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Policy and Partnerships Coordinator - Africa

Vacancy #:   1368
Unit:   TRAFFIC International
Organization:   TRAFFIC International (TRAFFIC)
Location:   Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office, Nairobi, Kenya
Reporting to:   Senior Programme Director - Africa & Europe
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P2
Expected start date:   01 November 2016
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (8 months)
Closing date:   02 October 2016
BACKGROUND
TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, works to ensure that trade in wild animals and plants is not a threat to the conservation of nature. We actively monitor and investigate wildlife trade and provide information to diverse audiences worldwide as a basis for effective conservation policies and programmes. TRAFFIC is a strategic alliance of World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and is an international network, organised into six regional programmes.
JOB DESCRIPTION
The mission is to engender political will, policy commitments and outcomes at key international and regional fora that lead to the development and effective implementation of actions promoting sustainable and legal wildlife trade and reduction of unsustainable and illegal trade and related crime in Africa

This position will be responsible for supporting and developing policy and guidance on wildlife trade in Africa as it relates to implementation of international policy initiatives such as the African Union (AU)-led Common African Strategy on Combating Illegal Exploitation and Illegal Trade in Wild Fauna and Flora in Africa the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Johannesburg Roadmap and other priority initiatives .


Specific Duties

• Provide Lead support to the AU Commission (AUC) and AU Member State governments with implementation guidance and advise on policy coherence as related to the Common African Strategy
• Support African governments with implementation guidance as related to the FOCAC Johannesburg Roadmap – in conjunction with the TRAFFIC teams in China, Africa and TRAFFIC International
• Support policy coherence and synergies between the above international initiatives and the strategies that have been developed by various regional bodies in Africa, such as under ECCAS/COMIFAC, SADC, EAC, etc
• Liaise with the AU, UNEP, UNDP, FAO, African Development Bank, ICCWC members and other international organisations working on issues related to wildlife trade in Africa
• Support African governments with implementation guidance and advise on policy coherence as related to CITES commitments as well as the trade-related elements of other MEAs (CBD, CMS, etc.)
• Support the building of capacity in wildlife trade-related policy and advocacy in Africa, including internally for TRAFFIC staff
• Support TRAFFIC’s fundraising efforts to sustain its policy and advocacy work
• On the basis of the above, and in collaboration with the TRAFFIC’s Director of Policy, identify and develop strong linkages and mutual support between related policy work in Africa and policy work conducted by the global TRAFFIC network.
• Other duties as required by the TRAFFIC Senior Programme Director, Africa and Europe
REQUIREMENTS
  • At least 10 years experience in national and regional/international policy, including high level political negotiations, preferably within an African context;
• Demonstrated ability to deliver high level political outcomes;
• Strong working knowledge of political processes within Africa;
• Knowledge and previous working experience in wildlife trade, especially illicit trade and enforcement issues.
• Strong ability to initiate, build and maintain relationships with key external stakeholders;
• Ability to identify and strategically capitalise on policy opportunities;
• Excellent organizational skills with ability to prioritize;
• Excellent interpersonal and communications skills;
• Excellent working knowledge of English required and good French working skills preferred.
APPLICATIONS

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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