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Project Manager – INL Project

Vacancy #:   6634
Unit:   TRAFFIC Central Africa
Organisation:   TRAFFIC International (TRAFFIC)
Location:   TRAFFIC - Central Africa, Yaounde, Cameroon
Reporting to:   Senior Programme Officer – Forest Governance and Trade
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P1
Expected start date:   01 January 2024
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (18 months)
Closing date:   23 November 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.

The newly agreed two-year INL project ‘Combatting the facilitators of the illegal wildlife trade in Cameroon’ addresses issues of capacity within the private and public sectors to identify, investigate and prosecute cases of financial crime linked to wildlife trafficking, including money laundering, tax evasion and corruption in Cameroon. It also aims to improve collaboration between the private and public sectors and with law enforcement counterparts in Nigeria. The project will also sensitize commercial organisations such as freight forwarders, shipping companies and the Douala Port Authority, to the issues of wildlife trafficking and deliver bespoke training to increase their ability to
intercept and report suspicious cargo.

The Project Manager will be responsible for overseeing the delivery of the above two-year INL funded project in Cameroon. The successful candidate will be responsible for delivering quality project outputs on time and within budget, as well as supporting development of the work in TRAFFIC Central Africa’s wider strategy, creating synergy between this project and other relevant work across Cameroon and Nigeria.

The Project Manager will also act as a representative of TRAFFIC, managing and building relationships with donors and stakeholders for current projects and to leverage funds for future

• Ensure that all project activities are successfully implemented, outputs are completed to a high standard, and all financial, administrative and reporting requirements are met.
• Responsible for identifying suitable candidates and developing terms of reference for project consultants and other recruitment processes relevant to this project together with Human Resources and Administration colleagues.
• Supervise the logistics (travel, hotel bookings) for participants of project training workshops and partner meetings in Cameroon and Nigeria.
• Ensure the technical quality and timely delivery of work plan activities, including conducting a rigorous evaluation of project activities and interventions and suggesting adaptive management approaches to amplify project impact.
• Proactively manage relationships and foster dialogue amongst an ‘international community’ of project stakeholders and potential project collaborators, building on the range of partnerships already fostered in CAF since 2008; including Government Institutions, COMIFAC, COBAC, GABAC, IGOs and NGOs.
• Lead efforts to inform and increase understanding amongst government, inter-governmental, private sector and civil society representatives around how transboundary wildlife trafficking can be relevant to institutions dealing with broader issues, including, for example, the wider trade agenda, especially through seaports, financial crime, good governance and corruption and effective court prosecutions.
• Proactively manage TRAFFIC’s relationships with relevant INL and USG missions, ensuring the project initiative integrates productively with other USG-funded initiatives and programmes within and between different African countries, especially Nigeria.
• Identify additional research opportunities at the national/regional/species level to highlight priorities for the project delivery and assist the donor with strategic planning initiatives.
• Lead the compilation of reports, briefing papers and other communication materials, including technical review and sign-off, to ensure quality control and timely submission.
• Assist colleagues, as appropriate, with developing concepts and proposals to help leverage additional funding and technical resources that will assist in successfully delivering the work programme and project activities.

•The Project Manager will be responsible for the line management of one Project Assistant based in Cameroon.

A university degree in a relevant discipline (e.g., criminology, biology, political science, social science, international relations, law, economics or related studies).

A minimum of 7 years of professional work experience relevant to law enforcement, financial crime, nature conservation and sustainable development, preferably within an international NGO and with preferred work experience in Cameroon and Nigeria.

Familiarity with major trends in conservation policy and issues relevant to the trade in wild terrestrial and marine wildlife in Central and West Africa, and broad familiarity with conservation and development issues, including governance and natural resource management.

Excellent understanding of international and regional nature conservation agreements, laws, policies and regulations regarding international trade in endangered species products and related crimes.

Strong interpersonal, leadership and networking skills with the ability to work well within a team while showing initiative, being proactive, and respecting sensitivity to multi-cultural approaches.

Experience in communicating programme objectives to and in working with government and intergovernmental agencies, non-governmental organisations, civil society, the private sector and other conservation partners.

Excellent skills in programme management, planning and project implementation, attention to detail with proven ability in prioritising workloads and meeting deadlines.

Excellent writing skills and the ability to understand and synthesise information from various sources.

Strong public speaking and presentation skills.

Fundraising experience and financial management skills.

Strong IT skills (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)

Fluency and excellent writing skills in English and French.

Good communication skills and experience of working with the media.

A willingness and ability to travel widely and frequently and to work under pressure.

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