WCMC Europe

Based in Brussels, WCMC Europe is a not-for-profit partner organisation of WCMC, which works in collaboration with UNEP (UNEP-WCMC)

To promote the conservation, protection and enhancement of nature

About Us:

WCMC (Europe) asbl is a newly established partner organisation of WCMC - a UK-registered charity that works in collaboration with UNEP, and with scientists and policy makers worldwide to place biodiversity at the heart of environment and development decision-making to enable enlightened choices for people and the planet. WCMC’s 100-strong international team are recognised leaders in their field and have unrivalled understanding of the institutional landscape surrounding biodiversity policy and ecosystem management.

Based in Brussels, Belgium, WCMC (Europe) is a not-for-profit that promotes for public benefit the conservation, protection, enhancement and support of nature and natural resources worldwide. We do this by collecting, storing, processing, analysing, and sharing data that increase our knowledge and understanding of biodiversity and the conservation of nature. Good data are the foundation of informed decision-making and we work with many partners to help them develop their knowledge and capacity to make good decisions.

Contact Details:

WCMC (Europe) asbl
Mundo-b, Rue d'Edimbourg 26
1050 Bruxelles

Email: enquiries@wcmc-europe.eu

Telephone: +3228080105

Enterprise No: 0738 893.144

VAT No: BE 0738.893.144

Founding Members:

WCMC, UK-registered charity No 328044 and Company limited by guarantee No 2330031

Ms Hilde Eggermont


Administration Officer

Deadline: 30/06/2021

WCMC Europe is looking for a hands on Administration Officer that will manage the smooth running of the day-to-day running of the organisation and support all administrative aspects.

WCMC Europe attaches great importance to addressing safeguarding and ethical considerations in all activities carried out by its staff, including where partner organisations or individuals are part of the delivery of our work. This includes children and vulnerable adults in the community who may be vulnerable to abuse. WCMC Europe act with integrity, are transparent and expect applicants to share the same values.

This will consist of all aspects of office management, including general administration, contractual support, liaison with IT support and facilities. The postholder will report directly to the Operations Manager and Project Portfolio Manager, ensuring necessary operations and processes are implemented and supporting the Project Portfolio Manager with project implementation, including in relation to budgeting, contracting and providing timely and accurate financial information and analyses.

The post holder will bring experience in general administration, support and coordination role between different service providers.

We will provide you with the challenge of working on high profile conservation projects, where your work really makes a difference to the field of conservation in an area aligned to our strategic aims and broader global initiatives. In addition to training and development opportunities, we offer a competitive salary and benefits package, including generous pension contributions.

WCMC Europe is committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all staff and job applicants. We aim to create a supportive and inclusive working environment in which all individuals are able to make best use of their skills, free from discrimination or harassment, and in which all decisions are based on merit. We do not discriminate against staff on the basis of age; race; sex; disability; gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity; religion; faith or belief.

If you are looking for a rewarding and challenging post where you can impress us with your general administration and organisational skills, we want to hear from you. Please send it together your CV and a short covering letter to enquiries@wcmc-europe.eu. The deadline to apply is 30/06/2021 and interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis the last weeks of June and 12-16 July. Please note that this is a Brussels based role and the successful applicant will be expected to have all necessary work permits and reside within commuting distance of Brussels and in Belgium.

Directors & Senior Management:

  • Mr Jonathan Hughes (Director)

    Mr Jonathan Hughes


    Jonathan ‘Jonny’ Hughes has overall leadership responsibility for WCMC whilst fostering seamless collaboration between the charity and the UN Environment Programme as UNEP-WCMC (known collectively as the Centre).

    As leader of WCMC, Jonny is responsible for building a high-performance culture that ensures quality outputs and measurable impact for UNEP-WCMC as it strives towards its vision for a ‘sustainable world for biodiversity and people’.

    Jonny reports to the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of WCMC.

  • Mr Jonathan Hughes (Director)

    Ms Hilde Eggermont


    Coordinator of the Belgian Biodiversity Platform at Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Science

  • Dr. Robin Bidwell CBE (Director & Chairman of the Board)

    Dr. Robin Bidwell CBE

    Director & Chairman of the Board

    Robin joined the WCMC Board of Trustees in 2016.

    Robin has a distinguished career in the private, public and non-profit sectors. He built and led the global environmental advisory firm, Environmental Resources Management (ERM) and currently chairs LOC, a global marine and engineering consultancy.

    Robin also chairs an R+D Fund for OFGEM, the energy regulator; is an adviser to the Conservation Programmes Director at ZSL and chairs two social impact investment funds focussed on environment/poverty in developing countries and the Low Carbon Enterprise Fund (a charity).

    Robin also chaired the Green Alliance from 2008 to 2015. He was awarded a CBE in 1999 for Services to the Environment.

  • Hannah Braithwaite (Secrétaire General)

    Hannah Braithwaite

    Secrétaire General

    Hannah is responsible for the daily management of WCMC-Europe. For 10 years Hannah has been dedicated to using her expertise and passion for the natural world to secure resources for its conservation.

    As Head of External Affairs for UNEP-WCMC Hannah oversees external engagement with a particular emphasis on new partnership development.

  • Elise Belle (Project Portfolio Manager)

    Elise Belle

    Project Portfolio Manager

    Elise joined WCMC Europe after working for UNEP-WCMC for almost 10 years, mostly in the Conserving Land and Seascapes Programme, first based in Cambridge, then in Brussels.

    Elise is responsible for providing oversight to a growing portfolio of EU projects and support to fundraising and partnership for WCMC Europe. This includes ensuring projects are consistently delivered to a high standard and in line with the expectations of our international funders and partners, including the European Commission and other key partner organisations in Europe.

    It also involves liaising with UNEP-WCMC, identifying new opportunities for projects and collaborations, and supporting a healthy and sustainable project development pipeline to effectively deliver WCMC Europe’s strategy, as well as supporting our work with IUCN World Heritage programme.

  • Luis Teixeira (Operations Manager)

    Luis Teixeira

    Operations Manager

    Prior to joining WCMC Europe, Luis was working as Finance and Administration Director of Caritas Europa. At WCMC Europe, Luis is responsible for the smooth running of the day-to-day administrative aspects of WCMC Europe operations.

    His role involves all aspects of office management, including general administration, facilities management, liaison with IT, HR and payroll providers, general financial and contractual responsibility, as well as travel bookings.

    Luis is also responsible for management of the office budget, ensuring necessary operational policies and procedures are in place, and supporting project implementation and reporting by providing support in budgeting, contracting and financial information.