Re:wild protects and restores the wild. We have a singular and powerful focus: the wild as the most effective solution to the interconnected climate, biodiversity and human wellbeing crises. Founded by a group of renowned conservation scientists together with Leonardo DiCaprio, Re:wild is a force multiplier that brings together Indigenous peoples, local communities, influential leaders, non-governmental organizations, governments, companies and the public to protect and rewild at the scale and speed we need. Learn more at rewild.org.
Re:wild is seeking a dedicated regional officer to support our growing portfolio across the Caribbean islands through a partnership-based model that supports local communities, civil society organizations, government agencies, and other emerging conservation leaders working to conserve Caribbean biodiversity. The Insular Caribbean is a global biodiversity hotspot, but centuries of deforestation, overexploitation and impacts from invasive alien species and illegal wildlife trade have left many islands in a precarious state. Both people and wildlife are becoming further endangered by climate change, manifested by increasingly powerful hurricanes, severe droughts and sea level rise. Re:wild is working alongside Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and a large network of local partners to restore healthy, functioning Caribbean ecosystems from ridge to reef, prevent species extinctions, and support livelihoods that are more sustainable and resilient to climate change.
The Caribbean Program Officer – a new position to the organization – will work alongside Re:wild and FFI team members and partners to implement our strategy in the Caribbean and assist in the development and delivery of projects to enhance conservation impact across the region. The main roles of the position are:
Support the development of new projects and partnerships to deliver sustainable conservation in line with Re:wild’s mission, vision and strategic aims.
Represent Re:wild in the region and to internal and external stakeholders, and support efforts to resource and communicate the combined work of Re:wild and its partners.
Provide technical input and support to projects as required.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
Manage or co-manage specified projects in close collaboration with partners, consultants, other stakeholders and technical experts.
Work with project partners and grantees to agree targets and work plans, and ensure appropriate structures and processes are in place for tracking progress, taking into account grant terms and conditions.
Conduct site visits for consultation, project planning, technical and implementation support, and monitoring.
Mentor, oversee the work of, and maintain regular communications with, all personnel involved in the projects, and report regularly to the Caribbean Alliance Director.
Facilitate delivery of project activities with partners and stakeholders, including organising procurements and providing hands-on assistance with tasks where needed.
Liaise with the Re:wild’s Communications team and local partner organisations to communicate and promote the project(s) and conservation issues, including contributing images, news stories, blogs, and/or scientific papers.
Help ensure that field operations are conducted to a high standard of health, safety, welfare, environmental good practice, and cultural sensitivity.
Prepare technical and financial reports to project donors.
Under the guidance of the Caribbean Alliance Director and Re:wild’s development team, nurture relationships with new and existing funders and donors, and assist local partners to develop proposals.
Support administration of conservation grants to local partners, tracking progress to ensure compliance with budgets, deadlines and deliverables, and working with partners and the Caribbean Alliance Director to resolve any problems.
Work with Re:wild’s communications and marketing teams to raise awareness of the Caribbean and promote the work of Re:wild and our partners.
Identify potential new projects, partnerships and resource needs, paying particular attention to needs identified by local organizations, and bring them to the attention of the Caribbean Alliance Director.
Collaborate with Re:wild’s cross-cutting teams to build or expand programs on conservation area establishment and management, ranger professionalization, wildlife crime prevention, exploration, species conservation, Red Listing and KBA identification, conservation advocacy, Indigenous peoples, and women in conservation.
Together with the Caribbean Alliance Director and Re:wild impact monitoring team, ensure data on Re:wild’s work and impact in the Caribbean are tracked.
Represent Re:wild and the Caribbean Program in relevant forums, including workshops, regional conferences and fundraising events, and present on conservation needs and actions.
Be an active member of the global Re:wild team, participating in all-team meetings and contributing expertise to other parts of Re:wild where the need or opportunity arises.
Experience and Qualifications:
Commitment to and passion for Re:wild’s mission, vision and values.
An advanced degree in a relevant field.
Experience managing or working on conservation projects, including a minimum of 5 years of professional or voluntary experience in the Caribbean.
Experience in preparing and managing budgets.
Able to work with a diverse set of partners from different islands, efficiently communicating and sharing knowledge and ideas, and seeking advice when needed.
Strong commitment to collaborative and participatory approaches.
Persistence and ability to overcome obstacles and to take calculated risks to accomplish goals.
Excellent written and verbal communications skills, and experience communicating with diverse audiences.
Written and verbal fluency in English is required. Proficiency in Spanish, French or other Caribbean languages would be an advantage.
Ability to undertake regular international travel and work across time zones.
Flexible within the Caribbean. Preference for candidates who are nationals of this region.
Re:wild offers an excellent benefits package and a competitive salary commensurate with experience.
How to Apply
To be considered for this position, interested candidates must submit a CV or resume, cover letter, and 3 references to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than February 27, 2023.
At Re:wild, we work with partners, Indigenous people and communities in more than 90 countries to protect and restore the diversity of life on Earth. We are committed to diversity and building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds. We encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including people of color, women, LGBTQIA+ people and people with disabilities.