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WWF NL Caribbean Netherlands Oceans Programme, Project Development and Implementation Consultant

Posted on 06 August 2020

Location: One of the Caribbean Netherlands islands, Bonaire, Saba or St Eustatius

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is one of the largest independent conservation organizations in the
world. We are an international NGO committed to environmental protection active in almost 100 countries. We
work on the ground with own experts in the Netherlands, which includes the Caribbean Netherlands islands, and
cooperate with governments, companies, knowledge institutes, local communities and partner organizations.
WWF has worked on conservation in the former Dutch Antilles for decades, achieved many notable successes
and over time, evolved and expanded its programme to meet changing conservation challenges, with our focus on
the Caribbean Netherlands islands of Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba, where our Oceans team aims to assist our
partner organizations, marine park management authorities, independent NGOs as well as local governments
and the private industry with preserving healthy oceans surrounding these Dutch “special municipalities”. As
problems of governance, scarcity, degradation and pollution have spread and intensified, interest in protecting
the natural resources has diversified and has started to bring government, the public and business together.

WWF The Netherlands is looking for a consultant for our Caribbean Netherlands Programme, to be based on Bonaire, Saba or St Eustatius to form part of our WWF-NL Caribbean Netherlands team.

Our strategy revolves around three main themes: enhanced protection of Marine Protected Areas, Sustainable Fisheries and reduction of Land Based Sources of Pollution. Our toolbox contains several different approaches ranging from direct financial support to joint advocacy as well as implementation of projects on the ground. A short description of our work can be found at https://www.wwf.nl/wat-we-doen/waar-zijn-we-actief/nederland/caribisch .


The Consultant will initiate projects in close collaboration with local partners, linking the private sector as well as local governments and nature organizations to sustainable and ‘nature friendly’ practices aimed at preserving the marine environment.
You’ll be reporting to the Project Coordinator Caribbean Netherlands within WWF NL and have frequent, direct and diverse working relationships and partnerships with external organizations. Represent WWF NL in local, national and international fora where appropriate.


The main tasks of the Advisor for the WWF-NL Caribbean Netherlands Oceans Programme will include the following, but will depend on a review of the programme planned for 2021:

  • Independent conservation project management, incl. coordination, planning, implementation and reporting of project progress to WWF NL
  • Build strong working relationships with local partner organizations and governments
  • Develop and implement projects in line with the WWF-NL oceans strategy for the Caribbean
  • Netherlands and ensure delivery of results. Topics such as reduced plastic use, nature education and awareness,
  • institutional support of local partner organizations, fisheries, grass roots sustainability movement, conservation
  • research and policy advice and influencing aimed at reducing local, regional and international stressors on the
  • marine environment are included in our programme. Depending on experience of applicant specific focus can be laid on particular topics
  • Develop long term WWF-NL strategy for the Caribbean Netherlands with the team
  • Support projects with local partners within the WWF-NL Caribbean Netherlands programme
  • Manage stakeholders that include regulators, communities, corporates, financial Institutions and other NGOs and groups


The Consultant for the Caribbean Netherlands programme must bring a combination of project management
experience, cultural sensitivity and (marine) conservation interest. You can work independently and confidently
with a range of stakeholders, from politicians to rangers, CEOs and fishers. You are ambitious, have a knack
for recognizing opportunities, getting things done, engaging others to work on a shared goal and you are a
storyteller. You are an output oriented project leader that balances results with stakeholder management. You
have an intrinsic motivation to improve natural values as well as livelihoods. You are proud to be associated
with WWF and its brand and you want to be part of an ambitious team.


  • Master’s degree in the field of environmental/marine resource management, policy, engineering or related
  • field
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in project management in multi-stakeholder collaborative projects
  • Living, or willing to live on one of the Caribbean Netherlands islands, Bonaire, Saba of St Eustatius (required)
  • Able to speak Papiamentu, Dutch and English fluently (Strongly preferred)
  • Experience working with people from different cultural backgrounds
  • Proven experience in working in a small (Caribbean) island setting is essential
  • Have a Dutch or Caribbean Netherlands CoC or ‘KvK’ number
  • Have a company liability insurance


  • Ability to implement projects requiring engagement with policy makers as well as the general public
  • driving behavioral change
  • Analytical, strategic; sees the big picture
  • Ability to identify opportunities and proactively use these to further the strategic vision of WWF-NL
  • Adaptable to changing circumstances
  • Patient but persistent
  • Ability to build bridges between unlikely partners
  • Ability to work effectively as a team member with a wide range of individuals across cultures and time zones
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
  • Ability to translate scientific information into easily understandable content


Do you recognize yourself in the core values of WWF NL: openness, infectious enthusiasm, impact-driven
and pragmatic idealism?


WWF NL is an enthusiastic and dynamic organization with an informal working culture. WWF-NL has an inspiring purpose and highly qualified and motivated staff. We offer a consultancy equivalent to 32-40 hours/week for one year, with the intention to prolong the contract longer term.
Fee is dependent on applicant’s experience.


Then we invite you to notify your interest before September 16th 2020 by sending an e-mail with cover letter and resume to wnf@link-ers.com.