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Senegal Campaign Assistant


  • Contract: Full time, permanent after three months probationary period.

  • Salary: Dependent on the experience.

  • Annual leave of 20 days (plus Senegalese public holidays), increases by two days each year of service

  • Location: Dakar, Senegal

The Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) is a UK-based non-governmental organisation working to secure a world where natural habitats and environments can sustain, and be sustained by, the communities that depend upon them for their basic needs and livelihoods. EJF is dynamic, agile and effective, and the team works across 13 countries in Africa, Asia and Europe.

EJF is working to eradicate illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and associated issues, such as human rights abuses. To do this, we work with governments and industry to promote transparency and traceability within seafood supply chains and markets. We conduct detailed investigations into illegal, unsustainable and unethical practices and actively promote improvements to policy-making, corporate governance and the management of fisheries along with raising awareness among consumers to incentivize market-driven solutions.

EJF’s global team also work on a range of other campaigns where environmental insecurity impact human rights. These include climate, forests, cotton and activist training. More information can be found at https://ejfoundation.org.

In Africa, EJF has projects in Cameroon, Ghana, Liberia and Senegal. We are seeking a Campaign Assistant based in Dakar who is passionate about protecting the marine environment to reinforce our presence in Senegal and help to build campaign and advocacy in the fishery sector. This position will include conducting field investigations and observations alongside EJF campaigners as well as engaging with key stakeholders. The successful candidate will be a determined and motivated person who has an understanding of fisheries science, socio-economics and governance and advocacy / stakeholder engagement. You are expected to be able to work with international colleagues to conduct research, contribute to development and implementation of advocacy and activities plans for EJF’s work in Senegal. This will require regular work trips within Senegal.


Your responsibilities will include but not be limited to:

  • Contribute to the development and implementation of advocacy and activities plans for EJF’s work in Senegal.

  • Research, investigate and analyse fisheries, human rights and socio-economic issues related to fishing activities in Senegal, with a focus on bottom trawling.

  • Contribute to authoring briefings, reports, and other materials that set out EJF’s findings—giving clear recommendations.

  • Actively participate in EJF’s efforts to strengthen fisheries participatory surveillance in Senegal.

  • Maintain and build EJF’s relationships with relevant Senegalese stakeholders.

  • Develop EJF materials in French and Wolof as required.

  • Support EJF West and Central Africa Manager and EJF Oceans Campaigner in Dakar in completing relevant administrative tasks.


Requirements:

  • A degree and demonstrable professional experience in research and field work on fisheries (incl. science, socio-economic aspects and governance) and / or other relevant fields.

  • Demonstrably good writing, communications and interpersonal skills, s/he will be comfortable addressing a wide range of audiences and engaging with coastal communities and colleagues across civil society.

  • Ability to understand the local context to build investigation and campaign strategy.

  • Ability to collect, process and analyse large datasets and familiarity with Microsoft Office softwares (Word, Excel, etc.), other relevant softwares (e.g., SPSS) and Google-based documents (Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Sheets, etc.).

  • Attention to detail and ability to manage and prioritise several tasks at the same time.

  • Fluent level French and Wolof is necessary. Professional level English in writing, speaking, listening and reading, and ability to speak other Senegalese languages is desirable.

  • Readiness to travel in Senegal, including in remote areas and potentially at short notice.

  • Car driving license is a desirable asset.

To apply please send your French CV and a short covering letter explaining why you are the ideal candidate to recruitment@ejfoundation.org before 22 August 2022.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Candidates must have the legal right to work in Senegal.

EJF is an equal opportunities employer, committed to diversity within the workplace.