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Stand: 28.09.2016

Wildlife Species Conservation Expert

WWF (The World Wide Fund for Nature) is an international non-governmental organization that deals with conservation of nature. Our mission is to stop the degradation of the Planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which human live in harmony with nature. WWF Tanzania Country Office is seeking to hire an experienced and motivated individual for the position of Wildlife Species Conservation Officer to be based in Dar-es-salaam to provide vision, content, and leadership to drive the development of high impact wildlife conservation and species protection efforts.

Role And Major Functions

WWF has deep roots in Tanzania and is respected for its longstanding experience, knowledge, and programs as a leader in wildlife conservation. The Wildlife Species Conservation Officer will have the ability and motivation to harness WWF’s considerable strengths and draw from the global approaches, tools, and resources WWF can bring to the wildlife conservation challenges Tanzania is facing (including TRAFFIC, the Wildlife Crime Initiative, the zero-poaching framework, leadership in community-based conservation, and trans-boundary reach of WWF).

The successful candidate will bring strategic leadership in developing WWF’s wildlife conservation efforts and positioning the organization to deliver significant conservation impacts.  Key functional areas for this position are:

  1. Strategic Planning, Research, and Monitoring: Informing and influencing the elephant and rhino conservation management strategies, plans, policies, and resource flows of targeted partners and stakeholders – including NGOs, government, and international cooperation agencies.  Identifying needs and gaps for wildlife research and monitoring, and marshaling resources to address them. 
  2. Law Enforcement and Anti-Poaching: Strengthening law enforcement and anti-poaching activities of key partners and stakeholders by bringing support for improved surveillance, inspections, trans-boundary collaboration, judicialaction, and intelligence. (Lead role.) 
  3. Community Based Resource Management: Scaling up community based approaches to wildlife and forest management to empower communities as managers and beneficiaries of wildlife and resource stewardship and to reduce degradation of critical habitats. 
  4. Trafficking and Demand Reduction: Engaging with the WWF Network and external partners on reducing demand for ivory and other illegal wildlife products though market led approaches, public awareness campaigning, advocacy, and enhanced international cooperation. The position will contribute to this work by sharing lessons, research, and experience from Tanzania.

Required Skills And Competences

  • High level of wildlife conservation expertise with experience in one or more of the following areas - protected area management, anti-poaching, wildlife management and monitoring, community-based wildlife
  • Previous experience in priority African elephant (and rhino) countries or landscapes with knowledge of policy, management, sustainable use, and wildlife crime issues impacting their conservation.
  • Ability to design and manage wildlife conservation programs.
  • Practical understanding of field conditions and field implementation challenges with the ability to
  • Excellent strategic skills.
  • Ability to fundraise.
  • Ability to build external partnerships, strengthens capacity, and builds teamwork.

How to apply?

Additional information, including Terms of Reference, can be obtained at the offices of WWF Tanzania Country Office in Dar es Salaam. Applications must include a complete CV with full contact details of three referees and should be addressed to the People & Organization Development Manager through hresources(at) by Tuesday, 11th October 2016 at 4:30 pm. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and the interviews will take place in Dar es Salaam.

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