Officer - Marine Programme | WWF

Officer - Marine Programme

Posted on
09 January 2018

Position Information
Position title:             Officer - Marine Programme Unit: Conservation
Directly reports to:     Marine Programme Leader Location:                Dubai
Direct reports: None Type of contract: Full-time
Date: December 2017 Commencement Date March 2018
Emirates Wildlife Society (EWS) is a UAE environmental non-governmental organization, established under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler’s representative in the Western Region and Chairman of Environmental Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD).
EWS works in association with WWF, one of the world’s largest and most respected independent conservation Organizations. EWS-WWF has been active in the UAE since 2001 and has successfully initiated and implemented several conservation and education projects and initiatives in the region.
EWS-WWF works federally and in the region with offices in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Fujairah and is governed by a local board of directors.
Job summary
The Officer - Marine Programme will support the implementation of the marine strategy by providing advice to priority marine projects, leading activities and/or supporting a number of key marine initiatives including new project scoping and implementation, sectoral and policy research, programmatic fundraising and communications.
Roles and Responsibilities Key Deliverables
Marine Programme Implementation
  • Support Programme Leader (PL) in yearly planning and implementation, programme administrative tasks (i.e. processing of payments), as well as monitoring and evaluation of programmes/projects.
  • Preparation of TOR and RFPs for consultants as required for the Marine programme.
  • Update calendar of events, and notify team of key events and conferences as required.
  • Support in preparation of presentations for the PL ahead of speaking opportunities and meetings - as required.
  • Support the team in the use of salesforce, EWS-WWF Stakeholder management software, through contact and account upload, generation of distribution lists and reports as required (training will be provided).  
  • Keep abreast with international best practices and regional activities (Communications news) to ensure that the solutions that EWS-WWF offers are always relevant with the global and local context.
  • Provide support in policy and background review for wider marine conservation topics as needed.
  • Work with the marine team to identify volunteer and intern needs and liaise with HR for appropriate recruitment, in a timely manner throughout 2018.
  • Support PL with discussions towards strategic collaboration with research institutes and Universities.  
  • Develop content for marine programme newsletters and other relevant communications and Business Development content.
Coordination of existing / new initiatives under the Marine Programme
  • Support scoping and coordination of new initiatives under the Marine programme. This would include: Collection of background information, developing project briefs, managing project budgets and administrative tasks, and organise project logistics.
  • Support Programme Leader on activities related to RAMSAR COP being held in Dubai in 2018. This would include: Background research, preparing reports and office briefs, fact sheets, attending meetings and supporting in coordination of EWS-WWF side events.
  • The implementation of programmatic priority actions and following up with PL and PMs on related actions.
  • Provide support to Marine Programme leader on activities related to the Arabian Sea Whale Network.
Priority Marine Projects Implementation
  • Work closely with other members of the marine team and support the delivery of priority marine projects.  Focus shall be given on specific deliverables and activities rather than day to day tasks.
  • Support the preparation of workshops and fieldwork activities as required by PMs; such as fieldwork logistics, supplier engagement.
  • Team player to support activities on the field (logistics and handling of high tech equipment, implementation of data collection protocols).
  • Support the PM to meet communications and BD requests around the delivery of benefits and review of content and collateral (e.g. posters, images, videos).
  • Active participation in programme/project meetings
  • Marine Calendar of events
  • In kind contributions – 20,000 AED
  • Deliverables related to new initiative including background reviews, briefing documents etc.
  • RFPs and TORs for consultants and internship positions.
  • Develop powerpoint presentations for a wide variety of audiences, such as marine sponsors, schools
  • BD/Comms messaging for collateral, and comms reports (review only)
  • Updated communications and BD toolkits as required
  • Updated calendar of events
  • Purchase order requests, programme reports etc.
Required qualifications
  • 3+ years of working experience in marine conservation or relevant field.
  • Sound technical understanding on marine conservation topics, such as marine ecology, fisheries management and species conservation.
  • Post graduate/ Graduate degree in environmental science, marine biology, fisheries or relevant field
WWF Focus:
Acts as a member of EWS-WWF, placing higher priority on EWS-WWF’s goals than own goals and anticipating the effects of own area’s actions on others to ensure holistic EWS-WWF outcomes
External Orientation:
Looks outwards ensuring EWS-WWF stays relevant, continues to anticipate and adapt to external environmental and global trends
Delivering Quality Outcomes:
Establishes stretch goals, plans, using best judgment and takes responsibility for planning to and delivering on outcomes
Building Working Relations:
Builds collaborative relationships through the understanding and development of other’s and own ideas
Communicating Effectively:
Uses appropriate means of communication to convey messages, seeks input from others and ensures understanding.
Building Working Relations:
People demonstrating this competency are effective in working with peers, partners and others who are not in the line of command, to positively impact organization performance
Values Behaviors
Impact Driven
  • Results oriented and focused
  • We passionately seek impactful solutions to overcome the planets greatest challenges
  • Uses a science-based approach and applies facts, logic and professional knowledge to create impact, displaying a strong understanding of the issues
  • Demonstrates focus, determination, efficiency and accountability
  • Consistently delivers high-quality work
  • Acts and communicates openly, constructively and ethically, and is sensitive to other people and cultures
  • Treats others fairly and respects others points of view, creating an environment of trust
  • Is consistent, honest and transparent in what one does and says
  • Demonstrates self-awareness, manages own emotional response, and is aware of the impact of own behavior on others
  • Demonstrates professionalism and upholds a high regard for the reputation of the organization
  • We live the principles and standards we call on others to meet, and hold each other accountable
Together We’re Stronger
  • Shows empathy, listens, asks questions and shows consideration and understanding for others
  • Is approachable, empowers others, provides trust and mutual respect
  • We remain optimistic, light-hearted and participates in celebrating success together
  • Recognizes the value that each individual brings to the collective impact of the organization
  • Embraces diversity and inclusion
  • Speaking with one voice, unified by one mission, shared values and common priorities
  • Seeks to build powerful and aligned networks with government, organizations and communities
  • Demonstrates perseverance and commitment to the Mission and Vision of the organization
  • Acts with confidence and from a position of strength
  • Takes measured risks and encourages action
  • Inspires hope and optimism
  • Stays informed of external developments and trends and adapts accordingly
  • Pursues avenues for continuous learning and development
  • Stays open-minded, seeks innovative and creative solutions
  • Flexible and open to change and others view-points, remains calm and confident during change
  • Embraces feedback
Skills required
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Arabic (preferable).
  • Excellent time management skills.
  • Exceptional team working abilities.
  • Ability to perform under pressure.
  • Excellent interpersonal and organisational skills.
  • Self-starter and able to prioritise activities accordingly with minimal guidance.
  • Ability to set challenging but realistic goals and solve problems effectively.
  • Produce high quality work with attention to detail.
  • Excellent relationship-building skills.
  • Ability to work effectively in multi-disciplinary and multicultural teams.
  • Proven knowledge on scientific data management and statistical analysis.
  • Competent user of GIS is desirable
Working relationships
Internal - Working with Marine Team, communications team and Business development team primarily, and wider team as required.
External – Programme and project stakeholders including government entities, environmental competent authorities, consultants, and private and public sector employees.
Additional information
EWS-WWF is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome diversity in the workplace and offer a flexible and diverse place of employment.
EWS-WWF staff participate wholeheartedly in general activities and events that require the full support and participation of all staff members, whether or not the focus of any particular event or activity has any bearing on the job description and assigned project objectives and activities.
How to apply?
Interested candidates should send CV and cover letter to
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Deadline to apply: February 15, 2018