Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS) conserves wildlife and ecosystems focusing on protected areas and outstanding wild places. FZS maintains longterm conservation programmes in Africa, South America, Asia and Europe.

We believe that safeguarding these areas is inextricably linked with the security, livelihoods, and health of traditional and local communities. We are committed to respecting best practice principles on human rights, social justice, good governance and inclusion.

We are therefore seeking a Social Safeguards Coordinator to ensure the implementation of systems to safeguard the standards on human rights and social justice adapted to the local contexts in which we operate, as well as provide a resource to field-based projects looking to address these issues.

This position will then help shape the organization’s policies and practices in this field. The position will ensure an alignment of principles and practices across multiple levels within the organization, and that these are clearly communicated externally.


Headquarter-Level: The job holder will serve as the point of contact for human rights and social justice issues internally and externally.

  • Liaise across FZS programmes to ensure common understanding on this issue
  • Be familiar with all existing environmental and social safeguards of public donors
  • Elaborate FZS’s position related to human rights and conservation of biodiversity in close coordination with FZS country offices
  • Review internal policies and processes to align with best practices and requirements
  • Amplify local and indigenous voices and their role in conservation
  • Support adaptation of regulations and donor agreements to the specific local context


  • Serve as a go-to resource for FZS field-based staff on project design and arising issues related to human rights and social justice
  • Document and review the implementation of social safeguards in FZS projects
  • Help projects to review and adapt best practices to their specific local contexts
  • Where needed, support training for project staff and partners tailored to site-specific contexts
  • Create and ensure implementation of site-specific mechanisms to allow for channels to identify concerns and incidences of abuse for follow-up


  • Advanced degree in related field 5+ years professional experience working in the field of human rights – at least some of which in Africa
  • Experience with biodiversity and / or environmental issues English and German. Spanish and / or French.
  • Excellent interpersonal and diplomacy skills Ability to conceptualize, design and implement training at various levels Mediation and / or conflict resolution skills are an advantage
  • Ability and willingness to travel


Integrity, Sensitivity, Problem analysis, Coaching / developing others


A two-year full-time contract based in Frankfurt, Germany with frequent travel to FZS project sites. Candidates should be considering a longerterm commitment.


Your application should contain a cover letter, your chronological CV as well as qualifying certificates. Your cover letter should answer the following questions:

  • Why would you like to work for the advertised position?
  • What qualifications and personal qualities make you a good candidate?

Learn more about the position on our website

Please send your electronic application documents (as one single pdf) and indicate your salary expectations and the earliest possible starting date to jobs@fzs.org or click here to apply online.