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Wildlife Law Enforcement Associate

  • Kinshasa, DRC
  • Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2018

African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) works with the people of Africa to ensure its wildlife and wild lands thrive in modern Africa. The organization is seeking high-performing individuals to fill the position of Wildlife Law Enforcement Associate. S/he will assist the supervisor in the advancement of AWF’s engagement in wildlife law enforcement and enhancement of deterrent sentencing of wildlife crimes in francophone Africa.

The Wildlife Law Enforcement Associate will work with other Species Conservation Business Unit team members to contribute towards overall goals. This position will report to the Wildlife Law Enforcement Manager and will be based in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo.

Key Duties & Responsibilities

  • With guidance from the supervisor, supplement tools and guidelines that have been developed to support wildlife law enforcement with an aim of improving them.
  • Organize Wildlife Judicial and Prosecutorial Assistance Trainings (WJPATs).
  • Participate in and facilitate the WJPATs.
  • Document and prepare proceedings for WJPATs.
  • Assist in organising and supervising on-the-job-support programs (OJTs) towards enhancing successful prosecution of wildlife crime.
  • Undertake literature review and analysis of the effectiveness of wildlife and law enforcement legislation from focal countries and make recommendations for improvement.
  • Analyse wildlife cases and document processes, outcomes, and lessons to improve prosecution and sentencing.
  • Review and update the database of wildlife seizures and kingpins, proactively sharing any information related to the above responsibilities with the supervisor.
  • Carry out any other duties that may be assigned from time to time.
Key Metrics
  • Number of tools and guidelines developed.
  • Number WJPATs organised.
  • Number of judicial trainings successfully facilitated.
  • Number of acceptable proceedings prepared. 
  • Number of OJTs mentees supervised. 
  • Number of laws analysed and recommendations made.
  • Number of wildlife cases analysed and documented.
  • Updated database on wildlife seizures.
  • Flexibility and willingness to take on additional tasks. 


  • Advocate in DRC with at least 3 years' post-graduation experience.
  • Experience or interest in environmental law, prosecution and/or law enforcement. 
  • Fluency in French and good working knowledge of English.
  • Strong report writing skills.
  • Computer skills.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and also as part of a team.
  • Experience working within an international environment desired.
  • Ability and willingness to travel.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Commitment to AWF and its mission.

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