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EDGE Projects Coordinator (Full-Time / 1 Year Fixed-Term Contract)

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Sectors Nature Conservation (Terrestrial Ecology)
Town/City Regents Park
Salary Additional Information £28,073 (inclusive of London Weighting)
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Mid Level
Deadline 25/02/2019
Company Name Zoological Society of London
Contact Name Human Resources
Telephone 02077223333
Email hr@zsl.org
Website Further Details / Applications
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Directory Entry : The Zoological Society of London, a charity founded in 1826, is a world-renowned center of excellent for conservation science and applied conservation, working in over 50 countries around the world
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About Us

We’re ZSL, an international conservation charity. Our vision is a world where wildlife thrives and we’re working every day to achieve this. From investigating the health threats facing animals, to helping people and wildlife live alongside each other, we are committed to bringing wildlife back from the brink of extinction. Through the work of our pioneering scientists, our dedicated conservationists and our unrivalled animal experts in our two zoos, we guide and enable others in the UK and all across the world. Inspiring, informing, empowering – working for wildlife.

Role Profile

We are offering an exciting opportunity for an innovative and adaptable individual with a keen interest in conservation to coordinate the successful delivery of the EDGE of Existence programme, by monitoring and reporting on multiple EDGE grants in line with donor agreements, delivery of EDGE training courses, financial and logistical support to remotely based EDGE Regional Project Managers working on the EDGE Fellowship initiative. 


Reporting to the EDGE Conservation Capacity Manager the post holder will also lead the development and management of an internal and external review panel for the EDGE Fellowship and EDGE Award applications, including the production of confidential agreements with those reviewing EDGE applications, in collaboration with ZSL Legal team where appropriate. They will liaise with and assist in developing new partnerships with other academic, conservation and educational institutions to expand the panel. The successful candidate will ideally possess exceptional people and project-management skills, and be able to plan and keep track of multiple projects.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • The post holder is responsible for the coordination and delivery of EDGE Fellowship training courses, including timetable development, session design, evaluation, logistics and planning activities in line with ZSL travel and health and safety policies and procedures. They will also manage the EDGE drinks reception event, overseeing the budget and working with key contacts across ZSL including the Events team.
  • The post holder coordinates the annual EDGE Fellowship call, including promotion of the call amongst our networks, processing and reviewing applications, communicating with the review panels, designing the interview schedule for the EDGE programme managers and announcement of the shortlist, in collaboration with our partners.
  • Formalise and increase EDGE taxonomic working group participation across IoZ, LC and C&P. Arranging meetings, working with the programme managers to develop agendas, and sharing meeting minutes.
  • The post holder will support the EDGE Social Dimensions Specialist to further develop and implement a Monitoring and Evaluation strategy for the EDGE Fellowship initiative and EDGE of Existence programme as a whole. This includes identifying current trends, successes and setting benchmarks and performance indicators.

Person Specification

The post-holder should have a proven track record in project development, particularly in developing countries and relevant experience and/or a higher degree in an appropriate subject such as conservation biology, conservation/development policy, science communication, anthropology or a related discipline. Candidates should also have:

  • A good understanding of global biodiversity conservation issues.
  • Prior experience in supporting conservation or development projects.
  • Have prior experience organising travel and organisation of events/training courses.
  • Have prior supporting funding applications and monitoring budgets.
  • Very high standard of written English and attention to detail.
  • Strong organisational, time keeping, interpersonal and communication skills, both face to face and in writing.
  • Proven grant-writing and report-writing ability.
  • Proven effective communication skills.
  • Well-developed skills in using MS office packages, specifically Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • An ability to manage competing priorities.
  • Proven ability to work effectively within teams.

Please Note: This is a full-time, 1 year fixed-term contract position which will be based at ZSL’s offices in London, Regents Park. Having a "can do attitude", solution-focused approach and the ability to make objective decisions under pressure will make you a success in this role.


Benefit Package:
This role offers a competitive salary plus a comprehensive benefits package including 25 days holiday, joint contributory pension scheme (7% employer contribution), complimentary zoo tickets and more!


To Apply

Applicants will need to upload their CV and covering letter (detailing relevant experience and skills, stating why they want the position and including details of availability) by clicking the "Apply for this job online" button. If you have any queries regarding this position or when applying through the system please contact Human Resources at hr@zsl.org.


Closing Date: Midnight (23:59) Monday 25th February 2019

The Zoological Society of London is a charity registered in England and Wales: no. 208728.

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