Programme Officer

World Conservation Monitoring Centre (WCMC)
  • Location
    United Kingdom
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Sep 22

Position description

The person appointed will play a key role in the in the work of the large and growing team focused on the Centre’s Nature-based Solutions (NbS) Impact Area, which currently comprises 22 staff. The Team is responsible for a varied range of work on the role of nature in helping to address climate change and other societal challenges, especially through Ecosystem-based Adaptation, Mitigation and Nature for Health and Well-being. It aims to provide authoritative information to support decision-making on and uptake of Nature-based Solutions (NbS). The new staff member will help implement and contribute to developing projects addressing some or all of these issues and to lead one or more small to medium-sized projects.

Key Areas of Responsibility

Make substantial contributions to the implementation of projects and other initiatives that support effective decision making on NbS (Ecosystem-based Adaptation -EbA; Climate change mitigation – including REDD+; and NbS for health and well-being). This may include:

  1. Developing and implementing effective work plans to achieve project objectives
  2. Drawing on expert input, evaluating evidence and analysing or synthesising data (may include use of Geographic Information Systems), identifying/assessing policy options and producing accurate and clearly written publications, reports, web materials and other outputs.
  3. Working internationally to collaborate with government staff and other stakeholders on joint initiatives and contribute to capacity building, convening workshops and/or training sessions
  4. Facilitating transfer of lessons and linkages between these existing work areas.

Contribute to the development of new NbS projects as above

Manage junior staff and interns, and work alongside other colleagues, including experts on REDD+ and adaptation, policy specialists, economists and GIS technicians

Contribute to the smooth running of the programme by taking part in strategic planning and taking on a limited number of non-project tasks, as needed

Represent UNEP-WCMC to external audiences and partners, including at relevant international Convention meetings, conferences and workshops

Other Duties

  • Extend own knowledge of scientific and policy issues relevant to the work of the Team.
  • Participate in WCMC planning and management processes
  • Undertake any other duties as may be required from time to time commensurate with the level of the post.



  • Post-graduate degree in biological sciences, geography, ecology, environmental sciences, economics, social sciences or similar


  • PhD or equivalent experience in biological sciences, geography, ecology, environmental sciences, economics, social sciences or similar



  • Good understanding of the conceptual basis for Nature-based Solutions (NbS) to address climate change adaptation, climate mitigation or health and wellbeing, and how they relate to each other and to issues in biodiversity conservation.
  • Knowledge and experience of issues and practice in ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA), climate mitigation, or approaches for addressing health and well-being
  • Experience of working at the science/policy interface in fields relevant to Nature-based Solutions (NbS)
  • Experience of developing useful sciencebased information and materials for decision-makers
  • Experience of working in Africa, Latin America & the Caribbean or Asia-Pacific regions


  • Experience working with or within a government on policy development and implementation
  • Experience of developing good working relations with key decision makers in public or private sector
  • Experience of capacity building on technical issues
  • Detailed knowledge of REDD+ and/or EbA
  • Experience of data analysis (spatial and statistical), to support decision making
  • Experience of contributing to development of project ideas and proposals
  • Experience of managing staff and/or projects
  • Experience of working in a second language

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