FWIE in Kraków and CEED in Sunderland in the UK are starting a new project in Poland, called Give a Hand to Nature, to define and protect sites of urban biodiversity. Funding has been secured from the prestigious Darwin Initiative for the survival of species, a UK government fund which supports projects in areas of high biodiversity which promote its preservation and enhancement.
The project seeks to transfer British academic and practical expertise to Poland to define and protect sites of urban biodiversity importance. This will be an essential first step towards a regional biodiversity strategy. The project will initiate a programme of ecological research and specialised training of key personnel. The central aim will be to assess ways in which the land-use needs of southern Poland can be met without compromising urban biodiversity. British expertise in ecological land restoration, biodiversity assessment and planning will be applied to a Polish context. The project will contribute to social, economic and environmental regeneration in urban areas. The project will provide practical and policy methods for the preservation and enhancement of urban biodiversity, to help Poland achieve its obligations under the Biodiversity Convention.
The main goal is to involve both local government and local communities in Poland in order to develop systems for the evaluation and selection of urban uzytki ekologizcne. Trainers from both Poland and the UK will take part in the training and be on hand to give guidance and support for the duration of the three-year project.
We wish to inform Polish NGO's about this new project. Several organisations are involved already but we welcome other organisations interested in this work. Also, we wish to inform individuals about this project; again several very keen people are already taking part but we welcome new individuals who want to be involved. We are now looking for expressions of interest from individuals and organisations
The officers and NGO's will be responsible for, amongst other things:
The five people selected will be called project officers and should be postgraduate ecologists or sufficiently experienced to be equivalent to this. However, this knowledge should be combined with good project management skills. The project officers will contribute to the research element of the whole project therefore they should be open to further scientific work, have the inclination to undertake practical work and should be physically fit. We feel the best candidates would have an adaptable and flexible approach and possess the confidence to represent and lead the project in their region. They should have a combination of the skills, aptitude and enthusiasm to fulfil this important post. As UK staff will deliver some of the training, the officers will need a good ability in English. The officers selected do not have to already belong to any NGO's.
Finance is available for the project officers' posts and they will be salaried, full-time jobs for a period of three years. We seek applicants for these positions to begin work approximately late September. Interviews will be held in Kraków and expenses will be paid for travel and associated costs. Some organisations have approached us already, but all applicants will go through the selection process. The project leaders are keen to secure the services of the very best people for this project, which will be represented by the salary that will be offered to the successful candidates.
The organisations will be NGO's with some experience of working on community and environmental issues, preferably in urban areas. This means the NGO will already have some existing environmental knowledge within its organisation. We are interested in working with organisations with an active approach to tackling environmental problems and keen to work with the local community. The organisation must also be open to work with local government. The NGO must be a legally registered organisation with the capacity to manage reasonable sums of finance, employ staff and be sufficiently stable to run a three-year project. The organisations involved will receive expenses towards the administration and office costs of the project. The project is targeting the southern area of Poland so ideally the organisation should be based in the region.
In addition, FWIE, Kraków are seeking a management officer for the Polish part of the project. Responsibilities will include the following areas, although specialist advice from consultants will be provided in the fields of translation, public relations, legal matters and financial management.
If you feel you are able to fulfil the requirements one of the organisation roles, of one of the project officer posts, or the co-ordination officer position, please write to us completing one A4 sheet in English including
Please send your information by:
Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com|
Fax to: + 44 191 515 2229
Post to: Wojtek Krawczuk, FWIE, ul. Sławkowska 12/24, Kraków 31-014
Applications are to be received by 31.8.2000 at the latest. We plan to hold interviews in Kraków in September. If you have not heard from us by then you should assume you have been unsuccessful.