Job Opportunity: Andes Counter Wildlife Trafficking Coordinator with Panthera

Panthera seeks a dedicated, organized, and adaptable self-starter to serve as Project Coordinator for counter wildlife trafficking (CWT) activities across key Andean countries. Based out of Panthera’s Colombia office, this is the ideal opportunity for a seasoned networker and administrator, who understands the effective management of relationships to apply their educational background and experiential knowledge to protecting Latin America’s iconic cat species.

Date published: 2019/03/07

Title: ANDES COUNTER WILDLIFE TRAFFICKING COORDINATOR
Start Date: ASAP
Location: CALI/BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA

Remuneration commensurate with experience

POSITION SUMMAR

Panthera’s work in Latin America focuses on research and conservation of wildcat species, focusing on jaguars. The marked increase in the traffic and illegal trade in body parts of jaguars has sparked an urgent alarm for the need to address this threat on our conservation agenda.

Panthera seeks a dedicated, organized, and adaptable self-starter to serve as Project Coordinator for counter wildlife trafficking (CWT) activities across key Andean countries. Based out of Panthera’s Colombia office, this is the ideal opportunity for a seasoned networker and administrator, who understands the effective management of relationships to apply their educational background and experiential knowledge to protecting Latin America’s iconic cat species.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Coordinate activities and report on counter wildlife trafficking Andes project.
  • Cultivate and manage a network of regional contacts from government, community, and conservation stakeholder groups
  • Facilitate and attend meetings with key institutions and individuals to promote interest and participation in Panthera’s CWT agenda
  • Coordinate reporting and budgeting in a timely manner compliant with project grant requirements
  • Supervise other team members as necessary
  • Work closely with Panthera’s Counter Wildlife Crime Team and provide scheduled project updates monitoring implementation and results
  • Lead on the implementation of CWT activities in the region dependent upon project needs
  • Promote and facilitate communications and information sharing amongst CWT partnersacross the Andes region and other Latin American project areas
  • Undertake other duties commensurate with the nature, level of responsibility, and grading of this post in support of project goals and Panthera mission as needed 
  • Extensive travel throughout the Andes region will be required, including but not limited to Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia and Suriname
  • Support the development of Panthera’s CWT program in the region

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience in project management
  • Master’s degree is desirable
  • At least 6 years of relevant professional experience
  • Fluent in verbal and written Spanish and English is mandatory
  • Ideally a Colombian national or resident, with significant work experience in the region
  • Experience in international assistance projects or CWT project, with a deep understanding of how to effectively manage multi-sector relationships
  • Strong project management skills, with ability to multitask and work creatively and efficiently under deadlines
  • Extensive networking experience with outgoing personality with proven willingness/ability to build relationships with people from all walks of life
  • Keen judgment and experience tactfully navigating sensitive social situations
  • Experience leading teams
  • Belief in continuing education and willingness to self-enrich with learning materials and research around CWT
  • Conservation background not required, but must display interest and ability to learn quickly and interpret situations and opportunities
  • Experience with grant budgeting and reporting
  • Valid driver’s license

DESIRABLE SKILLS

  • Superior interpersonal and communication skills
  • Resourceful, with a proactive work approach
  • Ability to accept constructive criticism
  • Team player who also excels working independently
  • Ability to think “outside the box”
  • Ability to prioritize and balance competing demands
  • Attention to detail and pride in submitting error-free work

To apply, please email your CV, cover letter and three references to [email protected]

About Panthera

Panthera, founded in 2006, is devoted exclusively to preserving wild cats and their critical role in the world’s ecosystems. Panthera’s team of leading biologists, law enforcement experts, and wild cat advocates develop innovative strategies based on the best available science to protect cheetahs, jaguars, leopards, lions, pumas, snow leopards, and tigers and their vast landscapes. In 36 countries around the world, Panthera works with a wide variety of stakeholders to reduce or eliminate the most pressing threats to wild cats—securing their future, and ours. Visit panthera.org.

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