Great knot. Photo: ken 2.0/Flickr.comThe 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 East Asian-Australasian Flyway under the Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative (AMBI). The East Asian-Australasian Flyway Committee Coordinator is a 100% role that is expected to be filled by someone familiar with bird conservation in the EAAF region and who has experience in working with diverse stakeholder groups.


  • Coordinate the EAAF committee and a multi-stakeholder planning team as necessary
  • Develop a flyway ‘crosswalk’ for EAAF objectives and actions with those identified in complementary migratory bird agreements, conservation plans and development initiatives in the respective regions
  • Develop an AMBI EAAF Implementation Strategy
  • Work with AMBI Chair, Coordinator and CAFF Secretariat to coordinate activities within AMBI
  • 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. 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 2018 to February 2019, with the possibility of an extension. You will be expected to travel internationally to approximately three meetings during this timeframe, including attending the Arctic Biodiversity Congress in November 2018 in Finland.

Pay – The Coordinator will be an individual consultant to be contracted directly or through a legally incorporated company. The compensation for this position is €45,000 for one year with a 100% full time position.

AMBI - The Arctic Migratory Birds Initiative (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:

EAAF - The East Asian-Australasian Flyway (EAAF) is a migratory corridor that stretches from the Russian Far East and Alaska, southwards through East Asia and Southeast Asia, to Australia and New Zealand, encompassing 22 countries and supporting over 50 million migratory birds from over 250 populations, including 33 globally threatened and 30 near-threatened species. The current EAAF Working Group is comprised of representatives from Russia, USA, China, Japan, Singapore, Republic of Korea, BirdLife International, and the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership:

To apply for this position, apply with you CV (max 4 pages) and a letter of interest outlining why your skills match the position.

Deadline for submission by February 8 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:

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