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Science & Policy Researcher

The Programme

WWF South Africa is seeking a suitably qualified researcher with excellent communications skills to work on wildlife conservation, economic and policy issues. The new post will be responsible for data gathering and communicating findings as well as supporting analyses, through researching and reviewing key trends, policies, legislation and regulations relating to the economics of wildlife conservation, illegal wildlife trade and alternative livelihoods in the region.

The successful candidate will be able to research and communicate complex wildlife conservation issues in the development of policy recommendations in response to challenges facing threatened wildlife species along the entire wildlife product chain and aligned to existing National and International wildlife policies and practices.

Reporting to the Wildlife Economics and Policy Analyst of the Wildlife Programme at WWF South Africa, the new position of Wildlife Economics and Policy Researcher will determine the impacts of policies towards wildlife conservation objectives, including assisting in balancing environmental goals against social and economic needs. The two year contract position will ideally be based in our offices in Newlands, Cape Town; though will require ability to undertake national and regional travel.

What You Will Do

  • Undertake literature reviews.
  • Assist with collecting and collating baseline data and managing databases for monitoring, evaluation and learning systems.
  • Support Think Tanks or other processes to critically evaluate existing policies and participate in relevant stakeholder consultation processes.
  • Support the production of policy briefs and develop other advocacy materials and approaches to communicate recommendations based on analyses as appropriate.
  • Produce other materials to communicate the projects, policies and approaches of WWF SA to wildlife conservation as appropriate.
  • Maintain an overview of key developments in policies relating to the wildlife conservation sector, based on analysis of trends, scientific literature and stakeholder engagement.

Required Skills and Abilities

  • A minimum Masters degree in any of the following areas or preferably a combination of the following areas - natural sciences, nature conservation, mathematics and statistics.
  • In-depth technical understanding of wildlife conservation and illegal wildlife trade issues.
  • Demonstrable strategic and analytic mind-set, preferably with experience in systems thinking and use of Theory of change processes.
  • Excellent good writing, research, presentation and advocacy skills.
  • Proven ability to work independently and undertake research projects.
  • Excellent communication skills with experience in conveying technical messages to a range of stakeholder groups.
  • Experience in fundraising and managing donor relationships would be an advantage.
  • Proven experience in arranging workshops or other events would be beneficial.
  • Possession of a valid passport and driver’s license.
  • Job type:Graduate jobs
  • Disciplines:

    Mathematics, Statistics

  • Citizenships:

  • Locations:

    Cape Town (South

  • Closing Date:18th Dec 2018, 6:00 pm


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