Engagement Manager, Biodiversity & Land-Use

Vivid Economics

£60,000 - £68,000 pa, plus opportunity for discretionary bonus

Paid • Full Time • Permanent


Sectors: environmental policy & campaigning, carbon, climate & energy, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!

Job title: Engagement Manager, Biodiversity and Land Use
Hours: Full-time/Flexi 
Compensation range:

  • Salary of £60,000 - £68,000 per annum, plus opportunity for discretionary bonus 
  • Share options scheme 
  • 43 days of paid holiday per year, including UK bank holidays 

Closing date: Until a suitable candidate is found 


Vivid Economics is a mission-driven, strategic economics consultancy spanning public policy and support for commercial decision making. Headquartered in London, we are internationally recognised for ‘putting economics to good use’ in tackling some of the world’s greatest challenges. Our work spans a wide range of sectors and themes, with global reach, and we pride ourselves on the depth of our expertise, the rigor of our analytic tools, and the flexibility of our approach to making change happen.

We are currently looking for an Engagement Manager with particular expertise in biodiversity and land use to join our Natural Resources practice, to support internal and external project management and develop our strategy and expertise in this area. The candidate is expected to contribute to a senior team leading the growth and delivery of our biodiversity and land use portfolio. Excellent skills in microeconomic analysis, with professional experience in applying analysis to policy or strategic problems, is essential. 

Land use, forest and biodiversity related work is a top strategic priority for the firm, and we are looking for a candidate with a proven track record of exceeding expectations and driving excellence. The candidate will have expertise in several of the following areas: sustainable land use in developing countries, REDD+ and wider land use and biodiversity policy, natural capital and ecosystem services accounting, climate, blended and innovative finance instruments, and climate- and nature-related financial risk analysis. A significant portion of the role is expected to be working on Finance for Biodiversity (F4B). F4B is a think tank and regranting facility aiming to increase the materiality of biodiversity in financial decision-making, of which Vivid Economics is a core delivery partner. 

Vivid Economics is committed to diversity and inclusion and welcomes all applicants regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation. 

Description of the role:

The main duties of an Engagement Manager will be advanced economic analysis and communication of recommendations, project and staff management, and the development of new thematic areas and key clients. A successful candidate is able to analyse new and complex economic problems, design and apply advanced methods, and manage the team to produce high quality end products. 

Strategic advisory experience is essential. The role will involve working in teams as well as independently to formulate evidence-based insights and translate them into credible, clear and compelling advice. The candidate will have worked in consultancy or other policy analyst positions and will understand what it takes to manage and successfully deliver projects in challenging contexts.

While the successful candidate is expected to focus on the role outlined above, there will also be the opportunity to manage business and client development while building the role further. 

A significant portion of the role is expected to be working on Finance for Biodiversity (F4B). F4B is a think tank and regranting facility established in October 2019 to increase the materiality of biodiversity in financial decision-making, and so better align global finance with nature conservation and restoration. F4B is supported by the MAVA Foundation and has two core delivery partners: Vivid Economics (leading on analytics), and an organisation with international expertise in strategic communications. F4B is guided by a leadership group of experts and practitioners in the finance-biodiversity nexus including senior staff from Vivid Economics. F4B has a focus on five strategic areas: 

  • Market efficiency and innovation 
  • Biodiversity-related liability 
  • Bridging biodiversity policy and financial rules and behaviour 
  • Citizen engagement and public campaigns 
  • Responses to the COVID crisis 

Primary day-to-day duties of an Engagement Manager 

  • Structuring and applying economic frameworks to analytical problems.
  • Developing client solutions, addressing client input, and designing materials that effectively communicate recommendations.
  • Maintaining and developing relationships with existing clients and a broader professional network.
  • Keeping updated with knowledge by participating in external opportunities and networks
  • Identifying and contributing to business development and marketing opportunities.
  • Participating in and leading company improvements, developing junior staff.
  • Developing and seeing through plans; forecasting resources; preparing budgets.

Reporting and supervisory relationships: 

An Engagement Manager is often the primary lead on a project. As a result, an Engagement Manager will supervise up to five people, at Senior Economist, Economist and Analyst grade, on any one given project. An Engagement Manager will manage typically three to five projects at any time. They will also have direct line management responsibilities including professional development, feedback and mentorship for between two to six people. The Engagement Manager will report to the Head of Natural Resources. Oversight can be limited, and an Engagement Manager is expected to take substantial responsibility for delivery of high-quality outputs. An Engagement Manager will also report to the Directors regarding non-project work, such as client development and operational responsibilities

Experience and qualifications: 

Candidates must have sufficient experience to demonstrate competency in the duties described. As a guide, an Engagement Manager is expected to have at least eight to ten years of experience, with at least two to four years' experience in consultancy strongly preferred. 

A first class or upper second-class degree in either economics or a closely related field is required. An MSc/MA or Ph.D. in a relevant field is preferred. Fluency in English is essential. Working knowledge of other languages is an advantage. 

Previous experience developing internal strategy, managing projects and complex analysis is required. Good business development and project management experience in international projects in a consultancy environment would be preferred. Candidates must have an ability to think strategically and to work in a fast-paced and complex work environment. Experience in upward managing and supporting a multi-organisation consortium or partners based in other countries/organisations, with strong stakeholder engagement skills is a plus. 

As a biodiversity and land use expert within the Natural Resources Practice Group, the candidate must have a strong interest in the topic and demonstrable capability to quickly develop leading expertise. Ideally, this would be evident from a track record of producing high quality research to inform and engaging with and influencing senior decision-making on relevant issues, which may include:

  • Sustainable land use in developing countries 
  • REDD+ and wider land use and biodiversity policy 
  • Natural capital and ecosystem services accounting 
  • Climate, blended and innovative finance instruments 
  • Climate- and nature-related financial risk analysis 

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