DOB Ecology is a (grantmaking) philanthropy foundation aspiring a healthy planet where ecosystems and people thrive. The focus is on wetlands and forests in Africa and South America. Strong and healthy ecosystems are vital ingredients for life, well-being and sustainable development. The mission of DOB Ecology is to support organizations that work to protect and restore threatened ecosystems and (re)build the conditions for resilient livelihoods of local communities.

The position
Programmes are developed in co-creation with our recipient organizations (“partners”) and aim to secure concrete ecological results as well as local community engagement and ownership. Long-term commitment and a sharp eye for ‘on-the-ground’ implications and results define DOB Ecology’s approach.

Within the small team you will be responsible for guiding, supporting and monitoring the work of our partners in Africa and/or South America in selected projects. You build strong and trustful relationships by being open, eager to learn, available and a reliable, competent partner. You monitor and occasionally visit partners, seeking to deeply understand their approach and how to best support and strengthen them in sometimes complex and challenging conditions.

Fully committed to inclusive ecological sustainability, you are able to build trust and to balance the donor-partner role. Being a seasoned project officer, you know that achieving ecological and social programme goals is influenced by many factors. You understand the complexity and you effectively analyse and monitor projects. Sensitive to stakeholder interests you are also led by common sense and intuition. You are passionate and energetic, modest and diplomatic and your speaking and writing is eloquent.

Partner relations and grant related project management (60% of your time)
Develop meaningful and effective partner and stakeholder relationships. Monitor and support implementation of the programme, including analysing and discussing formal reports. Co-creation of proposals for subsequent programme phases.
Portfolio management (25%)
Discuss and steer overall portfolio management and strategic coherence, with the rest of the DOB Ecology team. Align and integrate programme reports in internal reporting: facts & figures, programme dashboards, information for website and magazine.
Internal (15%)
Internal meetings. Content and context research and reading. Preparation of documentation for Advisory Council and Board meetings.

Position requirements
Academic degree with 7+ years of relevant work experience of which 3+ years in programme work, donor relations and monitoring, working with partners on the ground, preferably in South America; having lived in a partner country is a plus
Track record in ecosystem restoration and conservation, biodiversity, community building and sustainable landscape development;
A strategic eye combined with proven project management skills;
Strong observation and interpersonal skills. Intercultural awareness and sensitivity.
Oral and written fluency in English and Dutch. Spanish, French and Portuguese (in this order) are big plusses.
Employment is based on fulltime (40 hours/week) or 80%, with 3 days per week at the DOB Ecology office in Veessen, NL. The position implies travel to projects (4-5 times/year, on average one week per field trip).

The indicative salary range, based on fulltime employment, is € 4.200 to € 5.700 per month, depending on qualifications and experience.


Join us and help our partners do great and transformative work!
In this recruitment procedure we work with Sustainability Works. Please send your application (letter and 2-page cv) no later than 27 September 2020 to application@sustainabilityworks.eu, mentioning ‘Project Officer Ecology Programmes’ in the subject line. Please feel free to contact annelies.pijnenburg@sustainabilityworks.eu should you have any questions.  First round interviews in our office in Veessen will take place 6 and 7 October 2020.