Technical Officer, Peatlands

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Wetlands International is the only NGO dedicated to the safeguarding and restoration of wetlands. At the heart of our vision is a plan to demonstrate whole landscape recovery in large wetland landscapes including mangroves, peatlands and freshwater wetlands across the world. These are landscapes which are among the top global biodiversity treasures, but which are also sources of much of the world’s land-based climate emissions and where people are poorest and most vulnerable. To make a global difference, our mission is to inspire and mobilize society to safeguard and restore wetlands for people and nature.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Technical Officer, Peatlands

Reporting to: Programme Head Climate Smart land-use
Full-time: Fulltime, 36 hours per week
Location: Global Office, The Netherlands preferred, other locations can be considered.
Grade/Salary: Competitive, dependent on experience


Wetlands International is committed to helping safeguard and restore healthy and resilient peatlands and our goal is to scale up the conservation and restoration of peatlands as a contribution to biodiversity conservation, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and sustainable development. For this, it is vital to ensure that all remaining undrained peatlands stay intact, while 50 million hectares of drained peatland are restored by 2050. This demands large-scale responses to peatland loss and degradation so that society and nature can maintain and recover their resilience in the face of the challenges posed by a changing climate and increasing human pressure. Our work seeks to inspire new thinking and mobilize influential and impactful actors and partnerships in order to spur change from local to landscape scale. We have a growing portfolio of initiatives around the world in Europe, South-East Asia, Latin America, and Africa.

Purpose of the role

As a technical officer, you manage some of our most important projects while offering expertise, guidance, and technical know-how, with a particular emphasis on peatland management and governance. Combining these skills and expertise you will help develop our programmes further, building on and expanding our work, influence, and impact. Focusing in particular on our programmes in Europe, and working closely with our Europe Office team, the position may also offer the opportunity to support our wider portfolio of initiatives globally.

Responsibilities and tasks

Project cycle management
Working in close cooperation with project supervisor(s), network team members and partners, responsible for:

  • Set-up, technical and financial implementation and reporting of projects
  • Effective leadership of project team(s) comprising Global Office and network staff network and external project partners
  • Running collaborative processes with internal and external stakeholders required in projects
  • Strategic communication of project outcomes to internal and external stakeholders
  • Quality of project and programme reports for a range of different donors (public, private sector, philanthropy).

Strategy, and Innovation
In consultation with the Programme Head Climate-Smart Land-use and Peatstream Lead and staff in other network offices:

  • Monitoring and identifying relevant (environmental, social) issues and trends and translating these into ideas and opportunities for the organization and its running projects
  • Providing technical advice and input into other programme areas as requested
  • Communicating and advocating for Wetlands International’s work and achievements
  • Developing knowledge and tools that strengthen the track record and profile of Wetlands International in our work under the Peatland Stream.

Resource development
In line with Wetlands International Strategic Intent and in consultation with Programme Head Climate-Smart Land-use and Peatstream Lead, and staff in other network offices:

  • Supporting the PH in project development and participating in project proposal teams
  • Supporting the development of programme and project concepts
  • Supporting donor stewardship, including timely communication with donors and sharing of successes and lessons.

Networking & partnership development
In line with Wetlands International Strategic Intent and in consultation with Programme Head Climate ready Land-use and Peatstream Lead and staff in other network offices:

  • Coordinating the network-wide Peatstream
  • Supporting the communication with (such relevant internal and external contacts with key internal and external stakeholders of the organisation.
  • Supporting the process of knowledge sharing and track record development
  • Representing Wetlands International in relevant fora and events.

Carry out other tasks according to the organisational needs as agreed with the Programme Head in individual workplans.

Working relations

INSIDE Wetlands International: Programme Heads, project managers, communications, resource development and finance teams in our network including the global office.

OUTSIDE Wetlands International: Partner organizations, government agencies, international organizations, companies, wetland experts, donors, NGOs, and the extended network of Wetlands International.


You will have solid project management skills and experience, married with enthusiasm for and knowledge of safeguarding and restoring Peatlands.

You will have an environmental or biological science degree (or equivalent natural resources science), with technical knowledge of wetlands, preferably on peatland functionality and management.

You will be passionate about making healthy wetlands and in particular peatlands integral and indispensable parts of resilient landscapes for society, climate and nature. This will be underpinned by a clear vision and understanding of how to do this, working together with civil society, government and the private sector. A practical understanding of holistic, multi-stakeholder landscape and peatland management and related approaches and mechanisms such as co-creation, governance and community livelihoods to help ensure the safeguarding and restoration of wetlands and their communities is key.

You will have proven skills and experience in the management of environmental projects and partnerships to deliver impact and change on the ground while creating the conditions to catalyze change at scale. You will have experience of working across different cultural environments and have the language skills to enable this, with particular strength in English. You will believe in the importance of partnerships and network organizations to deliver meaningful and sustainable impact on the ground and have experience of this. 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 will preferably have a good practical understanding of European environmental policy and wider global environmental policy.

You will help us develop and deliver large and ambitious projects, programmes and initiatives that place wetland and in particular peatland management at the centre of socio-economic development and climate change response. You will be an integral part of the network’s inter-office Peatlands team and be able to couple strategy, technical skills and project management experience with a strong teamwork ethic.

Education and experience


  • MSc degree (or higher) in relevant scientific discipline (e.g. biology, geography, environmental science/management), preferably with a wetland or peatland focus or specialisation
  • At least 3 years relevant working experience in an international context
  • At least 3 years project management experience (such as EC/H2020 projects), including reporting to donors and financial project reporting
  • Working experience in the NGO or consultancy sector (preferred )
  • Experience of working with communities in diverse cultural settings
  • An appreciation of the role of international NGOs in creating change and delivering solutions
  • Active interest in current environment and development matters
  • Ability to travel and work independently
  • Well-developed computer skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in spoken and written English is needed for this post; additional language skills (especially Dutch) are a plus.
  • Commitment to Wetlands International’s mission, values and ways of working.
  • Willingness and ability to travel regularly.

Core competencies

  • Planning and Organizing – Adapts to large, complex and/or frequent changes. Ability to get things done under pressure (result-oriented), while maintaining oversight and planning.
  • Accuracy – Consistently delivers work of a high standard of quality, precision and according to standards, procedures, rules, regulations and expectations.
  • Analytical Thinking – Adopts a systems perspective, assessing and balancing vast amounts of diverse information on the varied systems and subsystems that comprise and affect the working environment.
  • Organizational and Environmental Awareness – Demonstrates broad understanding of the social and economic context within which the organization operates.
  • Teamwork – Facilitates collaboration across the organization and with other organizations to achieve a common goal.

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 – Technical Officer Peatlands. Questions about the vacancy and/or procedure can also be sent to this email address.

Deadline for the application is 1 June 2022.
Interviews will take place in the week commencing 13 June 2022.