Job Opportunity: WILDLABS TECH HUB Project Manager

The WILDLABS Team is looking for a Project Manager to help build and shape our newly launched WILDLABS TECH HUB, which aims to engage the technology sector to deliver solutions to Illegal Wildlife Trade challenges. Applications are due 9th December 2018. 

Date published: 2018/11/14

WILDLABS TECH HUB

"Developing the emerging Tech4Wildlife sector to deliver solutions to conservation challenges"

UNITED FOR WILDLIFE (UfW)

United for Wildlife (UfW) is an unprecedented partnership between Conservation International (CI), Fauna & Flora International (FFI), the International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), The Royal Foundation (TRF), Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), World Wildlife Fund (WWF UK) and Zoological Society of London (ZSL). Convened by HRH The Duke of Cambridge, our aim is two-fold, to scale up the response to global conservation crises and to engage a younger generation in conservation. As a first step, UfW has chosen to tackle the illegal wildlife trade.  

WILDLABS.NET

In 2015, United for Wildlife partners (WWF, FFI, WCS, CI, ZSL and TRF) came together to establish WILDLABS, the first global, open online community dedicated to conservation technology. WILDLABS aims to build and support an active cross-sector community of conservationists and technology experts who use the online platform to share information to reduce replication of effort, ask and answer questions to exchange best practice, and collaborate to improve existing technologies or develop new technologies that address identified conservation needs. (To find out more, see Annual Report)

BACKGROUND

The Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT) is the largest direct threat to the future of many of the world’s threatened species. Technology has the capacity to deliver sustainable solutions to combat this trade, alongside tackling other threats to conservation, and at a scale that will have a real impact on the ground.

During 2018, the WILDLABS Steering Committee has been working closely with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to establish the WILDLABS TECH HUB, aiming to engage the technology sector to deliver solutions to IWT challenges. In the lead up to the London IWT Conference, Google, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, the Digital Catapult, and the Satellite Applications Catapult have all participated in a series of roundtables and engagements to build a new technology coalition. Members of the WILDLABS Steering Committee have played a pivotal role in helping the technology coalition understand the complex challenges faced in tackling IWT and the need to develop appropriate and sustainable technology solutions. 

At the London IWT Conference 2018, the FCO announced the provision of a small amount of seed funding to kick-start a WILDLABS TECH HUB. Subsequently, in-kind support has been donated by the Digital Catapult, the Satellite Applications Catapult and WILDLABS Steering Committee, with professional services and Cloud Credits offered by Microsoft, Amazon Web Services and Google. Partners have committed resources to support a six-month programme, providing access to tools, data and specialist expertise, to accelerate the development and implementation of effective technology solutions to end wildlife trafficking.

Initially funding is only available for six months and therefore, not all deliverables can be achieved, but long-term the ambition is to:

  • Accelerate ‘almost there’ technologies’, to be fit for purpose and overcome barriers to implementation
  • Support development of service models to bring sustainable solutions to market and to scale
  • Form a Data Trust for IWT data, to leverage AI and create a shared marketplace for species recognition services, that is both secure and responsibly managed, for consumption into a broad range of tools. Delivering ML standards, agreements and a framework for sharing.
  • Explore the potential of new and affordable satellite solutions
  • Galvanise NGOs, Government bodies and practitioners around a set of effective tools that will strengthen efforts to stop wildlife trafficking at key points of intervention along the wildlife crime chain

The coalition recognises that capacity building and sustained access to digital infrastructure and affordable equipment is paramount to the success of any technology efforts to tackle IWT.

THE OPPORTUNITY

The WILDLABS TECH HUB coalition is looking for a Project Manager to help build and shape this exciting new programme. Working alongside the WILDLABS TECH HUB team, you will engage colleagues from across the Catapults, technology companies, Governments, NGOs and WILDLABS partners, ensuring a disciplined focused on driving forward tangible conservation outcomes.

As Project Manager your role will include, but will not be limited to: planning, financial administration, supporting events, managing databases, preparing data, reporting, coordinating and communicating with a wide group of stakeholders including: NGOs, Tech companies, Governments and participants in the programmes. This is 6-month fixed term contract.

WHAT YOU WILL DO

  • Manage the planning, initiation and delivery of workstreams and documents falling under the WILDLABS TECH HUB initiative.
  • Organise schedules, project meetings, preparing materials and producing minutes /meeting reports.
  • Support the Catapults and coalition partners with the preparation and delivery of events, including: writing problem statements, planning, budgets, procurement of equipment, data preparation and materials.
  • Ensure that tasks are clearly coordinated and delivered to time with objectives and specification agreed with coalition colleagues.
  • Keep the WILDLABS SC and Community Manager informed through bimonthly reporting on key achievements and challenges.
  • Communicate with high level corporate, NGO and Government stakeholders to plan activities. High levels of collaboration with a wide range of partners will be required.
  • Collaborate with the WILDLABS Community Manager and WILDLABS Intern to help plan messaging and outreach to the conservation technology community on WILDLABS.
  • Manage connections with solution service providers and will include (from time to time) evaluation of prospective partners who offer services to conservation technology developers.
  • Foster an accessible, friendly, vibrant and professional environment between all those who engage with the WILDLABS Tech Hub and WILDLABS.NET.
  • Collate, prepare and organise the necessary image data and materials for WILDLAB TECH HUB activities.
  • Oversee the delivery of Machine Learning Standards and Data sharing agreements.
  • Write one compelling case study with editorial support from the WILDLABS Community Manager and intern that tracks the impact of the WILDLABS TECH HUB and promotes achievements on WILDLABS.NET.
  • Coordinate PR activities to communicate WILDLABS TECH HUB work externally, working closely with coalition partners’ press and digital teams.
  • Represent WILDLABS professionally to the broader conservation technology community at events.
  • Support the Programme Lead with the development of fundraising materials and activities.
  • Maintain all project artifacts such as budgets, status spreadsheets, and timelines, inform stakeholders of financial availability, and provide donor financial reporting.
  • Process and generate financial transactions relating to the projects, e.g. invoices or bank transfer requests.
  • Demonstrate professionalism towards sensitive and confidential information provided by all partners.

LOCATION

Your role will be based across WILDLABS SC partner organisations and Catapult offices. Hot desk space is available at Zoological Society of London offices Regents park, at Fauna & Flora International within the David Attenborough Building in Cambridge, at the Digital Catapult office at Kings Cross, and at the Satellite Application Catapult office in Oxford. The position will have a significant percentage of time working from home.

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR

  • BSc/BA in a relevant subject or relevant experience
  • A passion for technology and new developments with a keen interest in how these could be applied in a conservation context
  • Hands-on project management experience in a technical setting, managing multiple stakeholders and workstreams with excellent prioritisation skills and direct experience in managing technology projects
  • Pro-active and self-confident, adaptable and able to cope with ambiguity, changing and evolving priorities whilst being able to identify new opportunities
  • Excellent analytical problem solving and multi-tasking skills, with a creative and flexible attitude
  • Knowledge and experience of Machine Learning Techniques
  • Experience managing groups of stakeholders for complex projects
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with a collaborative working style. Excellent team player, with the ability to build positive personal and organisational relationships
  • Excellent communicator with the ability to bridge technical and non-technical audiences
  • Desire and ability to share ideas
  • A good grasp of relevant illegal wildlife trade issues is desirable, but not essential
  • Project management qualifications such as Agile certifications or PRINCE2 are an advantage

TO APPLY

Applicants will need to email their CV and covering letter to Sophie Maxwell by midnight, Sunday 9th December.