Country Programme Officer
Job title: CWR Country Programme Officer
HOURS OF WORK: 36 hours per week net
JOB STATUS: 2 years fixed term appointment
SALARY PER ANNUM: £26,067
LOCATION: Wakehurst Place, Ardingly
Kew is the world-leader in plant diversity science, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a major visitor attraction, that shows the importance of plants in all our lives. Kew’s mission is to inspire and deliver science-based plant conservation worldwide, enhancing the quality of life.
This role is designed to help implement the “Adapting Agriculture to Climate Change” project and to fulfil Royal Botanic Gardens Kew’s response to the need to adapt agriculture to climate change. The “Adapting Agriculture to Climate Change” project is a flagship project of the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank. It is financially supported by the Government of Norway and managed by RBG Kew jointly with the Global Crop Diversity Trust. RBG Kew’s role in this project is to provide technical support in seed viability and seed longevity; to negotiate and set up country partnerships and work programmes for the collecting of nearly 500 priority crop wild relatives currently under-represented in existing gene bank collections, to organise the collection of seed from those priority crop wild relatives; and to provide samples of seed material for research and pre-breeding by partners.
The specific role of this post is to support the RBG Kew “Adapting Agriculture to Climate Change” project team to negotiate and set up country agreements and to establish detailed collecting programmes within the project, with particular focus on Asian countries.
You will have an advanced university degree in Agriculture, Geography, Botany, Conservation or closely related discipline, a thorough understanding of plant conservation and biodiversity, experience in developing and managing international projects, with experience with international partnerships and cross-cultural interaction, preferably in Asia.
This post is based at the Millennium Seed Bank, Wakehurst Place. It is an externally funded, FTA contract for two years, with possibility for extension. Salary will be £26,067 per annum pro rata, depending on skills and experience. Benefits include 30 days holiday per year, a choice of pensions, a flexible benefits scheme as well as a great working environment.
CLOSING DATE: 25th April 2014 at 10 am
INTERVIEW DATE: 12th/ 13th May 2014
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