Endangered_Wildlife_Trust00The Endangered Wildlife Trust, an Amphibian Survival Alliance partner, will be introducing two new senior positons to it organogram. Details regarding the positions can be found below:

Vacancy for a Senior Manager: Species Conservation

Purpose of the Position: The Endangered Wildlife Trust is one of the largest biodiversity conservation NGOs in southern Africa and is seeking to employ a Senior Manager to oversee its portfolio of work on conserving threatened species. The EWT was established in 1973 with the mandate to conserve a variety of threatened species, and despite the expansion of this mandate in the past 43 years, the Trust still has a strong focus on implementing conservation action to conserve various species facing a high risk of extinction, throughout the region.

The Senior Manager: Species Conservation is an exciting new position that will be responsible for directing, overseeing and providing leadership to the range of EWT Programmes that focus predominantly on the conservation of threatened species. This post will assist in developing strategy and determining measureable targets for the relevant programmes as well as ensuring synergy with the EWT Conservation Strategy as a whole; conduct regular horizon scanning on emerging threats to species; develop effective, measurable plans of action and support the programmes to achieve these goals; assist in generating funds for the programmes; contribute towards producing peer-reviewed publications on the EWT’s work; contribute towards developing EWT position statements on matters relating to species conservation; undertake a portfolio work which addresses threatened species conservation and research; and develop networks and disseminate relevant information to scientific, policy and broader audiences.

The right candidate will be highly competent, appropriately skilled, an effective manager, an innovative and creative thinker, solutions-orientated and a passionate self-starter.

Reporting line: The EWT Head of Conservation

Qualifications and experience required:

 Minimum M.Sc. degree in a relevant discipline, a PhD is preferable.
 At least five years’ work experience in a senior management position.
 National, regional and/or international policy and advocacy experience including high-level negotiations, preferably within a southern African context.
 Excellent knowledge about the threats facing wildlife in the region, and how these may be mitigated.
 A proven track record in applied conservation research, field work and project implementation, as well as the challenges and opportunities to conserve threatened species.
 Experience of working with a diversity of role-players in the conservation arena, including intergovernmental agencies, government officials, conservation/environmental organisations, the private sector, communities, staff and volunteers.
 Demonstrated ability in conceiving and developing new areas of work.
 A high degree of self-motivation and pro-activity, excellent administrative skills, excellent organisation skills, and the proven ability to work under pressure.
 Excellent report-writing skills for a variety of audiences including the general public, conservation practitioners and the scientific community.
 Demonstrable research and publication experience.
 Fundraising and proposal writing experience, and the ability to develop a broad funding support base.
 Experience in writing for the popular environment, as well as public speaking.
 Experience working in the NGO sector will be an advantage.
 Experience in developing and implementing strategies and project plans.

Competencies required:

 Excellent English (written and spoken) and editing skills.
 Flawless spelling and grammar.
 Proficiency in all Microsoft Office programmes, competency in GIS software packages will be a significant advantage.
A wide ranging network in the conservation sector. High degree of self-motivation and pro-activity.
 Good administrative skills and good organisation skills.
 Ability to work as a team member and independently.
 Knowledge of a second South African language would be beneficial.
 Valid SA driver’s license, and suitable driving experience.
 Must be in possession of own vehicle (preferable).

Interpersonal skills:

 Disciplined, innovative and energetic.
Excellent staff management skills.
 Excellent communication and networking skills.
 Fluency in at least English and Afrikaans.
 The ability to work both independently and as part of team.
 Self-motivated, disciplined and energetic.
 Strong people skills and an approachable manner.
 A passion for conservation and our natural heritage.

This position is based at the EWT head office in Modderfontein, Johannesburg. The Endangered Wildlife Trust is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants who have not been contacted within 10 days of the closing date must please assume that their applications were not successful. The EWT reserves the right not to make an appointment.

All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence. Closing date: Thursday 5 May 2016. To apply please e-mail your CV and a detailed motivation letter as to how and why you are the best candidate for this position to: Alison Janicke, the Human Resource Manager, vacancies@ew.org.za or Private Bag X11, Modderfontein, 1645 or fax to +27 086 636 5823,

Vacancy for a Senior Manager: Habitat Conservation

Purpose of the Position: The Endangered Wildlife Trust is one of the largest biodiversity conservation NGOs in southern Africa and is seeking to employ a Senior Manager to oversee its portfolio of work on conserving threatened habitats and ecosystems. The EWT was established in 1973 with the mandate to conserve a variety of threatened species, and has expanded this mandate in the past 43 years to become a strong player in the conservation of threatened habitats, landscapes and systems across the region.

The Senior Manager: Habitat Conservation is an exciting new position that will be responsible for directing, overseeing and providing leadership to the range of EWT Programmes that focus predominantly on the conservation of threatened habitats and ecosystems. This post will assist in developing strategy and determining measureable targets for the relevant programmes as well as ensuring synergy with the EWT Conservation Strategy as a whole; conduct regular horizon scanning on emerging threats to species; develop effective, measurable plans of action and support the programmes to achieve these goals; assist in generating funds for the programmes; contribute towards producing peer-reviewed publications on the EWT’s work; contribute towards developing EWT position statements on matters relating to species conservation; undertake a portfolio work which addresses threatened species conservation and research; and develop networks and disseminate relevant information to scientific, policy and broader audiences. The right candidate will be highly competent, appropriately skilled, an effective manager, an innovative and creative thinker, solutions-orientated and a passionate self-starter.

Reporting line: The EWT Head of Conservation

Qualifications and experience required:
 Minimum M.Sc. degree in a relevant discipline, a PhD is preferable.
 At least five year’s work experience in a senior management position.
 National, regional and/or international policy and advocacy experience including high-level negotiations, preferably within a southern African context.
 Excellent knowledge about the threats facing ecosystems and landscape conservation in the region, and how these may be mitigated.
 A proven track record in habitat conservation field work and project implementation, as well as the challenges and opportunities to conserve important habitats.
 Experience with successfully negotiating conservation stewardship agreements.
 A sound knowledge of the protected areas legislative framework and stakeholder roles.
 Experience of working with a wide variety of role-players in the conservation arena, including intergovernmental agencies, government officials, conservation/environmental organisations, the private sector, communities, staff and volunteers.
 Demonstrated ability in conceiving and developing new areas of work.
 A high degree of self-motivation and pro-activity, excellent administrative skills, excellent organisation skills, and the proven ability to work under pressure.
 Excellent report-writing skills for a variety of audiences including the general public, conservation practitioners and the scientific community.
 Demonstrable research and publication experience.
 Fundraising and proposal writing experience the ability to develop a broad funding support base.
 Experience in writing for the popular environment, as well as public speaking.
 Experience working in the NGO sector will be an advantage.
 Experience in developing and implementing strategies and project plans.

Competencies required:

 Excellent English (written and spoken) and editing skills.
 Flawless spelling and grammar.
 Proficiency in all Microsoft Office programmes, competency in GIS software packages will be a significant advantage.
 A wide ranging network in the conservation sector.
 High degree of self-motivation and pro-activity.
 Good administrative skills and good organisation skills.
 Ability to work as a team member and independently.
 Knowledge of a second South African language would be beneficial.
 Valid SA driver’s license, and suitable driving experience.
 Must be in possession of own vehicle (preferable).

Interpersonal skills:

 Disciplined, innovative and energetic.
 Excellent staff management skills.
 Excellent communication and networking skills.
 Fluency in at least English and Afrikaans.
 The ability to work both independently and as part of team.
 Self-motivated, disciplined and energetic.
 Strong people skills and an approachable manner.
 A passion for conservation and our natural heritage.

This position is based at the EWT head office in Modderfontein, Johannesburg. The Endangered Wildlife Trust is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants who have not been contacted within 10 days of the closing date must please assume that their applications were not successful. The EWT reserves the right not to make an appointment.

All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence. Closing date: Thursday 5 May 2016. To apply please e-mail your CV and a detailed motivation letter as to how and why you are the best candidate for this position to: Alison Janicke, the Human Resource Manager, vacancies@ewt.org.za Private Bag X11, Modderfontein, 1645 or fax to +27 086 636 5823.

Photo: Long-toed Tree Frog © Jeanne Tarrant

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