Environmental Policy Specialist – ICF

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About the role:

Here at ICF we are looking for an experienced environmental policy specialist to join our team and contribute to the work we do for the UK Government (e.g. Defra) and the European Commission (e.g. DG Environment).  

We specialise in economic analysis and evaluation of public policies, programmes and contexts. Our environmental policy project portfolio encompasses biodiversity and natural capital, protected areas and conservation, the green economy, environmental governance, agriculture and fisheries and food safety, nutrition and health.

In the UK, we are providing Defra with research, analysis and evaluation services as it develops the new Environmental Land Management scheme. We have been providing advice on the costs, benefits and funding needs of achieving different levels of improvement in biodiversity metrics, to support the design of the new nature strategy and biodiversity targets as directed under the Environment Bill. We have evaluated the effectiveness of fisheries control and enforcement, as the UK moves to become an independent coastal state.  And we are looking at the use of reverse auctions in reducing nutrient pollution of water.

In the EU we have been: researching on the economic benefits of marine protected areas, to support the European Commission’s blue growth policies; leading the EU’s Business and Biodiversity Platform (a forum that works with and helps businesses integrate natural capital and biodiversity considerations into business practices); assessing how marine habitat and species assessments can be more harmonised under the Birds and Habitats Directives and the MSFD; and supporting the development of EU animal welfare policy.

For more details on this role and the qualities we are looking for please visit our careers site here.  We also have opportunities at consultant level, with details available here. We have offices in London, Birmingham, Leeds and Plymouth, and support hybrid home-office working patterns.