Wildlife Economics & Policy Analyst | WWF South Africa

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Wildlife Economics & Policy Analyst (Cape Town, Johannesburg or White River)

WWF is the world’s largest and most respected independent conservation organisation, with over six million supporters and a global network active in over 100 countries. WWF's mission is to stop the degradation of the earth's natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by conserving the world's biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.

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Job Overview

(2 Year Contract position based in WWF offices in Cape Town, Johannesburg or White River)

The Wildlife Programme within WWF South Africa is developing a new area of work analysing and influencing wildlife conservation policies from an economic and social perspective. We seek to employ a suitably qualified and experienced person with excellent numerical and analytical skills to lead this programme of work.
The Wildlife Economics and Policy Analyst will have a very strong mathematical background and be responsible for scoping problems, identifying and managing data sources, undertaking analyses in relation to key national and international policies, legislation and regulations relating to wildlife conservation including legal and illegal wildlife trade and alternative livelihoods in the region. The successful candidate will be able to design, implement and communicate outputs produced from analytical economic and financial models. The Programme will use these analyses to oversee development of policy recommendations in response to challenges facing threatened wildlife species.
Reporting to the Senior Manager of the Wildlife Programme at WWF South Africa, the new position of Wildlife Economics and Policy Analyst will play a key role in achieving our wildlife conservation objectives, including assisting in balancing environmental goals against social, political and economic needs.  The two year contract position (with potential for extension) will be based in our offices in Cape Town, Johannesburg or White River and will require ability to undertake national and regional travel as required.


The role of the Wildlife Economics and Policy Analyst will be to;

  1. Contribute to identification of key challenges and opportunities for influence relating to wildlife economics and associated policies, both nationally and internationally;
  2. Establish protocols for collection, management and analysis of relevant data to detect trends relating to the economics of wildlife conservation and illegal wildlife trade in South Africa;
  3. Produce economic analyses of value chains within both the licit and illicit wildlife industries and evaluate other opportunities for income generation for communities and protected areas;
  4. Undertake robust quantitative and qualitative analyses to test the assumptions and efficacy of existing policies, practises and legislation relating to the economics of wildlife;
  5. Assist in identification of economic incentives to promote sustainable wildlife conservation approaches via policy reform to create a more enabling environment for wildlife as a land-use; and
  6. Oversee production of policy briefs and other advocacy materials and approaches to communicate policy recommendations based on analyses as well as  participate in relevant stakeholder consultation or other communication processes as appropriate.


  • A minimum Master’s degree including any of the following areas or preferably a combination of the following areas: economics, finance, mathematics, business studies, accountingor related fields;
  • Further post graduate qualification(s) specialising in resource economics, political economics or a related field would be advantageous;
  • Experience in practical application of statistics, data analysis and interpretation;
  • Demonstrable strategic mind-set, preferably with experience in systems thinking and use of Theory of Change processes;
  • Evidence of creative, objective and thorough approaches to problem solving;
  • Minimum five year’s work experience in a related position;
  • Excellent numerical, analytical, statistical, verbal and written communication skills;
  • Strong inter-personal skills, and a track record of collaborative delivery with multi-disciplinary teams;
  • Proven ability to manage research projects, including responsibility for project reporting andbudgets;
  • Experience in fundraising and managing donor relationships would be an advantage;
  • An interest in local and international wildlife conservation and illegal wildlife trade issues would be beneficial;
  • Possession of a valid passport / work permit and driver’s license.

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To apply for the position, please click here and create or update your profile. Under the “Documents” section of your profile, attach a detailed CV with a covering letter which explains a) why you feel the position of Wildlife Economics and Policy Analyst is important for wildlife conservation in South Africa and b) why you feel you should be appointed to this role, including specific examples from your previous experience. Please ensure you upload your CV and cover letter as one document (pdf). Make sure you have names, current e-mail addresses and telephone numbers of three relevant references on your CV. Applications close on Friday, 18th January 2019.
Applications received via email will not be considered.
WWF seeks to promote diversity among its staff. Candidates who have not received a response within three weeks of the closing date are kindly requested to assume that their application has not been successful in this instance. WWF-SA reserves the right not to fill this position.

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