Senior International Interdisciplinary Biodiversity Manager @ JNCC

Application Info

Senior International Interdisciplinary Biodiversity Manager


Short Summary: Post background

JNCC supports the UK and international governments in incorporating the value of nature, especially biodiversity natural capital and ecosystem services, into decision-making to provide solutions that improve human well-being. JNCC’s International Implementation Team (IIT) is seeking a project manager with significant experience at the intersection of socioeconomic development, climate change, and conservation.

You will provide strategic project management leadership and lead efforts to develop new partnerships and opportunities for JNCC, especially in priority countries. You will produce analysis that shapes the advice we provide to UK and partner governments on the economic and social value of nature at national, regional, and local levels. You will work closely with external partners and JNCC staff of different backgrounds, such as conservation biologists, data scientists, geospatial analysts, environmental modellers, and international negotiators, among others, so will need to be a confident communicator, able to work across teams and with a wide range of high-level external stakeholders in an international context. You must be willing and able to travel internationally.

As well as providing advice to UK government partners, the team takes a collaborative, stakeholder-driven approach to supporting governments, communities and other stakeholders in the UK Overseas Territories (UKOTs) and Official Development Assistance-eligible (ODA) countries to implement a wide variety of on-the-ground projects covering marine, terrestrial and coastal environments.

We provide technical assistance, policy advice, and capacity building, supporting our partners to improve resilience against disaster risks, manage biodiversity, understand and respond to climate change impacts, improve food security, support sustainable livelihoods, and more.
Recent & planned projects include:

• Promoting the value of ecosystem accounting to inform policy and decision- making in government.
• Post-Covid ‘green recovery’ and sustainable livelihoods initiatives with the OTs
• Analysis and advice on sustainable and innovative financing options in the OTs, including the preparation of natural capital investment plans.
• Exploration of the intersections between public health and nature conservation
• Behaviour change and community engagement activities to foster awareness of the social and economic value of nature.
• Providing advice and evidence around a sustainable blue economy and its implications for current and future resource use
• Development of ecosystem markets and the economic case for restoration in coastal habitats, including saltmarsh and seagrass, and identifying financial models to increase financial flows towards restoration.
• Advice to UK Government on high-impact investment strategies for nature- based solutions in the OTs and ODA-eligible countries.
• Analysis on the effects of UK consumption on international biodiversity and the relationships between ODA and sustainable production incentives in UK trade policy.

Job Description: Post Duties
Responsibilities of this post will include:

• Manage a range of new and existing on-the-ground implementation projects related to environmental economics and natural capital.
• Work with experts across JNCC to provide advice around more sustainable decision-making in the OTs and ODA-eligible countries, integrating knowledge of interdisciplinary evidence to inform choices, including:
o articulating the evidence and narratives to explain the interdisciplinary benefits of nature- and climate-positive development
o driving dialogue to deepen JNCC’s and partners’ understanding of the opportunities and barriers
o disseminating the messages via meetings, groups, talks, training courses, presentations, reports, web material and other media.
• Cultivate collaborative partnerships with OT Governments, UK policymakers, and other relevant stakeholders. This may include travel to OTs in the Caribbean and South Atlantic.
• Identifying new partnerships and funding opportunities to maintain and expand our work in this area, including preparing funding applications and liaising with other JNCC teams to identify and make best use of staff resources across the whole organisation.
• Maintain up-to-date knowledge of policy drivers related to triple-win thought leadership across the UK, UKOTs and relevant ODA-eligible countries.
• Undertaking staff management responsibilities including recruitment, as required.
• Support the wider work of the Team as appropriate, including providing senior technical input into projects as required.


To be a successful candidate you will have:

• Educated to degree level or equivalent in a relevant field and/or relevant recent practical work experience. Relevant fields may include environmental economics, environmental science, sociology or anthropology with a concentration on the relationship between socio-economic factors and the environment, environmental engineering, or other relevant fields of study.

Experience (Responsibilities)

To be a successful candidate you will have:

• Experience of interdisciplinary environmental work in the Global South to further sustainable development. This may include topics like:
o Blue/green finance or economics
o Nature-based solutions
o Environmentally-relevant behavioural economics/behaviour change
o Equity and inclusion in environmental practice
o Gender and environment
o Whole-systems thinking
o Public health/environmental health/One Health
• Knowledge of the drivers of policy and how they can be connected to the needs of major stakeholder groups, including communities, the private sector, UK government, IGOs and multi-lateral agreements, and local and international NGOs.
• Experience using, interpreting, and delivering scientific and technical analysis to communicate complex concepts to non-technical audiences in simple, engaging, and easily accessible terms.


• Seeing the Big Picture
• Communicating and Influencing
• Working Together
• Managing a Quality Service

How to Apply

Closing date and interview date

**** The closing date for this post is 23:55 on Tuesday, 28 November 2023 The anticipated interview date is week commencing Monday, 11 December 2023 How to apply:


Peterborough, England, United Kingdom




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