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Senior Programme Manager

Vacancy #:   6178
Unit:   TRAFFIC China
Organisation:   TRAFFIC International (TRAFFIC)
Location:   TRAFFIC - East Asia (China), Beijing, China
Reporting to:   Programme Office Director - China
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P2
Expected start date:   01 December 2022
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (24 months)
Closing date:   20 November 2022
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 Senior Programme Manager will work closely with all TRAFFIC GLO Programme, Leads to the planning and implementation of TRAFFIC 2030 Strategy in China under the supervision of the TRAFFIC China Programme Director. This position will support to the TRAFFIC China Programme Director to coordinate with TRAFFIC GLO’s Operation Team and manage the office daily operation and ensure liaison with International Cooperation Center of NFGA and Beijing Public Security Bureau. The role also supports communication with project partners, including the government organizations, industries, institutes/universities and other NGOs, and acts as the key contact person on appropriate issues during the project implementation. He/She will ensure and maintains good working relationships with WWF, IUCN, governmental and inter-governmental agencies, major donors and relevant NGOs.


The main tasks of the Senior Programme Manager will include, but not be limited, to the following:
• Collaborates closely with TRAFFIC’s senior staff around the world to ensure that TRAFFIC’s activities in China are in line with TRAFFIC’s programme, and to create bigger impacts.
• Under the instructions and leadership of the Director of TRAFFIC China Programme, the Senior Manager is responsible for monitoring project progress and performance, ensuring the timely delivery and technical quality of project results – including projects’ partners.
• Leads the development and implementation China’s work plans and revising them as appropriate to meet changing needs and requirements.
• Conducts active outreach for new partners, vendors, and expert consultants.
• Guides the team to prepare the project’s technical reports, as outlined in project contracts.
• Supports project audits by working with the projects’ F&A teams
• Communicates regularly with key stakeholders and shares project outcome / achievement internally and externally, including report / exchange visit / workshop.
• Supports the Director of TRAFFIC China Programme to manage and supervise staff and consultants, handling personnel issues including performance promptly and proactively supporting staff development.
• Supports to manage the finances of the TRAFFIC China Office, ensures effective budgeting, administration and accounting of funds, as well as the accurate and timely reporting of consolidated and project-related financial statements and accounts.
• Supports to manage the working relationship with FESCO to ensure salary and benefits of staff and consultants are paid on time.
• Keeps close contact with Legal consultant to ensure all activities of TRAFFIC China are legal.
• Conducts any other duties related to the organization and operation of TRAFFIC in China and the TRAFFIC network, as identified by the China Office Director and the Asia-Pacific Senior Director.
  • This dynamic position requires a pro-active person with a passion for conservation issues and the ability to stimulate and motivate colleagues;
• At least Master’s degree in related fields, e.g. conservation, biology, environment and ecology, social science, or international trade;
• At least 8 years of relevant working experience;
• Knowledge related wildlife trade is preferred;
• Demonstrated experience in an inter-cultural environment, and in coordinating and supporting colleagues from different countries/regions;
• Experiences in working with government agencies and industries would be an advantage;
• Strong, extensive and proven strategic thinking and project management experience (incl. with international donors and partners);
• Strong management skills in programme planning, project development and the delivery of time-bound and quality assured project outputs
• Solid experiences in reporting to project donors (incl. international donors);
• Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively as a part of a multi-regional team;
• Self-starter, who can quickly and efficiently take up complex responsibilities;
• Bilingual: fluent Chinese (Mandarin) and English skills with demonstrated working experiences;
• Strong writer and communicator: with the ability to write clearly in English and Chinese;
• Familiarity with standard word processing, spreadsheet, presentation and data base software, and with electronic communication technology;
• Ability to multi-task, work under pressure and under deadlines;
• The candidate must be a Chinese national.

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