Associate Programme Officer

UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC)

Cambridge, United Kingdom 🇬🇧

We are seeking a data scientist with a degree in a physical, mathematical, computational or biological discipline and experience in the production, or application of, quantitative analyses and modelling approaches.


The role holder will work within UNEP-WCMC’s Science Programme which aims to enhance the scientific quality of the Centre’s work through research, training and partnership development. The role will focus on providing technical support on a variety of quantitative analyses including projects within marine, freshwater and terrestrial realms and may include the temporal or spatial analysis of biodiversity/ecosystem services data from empirical or model sources.

The role will assist with the delivery of multiple projects possibly including work with the PREDICTS project, the Madingley project and the Trade Hub. Tasks may include the production of current-day maps of biodiversity or ecosystem services as well as the use of scenarios or extrapolation techniques to examine possible future trends.

As well as the skills outlined above, the role holder should have experience in the production of analysis scripts and experience with any of the following: process based models/ecosystem models, Bayesian statistics, mixed effects analyses, integrated assessment models, SSPs/RCPs, climate models, hydrological models, and ecosystem service models.

WCMC attaches great importance to addressing safeguarding and ethical considerations in all activities carried out by its staff, including where partner organisations or individuals are part of the delivery of our work. This includes children and vulnerable adults in the community who may be vulnerable to abuse. WCMC act with integrity, are transparent and expect applicants to share the same values.

WCMC is committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all staff and job applicants. We aim to create a supportive and inclusive working environment in which all individuals are able to make best use of their skills, free from discrimination or harassment, and in which all decisions are based on merit. We do not discriminate against staff on the basis of age; race; sex; disability; gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity; religion; faith or belief.

We will provide you with the challenge of working on high profile conservation projects, where your work really makes a difference to the field of conservation in an area aligned to our strategic aims and broader global initiatives. In addition to training and development opportunities, we offer a competitive salary and benefits package, including generous pension contributions.

WCMC is a UK charity that promotes for public benefit the conservation, protection, enhancement and support of nature and natural resources worldwide. We do this by collecting, storing, processing, analysing, interpreting and sharing data that increase our knowledge and understanding of biodiversity and the conservation of nature. Good data are the foundation of informed decision-making and we work with many partners to help them develop their knowledge and capacity to make good decisions.

The UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) is a global Centre of excellence on biodiversity. The Centre operates as a collaboration between UN Environment Programme and the UK registered charity WCMC.  Together, we are confronting the global crisis facing nature. We do this through our unique position ensuring science, knowledge and insights shape global and national policy, and by collaborating with partners around the world to build capacity and create innovative solutions to environmental challenges. We use our position as respected custodians of powerful and trusted environmental data to create po.sitive impact for people and nature.

If you are looking for a rewarding and challenging post where you can impress us with your analytical expertise we want to hear from you. Please complete our application form and send it together with your CV and a short covering letter through the link below by 18th January 2021. 

Please note this is not a UN post and we can only accept applications from those eligible to work in the UK.