Wildlife Justice Advisor

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WILDLIFE JUSTICE ADVISOR

TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR THE ROLE

Space for Giants is seeking to recruit a Wildlife Justice Advisor for the KAZA Region (Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia).

Space for Giants is an international conservation organisation that protects Africa’s remaining natural ecosystems and the mega-fauna they contain, whilst bringing major economic and social value to local communities and national governments. It is headquartered in Kenya, works in nine countries in Africa, and is registered as a charity in the UK and a 501c3 non profit in the US.

Our Vision is for a Healthy Earth on which both large wild animals and people can thrive

Our Mission is to protect the natural ecosystems on which Africa’s large wild animals depend and ensure they are valued by people so that they endure, forever

What we do:

– Management: We bring natural ecosystems where large wild animals live under effective conservation management in partnership with local people, national governments, civil society organizations, responsible businesses and private landowners.

– Value: We unlock the value of natural ecosystems by developing conservation-compatible enterprises and working to ensure the associated benefits are equitably distributed among local people.

– Expertise: We deploy world-class conservation expertise to build local capacity for the effective protection of wildlife and the management of human-wildlife coexistence.

– Leadership: We generate innovative science and ideas to identify successful conservation interventions and lobby key decision makers, global influencers and the general public to put these in place.

– Scale: We deliver conservation at scale to tackle the global problems threatening natural ecosystems and the large wild animals they hold.

WILDLIFE JUSTICE & RULE OF LAW PROGRAMME

Space for Giants is placing a WJA and associated support staff and infrastructure in key wildlife source and destination countries to effectively combat wildlife crime. This will not only support countries to protect their natural heritage it will also help to prevent the next pandemic.

Our Wildlife Justice and Rule of Law Programme aims to improve the responsiveness of the criminal justice pathway to wildlife crime. We are looking for someone to lead this work at the policy and practitioner level in a number of countries and, so, seek a dynamic, self-starter who can communicate at all levels and lead this new and important development of the programme.

The programme currently has four major strands of work that feed into each other, namely; court monitoring, law/policy development, legal capacity building and wildlife justice advocacy. Baseline wildlife crime national surveys are done to inform systemic interventions at a law/policy national/regional levels. We then deliver targeted legal capacity building work to all relevant state actors to better apply the reformed/existing legal and policy frameworks. Continuous court monitoring and wildlife justice advocacy monitors the progress and informs further development. This holistic approach is crucial to the success of the programme which has contributed to increasing wildlife crime convictions from 24% to 90% in Kenya which has in turn led to a drop in poaching by 80% over the last 3 years. Key to the future is having Wildlife Justice Advisors (WJA) who are highly knowledgeable/skilled at collaboratively working with national authorities on their urgent priorities.

THE OPPORTUNITY

We are seeking an experienced criminal lawyer to support the design and delivery of all programme components (court monitoring, law/policy development, legal capacity building to all actors in criminal justice pathway and wildlife advocacy) and our staff in the KAZA region countries namely – Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia. Working as a our crucial part of the Space for Giants’ team, and closely with our Wildlife Justice and Rule of Law Manager, the key responsibilities include:

– Develop and sustain strategic and technical relationships/alliances/partnerships and communicate with national/regional authorities and other partners (including local NGOs and inter-governmental agencies) in the KAZA region/countries as is necessary to deliver the programme’s components.

– Coordinate court monitoring and reporting in KAZA region countries in coordination with programme manager and court monitors.

– Identify, develop and deliver priority law/policy interventions in KAZA region countries in coordination with the programme manager, national authorities and other partners. This includes review and development of relevant prosecution tools, legislation, regulations, policies on wildlife justice and rule of law aspects affecting the combating wildlife crime.

– Coordinate and deliver national/regional legal capacity building efforts to rangers/investigators, prosecutors and judicial officers in KAZA countries.

– Aim to significantly improve criminal justice outcomes for wildlife crime in KAZA (including conviction rates, related asset recovery and sentencing) to increase deterrence to offenders.

– Effectively manage and mobilise resources and finances (including grant writing, financial and other reporting)

– Represent and uphold the values and strategic focus of Space for Giants in KAZA, and create a momentum for change and improvement.

 

SKILLS & EXPERIENCE:

The successful applicant will be / have:

– Experience (ideally in KAZA countries) and track record in dealing with serious crime for example in prosecution, law enforcement, law development

– A solid understanding of the regional justice systems/cultures and political landscapes as they affect wildlife crime (ideally with relevant contacts)

– A track record of delivering at pace, in a complex and challenging environment

– Highly organised, with a proven ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines

– A good understanding of conservation issues

– Excellent communicator including written and oral English

– A competent user of Microsoft Office programmes

– A proven ability to develop strong working relationships quickly

– Apply logical and engaging narrative to stories, reports and presentations

– Experience of working effectively with teams based remotely

TERMS:

Job Title: Wildlife Judicial Advisor, KAZA

Reporting to: Wildlife Justice and Rule of Law Manager with oversight from the Managing

Director of Conservation.

Start Date: As soon as possible

Contract: Full time

Required to work long hours (weekdays and weekends) beyond the traditional 8:00am to 5:00pm in variable conditions, including remote locations under physically demanding conditions.

Place of Work: Livingstone, Zambia, with frequent domestic and international travel

Remuneration: Competitive salary based on industry standards

Standard benefits including health insurance and pension allowance

Three months probation period

21 days’ holiday per year plus public holidays in Zambia

HOW TO APPLY:

Applications, including a cover letter of no more than 2 pages, a detailed CV highlighting relevant experience, a daytime telephone contact, email address, and the names of three professional referees should be sent to [email protected] by Friday 9 April, 2021.

Any questions on the role may be directed to the above address. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

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