Project Officer

European Forum on Nature Conservation and Pastoralism

Western Isles, Scotland
£36,000 pro rata

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract 07884116048 Gwyn Jones

Sectors: environmental policy & campaigning, food, farming & horticulture, ecology

Closing date: Friday, 15th November 2019   3 days left

Project officer - developing results-based payments for common grazings

This project aims to develop results-based measures appropriate to common grazing management. It will examine and describe more broadly the limits to such approaches on common grazings and set out ways of maximising the effectiveness of such measures in terms of ease of access to grazings committees, of rewarding active management by individual crofters and of meeting the demand for public goods.

After an initial phase of stock-taking, the project will work through representative examples of common grazings, but it will be necessary for these to cover the whole of the Western Isles. It will also involve liaison with Government and its agencies and discussions with experts, as well as communication and dissemination of activities.

The postholder, who will work from a base in the Western Isles, will be responsible for delivering the project on a day-to-day basis, supported by a part-time project coordinator and project administrative and budget manager, both based outwith the Western Isles. The overall project is outlined in the draft work packages available as an annex to this job description.

The project officer role will be the person who day to day delivers the project work packages. As such the duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Running meetings and engaging face-to-face with individuals in many fields in an engaging and appropriate and outcome-focussed manner
  • Carrying out data gathering, manipulation and presentation both using existing and new data sources
  • Writing reports and other forms of communication material in a range of styles, concisely and with clarity
  • Making the most effective use of the skills and experience of experts and key stakeholders in Scotland, including a limited number whose input will be paid for by the project
  • Bringing in specific expertise on results-based approaches from further afield to build on existing experience of such measures
  • Input into project social media activity and engaging with mainstream media
  • Providing such reporting as is required by the project and by the employer within the timescales set down and in the prescribed form

You must:

  • Have an established record of dealing with specific groups of the public in a sensitive and competent manner
  • Have an established record of report-writing to a high standard
  • Be self-motivating
  • Be a good time keeper and organiser of your own time
  • Have a clean driving licence
  • Have experience or certified expertise in either agriculture or ecology
  • Have competence in the use of the main MS Office programs

It is desirable that you:

  • Have experience of working with crofting or marginal farming systems and their farmers/crofters, and particularly of common grazings
  • Have some knowledge of agricultural support schemes
  • Have specific expertise in at least one topic of central importance to the project
  • Have experience of running public meetings
  • Have some familiarity with the Western Isles
  • Have the ability to communicate verbally in Gaelic
  • Can use GIS software and mapping programs

The term of employment will commence as soon as possible – you should specify a date in your covering letter. It will terminate on the 30th of September, 2020 or by one month’s notice on either side, other than in the case of gross misconduct.

The salary will be £36,000 p.a. pro rata. You will be enrolled in the EFNCP pension scheme unless you opt out. Your working day is normally 7.5 hours, but you will be expected to work flexibly as the job requires and within the overall salary budget. You are entitled to 36 days of holiday annually pro rata, inclusive of bank holidays.

You will be based in the Western Isles, either from home or in space provided by a partner organisation. For travel away from your office base, you will be entitled to travel and subsistence following the normal EFNCP policies and any additional restrictions imposed by LEADER rules, providing you provide the supporting documentation required and within the set timeframe.

Send a cv and a detailed covering letter outlining how your experience qualifies you for the job, along with 2 sample reports and the names and contact details of 2 referees who are willing to discuss your performance and skills by telephone to Due to the short time scale, referees may be contacted before any interview.

To discuss the role further, please feel free to phone Gwyn Jones on 07884116048.

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