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Senior Behaviour Change Specialist

Vacancy #:   6316
Unit:   TRAFFIC International
Organisation:   TRAFFIC International (TRAFFIC)
Location:   Regional Office for South America, Quito, Ecuador
  This position can be located in Cambridge UK; Hanoi Vietnam; Kuala Lumpur Malaysia; or Bangkok Thailand.
Reporting to:   Behaviour Change Programme Leader
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P2
Expected start date:   01 March 2024
Type of contract:   Indefinite
Closing date:   05 March 2023
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.

Human behaviour is a central factor facilitating and driving wildlife trade and is a fundamental part of TRAFFIC’s current strategy. TRAFFIC has a suite of projects spanning multiple countries and regions and applying best practice in the social and behavioural sciences, to support sustainable trade of wild species. Examples include a range of initiatives reducing demand for illegally traded wildlife amongst consumers in China, Viet Nam, Japan and Southeast Asia, the DETER project, combatting wildlife trafficking between Africa and Asia, and the Wildlife TRAPS project, which includes a component exploring the potential for social and behaviour change to help reduce zoonotic diseases threats

This position can be located in one of TRAFFIC's offices in Cambridge UK; Hanoi Vietnam; Kuala Lumpur Malaysia; or Bangkok Thailand.
The Senior Behaviour Change Specialist role is responsible for supporting the Behaviour Change Programme Leader in driving forward this important part of TRAFFIC’s work, they will provide technical support to the mentioned projects, engage and advise TRAFFIC’s colleagues in other regions, particularly in Asia and support the development of additional activities of Behaviour Change for TRAFFIC.

• Coordinate technical aspects of projects being implemented by national TRAFFIC teams implementing social and behaviour change approaches to reduce demand for illegal wildlife products / promote safe, sustainable and legal consumption where appropriate
• Lead the design and review of materials, and provide support during the development, implementation and evaluation phases before in-country sign-off. Suggest options for template e.g., Creative Briefs and ToR for organisations developing/ pre-testing draft campaign materials and social research activities. Ensure the integrity and veracity of social research findings and liaise with the Data, Research and Enforcement Support Team to do so.
• Coordinate with Programme Office Directors and Project Managers to ensure that project activities are implemented to the required quality, on time, and within budget.
• Ensure that Behaviour Change initiatives are high-impact, cost-effective and innovative, and draw from best practice in social and behavioural sciences, providing capacity building to others.
• Produce resources, reports, newsletters and capacity building materials, and help to deliver workshop and webinar activities for the Social and Behaviour Change Community, to increase the pick-up of best practice in behavioural science across the conservation sector
• Provide broader support to TRAFFIC’s work on social and behavioural change.
  • Masters level qualification or equivalent experience in social or behavioural science
• Several years of experience delivering behaviour change initiatives
• Proven ability to commission creative agencies, manage social research processes, understand how to apply behavioural theory in campaign design, and quality assure associated messages, key visuals and outputs
• Experience of working in Asia, with an understanding of sensitivity to cultural differences
• Proven experience with large scale, high-value, multi-year projects, ideally from Government Aid Agency donors
• Must be a strong communicator with experience spanning a diverse range of audiences and stakeholders at multiple levels.
• Must be fluent in English, with excellent written and spoken communication skills. Additional language skills an advantage.
• A strong team player who can work on own initiative and be a self-directed lateral thinker.

• Applicants must have the right to live and work in the country to which they are applying for.

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