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IUCN NL is recruiting a qualified mid-career professional with at least five years expertise in East Africa to help our Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) combat the illegal trade in wildlife, protect their natural heritage  and contribute to green and inclusive development in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Do you have (field) experience working with local partners in the south and are you an enthusiastic team player?


Since a couple of years, IUCN NL is combating illegal wildlife trade in various landscapes in DRC and supporting Public Private Partnerships between protected areas and various stakeholders in Congo and abroad. Wildlife crime has a major impact on biodiversity and compromises the security of communities. With EU support, IUCN NL works a.o. with the ICCN (Institut Congolais pour la Conservation del Nature), The Forgotten Parks Foundation and Virunga National Park to strengthen protected area management, community participation in combating illegal wildlife trade and the overall rule of law in the given landscapes. We aim to contribute to the stabilization, sustainable development and management of this important cross-border nature reserve for future generations.

For strengthening the team, we are looking for a medior expert East-Africa.

Key responsibilities

  • Deliver strategic insights on how best to safeguard protected areas, fight against IWT and engage effectively with communities with opposing interests in and around protected areas.
  • Support the design of effective interventions against wildlife and environmental crime such as investigations, alternative-livelihood programs, human and wildlife conflict.
  • Navigate in a very volatile context, anticipate risks and come with concrete and simple solutions to diminish threats to parks and partners in DRC and cross-border.
  • Work with wildlife authorities, protected areas management, donors, and embassies and build strong relationships and collaborations between stakeholders.
  • Support geographic information system (GIS) and citizen’s science initiatives and help build timely information data sets so that IUCN NL and partners can adapt to the changing environment.
  • Establish overall annual reports, planning and budgeting framework for our EU-funded and other programs working in the DRC/East African region on countering illegal Wildlife trade,  protected area management, promoting sustainable development and support of local communities.
  • Coach and facilitate learning and networking with, and for local partners – mainly civil society organizations.
  • Implement M&E and reporting systems for tracking implementation progress, quality assurance requirements and delivery of results and impact.
  • Work closely with IUCN NL and partners’ communications officers to develop communication products and tools for better public engagement.
  • Support the development of IUCN NL DRC programs, linked to fundraising and partnership development.

Key requirements

  • At least 5 years of experience – including at least 1 year of field work – in leading, developing, and managing programs/conservation projects, countering illicit activities in a complex (field) environment.
  • Experience in working with various stakeholders such as local civil society organizations, local and national authorities, law enforcement institutions and park authorities.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills in French and English and basic knowledge of the Dutch language.
  • Experience and demonstrated comfort in dealing with complex operating environments, challenging field conditions, and cultural and linguistic diversity.
  • An intrinsic motivation for the mission and vision of IUCN NL and affinity in building bridges between people and nature.
  • Strong skills in project planning, financing, management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Excellent human, negotiation, influencing, and media relation skills.
  • Willingness and ability to travel at least 3 times a year to the region.
  • Hands-on problem solver.
  • A valid work permit for the Netherlands.
  • Knowledge of and experience with Central Africa, protected areas and law enforcement will be an advantage.

We offer

We offer a position in a dynamic international working environment.

This includes:

  • An appointment for one year (with the possibility of extension up to the full (3 year) duration of this phase of the program).
  • A dynamic position at an international nature conservation organization
  • A knowledge intensive working environment and network
  • Budget for training and personal development
  • Salary and benefits appropriate to the position, experience and level of education
  • A green working space in the center of Amsterdam


IUCN NL is the Dutch national committee of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the world’s largest and most diverse environmental network. Within the international IUCN umbrella organization, IUCN NL works with NGOs, companies, governments and scientists to strengthen human wellbeing through worldwide nature conservation. IUCN NL’s activities focus on four themes: nature conservation; climate, water & food; environmental justice and green economy. IUCN currently has 35 Netherlands-based member organizations.

Apply for this position

We encourage you to send your application as a PDF-attachment by email no later than Thursday 15 August 2019. Your application can be addressed to Monique de Jong, HR Manager, vacature@iucn.nl.

More information?

For additional information about the position you can contact Tina Lain, tina.lain@iucn.nl or +31-20-6261732.


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