Job vacancy: Senior Wildlife Campaigner

About EIA

EIA investigates and campaigns against environmental crime and abuse. Our undercover investigations expose transnational wildlife and forest crimes. We work to safeguard global marine ecosystems by addressing the threats posed by plastic pollution, bycatch and commercial exploitation of whales, dolphins and porpoises. Finally, we reduce the impact of climate change by campaigning to eliminate powerful refrigerant greenhouse gases, exposing related illicit trade and improving energy efficiency in the cooling sector.

EIA’s activities come under four programmes of work: Climate, Forests, Ocean and Wildlife.  EIA’s Wildlife Programme aims to protect endangered species from the threats posed by wildlife crime and habitat loss and consists of three core campaigns focused on Tigers and other Asian big cats, Elephants and Pangolins.

 

Purpose of post

The Senior Wildlife Campaigner (SWC) role is an exciting opportunity in EIA’s Tiger Campaign. The SWC will support the Campaign Leader for Tigers & Wildlife Crime in delivering a project across the Mekong region which aims to reduce the direct killing of tigers by strengthening legal frameworks, enhancing law enforcement and private sector efforts to disrupt the trade in tigers, including from tiger farms. The SWC will play a key role in coordinating, monitoring and evaluating the project with relevant staff as well as with partners in Thailand and Vietnam. The SWC will also research, produce and present policy and media communications to advocate for policy reform and more effective enforcement, engaging with national and intergovernmental stakeholders.

In addition, the SWC will be responsible for tracking the project budget and donor reporting, in consultation with the Campaign Leader. They will also participate in long-term strategic planning for the Tiger Campaign and work with relevant members of the organisation to develop coherent planning on cross-campaign and cross-programme issues as they relate to wildlife.

The ideal candidate will be highly organised with significant experience in strategy development, project and budget management and developing relationships with key external stakeholders including partners, contractors, donors, governments and civil society groups. In addition, they will have good knowledge of CITES, practical experience of engaging with CITES authorities and experience in examining CITES-implementing legislation. Significant travel, particularly to South-East Asia, is required as part of the role.

Salary: £39,000 / Grade 3 (1)

Application closing date: 31 May 2022

 

Organisational matters

The SWC will report to the Campaign Leader for Tigers & Wildlife Crime.

The position does not have to be based in EIA’s London office. This is a full-time post starting as soon as possible.

 

Main responsibilities

 Campaigns 

  • Conduct open-source research into tiger crime incidents (poaching, seizure, prosecution, trade observations), tiger trade convergence with other species and update the EIA Crime Tracker.
  • Oversee legal consultants and collaborate with partners to prepare proposals for strengthening national legislation in project countries.
  • Drawing on analysis of open-source research and EIA Intelligence and Investigation Team findings, prepare and disseminate written briefings and presentations to policy audiences (e.g. CITES Parties, national decision-makers, intergovernmental organisations) and stakeholders involved in demand reduction campaigns.
  • In coordination with partners and in-country contacts, organise roundtable events to promote proposed policy amendments.
  • Prepare and disseminate alerts to relevant private-sector stakeholders (e.g. travel companies implicated in support of tiger/IWT and/or captive tiger facilities of concern).
  • Plan and coordinate the production of high-quality reports, short films and other campaign outputs in close coordination with the Campaign Leader and EIA’s Communications Department.
  • Represent the organisation at relevant conferences and meetings as required, including high-level events and meetings with government officials, NGOs and other groups
  • Maintain existing relationships and build new contacts with relevant stakeholders such as high-level politicians, government officials and civil society partners.
  • Pro-actively identify strategic opportunities to further Campaign goals.
  • Act as a spokesperson for the campaign as required, for example participating in media interviews.

 

Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)

  • Maintain a project tracker/workplan and coordinate with other EIA staff and partners to ensure that relevant activities under the EIA Tiger Campaign’s Mekong project are carried out in a timely manner and within budget.
  • Ensure that the activities, outputs and outcomes in the project tracker are assessed and updated regularly for M&E purposes.

 

Fundraising and donor reporting/management

  • Produce narrative reports for donors.
  • Assist the Campaign Leader and EIA’s Fundraising Department in identifying new funding opportunities and production of funding proposals.

 

Financial planning and budget management

  • Oversee tracking of the Mekong project budget.
  • Ensure that budgets are developed and signed-off for all project-related activities prior to expenditure.
  • Submit expenditure reports on time and in the required format.
  • Assist in producing financial forecasts associated with Tiger Campaign quarterly plans.

 

Team management

  • Assist in the recruitment and management of new staff and volunteers as required.

 

Internal communications

  • Coordinate with relevant staff within the Wildlife Programme, staff in other campaigns/departments and EIA USA’s Wildlife Team as needed.
  • Provide required information on the Mekong project for EIA staff meetings.

 

Strategic planning

  • Work closely with the Campaign Leader to develop three-year and annual campaign strategies for EIA’s Tiger Campaign.
  • Assist in the production of strategies on cross-campaign wildlife issues.
  • Participate in EIA’s Long Term Strategic Planning as required.

 

Person specification

Essential

  • Undergraduate degree or equivalent in a relevant field (e.g. law; law enforcement; public policy; zoology; environmental sciences).
  • Experience in a campaigning or similar role, including the use of evidence and analysis to develop campaign strategies and communications materials.
  • Proven ability in project management including planning and organising, donor reporting and budget management.
  • Knowledge of national government decision-making processes and multi-lateral environmental agreements, such as CITES.
  • Ability to digest and integrate technical, scientific, policy and legal information as well as to relate it simply and persuasively to a range of audiences.
  • Excellent written and oral communication and presentation design skills.
  • Ability to respond to rapidly changing circumstances and adjust plans.
  • Exposure to working in an international environment or with partners based overseas.
  • Proven ability in building and maintaining effective working relationships with diverse professional contacts.
  • Able to work independently with strong time-management and organisational skills with attention to detail.
  • Professionalism and ability to work as part of a team.
  • Record of managing consultants/contractors.
  • Prepared to travel outside the UK at short notice.

 

Desirable

  • Track record in working on wildlife trafficking and/or conservation issues.
  • Has managed funds from statutory sources (particularly US and UK governments).
  • A social media user in a professional context.
  • Exposure to media interviews, public speaking and high-level external communications.
  • Working knowledge or fluency in any of the following languages: Thai, Laotian, Chinese, Vietnamese.

 

How to apply

  1. Download and complete the job application and monitoring forms below
  2. Email the completed forms to ukinfo@eia-international.org

 

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