Talent Acquisition Specialist
Talent Acquisition Specialist

Project Officer, Confiscated Animals, Rescue & Enforcement Job South Africa

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is filling the position of Project Officer for the Confiscated Animals – Rescue & Enforcement (CARE) project. The CARE Project is an initiative developed by IFAW, implemented together with partners the Jane Goodall Institute and Legal Atlas, and funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL). The project aims to improve governments’ capacity to interdict illegal wildlife and handle confiscated live animals, such that their evidentiary value is maintained.

Reporting to the Program Manager, Wildlife Rescue, the Project Officer, CARE will work closely with the project team and partners to ensure the successful delivery of project outcomes. Core project activities include but are not limited to conducting needs assessments, supporting capacity development initiatives (training, guidance, networks) and advising on policy and legal matters.

This part-time position (50%) is based in Cape Town, South Africa and is a 24-month contract commencing October 2023.

Role and Responsibilities

  • Research, compile and review technical, legal and scientific sources on the issue of wildlife seizures;
  • In collaboration with IFAW’s Academy of Rescue and Conservation, develop protocols, guidance documents, training and online educational resources on the handling and care of seized animals;
  • Develop, review and advise on policies and legal matters pertaining to the management of confiscated live specimens;
  • Foster engagement of relevant global stakeholders in the fields of law enforcement, wildlife management and animal health and welfare, including from private sector and scientific institutions;
  • In collaboration with project team members and contractors, ensure the planning, management, monitoring and timely reporting of assigned activities;
  • Develop proposed budgets, monitor and track expenditures for assigned project activities;
  • Provide further relevant operational support as and when necessary to the Project Director and project team members;
  • Embody the values, mission, and vision of IFAW at all times.

Qualifications and Education Requirements

  • Advanced degree in wildlife conservation, veterinary sciences, animal welfare, or related field with wildlife-related course-work ideal;
  • At least 5 years of professional experience in the field of wildlife conservation, and/or animal welfare. Field experience in the area of wildlife rescue and care of captive wildlife is a plus;
  • Possess a strong network within wildlife conservation, animal health and welfare related government authorities, international organizations and civil society. Experience working with law enforcement agencies highly desired;
  • Possess strong knowledge of the nexus between wildlife conservation, and animal welfare, including policies and key actors acting to combat wildlife crime;
  • Proven ability to facilitate and coordinate multi-stakeholder processes and maintain constructive contact with stakeholders in the field of wildlife conservation and/or animal welfare;
  • Experience with grant proposal development, management, budgeting, and grant reporting is a plus;
  • Full working proficiency in English and one other language. Fluency in additional languages is a plus.
  • Proven ability to work with diverse, multi-cultural teams;
  • Ability to travel globally, as required.

At IFAW, we aim to create and foster a workforce that reflects and contributes to the diverse, global community in which we work to improve the lives of both animals and people.    We are dedicated to fostering justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion so we actively encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds.

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This is a part-time 2-year Fixed Term Contract position