Senior Policy Adviser - Convention on Biological Diversity

Woking, Surrey
£38,000 - £40,000pa
05 Feb 2019
03 Mar 2019
Full Time
Contract Type


Senior Policy Adviser - Convention on Biological Diversity




Fixed Term Contract


£38,000 - £40,000pa


Living Planet Centre Woking, Surrey GU21 4LL




Senior Policy Adviser – The Role


Experienced in UN advocacy on environmental issues, and ideally with some involvement in the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), you are looking for a platform that will allow you to use your expertise to the full and maximise your influence. This Senior Policy Adviser role with WWF UK will enable you to do just that.




With the UN CBD Conference of Parties to take place in 2020 we have the opportunity to halt the decline in biodiversity by influencing the framework the CBD will set 2020-2030 to protect and restore nature. If we are to generate the same level of action as on climate change and sustainable development we must mobilise governments and other stakeholders, which is where your skills come in. You will lead our advocacy activities to influence the CBD’s decision making as well as provide substantial input and support our network’s efforts to raise the political relevance of nature.




Collaborating with colleagues across the organisation you will lead on the further development and implementation of our CBD advocacy strategy with a focus on political engagement to influence the UK and other governments. You will also help design and drive our plan to position nature higher up the political and public agenda through targeted interventions at high-level events. You will coordinate input across our policy and advocacy teams to develop CBD positions as well as lead on influencing the UK’s contribution towards this UN convention, in particular the post-2020 global biodiversity framework. You will work to ensure the UK Government plays a leading role in this global agenda.  Important too, will be the ability to liaise with relevant stakeholders, build partner networks and act as our technical expert at various events




Senior Policy Adviser – Requirements


You must have a relevant degree and broad expertise on environmental policies, as well as substantial experience in UN advocacy on environmental issues. Personal involvement in the CBD process would be a real advantage.




You will have a track record of delivering lobbying results and be used to designing and implementing successful advocacy strategies that involve multiple partners. Comfortable working as part of a team or independently, you will possess excellent influencing, facilitation and negotiation skills.




Good at building and managing relationships, you will be an effective communicator who is comfortable speaking in public




Who are we?


WWF believes in a future where people and nature thrive.


Best known as the world’s leading conservation body, we’ve seen first-hand how wildlife, the environment and human activity are all interlinked.


That’s why our passion for safeguarding the natural world has to be backed up by other environmental action – tackling the global threat of climate change (through our big global campaigns like Earth Hour) and helping people to change the way they live to ease pressure on natural resources.


WWF is at the heart of global activities in all these areas. We have teams of highly skilled professionals working with governments, businesses and communities here in the UK and around the world.




Senior Policy Adviser – How To Apply


Please visit our website via the link and complete the online registration and submit a copy of your up to date CV with cover letter highlighting why you are interested in this role as well as why this role is for you.


The first round of interviews is scheduled to take place on 25 and 26 March 2019.


WWF-UK is a registered charity in England and Wales 1081247 and in Scotland SC039593


Closing Date: 03/03/2019




At WWF-UK we are committed to creating an inclusive working environment, where diversity is valued and there is equality of opportunity. We therefore welcome applications from all sections of the community and we offer a range of benefits to encourage a work life balance.




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