Seabird Projects Assistant

Application deadline: 
Wednesday, 7. March 2018 - 23:45

Seabird Projects Assistant

• Location: Dakar, Senegal
• Working hours: Full time
• Contract: Two-year fixed term contract
• Gross salary: €9,600 – €10,800 (depending on experience) per annum, plus 12% pension benefit.
 
BirdLife International is the world’s largest nature conservation partnership. Through our unique local-to-global approach, we deliver high impact and long-term conservation for the benefit of nature and people.
 
BirdLife is seeking to recruit a motivated and dedicated individual for the position of Seabird Projects Assistant based at Dakar to assist with the implementation of the Coastal Seabirds and the Cape Verde Seabirds projects. Working together with the Seabird Projects Manager the assistant will support in a number of daily tasks. These will include assisting in the coordination of the activities by the partners, timely delivery of outputs and outcomes, and efficient management of budgets, fieldwork and workshop logistics, administrative tasks, capacity building, advocacy, fundraising and communications. This is an on-job training position and the Seabird Projects Assistant will benefit from day-to-day basis training and is expected to be gradually involved in more technical and demanding tasks.
 
The seabirds programme is a fast-growing marine programme focused in West Africa, managing a number of marine conservation and advocacy projects. The programme is primarily focused on marine biodiversity conservation, in particularly seabirds, marine and terrestrial habitats, working with a vast and diverse group of stakeholders in the region and elsewhere.
 
The main responsibilities of the Seabird Projects Assistant will be as follows:
 
1. Provide assistance to the Seabird Projects Manager with the implementation of the projects;
2. Assist with the coordination of the implementation of activities by the partners of the Coastal Seabirds and Cape Verde Seabird projects;
3. Provide assistance to ensure the timely delivery of outputs and outcomes, and efficient management of budgets;
4. Assist in a range of administrative support activities, including booking travel and accommodation for meetings, fieldwork logistics, venue and catering preparation of the various finance and administration workshops/meetings;
5. Support the work with key stakeholders in region, primarily local civil society organizations, as well as other key national environmental actors or agencies, private sector and donors;
6. Help facilitating the effective communications within the seabird projects and their partners and the wider Africa Secretariat;
7. Support the development of communication content on partners activities, including outcomes and success stories, and policy briefs to ensure information and new knowledge is shared with the relevant stakeholders;
8. Assist in raising awareness activities on seabird conservation led by the project’s partners, the Seabird Projects Manager and the West Africa Marine Programme Coordinator;
9. Provide assistance with funding opportunities to sustain seabird conservation in West Africa.
 
Qualification and Requirements: 
• Relevant degree-level qualification. An undergraduate or post-graduate degree (MSc) or proven equivalent experience in any appropriate discipline e.g. Natural Sciences, Wildlife Management, etc.;
• Experience in the organization of meetings and workshops for a range of audiences and good knowledge of seabird and marine conservation issues will be an asset;
• Ability to work with a variety of people including government officials, international and national NGOs, local stakeholders, experts and consultants;
• Experience in assisting with project management and fieldwork with seabirds and waterbirds will be an asset;
• Good organizational and planning skills and an ability to adhere to deadlines;
• Good communication skills, particularly in writing reports/minutes relating meetings;
• Written and spoken fluency in both French and English, and ability to work in other widely used languages in the region is highly desirable (e.g. Portuguese);
• Good understanding and proven ability of computer literacy and numeracy;
• From time to time some travel might be required at national and regional level.
 
Application: Applications should include a covering letter summarizing the applicant’s suitability for the position, a detailed CV and contact details of two referees known to the applicant in a professional capacity. Applications should be sent by email, stating where the advert was seen, to: recruitment-west-africa@birdlife.org.
 
Eligible Applicants: Residents of Senegal, and nationals of Mauritania, Guinea Bissau and Cape Verde who can legally work in Senegal.
 
Application Deadline: 7th March 2018
 
Interviews: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Interviews will be held during the week of 12th March 2018.