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Darwin Expert Committee Seeks New Members

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is seeking applications for new members to join its Darwin Expert Committee (DEC).

We are particularly seeking individuals who have:

  • experience and expertise in delivering biodiversity projects and programmes in developing countries,  and in delivering sustainable economic and/or livelihoods benefits in developing countries through such projects
  • professional experience and standing in a field related to the work of at least one of the main biodiversity conventions, such as the Convention on Biological Diversity

We are looking for individuals who, as leaders in their field, genuinely want to contribute to the selection of high quality conservation and development projects and are able to support their views with well-argued evidence. You’ll offer sound judgment, excellent interpersonal skills, the ability to assimilate complex information and preferably have previous committee experience.

This expertise should also ideally be supplemented by knowledge and experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Implementation of biodiversity commitments in key Multilateral Environmental Agreements:
  • Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) including the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing;
  • Convention on Migratory Species (CMS)
  • Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES); and
  • the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture
  • Ramsar Convention
  • Sustainable Development
  • Environmental Law
  • Business & economics
  • Ecosystem-approach and ecosystem services expertise;
  • Biodiversity-related scientific or academic research;
  • New carbon markets

We actively encourage applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds, including private sector, academic and professional institutions, and non-governmental organisations.

The deadline for applications is noon on Friday 29 June 2018 and appointments will commence on 1 August 2018.

You’ll need to be able to demonstrate a strong track record in your area of expertise and be able to apply your knowledge in helping the DEC to formulate advice to Ministers on Darwin Initiative applications.  You will need good knowledge in your own area but also be able to challenge the committee in discussions on subjects outside of your expertise.

An application pack is available at the bottom of this advert.

For further information on Darwin please email: darwin@defra.gsi.gov.uk


Application Pack

Conflicts of Interest and Political Activity Questionnaire
Diversity Questionnaire
DEC Information Pack