Job Reference No:
Ecosystem Assessment Programme
Specialist Officer (D)
Head of Programme/Senior Programme Officer
Main Purpose of the Job
To contribute to the delivery of UNEP-WCMC’s work to provide authoritative information about biodiversity and ecosystem services in a manner that is useful to decision-makers. Working primarily in support of national governments and inter-governmental processes and with a wide network of international partners, the Programme Officer will manage and contribute to projects at the science-policy interface. These will focus on one or more of the following: biodiversity and ecosystem service monitoring, indicators, assessments and valuation; mainstreaming of biodiversity into other sectors.
Key Areas of Responsibility
- Take a leading role in managing and contributing to projects focusing on increasing the understanding of decision-makers regarding biodiversity and its many values, together with the linkages between biodiversity, ecosystem services, sustainable land management and human well-being/livelihoods, in order to mainstream biodiversity into development policy in developing countries. Such projects are likely to involve:
- Supporting policy processes and enhancing the evidence base for appropriate biodiversity, and related sectoral policies.
- Convening and supporting partnerships and networks to improve information, knowledge and capacity.
- Promoting individual and institutional capacity development, especially in less developed regions worldwide.
- Identifying needs and developing suitable tools and methods for carrying out ecosystem assessments.
- Transferring knowledge between scales (global, regional, and national).
- In addition the post-holder will be expected to:
- Supervise the work of Associate Programme Officers, interns, students, volunteers and consultants as appropriate to project and programme implementation.
- Contribute to ensuring an appreciation of the Centre's products and services by partner organizations and clients, raising the profile of the Centre in order to place biodiversity knowledge at the heart of decision-making for multiple stakeholders from global to local.
- Develop good working relations with individual partner organisations and agencies working on the development and delivery of projects at multiple scales, including partners across the globe in UN, Governmental, Non-Governmental, Scientific, and Private Sectors.
- Compile publications, reports and other types of information outputs for partners and clients and manage others in the synthesis and analysis of such outputs.
- Represent UNEP-WCMC at relevant conferences, workshops and other specialist meetings both in the UK and internationally, and oversee the organisation of such meetings where required.
- Undertake other duties appropriate to the grade and relevant to the needs that may be determined from time to time.
The position requires international travel on behalf of the Centre. He or she would undertake any other duties as may be required from time to time commensurate with the level of the post, and adhere to such targets as may be communicated by the line manager from time to time.