Job Opportunity: Front-end Developer with UNEP-WCMC

At UNEP-WCMC we’re building web applications to help save the planet. We’re looking for a motivated front-end developer to join our growing team and work with us on our new projects next year as well as developing our flagship sites such as ProtectedPlanet and ENCORE. You will need professional experience in front-end web development with examples of your work. Our web projects are typically built with JavaScript on top of Ruby on Rails and have a geo-spatial element. Closes 31 October, 2019

Date published: 2019/10/09

INFORMATICS | Permanent, full-time, Technical/Professional Officer

£30,000 - £35,000 per annum depending on skills and experience

Closing date: 2019-10-31

At UNEP-WCMC we’re building web applications to help save the planet.

We’re a close-knit team of passionate developers, UX/UI designers and product managers putting our skills towards a mission to tackle one of the biggest problems of our time - the massive loss of biodiversity and habitat destruction that’s pushing the planet to the brink of the 6th mass extinction.

There is huge focus on climate change and conserving biodiversity especially in 2020 where the new global targets are to be set around "Ecological Civilization: Building a Shared Future for All Life on Earth". We are expanding our team in response to the large demand for digital expertise within the conservation industry. We work across a variety of projects that provide solutions to the private sector, governmental bodies and other not-for profits including the United Nations.

We’re looking for a motivated front-end developer to join our growing team and work with us on our new projects next year as well as developing our flagship sites such as ProtectedPlanet and ENCORE. Support will also be required for some of our smaller sites such as Ocean+Habitats, the Post2020 Agenda and the Protected Planet Live Report which was built in collaboration with National Geographic.

You will need professional experience in front-end web development with examples of your work. Our web projects are typically built with JavaScript on top of Ruby on Rails and have a geo-spatial element. We are looking for someone with a passion to produce high quality outputs as well as a desire to continue learning. We collaborate on multiple projects across the organisation simultaneously so are looking for people who thrive working in a team as well as being confident working independently.  The teamwork doesn’t stop within the centre; we are part of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI) and work in partnership with many other not-for-profits that are based in the David Attenborough Building. Although not essential, an interest in the environment is a bonus!

UNEP-WCMC strives to achieve a supportive environment by offering flexible working hours and locations including the main office on Huntingdon road and the David Attenborough Building in Cambridge city centre. You will have the chance to attend events and weekly talks on the latest developments in the conservation world and may even hear a speech from David Attenborough himself.

Our diverse range of projects and supportive learning culture provides opportunities for you to grow upwards or sideways within the organisation, allowing you to progress in the area of work that suits you and the organisation best.

You can also get involved in one of our committees to influence life here at UNEP-WCMC. For example, help reduce our carbon footprint with the Environmental Committee, make sure the employee voice is heard at the very top with the Staff Liaison Committee or organise the summer BBQ with the Social Committee. Other organised social events include drinks on a Friday, bake sales, lunch time quizzes, rounders in the summer and the Christmas event at one of the beautiful Cambridge colleges.

The best way to show us what you can do is by sharing your portfolio and telling us about the creative and challenging projects you’ve worked on.

If you are looking for a rewarding and challenging post where you can use your skills to make a positive impact, we want to hear from you. Please send your CV and a short covering letter using the link below by 31 October 2019. As this post doesn't require an application form, please just upload your CV again.

We recommend you register your interest quickly, as a decision may be taken to appoint somebody ahead of the closing date and the advert withdrawn.

Please note that this is not a UN post and we can only accept applications from those who can evidence their right to work in the UK.

We are confronting the global crisis facing nature. We do this by ensuring our science, knowledge and insights shape global and national policy and by collaborating with partners around the world to create innovative solutions to environmental challenges. We use our position as respected custodians of powerful and trusted environmental data to create positive impact for people and nature.

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