Environmental Democracy Adviser

Westminster Foundation for Democracy

London, , GB

In late October, the Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation Committee of Myanmar’s Upper House – the Amyotha Hluttaw – took an important first step towards better understanding of the challenges around mining in Kachin State and the effects potential reforms could have. Supported by WFD, the Committee conducted a week-long fact-finding mission to several sites in Kachin State, including the world’s largest jade mine at Hpakant.

Benefits: (Eligibility for the Civil Service pension scheme option (employer contribution up to 27.1%)

Contract: Fixed Term (two-year, possibility of extension)

Hours: Full time

This is a new position. The Environmental Democracy Adviser (EDA) will provide advisory support on a wide range of environmental and climate issues that improves the quality and consistency of WFD’s environmental democracy programmes. Reinforcing WFD’s methodology for environmental democracy, with a focus on: increasing public transparency as it relates to environmental impact; enhancing citizen, parliamentary, and political party influence in environmental policy making; and supporting greater access to justice for those affected by environmental damage, including climate change. 

The EDA will undertake assessment missions; design and deliver workshops and training; train and mentor WFD staff in environmental democracy principles and practices; and develop and maintain strong relations with leading environmental experts on a wide range of issues, including (amongst others): climate change, biodiversity loss, air pollution, clean oceans, and sustainable natural resource management..

WFD is looking for someone with a strong profile and sustained reputation in the UK and internationally on environmental issues and proven track record of delivery high quality consultative support to international actors in the sector. Understanding of environmental democracy, environmental management, and/or environmental policy development and track record of developing and publishing articles, manuals, guides, policy document and research papers in relevant field.

Occasional overseas travel to support activity implementation and oversee activities as directed is required with this position.

 If you are an ambitious positive thinker, relish the opportunity to lead the organisation on environmental issues influencing political policy at an international level and enjoy engaging with senior politicians, the media and international development institutions then this position will appeal to you.

Occasional overseas travel to support activity implementation and oversee activities as directed is required with this position.

For more information please download the JOB DESCRIPTION

This is a UK based role; therefore, applicants should only apply if they are eligible to work in the UK.

WFD’s Competency and Skills Framework

WFD’s competency and skills framework describes the behaviours required for each position. This position provides a support function within the organisation, candidates applying for this position will be assessed at interview against the competencies relevant for a Strategic Level position. For more information about the WFD’s Competency and Skills Framework please visit our website


This vacancy will close on 15th March 2020