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Project Support Officer - Combating Wildlife Crime

Vacancy #:   1590
Unit:   TRAFFIC Southern Africa
Organisation:   TRAFFIC International (TRAFFIC)
Location:   TRAFFIC - Southern Africa, Pretoria, South Africa
Reporting to:   Project Manager - Combating Wildlife Crime
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   A3
Expected start date:   01 August 2017
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (24 months)
Closing date:   06 August 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 programme, Combating Wildlife Crime in Namibia and the Kavango-Zambezi (KAZA) Transfrontier Conservation Area (TFCA) . The Combating Wildlife Crime Programme (CWCP) seeks to significantly reduce poaching and illegal trade in wildlife – in particular for elephant and rhino, 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 carry out technical project work and provide administrative support to the project. The Project Support Officer will work closely with the Project Manager and other TRAFFIC staff to ensure that the project team operates effectively, on time and according to the donor’s requirements. The Project Support Officer is a key contact point for project implementation and reporting.

Specific Duties

• Support research on wildlife trade as required by the Project Manager;
• Assisting with technical and quality control for work, including reviewing text, budgets, reports;
• Tracking progress in development of the design and delivery of the project;
• Support the Project Manager in liaising with the TRAFFIC Finance and Administration team on budget and contract coordination, project workplans, and relevant internal project management tools and contributing as requested;
• Undertake training on information management to enable systematic input of data;
• Entering data into the TRAFFIC/WWF information database;
• Attending to project meetings and events as requested;
• Convening, facilitating and reporting back on calls, meetings and workshops as required;
• Coordinating with the project team on day-to-day project administration;
• Ensuring deadlines are tracked by establishing a monitoring system and alerts for the project team;
• Supporting project monitoring and evaluation;
• Provide support as required by TRAFFIC’s F&A team during external audits;
• Compiling, reviewing and editing of project reports and annual workplans, and overseeing timely submission to the donor;
• Supporting in the development of communications materials relevant to the project;
• Provision of information on the project as and when required from other TRAFFIC staff;
• Any other duties relevant to the role;
  • Have three to five years strong and relevant experience in project implementation;
• Be educated to a university-degree level;
• Have experience or evidence of a strong interest working in a conservation environment;
• Must have written and oral fluency in English and preferably Portuguese;
• Skills in project planning, implementation, and financial management;
• Strong organizational and communication abilities, including attention to detail;
• Experience working on USAID or other US Government funded projects would be an advantage;
• Ability to work independently with remote oversight and under pressure, and to set own work priorities as appropriate with a capacity to meet deadlines;
• A willingness and ability to travel regionally to project countries, which may include research in remote locations;
• Ability to work as part of a global team, with some communications taking place outside of regular office hours as required due to multi time-zone coordination;
• Good knowledge of MS Office computer software applications.

This position is open to South Africa nationals, permanent residence holders or those with the right to work in South Africa.
The minimum gross annual salary for this position is USD 23'811. 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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