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Senior Analyst - Elephant and Rhino Trade

Vacancy #:   5214
Unit:   TRAFFIC International
Organization:   TRAFFIC International (TRAFFIC)
Location:   Cambridge Office, Cambridge, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Reporting to:   Director - Programmes and Research
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P2
Expected start date:   01 February 2020
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (36 months)
Closing date:   15 December 2019
BACKGROUND
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.

We would consider placing the role in Pretoria, South Africa for the right candidate
JOB DESCRIPTION
Provides technical leadership of TRAFFIC’s analytical work related to trade in elephants and rhinos, including oversight of ETIS (Elephant Trade Information System).
The Elephant Trade Information System, commonly known as ETIS, is the CITES-mandated global monitoring tool that tracks illegal trade in elephant ivory and other elephant products. Managed and operated by TRAFFIC on behalf of the CITES Parties, the core ETIS data are seizures of illegal ivory and other elephant products. The aims of ETIS are to measure and record levels and trends, and changes in levels and trends, of trade in ivory and other elephant specimens in elephant range States, ivory consumer States and ivory transit States; assessing whether and to what extent observed trends are related to measures concerning elephants and trade in elephant specimens taken under the auspices of CITES; changes in the listing of elephant populations in the CITES Appendices; or the conduct of legal international trade in ivory.

SPECIFIC DUTIES:
• Responsible for the management and development of ETIS including the ETIS database and roll out of ETIS on-line database system, data collection processes and statistical analyses including management the ETIS Programme Officer.
• Lead and undertake an annual trend analysis of ETIS data and provide accompanying reports for integration into CITES documents as necessary.
• In advance of a CoP, undertakes an analysis to determine countries with similar elephant trade characteristics as a contribution to the CITES process to feed into the CITES National Ivory Action Plan country selection.
• Provide a comprehensive analysis of the ETIS data to each meeting of the CITES Conference of the Parties for consideration as a formal part of the CITES documentation.
• Develop ETIS’s analytical methods as necessary and document these changes (GitHub and more general documentation of the methods).
• Engagement with the MIKE-ETIS Technical Advisory Group and MIKE-ETIS Subgroup of the Standing Committee, including through attendance at meetings.
• Supervise and assist with the collection and analysis of rhino horn trade data, including through engagement with the African Rhino Specialist Group and relevant CITES Parties;
• Lead the input of the IUCN/TRAFFIC report to CITES CoP18 on the status of rhinos and trade in rhino horn required by CITES.
• Attendance at CITES Standing Committee and Conferences of the Parties to assist with the presentation of ETIS analyse and to address issues that relate specifically to ETIS or more generally to (elephant and) rhino conservation.
• Responsible for providing support and advice on data analysis to other TRAFFIC staff.
REQUIREMENTS
  • Essential
• Relevant PhD (e.g. statistics) or equivalent achievements and significant (5 years or more) post qualification experience in related field
• Sound knowledge and practical experience of statistical methods, including the use of R (and other relevant software) for the application of Bayesian methods
• Experience of applying and developing Bayesian models to complex data structures
• Ability to contextualise results.
• Strong organizational skills, including attention to detail.
• Fluency in English with excellent English writing skills with working knowledge of any other languages an advantage.
• Ability to work independently and under pressure and to set own work priorities as appropriate and a capacity to meet deadlines.
• Excellent communication skills including the ability to explain and present complex ideas to non-technical audiences including policy makers.
• Ability to work within interdisciplinary teams.
• Ability to undertake work related travel (overseas) when and where necessary.
• Good understanding of the ivory trade.

Useful
• Knowledge of Postgres, SQL, relational databases and database management
• Good understanding of wildlife trade and use issues.
• Understanding of CITES.
• Experience with working in conservation organisations.
• Good understanding of economics of wildlife trade.
APPLICATIONS

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