Policy Assistant

BirdLife International

£22,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract


Sectors: conservation & wildlife, environmental policy & campaigning

Closing date: Wednesday, 26th February 2020   4 days left

Location: Cambridge, UK
Full time: 35 hours per week
Contract: 12 Month Fixed term contract
Annual salary: circa £22,000
Leave: 25 days pro rata in year 1, increasing by 1 day pa to 28 days
Start date: ASAP, and no later than April 2020

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 looking for a Policy Assistant to join our Policy team in the Global Secretariat to work with us to help deliver change in 2020, the ‘super year’ for nature, climate and sustainable development.

The Post 2020 global biodiversity framework will be negotiated and agreed by the world’s governments in China in October. The Paris Climate Agreement will come into effect and important decisions will be adopted at the United Nations Climate Change Convention Conference of Parties in Glasgow in November. Importantly the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be reviewed and high-level political meetings will take place at the United Nations General Assembly in September in New York. These three agendas are inextricably linked and 2020 presents a major opportunity to set us on a path for the recovery of nature to benefit all. BirdLife International is working as a global partnership through effective and coordinated policy and communications to make sure these moments deliver ambition and action for nature.

As part of the BirdLife policy team you will have the opportunity to work closely with and support nature and climate policy colleagues organising our Partnership-wide policy and advocacy input and presence in the lead up to and at key meetings and consultations. You will work with the BirdLife International Partnership and help coordinate engagement with them at this busy time.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A degree in a relevant environmental or development subject
  • Good knowledge of biodiversity conservation/climate change/environmental issues and a specific interest in global, regional or national policy
  • Excellent organisational skills and confident working across a coordinated global network
  • Willingness to work on administrative tasks with good attention to detail
  • Solutions oriented and focussed
  • The right to work in the UK

See the full job description on our website.

Closing date: 26 February 2020

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 week commencing 02 March 2020.

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