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Project Manager - Combating Wildlife Crime

Vacancy #:   1589
Unit:   TRAFFIC Southern Africa
Organisation:   TRAFFIC International (TRAFFIC)
Location:   TRAFFIC - Southern Africa, Pretoria, South Africa
Reporting to:   Programme Coordinator - Eastern/Southern Africa
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P2
Expected start date:   01 August 2017
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (24 months)
Closing date:   30 July 2017
TRAFFIC, the international 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 the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). It is organised into six regional programmes.

TRAFFIC is a consortium member in a five-year USAID sponsored project, Combating Wildlife Crime in Namibia and the Kavango-Zambezi (KAZA) Transfrontier Conservation Area (TFCA) . The Combating Wildlife Crime Project (CWCP) seeks to significantly reduce poaching and illegal trade in wildlife, enhance law enforcement capacity, and promote sustainable natural resource utilization over the next five years. Piloting of new ideas, sharing of best practices, and information exchange will be facilitated through Consortium members and the KAZA (TFCA) to build capacity for wildlife management, enforcement of wildlife laws, and incentive-based conservation models.

TRAFFIC’s role in the CWCP (conducted over four of the five project years) is to conduct wildlife trafficking studies and to raise awareness of illegal wildlife trade within the criminal justice systems of the KAZA countries, primarily targeting prosecutors and magistrates.
Characteristic Duties

The successful candidate will manage research on illegal wildlife trade, within the KAZA countries, and implement the training/information awareness activities. The executant will collaborate with other consortium partners and ensure efficiency in project implementation.

Specific Duties

• Develop and undertake research on wildlife trade, carry out market surveys including internet surveys and field work, and conduct interviews and literature reviews;
• Convene, facilitate and/or chair meetings and workshops, and consolidate relationships with potential project collaborators;
• In collaboration with the other relevant consortium partners, conduct needs assessments amongst relevant criminal justice system officials relevant to awareness and management of the illegal wildlife trade;
• In collaboration with other relevant consortium members, develop an illegal wildlife trade awareness programme based on the outcomes of the needs assessments;
• Implement the illegal wildlife trade training/sensitisation activities;
• Consult with government agencies and relevant organisations to identify wildlife trafficking information gaps;
• Develop a research methodology for gathering information on wildlife trafficking;
• Conduct research on wildlife trafficking as per the research methodology;
• Undertake training on information management to enable systematic input of data, and its analysis (if not trained already);
• Prepare information reports on time sensitive data for dissemination to law enforcement for their action and follow up;
• Prepare annual wildlife trafficking trade assessments for each country;
• Compile reports, briefing papers and other communications on illegal wildlife trade;
• Supervise the input of data by staff and consultants;
• Ensure adherence to TRAFFIC’s research and data management protocols;
• Manage the Project Support Officer that will be recruited to provide support in the implementation of TRAFFIC project components;
• Prepare project technical reports for submission and collaborate with the TRAFFIC Senior Finance Officer on project financial reports;
• Participate in CWCP Management Committees meetings, Technical Committee meetings and Regional Learning meetings;
• Use the CWCP Project Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Plan to guide project implementation;
• Develop terms of reference for and manage project consultants.
  • A university Master's degree or equivalent experience in a relevant discipline demonstrating understanding of the subject area;
• Significant professional work experience relevant to nature conservation and/or illegal wildlife trade and transnational organised crime;
• Strong research and analytical background including research in the field;
• Fluency and excellent writing skills in English essential, with competency in any of the following additional languages an advantage: Portuguese, Chinese.
• Publications track record;
• Relevant and proven experience in project cycle management (i.e. co-ordinating larger projects, including overseeing consultants and managing project budgets and reporting);
• Experience working on USAID or other US Government funded projects would be an advantage;
• Familiarity with major trends in research methodologies, conservation policy and research, issues relevant to the trade in terrestrial and marine wildlife between Africa and Asia, and broad familiarity with conservation and development issues across the two continents, including governance and natural resource management;
• Experience in working with and communicating programme objectives to government and intergovernmental agencies, non-governmental organisations, civil society, private sector and other conservation partners;
• Good interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively as part of a team, with respect for and sensitivity to multi-cultural approaches;
• Communications skills and experience working with the media;
• A willingness and ability to travel widely and frequently;
• Experience in managing staff and/or consultants.
• An ability to work under pressure;
• Good IT literacy and experience with Microsoft Office.
The minimum gross annual salary for this position is USD 55'152. While this is an indicative amount effective as of the current date, changes may occur as per IUCN's compensation practices without prior notice. The same applies to other organisations hosted by IUCN.

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