#ENGLAND The Wild Foundation Vacancy: Conservation Programme Assistant With The Mali Elephant Project

Conservation Programme Assistant with the Mali Elephant Project
The Mali Elephant Project is looking for a Programme Assistant for this diverse and expanding conservation programme

Job description

The assistant will work under the supervision of the Project Director to deliver a variety of tasks, and provides a rare opportunity to gain a broad experience of the different aspects of conservation delivery with this successful and innovative project; while offering the opportunity to develop the role in delivering new aspects of the project.
This position will provide the successful candidate with the chance to develop their strategic awareness of conservation, fund-raising, leadership and project management abilities as well as to contribute their own skills in the delivery of a new portfolio of project activities.
Tasks will include the following:
  • Project and budgetary management
  • Record-keeping, information organization and retrieval
  • Assisting with programme development
  • Background research – internet and literature
  • Supporting role in the production of material for the project web-site and on-line presence
  • Assisting the Project Director in writing papers, preparing copy, reports and proposals

Skills and knowledge

  • Educated to degree level in a relevant field, preferably to Masters
  • Understanding and experience of conservation science and/or conservation practice, and the relationship between the two.
  • A demonstrated understanding of the contemporary debates surrounding biodiversity and sustainability at local and international levels.
  • Fluent in English (written and spoken)
  • An ability to read French
  • Well-organized, meticulous and thorough in their work with excellent time-management
  • Willing to undertake a range of tasks from the mundane to the intellectually challenging
  • Excellent writing and communication skills with the ability to write persuasively
  • Excellent IT and internet skills
  • Able to work autonomously and in a globally dispersed team
  • An ability to learn quickly
  • A collaborative approach
  • Fluency and an ability to write in French
  • Ability to use social media channels in a professional capacity
  • Field experience in a developing country

Working arrangements

The location of the position is in Oxford but there is scope for flexible working. Working hours will be up to full –time depending on the individual. Salary: £24,000 pro rata.

Mali Elephant Project

The Mali Elephant Project is a long-term project (since 2002) that takes a whole systems approach to conservation and whose success has been made possible by a superb consortium of organizations.  The goal of the project is to ensure the continued existence of this internationally important and iconic elephant population; that their migratory path is secure and unimpeded by human development; and that the elephants have stable access to the natural resources key to their survival while avoiding human-elephant conflict. It does this through working with the local communities, the Malian government and other stakeholders to establish consensus systems of natural resource management that protect and restore the natural resources upon which the livelihoods of the local people depend, at the same time as protecting elephant habitat, the migration route, and restoring degraded ecosystems.

More information can be found at:
  • The website HERE 
  • The project blog HERE
  • A 10 minute Tedx talk at HERE
Interested applicants are requested to send a CV and covering letter to malielephantproject@gmail.com

Closing date for applications is 25th September 2014. We are hoping that the right applicant can start as soon as possible.