Posted on 20 November 2020
Location: Yangon, Myanmar - with travel within the region and globally
As a part of World Wide Fund for Nature, WWF-Myanmar was established in 2014 with the aim to support Myanmar’s development ambitions with a focus on spatial planning and biodiversity conservation in parallel with ecosystem services protection and sustainable livelihoods.
WWF-Myanmar is now inviting applications for a Wildlife Crime Global Policy Coordinator based in Yangon, Myanmar.
The Wildlife Crime Global Policy Coordinator will support the WWF network and partners with regard to policy and advocacy concerning the illegal wildlife trade (IWT), with particular emphasis on human rights in the context of IWT. He/She will work closely with the head of the WWF Wildlife Crime Initiative and with WWF’s Wildlife Practice Policy Manager, as well as with other WWF strategies, staff and institutional partners IUCN and TRAFFIC.
Critical components of the position are to facilitate IWT policy, to distil and share existing learning regarding IWT, to work with established partners and to create new partnerships.
He/She will assist policy advisors in the WWF network and, working closely with WWF’s CITES lead and the regional hubs, facilitate knowledge sharing concerning the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Working closely with the WWF Governance Practice, and with IUCN and TRAFFIC.
Major Outcomes of the role:
The Coordinator will support achievement of the following outcomes:
- Understanding within the international community of the global scope of wildlife crime and the importance of holistic, inclusive and rights-based responses to IWT;
- Insight into how the international human rights mechanisms and processes might support the IWT response and how the IWT response might support international human rights processes.
- Deepened understanding within the human rights community of the human rights dimensions of IWT;
- Develop understanding with regard to how the international human rights mechanisms and processes could be engaged with more strategically to support and strengthen counter-IWT responses;
- Facilitate the development of coherent network policy positions, policy briefs and advocacy strategies concerning IWT, with particular emphasis on the human rights dimensions, anti-corruption and gender;
- Support the WWF/TRAFFIC regional wildlife crime hubs through identification of needs, provision of policy guidance, including through development of policy briefs, guidance notes and talking points for national, regional and international policy fora.
- Liaise with relevant experts within and outside of WWF and advise WWF regarding policy dialogues relevant to IWT and rights-based approaches, seeking best practice solutions;
- Provide a research and radar capacity on external policy developments relevant to the position objectives, and advise on additional global fora offering advocacy opportunities;
- Support capacity building of colleagues in the WWF network with a particular emphasis on thematic streams of inclusive conservation, human rights, anti-corruption and gender;
The detailed outcomes & responsibilities of the role are at https://www.wwf.org.mm/en/myanmar_career_page/
- University degree in a relevant discipline e.g. human rights, political science, sustainable development, environmental policy, international relations, or similar disciplines.
- 5-7 years of professional experience in policy concerning human rights, environment and human rights or indigenous rights work.
- Experience of working with governments, corporate sector, aid agencies, civil society, and NGOs.
- Track record of delivering policy advocacy and impact.
- In depth understanding of global and regional environmental, natural resources and geopolitical governance.
- Fluency in English; Spanish and/or French an advantage; any other language/s an asset
Closing Date: 4th January 2021 (Monday)
Interested candidates should send a cover letter and curriculum vitae stating the position
Title and reference number in English by email to firstname.lastname@example.org (Application documents should be addressed as Document_Yourfullname).
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.