Science Needs Assessment (Short term consultancy)

We are looking for an experienced consultant to support the Institute in assessing the global WWF science processes, capacity and needs.

The Luc Hoffmann Institute currently operates under the assumption that solving conservation problems requires a deep transformation of conservation as a whole (stakeholders, institutions, mental-models), and requires new approaches to operating at the interface of science, policy and practice. As a response, we convene people around projects to co-produce knowledge while providing the ingredients (theory of change, challenging mental models) that will enable this process to make transformational change at the individual, organisational and systemic levels.

Key Responsibilities:

The consultant will work closely with our team based in Gland to assess the global WWF science processes, capacity and needs, and support the definition of the Luc Hoffmann Institute added value to the network.

This 2-3 months assessment will be conducted in English.

Precise actions required:

  • Based on topics decided by the Institute team, develop two or three different questionnaires sharing a core group of questions
  • Conduct test interviews question on a small targeted group of WWF staff
  • With the help of the Institute team, refine interviews questions based on collected input
  • Conduct interviews with selected WWF staff
  • Analyse data collected through the process
  • Synthesise the results in a concise of maximum 4000 words

Desired Skills and Experience


  • A good understanding of current conservation challenges
  • A good understanding of trans-disciplinary and co-produced research needs
  • Excellent English writing skills
  • Experience:
  • Experience in organising and implementing surveys
  • Experience in conducting phone and in person interviews
  • Experience in managing interview data sets

Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent organisation and planning skills required
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to collaborate with a close team

Required Skills and Competencies

  • Ability and enthusiasm for on-deadline, short timeline tasks
  • Fluency in English
  • Discretion, reliability, flexibility, accuracy
  • Ability to work in multicultural environment
  • Capacity to work independently in an intense team environment
  • Exceptional people skills
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • A good sense of humour
  • Adheres to WWF’s values, which are: Knowledgeable, Optimistic, Determined and Engaging

How to apply

Interested applicants should send their CV, accompanied by a letter of motivation to Emilie Cavallo, no later than July 14 2016.

Photo © Nicolas Axelrod / WWF

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