Job vacancy: Wildlife Project Officer

Background

The Environmental Investigation agency (EIA) is an independent campaigning organisation committed to bringing about change that protects the natural world from environmental crime and abuse.

We investigate and campaign against environmental crime and abuse. Our undercover investigations expose transnational wildlife crime, with a focus on elephants, pangolins, tigers and other Asian big cats and forest crimes such as illegal logging and deforestation for cash crops like palm oil. 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 reduce wildlife crime globally and consists of three core campaigns focusing on Asian big cats, elephants and pangolins.

Main purpose of position

EIA is seeking a highly organised and efficient Wildlife Project Officer who works well within a team to join EIA’s Wildlife Programme for a two-year project focused on tackling elephant ivory and pangolin trafficking in West and Central Africa (hereafter referred to as the “Project”). The Wildlife Project Officer will provide support to EIA’s Wildlife Programme, Finance Department and Fundraising Department to ensure efficient implementation of the Project and timely completion of Project deliverables.

The key responsibilities will include managing financial information, assisting with donor reporting, engaging with, and co-ordination of, various EIA team members and Project partners involved in Project implementation and providing support as needed for organising workshops and events and developing Project materials.

Salary: £28,000 – £30,000 (subject to experience)

Deadline for applications: Monday, 5 October 2020

Organisational matters

The Wildlife Project Officer will report to the Project Strategic Lead, with priority objectives and tasks determined by the Project workplan.

The Wildlife Project Officer will work closely with senior and junior campaigners as well as finance and fundraising officers. The role is for a period of two years, with the possibility of extension subject to funding. Further, there is scope for career development and taking on new responsibilities subject to performance.

The position will be based in EIA’s London office; however, it will be possible to work from home during 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Some travel may be required as part of the role, subject to Government travel restrictions related to the pandemic.

Responsibilities

This position will be responsible for supporting all of the varied administrative, financial management and project management needs for implementation of the Project. Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, the following, with a priority being financial management:

Financial management

  • maintain running budgets of team expenditure in coordination with the finance team;
  • ensure expenditure is allowable under the project grant conditions and conforms with the terms of the grant agreement;
  • respond to internal finance queries;
  • prepare and distribute monthly budget updates;
  • draft internal budgets and reports as required;
  • support the team in day-to-day financial transactions, such as payment of consultants and partners;

 Grant management

  • assist in all Project quarterly and annual donor reporting, including liaising with Project partners, drafting financial and narrative reports;
  • assist with preparation of contracts for and manage sub-grants for partners and/or consultants;
  • assist with Project planning, including tracking and maintaining a workplan of Project activities;
  • act as a liaison between the Elephant and Pangolin campaigns and other EIA departments including Finance, Fundraising and Communications, as well as Project partners;

Project co-ordination

  • provide logistical support as needed for organising workshops, roundtables, webinars, and field visits;
  • co-ordinate with Project partners and consultants for implementation of Project activities;
  • prepare and maintain contacts and mailing lists;
  • arrange design, translation and printing of Project materials;
  • participate in internal team meetings;

Information management

  • collect, analyse and manage data and information for assessing Project progress in line with the Project strategy and monitoring and evaluation plan;
  • maintain comprehensive and organised records of Project activities, financial information, contacts and historic archives;
  • ensure Project materials are organised and accessible through EIA’s information management systems;

Research and advocacy support

  • conduct campaign research as required;
  • assist in the production of external reports and campaign materials;

Strategic planning

  • Contribute to the development of campaign strategies.

Person specification

Essential

  • experienced user of Microsoft Office, including Excel;
  • good oral and written communication skills;
  • ability to prepare accurate, relevant and clearly presented financial and narrative reports;
  • ability to clearly articulate financial concepts and prepare high-level financial summaries;
  • strong organisational skills and efficient time management, ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities;
  • ability to work well within a diverse team;
  • legal right to work in the UK.

Desirable

  • understanding of donor reporting and compliance (ideally US Government funding);
  • experience with organising workshops, seminars and roundtables;
  • experience with project management;
  • experience working in an international environment or with partners based overseas;
  • experience working in Africa, particularly in West and /or Central Africa;
  • accounting experience/qualification;
  • commitment to working on environmental issues;
  • knowledge of tackling wildlife trafficking;
  • working knowledge or fluency in at least one of the following languages – French, Yoruba, Vietnamese, Chinese;
  • prepared to travel outside the UK at short notice.

How to apply

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

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