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RSPB Policy Officer - Sustainable Agriculture

Reference: JUN20211770

Location: Belvoir Forest Park, Belfast. Option to work remotely

Salary: £27,574.00 - £30,590.00

Contract: To 31 May 2022, Full Time

You will develop RSPB policy positions and proposals on food and farming, and advocate for the creation of a sustainable and integrated agriculture policy. It involves working with a range of stakeholders, advocates, particularly farmers, but also farming representatives/unions, agri-businesses, food groups etc. to build, shape and advocate to the NI Assembly and the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, to change the food and farming system to help save nature in Northern Ireland.

Key deliverables:

  • Developing policy positions in relation to: future agriculture and sustainable land management in Northern Ireland.

  • Contributing to the development of other RSPBNI positions and advocacy on related land use policy issues.

  • Working with colleagues across the RSPB, and where appropriate, with other NGOs, to ensure synchronicity.

  • Working closely with staff delivering communications and public engagement to build public and political support for our food and farming and land use policy priorities.

  • Working closely with farmer advocates, to develop a strong movement for change.

  • Working closely with staff delivering ‘on the ground’ activities, such as farm advisors, to help showcase best practice and develop future learnings.

  • Increase public awareness about the connection between farming, food and the nature and climate emergencies.


  • Experience of working in a policy / advocacy role - influencing the development of government policy

  • Experience of advocating policy effectively to external audiences to further specific policy and advocacy objectives.

  • Knowledge of biodiversity and climate policy at international, EU, UK and NI level

  • Knowledge of EU, UK and NI Institutions relevant to the role

  • Ability to monitor external policy developments and horizon scan for relevant issues and opportunities

  • Excellent understanding of agriculture, food and related land use and climate policy in a European, UK and specifically Northern Ireland context.

  • Ability to write reports, consultation responses and concise policy briefings to support advocacy efforts.

  • Developing policy positions and to communicate effectively to a range of audiences.

  • Working as part of a team to deliver a project, achieve shared objectives and outcomes and develop and deliver a shared vision or set of proposals

  • Communicating complex ideas and proposals to a variety of audiences in a concise and clear way

  • Building and maintaining effective relationships with external stakeholders

Closing: 20 June

Apply here

Closing Date: 20/06/2021 Location: Belvoir Forest Park, Belfast. Option to work remotely

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