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Non Executive Directorships

Illegal Wildlife Trade Advisory Group – New members

Location: London

Date Posted: 12/04/2019

Closing Date: 10/05/2019

Vacancy Description

What is the Darwin Initiative and Darwin Plus (also known as The Overseas Territories Environment and Climate Fund)

Illegal Wildlife Trade

The illegal wildlife trade is a criminal industry worth more than £17 billion each year threatening both wildlife and people. The criminals who run this trade do more than damage wildlife – they use networks of corrupt officials and agencies to undermine sustainable development and the rule of law, bringing misery to local communities.

This is why tackling the illegal wildlife trade is a priority for the UK government and why we are spending more than £36million on combatting illegal wildlife trade (IWT) between 2014 and 2021. The UK Government is committed to showing global leadership in raising the profile of IWT and driving action to tackle its root causes. The UK Government supported IWT conferences in Botswana (2015) and Vietnam (2016). On October 11 and 12 2018, the UK Government brought global leaders back together in London for the fourth and largest international IWT conference, convening a global coalition against IWT and reaffirming political commitment at the highest level.

Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund

In line with the UK Aid Strategy, published in November 2015, we are supporting our partners around the world to take action to tackle the illegal wildlife trade. The IWT Challenge Fund is part of that effort.

The objective of the IWT Challenge Fund is to tackle the illegal wildlife trade and, in doing so, to contribute to sustainable development in developing countries, through projects which address one, or more, of the following themes:

• Developing sustainable livelihoods to benefit people directly affected by IWT

• Strengthening law enforcement

• Ensuring effective legal frameworks

• Reducing demand for IWT products

You can read more about the fund, including guidance for applicants and projects that have been funded in past rounds, here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/illegal-wildlife-trade-iwt-challenge-fund

The IWT Challenge Fund Advisory Group helps to ensure that UK Government funding granted through the IWT Challenge Fund is spent on high quality projects tackling the illegal wildlife trade through action under one or more of our four strategic pillars.

Description of role

Members are responsible for assessing applications for funding, evaluating each application according to the criteria for grant awards and providing scores and written comments which will then be discussed by the IWTAG at sift meetings.

Members will be required to commit up to ten days per annum in total including assessment of applications (c. seven days) two one-day sift meetings (Stage 1 and Stage 2) and one Strategy day, usually alongside the Stage 2 sift meeting (three days total). For this round, sift meetings are likely to take place in September 2019 and January 2020.

Members must be willing to travel to meetings within the UK. These are likely to take place in London.

In addition, IWTAG members may be invited to attend certain Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund events, including workshops for applicants and new projects.

The current recruitment is focused on strengthening the IWTAG’s capacity on demand reduction, but the new member(s) will need to feel comfortable and be able to review and advise on applications focused on the other themes of the fund.

Person Specification

Essential experience

In appointing new members to the Group, the panel are looking for candidates who have extensive experience of projects working in or with developing countries, have a strong background working to reduce demand for IWT species and products, and can demonstrate a clear understanding of the four themes covered by the IWT Challenge Fund.

The following selection criteria will be applied:

Criteria

Criterion 1: Understanding of all 4 of the themes covered by the IWT Challenge Fund, but with particular knowledge of, or direct experience in, projects dealing with reducing demand for illegal wildlife trade species and products.

Criterion 2: Experience of working with or within countries in which the Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund operates and an understanding of the constraints of working in developing countries and with diverse cultures.

Criterion 3: A good understanding of the issues and challenges involved in tackling the illegal wildlife trade, including knowledge of who would need to be involved in projects if they are to be successful, how to ensure that projects are properly underpinned by evidence, and how to achieve that (e.g. for a well-designed demand reduction intervention, how can success against its intended objective be most effectively measured?)

Criterion 4: Experience of working on or managing projects in developing countries relating to the illegal wildlife trade and/or to the sustainable use of natural resources.

Criterion 5: Experience of reviewing project applications (including assessing proposals for value for money) and justifying views in a challenging forum would be desirable.

Additional Information

The Illegal Wildlife Trade Advisory Group members, appointed by Defra, will be independent appointments made through open competition based on your application. There will be no interviews. These appointments will not be classed as formal public appointments

Initial appointment will, in most cases, be for three years, with the possibility of reappointment for a further one year term.

How to Apply

Candidates should submit the following four documents:

• Curriculum Vitae (CV)
• Statement of suitability
• Conflicts of interest questionnaire
• Diversity and Data Protection questionnaire

CV: should include education, professional qualifications and employment history, and the names and contact details for two referees. CVs should not exceed two A4 pages (size 12 Arial font).

Statement of suitability: should give evidence of your ability to meet the criteria for the role, as described above. Please provide specific examples to demonstrate how you meet each of the criteria. The statement must not exceed one A4 page (size 12 Arial font).

Completed documents should be returned by email to: Shaluki.perera@defra.gov.uk

The deadline for receipt of completed documents is 12:00 noon on Friday 10 May 2019

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