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Project Research Assistant, TRAFFIC Thailand

Vacancy #:   5150
Unit:   TRAFFIC International
Organization:   TRAFFIC International (TRAFFIC)
Location:   Asia Regional Office, Bangkok, Thailand
Reporting to:   Project Officer/Manager, TRAFFIC Thailand
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   A3
Expected start date:   01 October 2019
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (24 months)
Closing date:   22 September 2019
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.

TRAFFIC recently secured Global Environment Facility funding in Thailand, via UNDP, to manage a suite of activities to reduce consumer demand for illegal wildlife products, and to monitor availability of these products in physical and online market locations. This post will provide support to the project, liaising closely with the TRAFFIC Project Manager and other key stakeholders based in Thailand, as well as other TRAFFIC team members in Asia.


• The postholder will lead and conduct assessment of market availability for five CITES-listed species chosen as indicators in collaboration with the CITES Management Authority of Thailand.
• Design, plan and carry out physical and online market surveys to acquire information about illegal wildlife trade; Develop a plan/protocol, budget, questionnaires for online and physical market surveys on wildlife species in consultation relevant TRAFFIC staff.
• Research wildlife trade issues in selected physical market locations in Thailand and online platforms; compile data into standard excel spreadsheet formats.
• Undertake preliminary analysis of the data; Produce technical report of surveys data.
• Provide technical guidance and support in collecting and verifying media reports in relation to incidents of wildlife seizures linked to Thailand.
• Collect, verify, input and report to enforcement agencies where possible to enable the consistent monitoring of cases, research and follow up as required to track progress of investigations.
• Conduct research online identifying emerging modus operandi, platforms used, and actors involved in wildlife trade of target species in Thailand and connected globally.
• Undertakes other tasks relevant to the project as assigned.
  • At least Bachelor’s degree in natural resource management, environment or sustainable development-related studies, social sciences, and/or related fields.
• At least 5 years of professional experience in conducting research, ideally including wildlife trade.
• Strong research methodology skills, project delivery, planning and time management;
• Strong coordination and communication, ability to manage partnerships;
• Native Thai speaker with excellent spoken and written English;
• Experience working with government institutions and private sector stakeholders; and
• Able to work collaboratively in a team.

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