38,389 - £41,212 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

Sectors: environmental policy & campaigning, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Friday, 26th July 2024  


This is a unique opportunity to join highly skilled and committed economics and policy team working for nature positive improvements across the economy. You will lead the work on policy that can help businesses reduce their impacts on nature and help deliver a critical aspect of the change needed for the transition to a nature positive economy. This is an important role that works across teams in the RSPB on a rapidly changing policy area.

What's the role about? 

As a key member of the Nature Positive Economy team you will work across the team to develop our position on key aspects of nature positive economic policy. You will be expected to advocate for how business tools and metrics like the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures and financial reporting standards can be developed further and work together to deliver business change. You will take over management of an internal project reviewing our principles for and expectations of businesses that we partner with and be expected to coordinate and facilitate discussion with RSPB colleagues on horizon scanning risks for the organisation. 

Key aspects of the role: 

  • Developing effective policy positions/briefings based on sound evidence and understanding of the issues
  • Maintaining awareness and understanding of the development of business nature related initiatives
  • Working with colleagues in the Nature Positive Economy and Business Engagement teams to ensure coordination of our business facing work
  • Managing projects across multi-disciplinary teams
  • Developing and delivering effective advocacy strategies in conjunction with policy and advocacy colleagues
  • Undertaking advocacy and communicating persuasively to decision makers
  • Building and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders

Skills, knowledge and experience:

  • A good understanding of nature conservation and the initiatives for businesses to engage with it
  • A good understanding of governmental and political institutions across the UK and experience of delivering inciteful and impactful advocacy
  • Ability to analyse complex issues in a fast paced environment coupled with well-honed political acumen
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal, written and presentational)
  • Effective negotiation and influencing skills
  • Strong time management and organisational skills
  • Demonstrable project management skills
  • Ability to act independently to lead on projects
  • Good team working skills

This is a Fixed-Term role for 12 months and 37.5 hours per week. 

The RSPB reserves the right to extend or make this role permanent without further advertising dependent on business needs at the end of the contract term.

We are looking to conduct interviews for this position from 14/08/2024. For further information please contact [email protected]

As part of this application process you will be asked to provide a copy of your CV and complete an application form including evidence on how you meet the skills, knowledge, and experience listed above.

We are committed to developing an inclusive and diverse RSPB, in which everyone feels supported, valued, and able to be their full selves. To achieve our vision of creating a world richer in nature, we need more people, and more diverse people, on nature’s side. People of colour and disabled people are currently underrepresented across the environment, climate, sustainability, and conservation sector. If you identify as a person of colour and/or disabled, we are particularly interested in receiving your application. Contact us to discuss any additional support you may need to complete your application.

The RSPB is an equal opportunities employer. This role is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

The RSPB is a licenced sponsor. This role is not eligible for UK Visa Sponsorship - the successful applicant will need to have a pre-existing Right to Work in the UK in order to be offered an employment contract.

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