The Zoological Society of London (ZSL), a charity founded in 1826, is a world-renowned centre of excellence for conservation science and applied conservation, working in over 50 countries around the world.
The illegal trade in wildlife and wildlife parts has reached crisis
level and is having severe impacts on species around the world, which if
unabated could see the extinction of some of the world’s most
charismatic wildlife. The international donor community has recently
recognised the threats posed by this illicit trade including impacts on
ZSL has recently initiated a major project,
which is proposing the development of a Rhino Impact Bond with the
United Nations Development Programme and United for Wildlife, comprised
of seven of the largest field based conservation organisation in the
world and the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and
Prince Harry. This project is a first for conservation, using the
Development Impact Bond approach to create an innovative financing
mechanism that can generate funding at the scale necessary to address
the poaching crisis. With commitments of funding from the Global
Environment Facility and the Royal Foundation the initial main focus of
this post will be on the implementation of the project preparation phase
for the development of a Medium Sized Project, due in March 2015.
ZSL is seeking a dedicated individual,
available as soon as possible, to implement the Rhino Bond project and
scale up and coordinate this important cross cutting programme across
its conservation programmes and the wider society. The Post will report
directly to the Senior Policy Advisor and sit within the Science to
Government and Industry Unit (SGIU) based in the Conservation Programmes department at ZSL London’s HQ. The post holder will be required to work closely with technical specialists across ZSL and with United for Wildlife and partners. International travel is likely.
The successful candidate will have significant experience in project
management and a proven track record in conservation implementation and a
good understanding of wildlife trade matters. In particular the
candidate must have:
1. Will have experience in large-scale project management and financial reporting.
2. A degree in an appropriate subject
3. Excellent written and spoken English
4. Strong organisational, interpersonal and presentation skills
5. Proven fundraising and report-writing ability
6. Good communication skills and experience with the media and public speaking
7. Proven ability to work effectively with teams and senior managers
The post is initially for 1 year with a possibility of renewal after that time.
Applicants should complete the ZSL
Application Form along with the Equal Opportunity Form and send,
together with their CV, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday 23rd July
2014. A full job description is available via our website at www.ZSL.org/jobs.