International Projects Officer - Kew
Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
Richmond, TW9 3AB
International Projects Officer
Kew’s mission is to inspire and deliver science-based plant conservation worldwide, enhancing the quality of life. Though its Millennium Seed Bank Partnership, based at Wakehurst Place in Sussex (where this position is initially located), Kew works with partners in over 50 countries to conserve plant species and enable the use of seeds to support forestry, food security, habitat restoration and livelihoods.
Do you have significant experience of managing budgets, projects and project teams relevant to our developing partnerships in the Pacific region? Do you have a good understanding of plant conservation and sustainable use, biodiversity and development issues? Do you speak fluent French in addition to English? If so, we could have the perfect position for you.
We are seeking an International Projects Officer to work in the Collecting and Network Support (CNS) section. You will identify and create opportunities to form partnerships and lead on the management of projects which contribute towards RBG Kew’s Breathing Planet Programme. You will be responsible for co-ordinating and managing projects and project teams which will help collect and store seeds from one in four plant species by 2020. You will also be responsible for negotiating international partnerships and access agreements, in line with national and international legal and policy frameworks.
Creative, diplomatic and tenacious in your approach, you must be able to lead and influence with clarity and confidence, and possess the ability to make things happen. A pro-active communicator with excellent organisational skills, you will manage risk and uncertainty and must be able to identify contingencies and appropriate responses.
With a degree in a biological subject or equivalent, you must also have demonstrable international project management experience including the successful delivery of project objectives, and significant experience of working in a scientific/environmental team context, acquired in a developing country with strong international/cross-cultural influences.
Benefits include 30 days holiday per year, a choice of defined benefit or stakeholder pension, a flexible benefits scheme, as well as a great working environment.
closing date: 28/09/2012
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