Job opportunity with the ELP: Seascapes Programme Manager

Posted: 2nd August 2023

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Are you passionate about marine restoration? We are looking for an inspirational and motivated individual to join the Endangered Landscapes Programme (ELP) as the Seascapes Programme Manager. Reporting to the Programme Director, the role holder will be based at the David Attenborough Building in central Cambridge and support the smooth running of the programme.  

The Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI) is a unique partnership between leaders in biodiversity conservation research, education, policy and practice from six founding University Departments (Zoology, Plant Sciences, Geography, Land Economy, Cambridge Judge Business School and Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership) and ten internationally renowned Cambridge-based conservation organisations (BirdLife International, British Trust for Ornithology, Cambridge Conservation Forum, Fauna & Flora, International Union for the Conservation of Nature, RSPB, Traffic International, Tropical Biological Association, Wildlife Conservation Society and the United Nations Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre). CCI aims to transform international biodiversity conservation by catalysing strategic partnerships between leaders in research, education, policy and practice. 

One of the priority areas of collaboration within CCI’s Strategy is to focus on the restoration of ecosystems for the benefit of biodiversity. To this end, and thanks to the generosity of Arcadia, CCI has established the Endangered Landscapes Programme (ELP). This programme manages a series of large-scale, multi-million-pound land and sea restoration projects that combine research, practice and policy change across Europe.  

The Seascapes Programme Manager is responsible for developing, promoting and managing the grant-making process for the restoration of seascapes across Europe within the framework of the ELP. 

Educated to degree level in a relevant subject (e.g. marine biology, oceanography, natural sciences), you should have significant experience in the marine conservation sector and in the development, management and monitoring of large-scale international projects and programmes involving multiple partners. To be successful in this role, you will need strong interpersonal skills, and be able to operate well in a small team. You will need to build strong working relationships with both internal and external stakeholders and feel confident in providing advice and guidance to ELP grantees. Excellent report reading, writing and oral communication skills are essential. You will need to be highly organised, with an ability to prioritise, multi-task and to adapt quickly and to work well independently and under pressure without compromising on quality. You will need to be proficient in the use of MS Office and programme/project management tools. 

We actively promote equality, diversity and family-friendliness, and we are sympathetic to flexible working. We practice a hybrid working model so regular office attendance in Cambridge will be required. This is a full-time role. 

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 December 2031 in the first instance. 

For more information and the particulars please visit the University of Cambridge website.

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