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Project Leader

Vacancy #:   5202
Unit:   TRAFFIC Southern Africa
Organization:   TRAFFIC International (TRAFFIC)
Location:   South Africa Country Office, Pretoria, South Africa
Reporting to:   Director - Programmes and Research
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P2
Expected start date:   01 January 2020
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (12 months with possibility of renewal)
Closing date:   15 December 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.

Project Background

TRAFFIC is implementing a four-and-a-half-year project to strengthen knowledge and action to address trade threats to Africa’s biodiversity. The project’s purpose is to strengthen actions to conserve and protect wildlife populations, areas of high biodiversity, and communities in Africa threatened by illegal and unsustainable wildlife trade, with a particular focus on trade to Asia. The project is organised around five inter-related work streams:

• Increasing the quality, breadth, depth and timeliness of information – i.e. the knowledge base – on markets for, and illegal and unsustainable trade in, wildlife and wildlife products from Africa;
• Improving the targeting, design and effectiveness of actions to reduce illegal and unsustainable trade in African wildlife using analyses and outputs bringing together data from this project with information from other sources;
• Supporting innovation and scaling up of successful approaches to identifying and reducing illegal and unsustainable trade;
• Encouraging greater information sharing and collaboration to implement actions to reduce illegal and unsustainable wildlife trade;
• Ensuring effective, adaptive management of the programme of work and strict adherence to all financial management and reporting procedures

Now three years into the project, the final year and a half’s work will focus on pushing for impact based on the research analysis and recommendations that have been produced through the project to date.
Characteristic Duties

This position is responsible for leading and ensuring the effective delivery of the overall project in its final phase. Work will require applying an insight-led, results-oriented and collaborative approach. Critical functions include driving for impact, ensuring plans for influencing change with relevant stakeholders are implemented and impact of the project is tracked. Finalising the project will include ensuring budgets and spending is tightly managed and final reporting highlights the

Specific Duties

• Lead responsibility for ensuring the successful implementation of the project, working closely with regional directors for East/Southern and Central Africa, and leading a small project team based in both Africa and UK.
• Collaborating and maintaining strong internal relationships with TRAFFIC regional teams in Africa and globally, ensuring all actions are synergistic, complementary and demonstrate value for money
• Managing staff, sub-agreements, reporting, donor liaison, work plans and budgets under rigorous project management systems.
• Ensuring 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.
• Ensuring adherence to TRAFFIC’s research and data management protocols
• Leading the compilation of reports, briefing papers and other communication materials, including technical review and sign-off, to ensure quality control and timely submission.
• Developing and implementing research partnership strategies in Africa to strengthen international co-operation addressing trade of illegal wildlife stemming from Africa.
• Developing and implementing advocacy strategies to strengthen international approaches to addressing trans-continental trade of illegal wildlife between Africa and other continents with a primary focus on Asia.
• Convening, facilitating and/or chairing meetings and workshops, and consolidating relationships with potential project collaborators.
• Leading efforts to inform understanding and actions amongst government, inter-government, private sector and civil society within Africa to reduce wildlife trafficking
• Proactively managing relationships and fostering dialogue amongst an ‘international community’ of wildlife trade stakeholders and potential project collaborators.
• Ensuring effective linkages to delivery of TRAFFIC’s wider programme priorities with specific reference to research and building capacity and partnerships to deliver a lasting conservation impact.
• Developing project concept for potential next phase of funding.
• Other duties as required by the line manager
  • 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 sustainable development, preferably within an international NGO and with work experience in at least one African country.
• Excellent understanding of international nature conservation agreements and laws, and of policies and regulations regarding international trade in endangered species.
• Exceptional ability and confidence in communicating and influencing government and intergovernmental agencies, non-governmental organisations, civil society, private sector and other conservation partners.
• Familiarity with major trends in research methodologies, conservation policy and research co-operations, issues relevant to the trade in wild 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.
• Fluency and excellent writing skills in English and French, with competency in any of the following additional languages an advantage: Swahili, Portuguese, Chinese.
• Excellent skills in programme management, planning, project implementation and monitoring and evaluation.
• Good interpersonal and leadership skills and ability to work effectively as part of a small team, with respect for and sensitivity to multi-cultural approaches.
• Financial management skills and fundraising experience.
• Communications skills and experience of working with the media.
• A willingness and ability to travel widely and frequently;
• An ability to work under pressure.
• Good IT literacy and experience with Microsoft Office.

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