Akureyri, Iceland- December 21, 2017

The Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), the biodiversity working group of the Arctic Council, is seeking a coordinator to organize the work in the Americas Flyway under the Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative (AMBI).

The Americas (AMER) Flyway Committee Coordinator is a 50% role designed to be taken on by someone familiar with bird conservation in the region and who has experience in working with diverse stakeholder groups. The AMBI AMER Coordinator will be hosted via Manomet, with the candidate preferably being located in South America.

AMBI is a project designed to improve the status and secure the long-term sustainability of declining Arctic breeding migratory bird populations. Arctic-breeding birds use many different flyways to move from Arctic breeding grounds to overwintering or stopover sites at lower latitudes. Many bird populations are declining at an unprecedented rate for variety of reasons.

The AMER Flyway Committee consists of representatives from Canada, the U.S., Brazil, WHSRN, UNEP and the CAFF Secretariat. The AMBI Americas Flyway work plan covers priority conservation issues and actions relating to migratory Arctic-breeding birds from with a focus on habitat conservation. Supporting the protection of habitat in the Arctic for migratory bird species is a major focus of the work under the AMER. Other priorities include ensuring habitat protection along staging and wintering areas in the southern portions of the flyway. Examining the impacts from over abundant white geese is also a priority issue. 


  • Coordinate the AMER committee and multi-stakeholder planning team as necessary
  • Raise awareness of the importance of international cooperation and concerted action needed to conserve Arctic migratory birds
  • Work with AMBI Chair, Coordinator and CAFF Secretariat to coordinate activities within AMBI Americas
  • Liaison with partners in the region to help facilitate projects as directed by the flyway committee
  • Travel to relevant meetings to represent AMBI interests
  • Assist in organizing AMBI events in the region
  • Fund raise for both AMBI and the coordinator position


The following specifies the qualifications, experience and expertise required:

General Qualifications

  • Ability to communicate proficiently in English and Spanish. Proficiency in other languages spoken in the flyway are beneficial, but not mandatory.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others in a cross cultural environment.
  • Familiarity with issues of Arctic migratory bird conservation in the flyway.
  • A working understanding of the Arctic Council and CAFF, including roles and objectives
  • Experience and ability to host meetings, manage documentation, develop information flow and management of a team.
  • Experience in writing scientific summaries and reports.
  • Location within the relevant Flyway preferred, but not mandatory.
  • Ability to travel to relevant meeting at international locations.

General Professional Experience

  • Previous experience working to advance global migratory species and/or conservation initiatives.
  • Advanced degree in relevant field including conservation, biology, communications, international relations, governance, etc.
  • Recent experience developing international conservation teams.
  • Recent experience managing a cross cultural team.

Assignment Specific Professional Experience

  • Familiarity with AMBI Work Plan and objectives.
  • In depth knowledge of policy framework in the flyway as it pertains to conservation, migratory species, development, human well-being and other fields of relevance to conservation. 

Timeframe of commitment 

February 2017 to February 2018, with the possibility of an extension contingent on funding. The AMBI AMER Coordinator will be expected to travel internationally to up to two meetings during this timeframe, including attending the Arctic Biodiversity Congress in October 9-11, 2018 in Finland.


The AMBI AMER Coordinator will be hosted by Manomet. The compensation for this position is 18,000 USD for one year 0.50 FTE.

To apply for this position

Apply with CV (max 4 pages) and a letter of interest outlining why/how your skills match the position.

Deadline for submission Monday January 15th by 24:00 GMT. All applications should be sent to Tom Barry, the Executive Secretary at the CAFF International Secretariat tom EP_AT caff EP_DOT is .

Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF)

CAFF is the biodiversity working group of the Arctic Council and consists of National Representatives assigned by each of the eight Arctic Council Member States, representatives of Indigenous Peoples' organizations that are Permanent Participants to the Council, and Arctic Council observer countries and organizations. CAFF’s mandate is to address the conservation of Arctic biodiversity, and to communicate its findings to the governments and residents of the Arctic, helping to promote practices which ensure the sustainability of the Arctic’s living resources. For more information: www.caff.is

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