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The Elephant Protection Initiative

THE ELEPHANT PROTECTION INITIATIVE (EPI) is the African-led inter-Governmental initiative to protect elephants and stop the illegal ivory trade. The EPI calls  for elephant range states, partner states, Non-Governmental Organizations, International Government Organizations, private citizens and the private sector to work together to: maintain the international ban on ivory sales established by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in 1989; place ivory beyond economic use; close all domestic ivory markets; and implement the African Elephant Action Plan (AEAP) through the development and implementation of Member States’ National Elephant Action Plans (NEAPS). The initiative was launched by five African range States in 2014. The EPI now comprises 20 range State members, working in partnership towards these commitments.

This consultancy focuses on working with Partner Governments to place ivory beyond economic use, through the effective management of stockpiles.

  1. Role Programme Officer to the EPI Foundation
  2. Timeline Consultancy contract for 12 months, on a part time basis (10-12 days a month) with a 3-month probation.
    With strong potential for further on-going employment.
  1. Reporting Reports directly to Ruth Musgrave (Technical Director – SMS).
    At the start of the consultancy a 6 monthly work plan with deliverables will be jointly agreed.
  1. Expenses Salary to be agreed dependent upon.
    Expenses will be reimbursed in line with EPI Foundation Expenses Policy on receipt of claim form, based on an invoice supported by a copy of the receipts.
  1. Role Summary The EPI Foundation is looking for a Programme Officer to support in project planning and implementation for NGO and Government partners across various Stockpile Management projects in EPI partner countries.
    This includes in the general management, security, chain of custody, as well as through the implementation of the Stockpile Management System (SMS)– a bespoke digital tool for secure storage of inventory data. Since its development in 2014, the SMS has enabled countries to improve the management of their ivory, and other wildlife products.
  1. Responsibilities The Programme Officer will support participating governments in:
    • Project planning for implementing the Stockpile Management System (SMS),
    • Implementation and supporting the use of the SMS,
    • Development and implementation of standard operating procedures for the management of ivory and other wildlife products in government custody,
    • Implementation of the gold standards for management guideline tool,
    • Development of a decision making mechanism for disposal of wildlife.

This will involve: providing technical support in the project planning phase, training participants, conducting inventories, holding meetings and workshops, documenting processes and report writing.

The Programme Officer will provide support to the Technical Director on:

  • Developing training and publicity tools;
  • Fundraising proposals and donor reports;
  • Developing work

Participating Governments include: all EPI signatory countries, and any other states that may approach the EPI Foundation for support.

Qualifications & Requirements

  • Bilingual – English and French
  • Post graduate level training in project management with at least 5 years experience working in project management in a busy NGO or government
  • Good ICT skills, and ease with basic Office software (Excel, Word, PowerPoint). The SMS is easy to understand given good IT skills, and any necessary training would be provided to potential candidates
  • Highly organized, detail orientated with excellent writing
  • Experience with inventory work; or security assessments or security of high value goods or development of procedures and protocols highly
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability  to adapt work plan/process to the situation, with the ability to work effectively with multicultural and multidisciplinary
  • A good understanding of Africa and the conservation landscape in
  • An enthusiastic and committed self-starter who is able to work well independently.
  • Experience in providing training would be an advantage.
  1. Location Remote working based in Africa with regular travel to EPI and partner
  2. Application Please send a cover letter and CV to rmusgrave@elephantprotectioninitiative.org by the 25th November 2019. Starting date will be agreed.

For further information please contact Ruth on the above email address or call +44 (0) 203 865 3126