Global Sharks and Rays Initiative (GSRI) Coordinator

The Global Sharks and Rays Initiative (GSRI) is an organizational partnership established to implement a ten-year collaborative global conservation strategy for sharks and rays. The GSRI and global strategy were launched in February 2016. The GSRI Core Partner Team (CPT) currently comprises the following organizations, all of whom have committed to collaborate to implement the global strategy over the full ten-year term: Shark Advocates International, Shark Trust, TRAFFIC, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The co-chairs of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Shark Specialist Group, serving as technical advisors, are also members of the CPT. The GSRI aims to be inclusive and to partner with all agencies, organizations, and institutions committed to its shared vision and goal and to collaborating in implementing the GSRI global strategy.

The position

The major tasks of the coordinator will be:

  • Lead in the organization of GSRI CPT regular calls and meetings, including preparation, agenda-setting, producing records of meetings and follow-up, and driving decisions on action points;
  • Facilitate the organization and conduct of GSRI annual meeting, including preparing meeting materials, developing agendas, assigning tasks to participants, including to prepare and finalize the record of the meeting;
  • Set indicators and targets and establishing/updating systems to monitor progress against indicators and targets;
  • Maintain oversight of the progress of joint GSRI projects, working closely with relevant institutional grants manager (WCS or other) to ensure timely and full delivery of all donor commitments;
  • Serve as focal point for requests from organizations interested in partnering with the GSRI;
  • Other services as agreed by the Core Partner Team.

Required experience

  • Excellent written and spoken English. A second world language would be viewed favorably, but is not essential.
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills as well as attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple and diverse work streams simultaneously.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and adept at managing conflict and driving collaborative decision-making coupled with strong interpersonal skills.
  • Proven capacity for strategic planning.
  • Experience with The Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation and Miradi software a plus (desirable).

Duration: One-year contract, with the possibility of renewal

Location: Flexible globally. However, the Coordinator must be available for conference calls and meetings that connect a global network of experts and NGO representatives. This will regularly require working outside of 9AM to 5PM working hours. International travel is required. Travel expenses will be reimbursed.

Contractual Arrangement: The position will be contracted as an independent consultant by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) on behalf of the GSRI. The number of hours per week required to perform the services will fluctuate, but is expected to be approximately 20 hours per week. The GSRI Coordinator will function as an independent contractor, not a staff member of WCS or any of the GSRI Core Partner Team organizations. The consultant will be paid on an hourly basis. Payments to the consultant will be made, based on submission of invoices and deliverables, without deductions for income taxes or social security and no benefits will be provided. A 1099 form will be provided.

How to apply: If interested in this consultancy, please submit a cover letter and CV to Sofia Sainz, at, with the subject line: GSRI Coordinator. Preference will be given to applications submitted by March 16th, but the position will remain open until filled.