Environmental Crime Control Lead

USAID Biodiversity (Jal Jangal)

Details / requirements:

DAI is a global development company with corporate offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, EU, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Palestine and project operations worldwide. We tackle fundamental social and economic development problems caused by inefficient markets, ineffective governance, and instability. DAI works on the frontlines of global development. Transforming ideas into action—action into impact. We are committed to shaping a more livable world. DAI and its employees are committed to confronting racism and holding ourselves accountable for positive change within the company and in the communities, cultures, and countries in which we live and work. DAI is committed to attracting and retaining the best employees from all races and backgrounds in our continued effort to become a better development partner. DAI upholds the highest ethical standards. We are committed to the prevention of sexual exploitation, abuse, and harassment as well as other ethical breaches. All our positions are therefore subject to stringent vetting and reference checks.

Position: Environmental Crime Control Lead 

BASE OF OPERATIONS: Kathmandu, Nepal


POSITION REPORTS TO: Deputy Chief of Party (DCoP)

USAID Biodiversity will conserve nature, enhance human well-being, and safeguard Nepal’s biodiversity to improve the health of ecosystems, fight environmental crime, and improve the ability of communities to prepare for and adapt to impacts caused by climate change and natural disasters. USAID Biodiversity will achieve measurable conservation targets within the biodiversity-rich, terrestrial, and freshwater ecosystems of the Chitwan-Annapurna Landscape, Kailash Sacred Landscape, Terai Arc Landscape, and the proposed Karnali Conservation Landscape,  while increasing resilience to climate change and contributing to the inclusive and sustainable development of the Nepali people. To accomplish this, USAID Biodiversity will implement activities aligned with three mutually interrelated and reinforcing objectives: improve the health of ecosystems (Objective 1), strengthen environmental crime control and natural resource safeguards (Objective 2), and enhance the climate resilience of natural and human ecosystems (Objective 3).


The Environmental Crime Control Lead will be a key member of the technical leadership team. S/he will lead, design, and manage all activities related to preventing environmental crime under Objective 2. Internally s/he will provide technical oversight of field activities and coordinate across all technical components. Externally, s/he will lead coordination with appropriate Government of Nepal (GoN) ministries and line agencies and CSO partners on environmental crime prevention initiatives. 

Tasks & Responsibilities

  • Lead USAID Biodiversity team in designing and implementing high-impact environmental crime prevention activities for engagement, education, and demonstration throughout the target areas. 
  • Participate in planning for the long-term sustainability of environmental crime prevention and control initiatives that achieve ecosystem restoration goals, reduce the impact of crime on wildlife species and improve the quality of life for communities.
  • Develop meaningful outreach and education events and materials related to preventing environmental crime for diverse audiences. 
  • Ensure that all environmental crime prevention activities have community buy-in and lead to long-term continuation of initiatives. 
  • Develop innovative ways to educate, engage, and empower community members to be advocates for and stewards of the target areas.
  • Advise on grant development and management related to environmental crime prevention activities. 
  • Review technical reports prepared by the team and its partners to ensure quality standards are met before submission to USAID and sharing with GoN and other stakeholders.
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with relevant USAID, GoN, Provincial governments, local governments, law enforcement agencies, communities, and other stakeholder representatives.
  • Substantively contribute to Annual Work Plan formulation and periodic reporting, including annual and quarterly progress reports. 
  • Directly supervise a team of technical experts including the Environmental Crime Prevention Specialist positions.
  • Other duties as requested by Chief of Party and DCoP.


  • Advanced degree in law, environment, forestry, natural resource management/policy, or related field.
  • Localized knowledge of legal, policy, judicial, and tenure issues in Nepal related to environmental crime and conservation law enforcement.
  • In depth experience working with the Government of Nepal on environmental crime prevention initiatives.
  • Strong working relationships and networks in Nepal’s conservation, legal, and law enforcement community.
  • Experience working with law enforcement, rangers, and communities on monitoring and managing illegal environmental activities. For a candidate with an advanced degree (MA, M.S., JD), 12 years of professional work experience is required, for a candidate with a bachelor’s degree, 14 years of relevant technical experience is required (Please subtract three years of relevant experience—9 years with advanced degree or 11 years with undergraduate degree—for persons of excluded groups).
  • Proficiency in English, both spoken and written. Native fluency in Nepali.
  • Experience with international donor funded projects preferred.
  • Experience and engagement with environmental crime control initiatives in the region will be an asset.

Application instructions:

Select the position in which you are interested in applying for, fill out the required information and upload your CV. Please note, due to the volume of applications that we receive and the urgency to fill-up positions, only shortlisted applicants will receive notifications on next steps. 

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Interested candidates should submit their application no later than 7th April 2023

Women and persons from excluded groups are encouraged to apply.

Consistent with DAI’s commitment to attracting and retaining staff from all races, ethnicities, castes and backgrounds, DAI may adjust eligibility requirements to allow for applicants from excluded groups.  In these cases, the Scope of Work and vacancy announcement will clearly indicate the minimum requirements according to the Country Compensation Plan as well as the revised minimum requirements for applicants representing an excluded group. DAI promotes workforce diversity and in Nepal, DAI considers excluded groups to be women, Dalits, indigenous ethnic minority groups, Madhesi, Muslim, persons with disabilities, people living in remote areas, and sexual and gender minorities.


Category Development and Project, Development / NGO
Openings 1
Position Type Full Time
Experience Please check vacancy details.
Education Please check vacancy details
Posted Date 31 Mar, 2023
Apply Before 07 Apr, 2023
City Lalitpur