EU Project Officer– Wildlife Crime

WWF Belgium is looking for a “EU Project Officer” to lead specific activities and duties related to the EU-funded project UNITEUniting Efforts to Defeat Wildlife, Timber, and Waste Trafficking.

The project aims to disrupt criminals and organized crime networks trafficking in wildlife, timber, and waste in and via the EU, and to recover the assets generated from these illegal activities. The project is implemented by a large consortium led by the French Gendarmerie and composed of the Italian Carabinieri, the Spanish Guardia Civil, the Slovakian Police, the Hungarian Police, WWF France, WWF Hungary/TRAFFIC, IFAW, and WWF Belgium/TRAFFIC.

WWF Belgium takes a leading role in three of the projects Work Packages (WP2 Strategic Intelligence, WP3 Tools and Training, WP7 engaging the financial and private sectors) and is involved in several other activities.

Your role

You will work as part of a team under the supervision of the EU Project Manager. You will lead specific projects, (i.e., the coordination of a working group on technology to tackle wildlife cybercrime), while supporting other activities (e.g., the organization of training for law enforcement officers, the engagement with the private sector, and communication activities.) It will also be a part of your role to ensure a sound administrative and financial management of the project.


Key responsibilities

  • Leading the “Set up a Working Group on Technology” (WGT) project by developing guidelines for effective software development to detect wildlife trafficking on the internet in the EU” (approx. 30%) ;
  • Support the project activities related to the organization of training on financial investigations targeting EU law enforcers (approx. 30%);
  • Support the project colleagues in implementing relevant project activities involving WWF Belgium/TRAFFIC, in particular, related to the engagement with the private sector, project visibility, and awareness-raising campaign (approx. 20%);
  • Ensure sound administration of the projects, with the support of WWF Belgium’s finance team (approx.10%);
  • Ensure with key project stakeholders and explore the development of continuation of solid partnerships new partnership opportunities (approx. 5%);
  • Support other project activities on ad hoc basis (5%).


Your Profile

  • Bachelor degree in a relevant discipline or similar background experience;
  • Minimum of 4 years of professional experience relevant to this position, preferably within an international NGO and with work experience in administering EU-funded projects;
  • Strong understanding of conservation challenges, in particular, related to wildlife trade;
  • Good understanding of online investigation technological tools and concepts (such as web-scrappers, machine-learning, data mining tools, etc.) is an advantage;
  • Experience working in partnership with law enforcement authorities is an asset;
  • Experience in engaging with the business sector is an asset;
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively as part of a small team, with respect for and sensitivity to multi-cultural approaches;
  • Ability to work independently, conscientiously, and to take initiative;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English; good knowledge of French is a strong asset;
  • Familiarity with standard word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and database software, and with electronic communication technology.

We offer

  • Full-time position, one-year contract, with possibility of extension, (foreseen starting date 1st September 2022).
  • An attractive salary package for the sector including meal vouchers, group insurance, health insurance, 100% reimbursement of the costs of public transport
  • A pleasant working environment in the heart of Brussels, easily accessible by public transport
  • The opportunity to contribute to the mission of WWF and TRAFFIC and to share our values



Please send your CV and cover letter through this link.

Deadline for applications: 05/07/2022


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