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Programme Manager (Fixed term)

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 nine internationally renowned Cambridge-based conservation organisations (BirdLife International, British Trust for Ornithology, Cambridge Conservation Forum, Fauna & Flora International, International Union for the Conservation of Nature, RSPB, Traffic International, Tropical Biological Association 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 Five Year Plan is to focus on the restoration of ecosystems and landscapes for the benefit of biodiversity. To this end and thanks to the generosity of Arcadia, the charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin, CCI has established the $63 million Endangered Landscapes Programme (ELP) for Europe.

This programme will develop and manage a series of large-scale multi-million-pound landscape restoration projects that combine research, practice and policy change across Europe. It will help to reverse biodiversity loss from European landscapes and provide inspiration for a fundamental shift in the policy and practice of nature conservation. The ELP will create European landscapes that are enriched with biodiversity, establishing resilient, more self-sustaining ecosystems that benefit both nature and people. The ELP is a major and new expansion of CCI's ability to deliver its collaborative international agenda to understand and conserve biodiversity.

The Programme Manager will work closely with the Programme Director to develop and promote the Endangered Landscapes Programme. The role holder will be responsible for the successful and efficient management of components of the ELP, including the supervision, coordination and review of all grantee contracts and projects. The Programme Manager will work with the Programme Director to ensure the accurate and effective financial management of the various multi-million-dollar components of this programme, whilst also supporting the additional developmental and strategic aims of the wider CCI collaborative actions on landscape restoration. The role holder will be essential in building and maintaining strong relationships and partnerships with both internal and external stakeholders.

With a degree in a natural science related subject (or similar), you will need an excellent knowledge of the international biodiversity conservation sector (including landscape restoration initiatives), as well as experience in managing and monitoring large-scale international projects and programmes involving multiple stakeholders. To be successful in this role you will need to be highly organised and efficient, with excellent communication and project management skills. You should be able to work under pressure and meet deadlines, without compromising on quality.

Interviews are expected to take place in the week commencing 22 February 2021.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 December 2027 in the first instance.

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