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Junior Technical Officer in Mali


Country: Mali

Duty Station: Alternately Bamako and Mopti

Job Working Title:  Junior Technical Officer

Type of Employment:  2-year contract

Application Deadline:  8 May 2014


Wetlands International is dedicated to safeguarding and restoring wetlands — for people and nature. We are driven by the knowledge that safeguarding and restoring wetlands is urgent and vital for water security, biodiversity, climate regulation, sustainable development and human health. In our disaster risk reduction work, we work from the principles that environmental degradation can lead to disasters and aggravation of hazards, and that the sustenance and restoration of healthy ecosystems are key to reducing disaster risk and improving livelihood resilience. Our global not-for-profit network of 16 independent offices is governed by a Supervisory Council and a Board of the Association of 35 national government and non-governmental organization members. We bring knowledge into policy and practice, connect local actions in 100 countries to make a global difference, we catalyze actions that support those that use or depend on wetlands, and we are passionate about the positive change we make for people and nature. 

Wetlands International received the CBF (Dutch Central Bureau for Fundraising) Seal of Approval in 2011, the highest Dutch quality mark for charitable organizations.  Most of our work is financed on a project basis by governments (bi and multilateral funding) and private donors (foundations, corporates), with our Association members providing small but critical unrestricted support. See our website for more information on the values, strategies and policies that guide our work.

One of the areas in which we aim to have impact is the Inner Niger Delta in Mali. In recent years various projects has been implemented in this context by Wetlands International Mali with partner organisations. These projects combine various integrated approaches to wetlands use, management and restoration (IWRM, Integrated Natural Resources Management, ecosystem services approach) as to contribute to sustainable livelihood development and WASH, community-based disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA) and to facilitate land use and water allocation planning.

Responsibilities and tasks

The Junior Technical Officer will:

  • Provide technical backstopping to on-going projects

  • Develop inventory and evaluation plan to assess the “on the ground proof” of Wetlands International’s approaches in Mali

  • Visit field projects and interact with project beneficiaries and partner organisations

  • Analyse inventoried information and develop various communication-materials

  • Support network and resources development


  • Malian Nationality

  • Not more than 4 years of relevant job experience

  • Fluent in French, English and local Mali language and good writing skills

  • MSc-level degree in environmental sciences (hydrology, IWRM, ecology,…) preferably with focus on science-policy interface,

  • Being able to connect community-level needs and capacities and the implementation of local interventions to higher-scale water and natural resources management strategies and policies

  • Culturally sensitive and being able to operate at both grass-root level and at regional/national levels

  • Experience with international organisations and/or received advanced education in an international context (outside Mali)


  • 2 year contract with gross salary of max 690Euro per month

  • work in innovative partnerships between humanitarian, climate and environmental organisations;

  • Build knowledge and experience on ecosystem-based DRR and CCA, IWRM-issues mostly focusing on relationship between water allocations and wetlands ecosystem services functioning

  • Receive coaching and training for an (international) career from Wetlands International and YEP Bureau in the Netherlands (see 

  • Participation in 3-weeks YEP Water training course in the Netherlands in June 2014

    To apply:

    Send cover letter and CV to Susanne Boom ( Only selected applicants will receive a response. Note that interviews in English are part of the selection procedure. For more information please contact Bakary Kone in Mali,  Only selected profiles will receive a response.