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VACANCY: NCI is seeking a Platform Manager for our new Business & Biodiversity Platform

Natural Capital Ireland (NCI) is seeking to hire a Platform Manager to oversee the development of our online hub to support Irish businesses to carry out actions to improve the outlook for biodiversity. Read the full details below and apply by October 7th.

A Business and Biodiversity Platform for Ireland

Natural Capital Ireland is leading the development of a Business and Biodiversity Platform for Ireland in cooperation with the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

The UN Convention on Biological Diversity’s Global Business Partnership is driving the creation of national Business and Biodiversity Platforms to facilitate the development of measurable, certifiable actions on biodiversity. In response, Ireland’s National Biodiversity Action Plan 2017–2021 commits Ireland to establishing a Business and Biodiversity Platform as a key element of biodiversity protection and restoration.

The Platform will enable businesses to assess their impacts and dependencies on biodiversity and to fulfil future biodiversity reporting obligations. The overall development process will focus on the four key themes of Awareness; Actions & Impact; Networking & Mentoring and Policy.

The multi-stakeholder Platform will be established using seed funding over a three-year period. During this time, a viable business model for the Platform must be developed to sustain the initiative in the long-term.

Business and Biodiversity Platform Manager Role

NCI are currently seeking a Platform Manager to oversee the development of the Business and Biodiversity Platform for Ireland. The Platform Manager will be an independent contractor who will oversee the daily management of the project and work as part of the Project Implementation Team in close cooperation with the Platform Secretariat and NCI contractors.

The Platform Manager will be supported by a Project Leaders Group and an Advisory Group, which this role can leverage. The main focus of the role is to develop a viable business model for the Platform and its members, while the Platform Implementation Team will also create a Biodiversity Pledge, case studies and other member resources.

The work will include:

  • Developing terms of reference for Platform membership

  • Developing a value proposition for the Platform

  • Developing a viable business model for the Platform

  • Logistical planning

  • Exploration of platform technology options and overseeing website development

  • Overseeing webinar and workshop organisation

  • Liaising with Contracting Authority staff

  • Ensuring leadership are apprised of progress and any issues via regular reporting

  • Oversight of Platform Implementation Team, including oversight of tasks and deliverable quality

Desired Skills:

  • Experience in product, service or business development, with a good understanding of business/ revenue modelling

  • Broad knowledge of existing and emerging policies relating to biodiversity-related corporate reporting obligations, preferably with experience in CSR/ RSB or Sustainable Finance

  • Experience in impact tracking and measurement of Key Performance Indicators

  • Experience developing digital platforms

  • Experience in multi-stakeholder project management

  • Experience in people management or supervision

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills

  • An awareness and interest in biodiversity conservation and the Natural Capital approach

Details of time commitment, self-employment and fees

This is a self-employed role with the daily rate set at 250 euro per day. The total annual renumeration is 52,890 euro inclusive of VAT, based on 192 billable days per calendar year. Funding is secured for three years. This is a one-year contract with an option to extend annually for up to three years. This is a remote work position. The successful applicant will be responsible for their own office, IT, travel, phone, taxation compliance and other working expenses.

How to apply

If you are interested in the role, please send a CV and cover letter to Iseult Sheehy at by Thursday, October 7th 2021. #BizBioIrl

About Natural Capital Ireland

As a dynamic, collaborative not-for-profit organisation, NCI brings together organisations and individuals interested in applying a natural capital approach to the development of public policy and corporate strategy in Ireland. NCI is structured as a Company Limited by Guarantee, governed by a Board, led by a Steering Committee and administered by a Secretariat. As of 2021, we have 1,000 members.

Natural capital refers to natural assets such as forests, soil and water bodies from which humans derive a range of ecosystem services vital for healthy living, such as climate regulation, flood defence and well being. The natural capital approach facilitates engagement between economists, businesses, politicians and environmentalists to ensure the protection and restoration of our natural assets and ecosystem services. NCI delivers its work through independent contractors in cooperation with the Secretariat, Steering Committee and Board.

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