Service Providers Required by the IWDG

5th Sep 2011 The IWDG is Ireland's leading marine NGO and is dedicated to the conservation and better understanding of cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoise) in Irish waters. The IWDG are inviting applications from interested parties to provide the following position:

a. Co-ordinator

b. Financial Manager

c. Sightings Co-ordinator

d. Strandings Co-ordinator

The positions are for a period of three years starting 1 January 2012. Successful applicants will be self-employed service providers and required to sign an Independent Contractors Agreement with the IWDG for the duration of the service. A list of services to be provided under the different positions, are presented below.

Service providers will report to the IWDG Co-ordinator who will in turn report to the Board of Directors. Successful applicants will be expected to adhere to the IWDG Standing Orders, which can be provided on request. Successful applicants will:

- Have a full appreciation of the work and role of the IWDG

- Have a proven track record in marine, and ideally cetacean conservation, and involvement with NGOs

- Proven ability to deliver the required services

- Demonstrate ability to deliver the service with limited supervision

- Provide a current tax clearance certificate

Costs should include labour, overheads and some travel expenses to attend at least two scheduled IWDG meetings. Service providers will be expected to provide their own office and other equipment necessary to carry out the service. IWDG will provide specialist equipment. Costs should be presented per annum and be exclusive of VAT. Preference will be given to submissions from registered companies.

All positions will be reviewed annually by the IWDG Board of Directors and continued pending satisfactory performance and availability of funding.

All enquiries should be made to For informal discussions on these posts and further information contact 086 8545450.

Applications should be sent to by 12:00 on 21 October 2012. The Board of Directors may short list candidates as appropriate and conduct interviews as necessary. If required, interviews will be held in November.


1. Manage day-to-day IWDG activities

2. Prepare and implement the new 5 year plan (2011-2015)

3. To oversee the strategic development of the IWDG

4. Identify potential funding opportunities

5. Provide point of contact with IEN and other partners on behalf of IWDG

6. Provide reporting structure and support to Board of Directors

7. Respond to all and/or forward to the appropriate person for attention

8. Identify opportunities to influence national policies and promote the IWDG

9. Co-ordinate responses to requests for input into policy and other documents

10. Monitor performance of service providers including preparation of quarterly reviews

11. Represent the IWDG to the media

Financial Manager

1. Prepare annual accounts for auditors and liase with IWDG auditors

2. Maintain IWDG books and records

3. Process payments and receipts

4. Prepare ad hoc financial reports

5. Assist in preparation of periodic account

6. Advise IWDG Board of Directors on financial matters

Sightings Co-ordinator

1. Validate all sighting records submitted to the IWDG and data on watch effort

2. Update and maintain sightings database

3. Deliver NPWS Inshore Monitoring Scheme obligations on behalf of the IWDG

4. Encourage participation in the IWDG Sightings Scheme

5. Provide articles on sightings for website, newsletter etc.

6. Provide data export on request by the IWDG Co-ordinator

7. Respond to reasonable requests for data and reports from IWDG Co-ordinator

8. Provide annual report to the IWDG Directors

Strandings Co-ordinator

1. Validate all stranding records

2. Update and maintain strandings database

3. Deliver NPWS Stranding Scheme obligations on behalf of the IWDG

4. Manage IWDG input into NMINH cetacean Tissue Bank

5. Produce annual list of strandings for submis

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