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Communications Support Officer - ROUTES

Vacancy #:   5408
Unit:   TRAFFIC International
Organization:   TRAFFIC International (TRAFFIC)
Location:   TRAFFIC International, Cambridge, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Reporting to:   Project Leader - ROUTES
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   A3
Expected start date:   01 September 2020
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (12 months)
Closing date:   16 August 2020
BACKGROUND
TRAFFIC, the 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.
JOB DESCRIPTION
This position is responsible for ensuring the consistent and efficient communication of TRAFFIC’s work. The Communication Officer will specifically provide communication support to TRAFFIC and partners of the USAID ‘Reducing Opportunities for Unlawful Transport of Endangered Species’ (ROUTES) Partnership. The Partnership is led by TRAFFIC and is implemented in partnership with other NGOs and private sector partners to disrupt wildlife trafficking by reducing the use of legal transportation supply chains.

CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES
• Responsible for ensuring the consistent and efficient communication of the ROUTES Partnership activities for TRAFFIC, including creating and managing communication materials and channels in compliance with donor regulations.
• Providing communication support for other projects being implemented by TRAFFIC.
• Working closely with TRAFFIC’s offices’ communication teams, and the project partners to ensure adherence to USAID, TRAFFIC and partner branding and marking requirements.
SPECIFIC DUTIES
• Oversees communications for the USAID ROUTES Partnership including development of press releases, social media, Q&As, and other communications materials.
• Works with project personnel, partners, consultants, and others to facilitate coordination, communication, and reporting.
• Provides final communications review of project outputs and ensures compliance with USAID branding and marking criteria.
• Researches and develops plans for media engagement, effective partner communications and website development.
• Development and management of effective systems for the sharing of communications materials and resources.
• Reviews the performance outcomes and status of all activities and evaluates and reports these results, including media coverage and social media, as well as recommendations for corrective action.
• Manages technical and administrative functions to support project communications by responding to requests for oral and written information.
• Supervise relevant consultants in their work toward project goals and objectives.
• Participates in stakeholder and partner group meetings.
• Involved with outreach to donors from corporate, non-profit, and governmental sectors.
• Leads on the development of project strategies on communications and supports delivery of the TRAFFIC networks global communications and advocacy strategies.
• Monitors and analyses new information, policy development issues, and trends related to the projects and advises others accordingly.
• Keeps abreast of issues in areas relevant to project communications. Responsible for gathering data relevant to specific project elements from conservation peers, governmental agencies, media and universities.
• Performs other duties as instructed by the ROUTES Lead or XXX, Communications
REQUIREMENTS
  • • Bachelor’s degree in a related field such as social and mass communication, marketing, journalism, development communication.
• Good experience in communications management, development communication, public relations or journalism is required.
• Experience in using text/graphics layout and design software (e.g. Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign).
• Experience in website development and management.
• Experience with developing video and online courses and associated software (e.g. Premiere Pro, Articulate)
• Experience in developing and engaging with media and social media outlets (e.g. Facebook for Business, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Vimeo).
• Strong project communications skills and ability to convey complex issues simply to target audiences.
• Understanding of US government branding and marking requirements is an advantage
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and have strong organizational ability.
• Ability to work effectively as a team member with a wide range of individuals, across cultures and time zones, used to meeting tight deadlines and working under pressure and also willing to work on own initiative.
APPLICATIONS

Applicants are requested to apply online through the HR Management System, by opening the vacancy announcement and pressing the "Apply" button.

Applicants will be asked to create an account and submit their profile information. Applications will not be accepted after the closing date. The vacancy closes at midnight, Swiss time (GMT+1 / GMT+2 during Daylight Saving Time, DST). Please note that only selected applicants will be personally contacted for interviews.

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