Senior Policy Officer - Water

Reference number: A6410319
Location: Sandy, Bedfordshire
Salary starting at: 29,507 to 31,966 per annum
Hours: Full time
Contract: Permanent

This is an exciting opportunity for a skilled advocate, strategic thinker and self starter to join a high performing Land Use Policy team on a permanent basis.

The team covers agriculture, water, forestry and upland policy and works closely with RSPB land use policy colleagues in the other UK country offices and with policy advocates in Brussels to secure more sustainable land management and use. The team works collaboratively with other NGOs and networks, and with other RSPB and BirdLife International teams to ensure nature stays on the political agenda, both by working directly with decision makers and those who shape policy, and by encouraging others to step up and act on nature's behalf.

The outcome of the EU Referendum in 2016 and the decisions that will now be taken in Brussels, in Westminster and in the devolved administrations, mean that the next few years will see significant opportunities and risks to our ambitions for nature on land and at sea, for the special sites, species and land and seascapes that we have identified as our conservation priorities.

This role provides an opportunity to lead the RSPB's water policy work, providing strategic leadership in an area of policy that is central to the success of the organisation's objectives for species and habitats in the UK.

We are looking for a collaborative and effective advocate. You will have an ability to build relationships with senior stakeholders, and identify opportunities to achieve positive change for nature within a complex policy landscape. The role will also present opportunities to work on place-based projects which showcase the real world impacts of positive policy change.

The role will also support the project management of research needs associated with this work area.

You will be able to analyse complex issues in a fast paced environment coupled with well-honed political acumen, have proven experience of operating effectively in a policy or advocacy role, have excellent communication skills (verbal, written and presentational), including an ability to speak confidently and cogently in public to a variety of audiences, including those with opposing views and be highly skilled in working collaboratively with colleagues from across the organisation and across the sector, building goodwill, alignment around clear strategies for action and driving forward and delivering impactful interventions at pace.

Successful candidates will need the flexibility and transferable skills to support other areas of work and colleagues in other regions and countries, as needed.

Closing date: 28 April 2019

Interview date: 3 May 2019


If you would like to find out more about this position and to apply, please click the 'Apply now' button to be directed to our website where you can download the Role Profile and Application Details.

This role is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. You will be asked to declare unspent convictions and cautions at offer of employment stage.

When you make your application please ensure that you include reference number A6410319 on any correspondence.

No agencies please.

posted: 11 April 2019 Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.