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The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is a US non-profit, tax-exempt, private organization established in 1895 that saves wildlife and wild places by understanding critical issues, crafting science-based solutions, and taking conservation actions that benefit nature and humanity. With more than a century of experience, long-term commitments in dozens of landscapes, presence in more than 60 nations, and experience helping to establish over 150 protected areas across the globe, WCS has amassed the biological knowledge, cultural understanding and partnerships to ensure that vibrant, wild places and wildlife thrive alongside local communities. Working with local communities and organizations, that knowledge is applied to address species, habitat and ecosystem management issues critical to improving the quality of life of poor rural people whose livelihoods depend on the direct utilization of natural resources.

Country Program Overview:

WCS established a country program in Mozambique in 2012 with two primary objectives to increase the protection of Niassa National Reserve, a vast landscape in the north of the country, and improve the conservation status of its elephants through co-manage of the Reserve; and strengthen national-level protected area management by helping to improve policies and reinforcing the government’s ability to implement wildlife crime legislation through strategic engagement with government agencies in Maputo.

WCS Mozambique is now seeking a dynamic, experienced individual with background in governance and law enforcement of transnational wildlife crime.

Job Summary:

This position is to co-ordinate our work aimed at strengthening governance and law enforcement of transnational wildlife crime in Mozambique. The coordinator will lead activities, establish effective partnerships in country, and improve co-ordination with other WCS programs to identify and disrupt illegal wildlife trade (IWT) networks operating in Mozambique.

Reports to: Country Director, WCS Mozambique.
Location: Maputo, Mozambique
Start date: June-July, 2018
Position Type: Full-time
Application deadline: May 31, 2018

Internal liaison: WCS Mozambique Law Enforcement Director; WCS Africa Protected Area Intelligence Expert; WCS East and Southern Africa Regional Director; Asia Counter-Wildlife Trafficking Director; Vietnam Country Director; China Trade Program Manager: Regional Wildlife Crime Analyst.

Expected travel: Approximately 30%. As required within the region, occasionally to Asia if/when needed, and to donor/technical meetings as needed/possible.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate the strategic development and implementation of CWT work for WCS Mozambique (WCS MZ) with a focus on links to anti-poaching activities in WCS Mozambique’s primary landscape—Niassa National Reserve.
  • Support relevant agencies in the Government of Mozambique to strengthen their capacity for intelligence-led enforcement.
  • Develop relationships and work with the Investigation and Environmental Police, Attorney General’s office (PGR) to enhance enforcement and prosecutorial effectiveness on wildlife trafficking cases.
  • Broaden information networks with foreign countries through formal and informal communication and knowledge sharing.
  • Support and facilitate engagement between WCS and the Governments of Mozambique (GoMZ), and the Governments of Vietnam (GoVN) and China  (GoCN) to enhance coordination of CWT efforts, build trust between key officers and finalise formal agreements between the two countries that address IWT (i.e. Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty).
  • Develop an annual implementation plan with measurable indicators for this position and agree this plan with priority stakeholders, and share it with key stakeholders.
  • Foster and maintain internal dialogue within WCS with key internal stakeholders.
  • Identify opportunities for collaboration and coordination with partners, and identify mechanisms for sharing intelligence and information.
  • Identify and pursue agreed fund-raising opportunities to implement the objectives and activities agreed under this program.
  • Contribute to the WCS CWT strategy, and the WCS Africa CWT strategy.

Implementation modalities:

  • All work, and communication with partners, in countries where WCS has country programs needs to be cleared by and linked to the country program through the Country Program Director.
  • Communication within WCS and with partners needs to be constant and ongoing.
  • Protocols for managing sensitive materials in communications need to be developed, agreed with relevant internal and external partners, and implemented.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Minimum of five year experience non-profit sector (NGO, International organisations) working on governance, rule of law, judiciary, or enforcement issues OR wildlife trafficking.
  • Strong relationships with relevant national authorities such as police, prosecutors, customs, or wildlife authorities.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the policy arena, national politics related to transnational crimes and criminal justice reform in Mozambique.
  • Demonstrated ability to independently establish and manage new NGO programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate with a variety of partners and stakeholders, and to mediate and resolve complex issues that involve multiple actors and/or interest areas.
  • Demonstrated strong project management experience.
  • Demonstrated experience developing external communications materials.
  • Professional proficiency in English and Portuguese.

Application Process:

Interested candidates, who meet the above qualifications should apply by emailing an application letter and CV together with salary requirements and the names and contact information of three references to: africaapplications@wcs.org  by May 31, 2018 deadline. Please include Coordinator, Law enforcement & Governance in the subject line of your email.

In addition, please note that all candidates must also apply online via the WCS career portal at: http://www.wcs.org/about-us/careers

WCS is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to hiring and supporting a diverse workforce. We are committed to cultivating an inclusive work environment and look for future team members who share that same value.

Please note that only short listed candidates will be contacted for interview.

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