Senior Programme Manager - Scotland Peatland Programme


Flexible in North Scotland
£42,768 - £47,446 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, carbon, climate & energy

Closing date: Friday, 27th May 2022   2 days left

This is an exciting opportunity to lead the RSPB's Peatland Programme work in Scotland. The role of peatland in terms of delivering conservation and carbon benefits has never been better understood and valued by both public and private investment and this is a unique opportunity for an individual to make a significant and lasting contribution to both the ecology of and battle against climate change, in Scotland.

The postholder will manage the organisations Peatland Programme in Scotland and will have oversight of RSPB's Scotland's programme of peatland restoration works funded through the Scottish Government's Peatland Action fund. In addition the Senior Programme Manager will establish the systems, governance and have oversight for the accreditation process for registering RSPB Scotland reserves with the Peatland Code. They will also lead the work with operational teams to develop a pipeline of prioritised Peatland Action and Peatland Code applications and will also work with partner agencies to ensure that the support for our peatland ambitions is as streamlined as possible and has the greatest impact for biodiversity and climate change.

They will also be the key contact with RSPB HQ staff and operational teams in relation to the pipelining of Peatland Code accreditation and manging relationships with key donors and the marketing of carbon sales.

The individual will also develop and manage high level relationships within the organisation and with relevant external bodies.

What's the role about?

  • Develops and manages Programme Plan and associated documents for Scottish Peatland Programme
  • Lead contact for Scottish Programme Board for peatland restoration activity – manages authorisation chain for restoration project development
  • Co-ordinates meetings and agendas for Peatland Programme Oversight Group and other relevant groups
  • Develops an understanding of and contributes to RSPB thinking on peatland code – acts as main contact for high level discussions with IUCN
  • Works with site-based Project Managers to develop PC validation timetable across compartments on reserves
  • Gains an understanding of and leads Scottish contribution to the development of RSPB’s ‘off-reserve’ carbon ambitions in Scotland
  • Develops an understanding and contributes to RSPB’s approach to community benefits associated with carbon finance
  • Is lead contact for ScotGov discussions on streamlining Peatland ACTION funding
  • Works closely with operational teams, support teams, and Peatland Action Programme Manager over development of pipeline of projects on reserves and into wider landscapes
  • Works closely with both Scottish and UK fundraising team over corporate and donative relationships/carbon sales
  • Line manages Peatland Action Programme Manager

Essential skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Knowledge of peatlands and peatland restoration techniques
  • Understanding of the Scottish Government's Peatland Action scheme
  • Understanding of the Peatland Code registration and implementation processes
  • Experience of project management and project governance with major projects
  • Competent IT user (e.g. MS packages, Outlook etc)
  • Attention to detail and ability to understand financial systems
  • Knowledge of grant application and claim processes
  • Knowledge of how to monitor grant/funding obligations and ensure fulfilment
  • Knowledge of reporting to both public and private funders
  •  Demonstrable leadership ability, able to lead without line management authority
  • An ability to produce clear written communications
  • An ability to persuade and influence a wide range of people, both internally and externally
  • Ability to manage complex programmes
  • Excellent problem solving skills and ability to find creative solutions
  • Logical & methodical, analytical and a good eye for detail
  • Experience of working to a standard programme management approach (e.g. Managing Successful Programmes)
  • Diplomacy and negotiation skills
  • Demonstrable experience of developing and working in partnerships to achieve shared outcomes
  • Experience of leading and managing multidisciplinary teams
  • Cost and budget management

Desirable skills, knowledge and experience:

  • API or PMI registered
  • Experience of delivering complex programmes
  • Experience of working to a standard programme management approach (e.g. Managing Successful Programmes)
  • Able to work under pressure and adapt to changing circumstances
  • Project Management Qualification or appropriate experience/training

This is a Permanent Full-Time role for 37.5 hours per week. We are looking to conduct interviews for this position from 14th June 2022. 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.

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

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