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Sustainable Supply Chain Manager

Vacancy #:   6275
Unit:   TRAFFIC International
Organisation:   TRAFFIC International (TRAFFIC)
Location:   TRAFFIC International, Cambridge, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Reporting to:   Programme Office Director- Europe
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P1
Expected start date:   01 March 2023
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (25 months)
Closing date:   05 February 2023 (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 on achieving a sustained reduction in illegal wildlife trade, and on enhancing conservation and livelihood benefits from sustainable and legal trade in wildlife resources. This is achieved through engaging and influencing key stakeholders: governments, businesses, communities, consumers and inter-governmental agencies. One of five TRAFFIC’s Objectives to 2030 is for priority businesses in target sectors involved in or facilitating trade in wild species to implement new or strengthened best practices to verify responsible wild species supply chains, and deter illicit products from entering supply chains.
Responsible business practices are building blocks for sustainable, traceable, transparent, corruption-free and legal wild species supply chains. TRAFFIC will support the development of new public-private partnerships and business-to-business partnerships in targeted supply chains to catalyse collective action on wild plants ingredients, timber and wood products, fisheries and seafood, and other wild species products (including cross-cutting sectors, such as traditional medicine).


The Sustainable Supply Chain Manager will focus on facilitating the market transformation in the wild plant ingredients sector and provide wider advice to TRAFFIC’s engagement with supply chains.

The current scope of wild plant supply chain work includes the partnership with the FairWild Foundation to promote the sustainable harvest and trade of wild plants, fungi and lichens, and support uptake of the FairWild Standard and certification scheme worldwide. TRAFFIC also undertakes wider approaches to highlight the harvest, trade and use of the wild plant “hidden” ingredients and expand markets and pathways for sustainable trade that benefits wild species and harvesters, including through the innovative WildCheck collaborative platform (www.wildcheck.info).

Plant resources – including timber and non-timber plant resources – are the most significantly traded wildlife commodities globally. Timber is the world’s most valuable wildlife commodity in trade, and when managed legally and sustainably, is an invaluable source of revenue to both local communities and entire nations. However, globally between 10-30% (and higher in Africa and South America) of timber trade is illegal, contributing to dangerous levels of deforestation, habitat loss and loss of revenue. Thousands of consumer goods contain wild plant ingredients, which are often harvested from highly biodiverse ecosystems by rural communities for whom trade is a critical source of income. A growing number of wild species in trade are threatened with extinction as demand outstrips supply and available habitats decline.

The salary range for this position is between GBP 35,492 to GBP 42,000 p.a depending on experience and skills.

The Sustainable Supply Chain Manager will be responsible for the management and implementation of a portfolio of TRAFFIC projects relating to the use of and trade in wild-collected plant resources, with a focus on ensuring strengthened sustainability, traceability, and legality of trade. This includes the project “Himalayan plants for people: sustainable trade for biodiversity and development”, funded through the UK government Darwin Initiative (implemented until June 2024), and other donor-funded projects.

As TRAFFIC builds a broader portfolio of work around sustainable supply chains the Sustainable Supply Chain Manager will advise on the development and delivery of activities in the areas of business engagement and responsible supply chains across TRAFFIC’s global and regional teams, building on an emphasis on trade in wild plant ingredients.


• Manages the implementation of projects and activities related to the use of and trade in wild-collected plant resources;
• Works closely with project partners, ensuring timely delivery of activities, donor project, and TRAFFIC programme-level reporting;
• Delivers partners’ capacity-building on support to the implementation of good practices in sustainable, traceable, equitable trade, including of the FairWild Standard requirements;
• Develops supply chain traceability approaches for the implementation in project context;
• Collaborates with the Development team to fundraise and co-ordinate across TRAFFIC in strengthening and developing the donor portfolio in this thematic area.
• Leads on research outputs of relevance to the responsible supply chains area of work, focussed on the sustainability of trade in wild plant ingredients.
• Identifies and fosters public-private, and business-to-business partnerships in target supply chains, including building on the WildCheck initiative.
• Contributes to the engagement with the FairWild Foundation under the Partnership Agreement with TRAFFIC, and pursues other partnerships as relevant and prioritized;
• Coordinates project and thematic communications, through TRAFFIC and external social media and other materials.
• Advises TRAFFIC on emerging issues and opportunities for engagement around responsible supply chain development, within the scope of TRAFFIC’s global programme and work plans.
• Supports implementation of TRAFFIC’s work on wild plant supply chains intervention and broader responsible supply chains work, ensuring that network delivery is effectively, efficiently and to expected TRAFFIC quality standards;
• Supports capacity-building within TRAFFIC on issues of responsible supply chains.
  • Experience with supply chain traceability, standards, including with the private sector;
• Conservation project management experience;
• Firm understanding of corporate sustainability, including biodiversity risks, social and human rights issues, and purpose agenda;
• Experience in developing partnerships and supply chain interventions (commercial or charity setting);
• Educated to a degree level or equivalent;
• Understanding of, and passion for, TRAFFIC mission;
• Ability to work under pressure and to set own work priorities as appropriate;
• Strong communication, analytical, and presentation skills, including strong writing abilities in the English language; multi-media communications experience an asset;
• Other languages, in particular German, French or Spanish desirable;
• An ability to work cooperatively as part of a small team with strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work in different cultural contexts.

• We are unable to offer any relocation package for this position.

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