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Deputy Director: International Environment Conventions 2020


Ideally you will be based in Marsham Street (London), however location is flexible. Candidates based elsewhere should note that regular travel to London will be required as well as overseas travel.


About the job

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As we implement the ambitions of the 25 year environment plan and prepare to take on a stronger global leadership role following EU exit, Defra’s international environment work is stepping up in volume and profile. In particular, 2020 provides exceptional opportunities for UK global leadership with two major international meetings on Rio Conventions. The UK has bid for the Presidency of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) including hosting the Conference of the Parties (COP26), and China will host the Conference of the Parties (COP15) to the Convention on Biological Diversity which will set new global goals to protect and enhance nature.

Defra is seeking a Deputy Director to lead its strategy, planning and engagement for these two global events. The Intergovernmental Platform on Climate Change (IPCC) has identified that sustainable land use, which is fundamental to ecological and social resilience, has the potential to provide up to one third of greenhouse gas mitigation required by 2030 while helping to safeguard food, water and livelihoods. This Deputy Director would lead on embedding the role of nature-based solutions as the link between the two Conventions.

You will set up and manage a small team of direct reports, including a programme management office, and coordinate and assure delivery of a much wider programme of contributions from across the Defra group and beyond.

Please see the candidate pack for additional information.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Leadership
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together