SWM (Sustainable Wildlife Management) Programme Technical Assistant
Global Conservation Full-Time
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Reports to: SWM Chief of party
Direct Reports: None
Start Date: 1 March 2022
Position Type: Full-time, 1.5-year fixed-terme contract
Around the world, overhunting for wild meat is threatening hundreds of wildlife species with extinction. As wildlife populations decline, many rural communities and indigenous peoples’ are being left without food and an income. This situation is becoming more critical as the demand for wild meat grows in towns and cities. The Sustainable Wildlife Management (SWM) Programme is developing innovative solutions based on field projects in thirteen countries. It is a seven-year (2018-2024) African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) initiative, which is being funded by the European Union with co-funding from the French Global Environment Facility. This project is led by the United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO), in partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), and the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD). For more information: https://www.swm-programme.info/
This role is based within WCS EU, a Belgian international nonprofit association which supports the work of the Wildlife Conservation Society throughout the world to conserve wildlife and wild places. 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.
Broad description of the role:
The SWM Programme technical assistant is twofold: first to support the WCS Chief of Party in Brussels, and second to support the SWM Site Coordinator in Democratic Republic of the Congo on reporting and monitoring, evaluation, and learning. As part of the support to the WCS Chief of Party, the SWM Programme technical assistant will also be involved in the preparation of documents related to the Result 3 of the SWM Programme: “Supply of alternative proteins is improved”.
The SWM Programme technical assistant will work in close coordination with the SWM Chief of Party and the SWM DRC site coordinator to define the precise tasks and priorities. The main tasks of the SWM Programme technical assistant are described below.
Provide support and coordination for all SWM sites and coordination of “Result 3”:
• Contribute to the documents required for planning and reporting (monthly reports, six-month and annual reports, procurement plans, workplans, M/E scorecards, etc..).
• Draft documents related to the production of alternative proteins to wild meat based on existing documentation, conduct online research on specific topics.
• Ensure all tasks are properly monitored in Asana ; support the sites as needed.
• Procurement and subgrants: contribute to documents for SWM procurements and subgrants (call for offers, notes for the file, vendor justification form…). Ensure all documentation is kept in the SWM Google Drive;
• Organize meetings as needed.
Technical documentation and communication:
• Keep the SWM database of products (Googlesheet) up to date and ensure it is consistent with other reports produced. Perform extracts of this database as needed to provide information to the site coordinators, the donors or other partners.
• Format technical reports in French and English; ensure the layout is consistent with the SWM templates and reports are professionally formatted
• Create graphics, diagrams or other visuals for reports when needed.
• Create summaries and Powerpoint presentations from the reports or of parts of the reports as needed.
• Contribute to the creation of communication materials from existing documents (factsheets, posters, etc.).
Support to the SWM DRC site coordinator:
• Support the site coordinator in the proper implementation of the SWM project in DRC.
• Prepare the monthly, semi-annual and annual technical reports.
• Participate in the preparation of budgets and financial reports.
• Support the administrative and logistical organization of field missions.
• Support monitoring and evaluation activities, including the updating of program monitoring tools.
• Lead the drafting of the annual communication plans as well as the implementation of the plan: contribute to the creation of materials and content for communication.
• Support the organization of meetings as required.
• Contribute to the writing of technical activity reports.
● A master’s degree (or equivalent in work experience) in science, social-science, environment, international development, or other topic relevant to the work ;
● Interest and knowledge in environment, conservation, food security or related topics
● Understands and aligns with WCS work and values
● Rigour, flexibility, ability to work on various tasks
● Experience in project management ; experience using Asana or a similar software is a plus.
● Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and French
● Experience working with stakeholders from different cultures and in different time zones
● Willingness to travel to DRC field site ; experience working in, or with colleagues in Africa, is a plus
● Experience using Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook and Google Drive, Docs, Sheets and Slides
● Experience with PhotoShop, InDesign, Adobe Illustrator or other graphic design software is a plus
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.