Environmental Policy Officer

The Conflict and Environment Observatory

Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire
£35,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract


Sectors: environmental policy & campaigning, sustainability

Closing date: Friday, 1st February 2019  

Our small but growing charity was established to document and raise awareness of the environmental dimensions of armed conflicts and their impact on people and ecosystems. We also use this data to contribute to the development of national and international policies aimed at reducing environmental harm before, during and after armed conflicts.

Position overview 

Environmental degradation associated with armed conflicts can have lasting consequences for human health, livelihoods and security. Environmental issues are also increasingly accepted as risk factors for insecurity and conflicts. As part of efforts to better address the environmental dimensions of conflict prevention and response, peacebuilding and recovery, a growing number of organisations involved in humanitarian response and peacekeeping are identifying and implementing environmental policies in their operations. However, efforts to fully address the environment in the mine action sector - which is often an early responder after conflicts - remain underdeveloped.

We are currently seeking a full time environmental policy officer to work on a joint project with a Norwegian humanitarian mine action NGO to develop, and help implement, environmental safeguarding policies across the three pillars of its humanitarian disarmament field operations: mine action, arms management and destruction, and conflict prevention and protection. In addition to minimising the environmental footprint of their field operations, the project will also identify opportunities to address not only acute explosive threats to civilians, but also relevant medium and longer-term threats to the health of communities associated with wartime environmental degradation. When complete, it is anticipated that the environmental security of communities will be mainstreamed as a cross-cutting issue and become an integral dimension of the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of their humanitarian disarmament operations.

We are looking for an individual with a proven track record in assessing the environmental performance of organisations and in developing, communicating and implementing appropriate environmental policies. The successful candidate will be capable of managing and delivering complex projects independently and as part of a small team, and have the communication skills necessary to work effectively with external partners. They will also have experience in conducting and analysing environmental impact assessments. We are particularly interested in applicants with experience in designing and implementing community level environmental research projects with a technical component. An understanding of the environmental issues faced by communities in relation to armed conflicts is important, and an awareness of the environmental issues connected with humanitarian disarmament operations is an advantage. Prior experience within the mine action sector is welcome but not essential.

The post 

Reporting to CEOBS’ Research and Policy Director, and working closely with our partner’s Oslo-based project member, you will be required to review context-relevant environmental policies from other actors in the post-conflict sphere, as well as the environmental dimensions of their own humanitarian disarmament operations. You will then work together to identify, develop and help implement a suite of operationally appropriate environmental safeguarding policies. In addition to establishing internal guidance, it is anticipated that the project outputs will also contribute to the development of new standards for the sector as a whole. During the project you will also be required to assess the opportunities for participatory environmental projects aimed at enhancing the environmental security of conflict-affected communities. The post will require some foreign travel, including visits to our partner’s field operations.

The full time contract is based on a 40 hour week and is initially for one year, with annual extensions up to three years dependent on funding; unfortunately we are unable to consider remote or part-time working. The post is based close to Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, which offers direct access to beautiful countryside and a vibrant and progressive cultural life, or is 45 minutes by train from Leeds or Manchester. Interviews will take place at the end of February 2019.


  • Reviewing and keeping abreast of international policies and practice on environmental mainstreaming in relation to armed conflicts.
  • Assessing the current environmental performance of our partner’s field operations and its humanitarian disarmament policies.
  • The identification, development and implementation of detailed environmental safeguarding policies for our partner’s humanitarian disarmament operations.
  • Studying, identifying and assisting in the design and implementation of community-led participatory environmental research projects.
  • Representing CEOBS and presenting your work at domestic and international events.

Essential requirements

  • A post-graduate degree in a relevant environmental discipline.
  • Experience in conducting and analysing environmental impact assessments.
  • A proven track record in assessing and improving the environmental performance of organisations.
  • Three to five years professional experience in a relevant role.
  • Experience in the design and delivery of complex projects.
  • Outstanding analytical skills.
  • Excellent English written and verbal communication skills. Including the ability to communicate policies clearly, accurately and succinctly.
  • Experience in community-based environmental research.
  • The ability to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a small team.
  • A willingness to undertake accompanied field visits to our partner’s operational areas.

Desirable requirements

  • An understanding of the environmental dimensions of armed conflicts or mine action.
  • Experience in the mine action sector.
  • Working familiarity with one or more languages including Arabic, French, Russian or Spanish.

What we offer

  • Flexible working hours.
  • 4% employer’s pension contribution.
  • The opportunity for your work to have an impact globally, without being based in London.

To apply

Send a CV and covering letter in Word or PDF format, with your name as the filename for both documents to: contact at ceobs.org. We expect your covering letter to clearly outline your suitability for the role, and directly address the requirements of the person specification above. We are particularly interested in understanding how your past experiences and skills could transfer to this unique and challenging role.

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