Wildlife Justice Commission

Special Assistant to the Executive Director

Gepubliceerd op: 31 oktober 2018

Special Assistant to the Executive Director

The Wildlife Justice Commission is an innovative, young, mission–driven organisation leveraging the rule of law and the power of investigation

Our mission is to disrupt and help dismantle organised transnational criminal networks trading in wildlife, timber and fish. We do this by collecting evidence and turning it into accountability.

Role title: Special Assistant

Reports to: Executive Director

Salary: Competitive for the non-profit sector

Role description
The Special Assistant contributes to the organisation’s development by helping strategically manage to-do lists, communications, and internal/external relationships in a way that best serves the organisation and its ambitious goals.


  • Supports communication between the Executive Director and the other departments;
  • Works to prioritise her daily schedule and keeps track of the status of a high volume of open items;
  • Leads responsibility for maintaining up-to-date records for all Executive Director’s relationships;
  • Identifies, prepares and compiles necessary materials to ensure that the Executive Director has appropriate information for meetings, reports, presentation and events;
  • Fields telephone calls, emails and inquiries and determines daily which can be handled by the Executive Director;
  • Anticipates ways to help advance items on the Executive Director’s agenda;
  • Activelytakes the lead on special projects when needed;
  • Project Manages specific projects when needed;
  • Collects and analyses data and perspectives needed to assess the merit of the concept;
  • Strategically assesses priorities of the office of the Executive Director and presents recommendations of efficiency and improvement to increase the WJC’s reputation and impact.


  • Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree preferred. 
  • Three-five years’ experience of working internationally, preferably in a fast-paced and high-volume work environment;
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills are essential to the role, including demonstrated experience in proofreading and preparing presentations addressed to external stakeholders;
  • An excellent level of English, other UN languages an advantage;
  • Able to prioritise and outstanding time-management skills;
  • Flexible and very strong detail-oriented style with professional manner;
  • Demonstrated ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines;
  • Good team player but capable of working independently with a minimum supervision;
  • Hands-on, resolutive attitude;
  • Comfortable in a multicultural environment, with colleagues of different nationalities and cultural backgrounds;
  • A passion for our mission and able to communicate that passion with external contacts.

We offer you 

  • A contract for 40 hours per week for a period of 12 months, with possible extension, at our head office in The Hague, the Netherlands;
  • An international environment (our team has over 15 nationalities), working in English;
  • A competitive salary package;
  • A number of paid holiday hours;
  • A chance to make a difference ensuring justice for wildlife.

Looking To Make A Difference for Wildlife?
Please e-mail your CV and motivation letter in English and in confidence and by email to and by email only to . Please indicate Special Assistant ED on the email subject line.

No other documents than those requested will be accepted at this stage.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Should you have any questions about this position, please contact us at this email address.

Deadline to submit applications: 30 November 2018, 18h00 CET.

Wildlife Justice Commission
Den Haag