The overall purpose of the job

The Swimways coordinator will support the development, launch and promotion of the Swimways Network through technical and advocacy work, integrating the approach into EU policies and stimulating on-theground actions.

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Responsibilities and tasks

Programme and network development

▪ Develop the Trans-European Swimways Network.

▪ Organise relevant workshops and other networking events.

▪ Promote the Trans-European Swimways Network.

▪ Develop and maintain partnerships related to the Trans-European Swimways Network including working closely with relevant members of Wetlands International Europe.

▪ Identify and manage funding opportunities and develop project proposals related to the TransEuropean Swimways Network.


▪ In collaboration with the Freshwater and Biodiversity managers, assess EU and European policies relevant for the Trans-European Swimways Network and advocate for the inclusion of the swimways considerations into such policies.

▪ Represent Wetlands International Europe in relation to swimways.

Working relations

INSIDE Wetlands International Europe: The Swimways coordinator will work under the supervision of the Biodiversity Programme Manager. S/He will work closely with the other team members and in particular with the Freshwater Manager as well as with the Members of Wetlands International Europe.

OUTSIDE Wetlands International Europe: The job holder will work closely with the IUCN Freshwater Biodiversity Unit and with the World Fish Migration Foundation. In addition, S/He will work closely with partner organizations of the TransEuropean Swimways Network, the scientific community, donors and any other relevant partners in our wider network. S/He will also liaise with Wetlands International Global finance and resource development team when needed.


The Swimways Coordinator has a good knowledge of migratory freshwater fish and experience with networking, communications and advocacy. S/He is a proactive person that can work as a constructive member of a team with minimum supervision both within and outside of the organization. S/He is an organized and structured person able to prioritize and used to work with tough deadlines. S/He is capable to write clear and consistent reports. S/He is Curious & creative and with a good sense of humor and possesses an understanding of and empathy with the aims and objectives of Wetlands International Europe.

Essential education and experience

• Higher level education preferably with background in freshwater ecology or fisheries.

• At least three years of relevant experience in advocacy and networking.

• Experience with project planning and development.

• Experience working with EU and government institutions will be an advantage.

• Experience working with non-governmental organisations will be an advantage. Core competencies

• An excellent command of written and spoken English. Working knowledge of French or Spanish will be an asset.

• Strong ICT skills. Good GIS and data management skills are an asset.

• Extrovert personality.

• Good communication and negotiations skills.

• Excellent organisational skills with attention to detail and accuracy.

• Capacity to work independently and within a team.

• Ability to work in an international, multi-cultural NGO environment.

• Active interest in current environment and development matters.