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Head Communications (Maternity Cover)

Vacancy #:   6020
Unit:   TRAFFIC International
Organisation:   TRAFFIC International (TRAFFIC)
Location:   TRAFFIC International, Cambridge, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Reporting to:   Executive Director
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   SP
Expected start date:   01 August 2022
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (12 months)
Closing date:   28 June 2022 (extended)
TRAFFIC is the leading non-governmental organization working globally on trade in wild animals and plants in the context of both biodiversity conservation and sustainable development.

TRAFFIC International is a charity and limited company registered in the UK. TRAFFIC’s head office, based in Cambridge UK, provides worldwide leadership, coordination, cross-regional and corporate functions. TRAFFIC’s local engagement is managed through programme offices operating under the auspices of the UK charity, with staff based in a hub office and at other strategic locations where necessary. Programme offices operate within a geographic area of responsibility focused on one or multiple countries where TRAFFIC aims to help deliver priority programme outcomes. TRAFFIC works in strategic alliance with IUCN and WWF on wildlife trade issues.

The salary range for this position is between GBP 50,000 to 55,000 p.a.

We welcome applications for part-time work on a minimum of 80% FTE.

• Manages and coordinates the planning, implementation, and evaluation of TRAFFIC’s communications activities in order to:
- optimise the organisation’s profile,
- maximise the influence of its programmatic outputs and
- position the organisation as a thought leader on wildlife trade

• Leads the Communications Group of TRAFFIC’s Global Office, coordinates with communications staff in other TRAFFIC offices and participates in management and coordination processes with other leaders in TRAFFIC.


• Strategy and management:Provides support and guidance to TRAFFIC delegations attending pivotal international events including the UN Convention on Biological Diversity CoP15 (Aug/Sep) and CITES CoP19 (November) and seek opportunities to influence on the issues through communications channels.
• Plays a key role in communicating and delivering TRAFFIC’s new 2030 strategic ambition, niche and organisational identity.
• Leads the design, implementation and adaptive management of TRAFFIC’s overall communications strategy.
• Ensures internal coordination between the Communications Group and other components of the TRAFFIC Global and Programme Offices and participates in internal management and task teams.
• Supports development of dedicated communications capacity in TRAFFIC Programme Offices and convenes communications capacity development across the organisation.
• Ensures effective development and management of communications budgets at team and project level.

Delivery channels:
• Oversees development, management, and maintenance of the TRAFFIC website www.traffic.org and the growth of its learning centre.
• Oversees and engages in distribution of information and materials through TRAFFIC’s social media channels.
• Oversees publication of and production of TRAFFIC annual reports, such as the Charity Commission statutory report, together with other TRAFFIC staff and consultants as appropriate.
• Oversees and manages TRAFFIC's global media outreach, locates opportunities for thought leadership pieces, and guides local media outreach by communications focal points in TRAFFIC’s Programme Offices.
• Advises TRAFFIC staff on opportunities to increase TRAFFIC’s visibility in promotional activities in the public arena e.g. speaking in conferences and other events.

Delivery quality:
• Advises on choice of communications tools and approaches to maximise profile and influence.
• Advises on consistency of style in line with TRAFFIC standards and accuracy in the presentation of TRAFFIC's research results, analysis and policy.
• Ensures communications final clearance of all TRAFFIC’s outputs to ensure they are in line with the organisation’s publications standards.
• Ensures that media interviews, statements and news releases are in line with organisational policy and programme objectives.
• Oversees the monitoring and evaluation of the reach and effectiveness of TRAFFIC’s communications outputs.

Programmatic influence:
• Monitors and works with programme and policy staff to ensure the most appropriate messaging at all times in TRAFFIC/wildlife trade related media work, especially when related to global programme priorities.
• Provides guidance and support to programme and policy staff in the development and delivery of influence plans related to programme delivery.
• Oversees the management of TRAFFIC’s communications calendar and planning tools.

• Co-ordinates production of promotional materials used for marketing TRAFFIC work.
• Ensures Communications Group support to donor and project technical reporting.

• Coordinates TRAFFIC’s communication activities with WWF, IUCN and other strategic partners as appropriate, maintaining close collaboration and dialogue with relevant communications focal points;
• Participates in joint communications planning and delivery work with TRAFFIC’s strategic partners;
• Ensures appropriate external profile of TRAFFIC partnerships.


Directly supervises a team of four: a Communications Manager, a Media Support Manager and two Communications Support Officers. This position also provides guidance and support to the wider network of communicators within TRAFFIC, convenes regular meetings with all communicators to pinpoint opportunities to maximise impact and supervises consultants on specific communications projects.
  • A degree in media studies, communications, or other relevant discipline.
• Seven years of professional experience in the international communications field, including proven experience in developing results-oriented strategies, managing communications projects and dealing with time-sensitive international media enquiries.
• A high level of organisational skills and attention to detail; strong writing skills; familiarity with electronic publishing.
• Proven experience working in an intercultural environment.
• Fluency in English and, preferably, a working knowledge of French, Spanish or another language relevant to TRAFFIC’s programme engagement.
• An ability to work cooperatively with others, both in an office situation and with staff of other TRAFFIC offices and strategic partners.
• A willingness to travel widely and frequently and work under pressure.

Applicants are requested to apply online through the HR Management System, by opening the vacancy announcement and pressing the "Apply" button.

Applicants will be asked to create an account and submit their profile information. Applications will not be accepted after the closing date. The vacancy closes at midnight, Swiss time (GMT+1 / GMT+2 during Daylight Saving Time, DST). Please note that only selected applicants will be personally contacted for interviews.

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