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Senior Technical Officer, Coasts and Deltas

Are you an expert in the field of coastal wetland management, with experience working with international partners to conceptualise, develop, implement and monitor conservation, restoration and sustainable development programmes? Are you looking for an opportunity to apply your skills, knowledge and expertise to improve nature and people’s lives at local and global scales? If so, our vacancy Senior Technical Officer – Coasts and Deltas could be for you!

Full-time (36 hours – 5 days per week).
Gross monthly salary max. EUR 3,622 – 6,048 excl. 8% holiday pay (dependent on
Contract duration: One year, with expectation of extension.
Location: Global Office in Ede-Wageningen, the Netherlands (2 days per week).

About us

At Wetlands International, we are dedicated to safeguarding and restoring wetlands so that
these unique habitats are treasured and nurtured for their beauty, the life they support and the
resources they provide. We work to conserve and restore diverse wetland systems in all parts
of the world, ranging from coastal wetlands such as mudflats and mangroves to freshwater
systems all the way up to the mountains, including peatlands, marshes, rivers and floodplains.
To make a global difference and ensure sustainable wetland management across land and
seascapes, we inspire and mobilise society to act and influence levers of change.

Our work on Coasts and Deltas comprises a rapidly growing portfolio of worldwide projects
and programmes. This includes integrated coastal zone management programmes, habitat and
species conservation, dedicated restoration initiatives, and a range of sector and commodity-driven programmes focused on coastal engineering and aquaculture, among others. Through
these initiatives, we aim to enhance the roles that coastal wetlands play to support biodiversity,
ensure food and water security and reduce climate risks.

Our approach is highly collaborative, done through strategic public and private partnerships
and cutting-edge networks, such as the Building with Nature Consortium and the Global
Mangrove Alliance

Your role

As a Senior Technical Officer – Coasts and Deltas you will contribute your technical expertise and experience in supporting the design, management development, implementation, monitoring and reporting of our portfolio of programmes around the world in order to maximise impact at local and global scales. A true team player, you will work closely with an enthusiastic team of colleagues from across our network of offices and partner organisations to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and experience, ensuring a science-based learning approach. You will continuously seek out and actively pursue new trends, knowledge, relationships and opportunities to further develop our programmes in alignment with our 2020-2030 Strategic Intent.


Your specific role across our programme portfolio will depend on the skills and experience you
bring to the organisations, but could include:

  • Helping shape the development of our corporate partnerships and providing technical advice in current collaboration with private sector partners.
  • Helping to design and implement landscape-scale restoration programmes for mangroves and associated ecosystems.
  • Supporting the design of practical tools for coastal wetland management, such as guidelines for the restoration of mangroves, saltmarshes and mudflats.
  • Supporting the development and implementation of dedicated biodiversity initiatives, with a focus on the conservation of migratory waterbirds.


You are a passionate conservationist, dedicated to conserving coastal wetlands for people and nature. In your work, you adopt a science-based, participative approach. You feel comfortable working with partners across sectors, disciplines and cultures towards shared solutions and have the language skills to enable this. A significant practical understanding of integrated coastal zone management, conservation planning and biodiversity conservation is key. You contribute expertise on nature-based solutions and working with the private sector towards sustainable coastal development.

You have proven experience working as part of large and complex projects and partnerships to deliver impact and change on the ground while creating the conditions to catalyse change at scale. You believe in the importance of partnerships to deliver meaningful and sustainable impact. Managing relationships sensitively and knowing how to support, coach and manoeuvre in these often complex working environments will be part and parcel of how you work. You believe in the power of teamwork and invest in knowledge sharing and development of your peers.

Education, skills, and qualifications

  • MSc degree (or higher) in a relevant scientific discipline (e.g., biology, geography, environmental science/management).
  • At least 10 years’ relevant working experience in an international context of which at least 3 years in an NGO or corporate environment.
  • Experienced in working abroad and in diverse cultural settings.
  • Significant programme development and project management skills and experience.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
  • Knowledge of additional languages (especially French and/or Dutch) is an advantage.

How to apply

To apply for this vacancy, please send us a resume and an application letter indicating your motivation to Jozefa van der Veen, HR Officer [email protected]. Please mark in the subject: “Application – STO, Coasts and Deltas”. Questions about the vacancy and/or procedure can also be sent to this email address. The deadline for applications is Wednesday 27th March 2024.

In this procedure, we work with Sustainability Works. Should you have any questions, please feel
free to contact [email protected].
The first round of video call interviews will take place on 8 and 9 April 2024; second round interviews on 15 and 16 April (in person).

Terms of Reference

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