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Wildlife & Protected Areas Policy Officer

Wildlife & Protected Areas Policy Officer (Full-time, based in Bucharest)

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WWF-Romania is seeking to recruit a dynamic and enthusiastic

The Wildlife & Protected Areas Policy Officer contributes to the WWF mission in general and to WWF´s objectives in Romania in particular by implementing project components related to policy-advocacy in the field of wildlife conservation, wildlife management and wildlife crime and subsequently, in the field of protected areas’ governance and by engaging in policy advocacy and campaign efforts, as well as fundraising on those topics. The Wildlife & Protected Areas Policy Officer also is active on developing/strengthening external partnerships supporting WWF Romania lobby and advocacy work.

Your duties will include:

A. Specific project-related responsibilities (September 2020 – June 2023)

  • Ensure proper and timely implementation of the policy-advocacy components in the LIFE Swipe project (Ensure proper implementation of Activity B7. Of the project –“Policy-advocacy actions towards improving wildlife crime legislative frameworks at national and EU level” and contribute to all other relevant activities). This includes:
  • Support the Regional Policy Coordinator on the development of a European advocacy strategy. The strategy will map key European stakeholders, processes and decisions that the project policy team will engage with, as well as materials that should be developed.
  • Provide input on project briefings/positions regarding relevant EU policy revisions/improvements
  • Develop and coordinate implementation of a national advocacy strategy with policy-advocacy actions to address the national prosecution and enforcement gaps and the low level of political engagement
  • Engagement of national decision makers and policy makers for improved governance and accountability of wildlife crime (based on the advocacy strategy, organize/participate in stakeholder meetings, drafting position documents and proposals to be presented to the target groups, and contributing to new governance initiatives on wildlife crime).
  • Elaborate activity reports, as needed.

B. General Advocacy, Partnership Development, and Networking responsibilities

  • Participate on behalf of the organization in relevant forums such as conferences, symposiums, and government and community meetings to advocate for improved policy & decision making, communicate and promote our work
  • Development of policy and advocacy briefs, position papers, legal initiatives
  • Supporting role for the General Director on decisions related to policy &advocacy on relevant topics
  • Work in close coordination with the WWF-Romania´s National Policy Coordinator, with the Wildlife & Landscape Manager and Communication Expert and collaborates with policy and conservation teams.
  • Support development and implementation of integrated advocacy strategies and information campaigns, including engagement with governmental and private sector institutions
  • Support  partnership development with other relevant Civil Society Organisations (including through coordination and communication with Natura 2000 Coalition and its members)
  • Liaise with scientists and scientific institutions and networks for knowledge transfer and partnership development.

C. Strategy and Work plan input and implementation

  • Support the national policy coordinator in the development, implementation and reporting of specific policy objectives, according to the organization’s general strategic plan.
  • Ensure the implementation of policy-advocacy governance activities according to the Protected Areas Strategy of WWF Romania, directly and/or by involving other relevant colleagues from the conservation teams.

D. Fundraising and project development

  • Contribute to the identification of fundraising opportunities and development of funding proposals for public sector funding programmes, foundations and companies (transformational partnerships)

E. Capacity building and knowledge management

  • Engage with relevant colleagues for knowledge exchange and peer-mentoring (proactively and by attending relevant internal meetings)
  • Supervise relevant volunteers, if/when needed.

We expect from you:

  • Adhere to the WWF mission, as well LIVES in line with the WWF CEE’s Behaviors: Innovate fearlessly, Collaborate Openly,  Strive for Impact, Listen Deeply

Knowledge:

  • University degree in law, political and administrative studies, environmental studies, or a combination of studies and knowledge accumulated in relevant fields. A master degree on relevant topics is an asset
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the general legal, economic and political context in Romania.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of wildlife and protected areas governance, decision makers and stakeholders, and/or Parliamentary Procedures, and/or criminal law & relevant institutions, is an asset
  • Awareness of relevant EU policies, legislation and institutions

 Experience:

  • At least 4 years relevant work experience
  • Experience in policy analysis, advocacy and campaigning
  • Experience in engaging with diverse stakeholders such as government officials or the scientific community
  • Experience in project implementation and contribution to proposal writing
  • Experience in working within diverse teams with international working experience being an asset

Knowledge:

  • University degree in law, political and administrative studies, environmental studies, or a combination of studies and knowledge accumulated in relevant fields. A master degree on relevant topics is an asset
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the general legal, economic and political context in Romania.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of wildlife and protected areas governance, decision makers and stakeholders, and/or Parliamentary Procedures, and/or criminal law & relevant institutions, is an asset
  • Awareness of relevant EU policies, legislation and institutions

 Experience:

  • At least 4 years relevant work experience
  • Experience in policy analysis, advocacy and campaigning
  • Experience in engaging with diverse stakeholders such as government officials or the scientific community
  • Experience in project implementation and contribution to proposal writing
  • Experience in working within diverse teams with international working experience being an asset

If you are interested in joining the global WWF team, email your application documents including your CV and cover letter (in English) to [email protected]. Application deadline:1st of October 2020. Please understand that we can only reply to short-listed candidates. For more information on the WWF RO, kindly check the website: http://romania.panda.org/

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