Junior Programs Officer - Africa

The ICCF Group - Washington, DC (30+ days ago)


The ICCF Group is seeking a qualified applicant to fill a position in its Africa program. The position requires the ability to facilitate ongoing dialogue with Members of Parliament, manage caucus activities/workshops/travel, and facilitate collaboration with a wide variety of stakeholders. The candidate will be expected to assist the Senior Programs Officer in facilitation of activities to achieve the goals of all ICCF programs in Africa and to assist in the development of future funding opportunities, including grants and other donors. Occasional travel between the U.S. and Africa may be necessary.

The ICCF Group is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. that works to strengthen international conservation leadership around the world. In the U.S., The ICCF Group – through ICCF U.S. - educates the U.S. Congressional International Conservation Caucus on the importance of U.S. leadership in international conservation. In Africa, The ICCF Group works to build political will, improve policies, and enhance criminal justice capacity for conserving natural resources and combating environmental crime across central, east, and southern Africa. The ICCF Group has built an effective policymaking infrastructure by facilitating the creation of “parliamentary conservation caucuses” in legislatures in 10 African countries. The ICCF Group is also working directly with prosecutors, judges, and other criminal justice practitioners in each country to build capacity for combating environmental crime. ICCF works with a wide variety of NGO, development partner, and private-sector stakeholders and experts in the field to educate policymakers in the caucuses and drive the development of laws, policies, and regulations needed to strengthen conservation, as well as build the capacity of criminal justice practitioners to effectively enforce those laws.

What we are looking for:

  • College degree, with 1-2 years of experience through internships or full-time employment in international relations, political science, or related studies. Familiarity with stakeholder engagement is preferred. Ability to travel occasionally between the U.S. and Africa. Regionally relevant language skills are highly desired.

Qualities:

  • Proactive, collaborative
  • Great interpersonal skills and outgoing; able to communicate effectively to a range of stakeholders in a variety of professional settings (phone, email, meetings, in-country) and proficient in developing and maintaining strong relationships with stakeholders in the field and partners in government; comfortable talking with high-level officials in the U.S. and Africa by email, phone, etc.
  • Team-oriented; able to effectively manage responsibility, seek and accept advice from senior advisors and colleagues, and delegate tasks/manage interns
  • Detail-oriented
  • Highly organized; able to manage multiple projects at a time and maintain detailed records and reports
  • Tenacity and ability to follow-up on goals independently and relentlessly to achieve outcomes

Responsibilities:

1) Parliamentary conservation caucus engagement

  • Support the team with planning and implementation of all caucus briefings/workshops and caucus engagement in all events
  • Research on priority conservation topics, especially policy and legislative issues

2) Facilitating the planning and execution of caucus briefings/workshops/travel

  • Support the Africa team with logistics, including venue hire, travel, budgeting, printing invitations, follow-up/confirmations
  • If not traveling, facilitate and manage coordination with on-the-ground partners/collaborating organizations and/or event planning contractors
  • Document preparation: agendas, materials, banners, invitation letters, name badges, tent cards, etc.

3) Communications

  • Manage database of governmental and non-governmental contacts
  • Provide assistance with reporting on all activities, including reporting on grant progress

4) Development

  • Assist with partner meetings
  • Assist with development of grants

Job Type: Full-time

Experience:

  • through internships: 1 year

Education:

  • Bachelor's