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Senior International Project Manager, Economics & Natural Capital 202270

Reference   (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors Sustainability, Climate, CSR, EMS
Town/City Whilst this role will be contractually based in a JNCC workplace/office and the successful candidates are required to carry out all their duties from a UK location.
Salary Additional Information £35,950
Salary (Minimum)
Salary (Maximum)
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Senior Level
Deadline 14/08/2022
Company Name Joint Nature Conservation Committee
Contact Name
Joint Nature Conservation Committee logo
Directory Entry : The Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) is the public body that advises the UK Government and devolved administrations on UK-wide and international nature conservation. Originally established under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. For Careers with the JNCC visit the Civil Service Career Portal.
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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. The post-holder will contribute to analysis and evidence 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.

Through longstanding partnerships, JNCC’s International Implementation Team (IIT) works with the UK’s Overseas Territories (OTs) and Official Development Assistance (ODA) -eligible countries to provide technical assistance and build capacity, enabling them to improve resilience against disaster risks, manage biodiversity, understand and respond to climate change impacts, improve food security, support sustainable livelihoods, and more.

The team collaborates with governments, communities and other stakeholders to implement a wide variety of on-the-ground projects covering marine, terrestrial and coastal environments. The post-holder will work closely with JNCC staff of different backgrounds, such as conservation biologists, data scientists, geospatial analysts, environmental modellers, and international negotiators, among others.

Current/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

• Ridge to reef land use modelling and planning decision support tools to aid biodiversity conservation.

• 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

• Natural capital valuations and development of asset registers and indicators to inform to inform nature conservation investment and decision-making

• 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

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, based on integrating knowledge of ecosystem services and socio-economic evidence to inform choices, including:

- articulating the evidence and narratives to explain the benefits of nature- and climate-positive development
- driving dialogue to deepen our understanding of the opportunities and barriers
- transmitting the messages via meetings, groups, talks, training courses, presentations, reports, web material and other media.

• Maintain up-to-date knowledge of policy drivers related to green/blue finance and economics across the UK, UKOTs and relevant ODA-eligible countries.

• 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 funding opportunities to maintain and expand our work in this area, preparing funding applications and liaising with other JNCC teams to identify and make best use of staff resources across the whole organisation.

• 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.


Please demonstrate in your statement of suitability your reasons for applying and any other information you feel may be relevant to your application.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together
  • Delivering at Pace

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • 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, environmental engineering, business with an environmental concentratio
  • Understanding of economics concepts important. Ideal candidate may have experience or would be interested to develop their skills in one or more of the following areas: concepts of ‘blue’ and ‘green’ finance; value chain analysis; ‘net gain’; nature-based
  • Understanding of the principles and application of ecological and environmental economics, including ecosystem services, natural capital, and valuation of non-market goods & services
  • International development experience is desirable, including experience of working with environmental, nature conservation, and/or financial policy in the UKOTs and/or ODA-eligible countries and broad understanding of the drivers of policy and the needs o
  • Excellent communication and writing skills, including experience using, interpreting and delivering scientific and technical economic outputs to communicate complex concepts to non-technical audiences in simple, succinct, and easily accessible terms.
  • Proven ability to engage in constructive dialogue to influence people’s ideas and form working partnerships
  • Excellent organisational and team-working skills, especially experience working in interdisciplinary teams
  • Willingness and ability for international travel
Equality and diversity

JNCC is committed to creating an environment where everyone feels valued and respected and see this as a good place to work. JNCC has a responsibility to ensure that we have an inclusive culture where discrimination, harassment, bullying and prejudice will not be tolerated. Our selection process is determined on fair and open competition and regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership.

Continuous professional development (CPD)

Employees are encouraged to keep developing skills and professional knowledge.
JNCC has made available, and encourages employees to use, on average, five working days per annum for CPD activities with access to related funding

Leave entitlement

JNCC annual leave allowance is 25 days per annum. After five years’ service, leave entitlement increases to 30 days per annum.
In addition to annual leave, JNCC offers 12 public and privilege days per annum, three of which are explicitly reserved for office closure between Christmas and New Year.

Work/life balance

JNCC supports flexible working hours and practices to help employees strike a good balance between work life and personal life.

Our policies are family-friendly and include flexi-time, flexible working patterns, compressed hours and dispersed working. JNCC also offers paid maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental leave, over and above the minimum statutory entitlements. Some work/life balance benefits are available following a minimum length of service.

Any move from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax-Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/

Civil Service Pension

Employees will have the opportunity to join Civil Service pension arrangements, which include a valuable range of benefits. JNCC makes a significant average employer contribution of 27% to the cost of employee pensions.

Employee Assistance Programme

JNCC provides employees with a free and confidential support service which gives unlimited access to information, advice and emotional support to help employees prepare for and manage all of life's ups and downs, events and challenges.

Trade Union

JNCC has entered into a partnership agreement with its recognised Trade Unions: Prospect and PCS, which employees are able to join and be involved with.

Salary sacrifice schemes

Employee Discount Scheme

Civil Service Sports Club


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.
As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a statement of suitability. In your statement, refer to the responsibilities and experience section of this advert to show how you’re suitable for the role. Make your statement no longer than 1000 words.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans initiative.
The Civil Service welcomes applications from people who have recently left prison or have an unspent conviction. Read more about prison leaver recruitment.
Once this job has closed, the job advert will no longer be available. You may want to save a copy for your records.

Contact point for applicants

Job contact :

  • Name :Recruitment Team
  • Email :recruitment@jncc.gov.uk

Recruitment team :

  • Email :recruitment@jncc.gov.uk

Further information

Selection for appointment to the Civil Service is on merit, on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles. In accordance with the Civil Service Commissioners’ Recruitment Principles, our recruitment and selection processes are underpinned by the requirement of appointment on the basis of merit by fair and open competition. If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should contact recruitment@jncc.gov.uk in the first instance.
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