The Darwin Expert Committee is recruiting!


Darwin Expert Committee recruitment


The Darwin Initiative is a competitive UK government grant scheme aimed at protecting and preserving biodiversity and the local communities that live alongside it, in developing countries.

The Darwin Expert Committee (DEC) is made up of independent experts including academics, practitioners and NGO representatives, along with government officials, all with significant senior leadership, knowledge and experience of biodiversity conservation and/or poverty reduction programmes in low- and middle-income countries.

The primary role of the DEC is to provide high quality and independent technical specialist advice to the Darwin Initiative.

We are looking for individuals who, as leaders in their field, are able to contribute at the highest levels and work effectively as part of the committee. Successful candidates will offer sound judgment, excellent interpersonal skills, discretion, the ability to assimilate complex information and preferably have previous experience of reviewing project applications and justifying their assessment in a committee-type forum of peers. 

We would like to encourage applications from a wide range of backgrounds, including the private sector, academia and professional institutions, non-governmental organisations, independent experts and other stakeholders. You do not need to be based in the UK in order to apply for this position.
To support DEC’s capability and capacity to recommend strong projects, we would like to encourage candidates from low- and middle-income countries to apply in order to strengthen the geographic diversity and improve the representation of these countries and their stakeholders in our decision making.

To find out more, including how to apply, see:

For questions about the role or application process please contact NIRAS on
Applications should be submitted through the online application portal Flexi-Grant at is the same system that applicants to the Biodiversity Challenge Funds use.
The deadline for receipt of application is 23:59h (UK time, BST (GMT + 1h)) on Monday 1 May 2023.