Work & Volunteer Opportunities
Ol Pejeta is currently looking for a project manager for the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary Advocacy on Chimpanzee Conservation and Law Enforcement project. This exciting project aims to understand and document the illegal trade in great apes, map trade routes and identify individuals involved as well as using information emanating from the project to create a platform to lobby for enhanced law enforcement. The project manager will be based out of Ol Pejeta, and be involved in extensive travels across great ape range states in Africa. The work will involve formal and informal meetings with relevant parties and authorities, use of both covert and overt means to gather information relevant to the illegal trade in great apes, the production and dissemination of reports on illegal trading, and, where opportunities arise, the repatriation of illegally exported apes. See below for further details:
TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR THE SWEETWATERS CHIMPANZEE SANCTUARY ADVOCACY PROJECT
Project Name: SCS Advocacy on Chimpanzee Conservation and Law Enforcement
Position: Project ManagerLocation: Nanyuki, Kenya
1. Background and context
The Ol Pejeta Conservancy manages Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary (SCS) that provides a safe and secure lifelong refuge to orphaned chimpanzees. The sanctuary is also used as a platform to raise awareness on the plight of the chimpanzees in the wild. While the sanctuary has played a key role in providing refuge to orphaned chimpanzees, it has played a low key in advocating for the plight of chimpanzees in the wild and now aims to take a leading role.
Lack of space in many Pan African Sanctuary (PASA) approved sanctuaries in chimpanzee range states has limited their ability to offer refuge to numerous orphaned chimpanzees that are currently in need of homes. This limitation coupled with inadequate information on the illegal trafficking of great apes and knowledge of the illegal trade routes and persons involved, has provided a reason for non-enforcement of international laws designed to curtail the trade in wild apes. Similarly inadequate information on illegal trade has hindered sustained active campaigns and advocacy against the illegal trade in great apes and other threats facing the apes in the wild.
For this reason, the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary has secured a three year grant that is aimed at:
- Developing a better understanding of the illegal trade in great apes,
- Appropriate dissemination of accurate information pertaining to specific instances of illegally trafficked apes
- Repatriation of illegally obtained apes to African sanctuaries with adequate space, and
- Campaigning for current international agreements to be enforced and adhered to
This project will be undertaken under the umbrella of Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary. Ol Pejeta Conservancy is thus looking to recruit a suitable candidate to manage and implement this project. The successful candidate will likely be based on the Ol Pejeta Conservancy and must demonstrate a track record of effective project management, knowledge of animal welfare great ape conservation and the illegal trade in chimpanzees, good communication and investigative skills, extensive networking skills, good spoken and written English and French, and an in-depth knowledge of living and working in Africa.
2. Purpose and Objective of project
The project aims to understand and document the illegal trade in great apes, map trade routes and identify individuals involved as well as using information emanating from the project to create a platform to lobby for enhanced law enforcement. Where opportunities exist to repatriate illegally exported chimpanzees to Africa, the project will work with OPC and PASA to achieve this.
3. Essential functions
Whilst based out of OPC, the project manager will be involved in extensive travels across great ape range states in Africa; the work will involve formal and informal meetings with relevant parties and authorities, use of both covert and overt means to gather information relevant to the illegal trade in great apes, the production of objective accurate reports detailing specific instances where apes have been illegally exported and - together with OPC - the dissemination of such reports in a manner that ensures adequate law enforcement by the relevant authorities. Where opportunities arise to repatriate illegally exported apes the project manager will work to achieve this with OPC and other relevant groups. The project manager may also be called on to brief visitors to the Sweetwater Chimp Sanctuary on these issues and potentially assist with further fundraising.
4. Project outputs
The ultimate output of the project is:
- Illegal smuggling of great apes from range states investigated, quantified and documented with supporting evidence where possible; specific instances of illegal export documented in case specific reports with supporting evidence wherever possible
- Together with OPC, advocacy efforts undertaken to stimulate action against those involved in the illegal of trafficking against great apes, as well as public awarenessWhere possible, working together with OPC, illegally exported chimpanzees repatriated to Africa to existing sanctuaries with space
5. Education and experience
- Masters degree and 5 years experience in a natural resource management or social science field.
- Bachelor’sdegreewithover10yearsexperienceinrelevantnaturalresourcemanagementorsocial science will be considered
- Successful track record and high-level networks in the field of animal welfare, particularly great ape conservation in Africa
- Successful track record in building and sustaining the excellent reputation of the organization(s) s/he has worked for
- Experience in managing assigned project budget, developing annual activities, and reporting to a select committee
- Significant experience of living and working in Africa, specifically Central and West Africa
6. Skills and Expertise Required
- Good investigative ability, both overt and covert
- Track record in working with and through a senior team with high expectations
- Ability to strategically lobby and advocate for successful delivery of the project outcomes and create awareness based on the project outcomes
- Experience working with a diverse set of stakeholders (e.g., government, private sector, NGOs, academic community)
- Ability and willingness to travel frequently in the project areas as needed
- Excellent skills in using standard packages such as MS Office
- Good spoken and written English and French
The role enjoys a competitive remuneration package that will be negotiated with the successful candidate
HOW TO APPLY:
To apply for this position, please submit a resume/CV and cover letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications must be submitted by 7th February 2014 to be considered .
Ol Pejeta Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer
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