Wildlife Justice Commission:

Law enforcement and legal experts fighting transnational organised wildlife crime.

The Wildlife Justice Commission is an innovative, young, mission–driven organisation leveraging the rule of law and the power of investigation to stop the extinction of our wildlife. Our mission is to disrupt transnational, organised wildlife crime by exposing criminal networks and the corruption that enables them to flourish by convincing- or if need be pressuring – governments to enforce the law.

Position overview

The Director of External Relations is responsible for the policy and multilateral work of the organisation. He or she will further develop and implement a strategy to maximize the impact of the WJC’s work though engagement with policy makers and key (non-operational) external stakeholders. The Director of External Relations is a Senior Manager and will report to the Director of Programs


·         Develop strategies for taking the results of the WJC ‘s operational work and ensuring that the organization contributes to systemic change by sharing relevant findings with key stakeholders engaged in policy to ensure that their policies are more effective.

·         Engage in stakeholder mapping to determine the most relevant organisations and people with whom the WJC should be engaging with.

·          Suggest and build partnerships to effectively implement these strategies.

·         Recommend which events the organisation should participate in and/or organise and is responsible for their organisation.

·         Represent the organisation externally and make presentations on behalf of the organisation.

·         Prepare written policy advice internally to assist the Senior Management team and formulate policy recommendations to be shared with external stakeholders on relevant papers, resolutions, petitions and declarations.

·         Work in close cooperation with the Executive Director in developing and implementing these strategies.

·         Work in coordination and alignment with other relevant teams such as investigations, intelligence, communications, development and strategic partnerships.

·         Build further the external relations team of the organisation.

·         Be the focal point for a Public Hearing should it be necessary.

·         Be the focal point for the Independent Review Panel and Council members.

·         Maintain and update the current tools used by the organisation to ensure that all contacts are centralized and recorded in a way that preserves its institutional memory. 

·         Directly supervise one staff member, with possibility for additional staff members depending on funding.


Knowledge, skills, and abilities

·         Outstanding organisational and leadership abilities.

·         Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills.

·         Team player.

·         A hands-on and service-related attitude.

·         Affinity with the mission statement of the organisation.

·         Sensitivity in working with a culturally diverse, inter-disciplinary, multi-lingual, global team.

·         Knowledge of wildlife crime and the sector would be an asset.

·         Fluent in English.

Education and experience

·         At least 8 years’ experience in a similar role.

·         Graduate degree in international relations or international law. Training or education in addressing issues of corruption and/or money laundering would be an asset.

·         Understanding of and experience in diplomacy and/or international organisations.

·         Experience with working on a management level.

 We offer

  • A contract for 40 hours per week for a period of 12 months, with possible extension, at our office in The Hague.
  •  An international environment and working in English.
  • Competitive employment conditions.
  •  A chance to make a difference.

 Looking to make a difference for wildlife?

Please e-mail your CV and motivation letter in English by email only to careers@wildlifejustice.org. Resumes without cover letters will not be considered. Should you have any questions about this position, please email us at this address. Please indicate Director of External Relations in the email subject line.

The WJC workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages and opinions. The WJC seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity and to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce. Applications are encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on grounds of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.


Deadline to submit applications: 1 August 2021

Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.


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