Latin America is the most biologically diverse region of the world, and trade in its wildlife, both legal and illegal, has been prevalent for hundreds of years. However, an increase in human population and regional and international demand for these resources has caused unsustainable and illegal trade practices. This threatens many species of plants and animals, especially endangered species, such as jaguar, parrots, turtles, primates, frogs and lizards, for which illegal trade is emerging as the primary threat to their survival.
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) seeks a dynamic, well-organized and hard-working Program Officer to join the Latin America Wildlife Trafficking Team to help manage a growing portfolio of projects that address this challenge. This position provides an opportunity for an outstanding professional with a relevant academic background (B.A./B.S. or higher) and work experience to join a cohesive, passionate, and committed team to save some of the world’s most spectacular wildlife and wild places on Earth. The position will be based in one of the WCS country offices in Latin America, and entails close collaboration with colleagues in our country programs and the New York headquarters.
The primary objectives of the IWT Program Officer position are to assist in the administration of the IWT program by supporting the development, monitoring and reporting of grants and projects, including performance and management; assisting in preparation of project budget proposals and monitoring budget execution; supporting operational coordination with other entities and partners working on the subject; and handling other aspects of daily operation as needed. The skills of the program officer must include experience managing large and complex projects with dispersed teams; strong writing and editing skills; and the ability to multi-task.
Principal responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Knowledge and experience
• Advanced understanding of the conservation problems of IWT (Illegal Wildlife Trafficking) in Latin America and commitment to the mission of WCS.
• Bachelor's degree in biology, zootechnics, criminology, nonprofit management (or other degrees related to Conservation and the position)
• Fluency in English and Spanish required; Portuguese desired
• Computer literacy in the processing of texts, spreadsheets and presentation software.
• Excellent writing and editing skills in Spanish and English.
• Two years’ work experience (project or non-profit administration management, tracking and reporting).
• Experience in preparing budgets and financial reports.
• Passion for their work, proactivity and responsibility.
• Commitment to high quality work and attention to detail
• Excellent organization and planning skills, including the ability to work on multiple projects, as well as prioritize tasks to meet deadlines; ability to establish and follow priorities.
• Excellent interpersonal communication skills.
• Ability to take initiative and work independently.
• Ability to work in collaboration with diverse teams.
Reports to: Latin America Wildlife Trafficking Coordinator, Americas Program
Coordinates with: Wildlife trafficking specialists in each country and region in Latin America, Americas Program HQ team, regional financial managers, and Americas Regional and Country Directors as necessary and in coordination with the Latin America Wildlife Trafficking Coordinator.
Location: Latin America, in one of WCS’s country offices in the region (Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador Colombia, Guatemala or Belize).
Start date: Immediate, pending selection of candidate
Duration: Position funded for 2 years but contract extendable depending on performance and funding
If you are interested in applying for this position, please send your resume and cover letter in English (you can include Spanish as well) to WCSlatinamerica@wcs.org and firstname.lastname@example.org,
Ref.: Program Officer, Latin America Illegal Wildlife Trafficking.
Deadline: November 12th
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