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Senior Programme Officer

Vacancy #:   5667
Unit:   TRAFFIC Vietnam
Organisation:   TRAFFIC International (TRAFFIC)
Location:   TRAFFIC Vietnam, Hanoi, Viet Nam
Reporting to:   Programme Office Director- Vietnam
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P2
Expected start date:   01 August 2021
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (12 months)
Closing date:   30 June 2021
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 in Viet Nam works closely with consumer groups, CSOs, and the government, providing critical information on the impacts of trade, motivating efforts to increase the ecological sustainability of trade in wild species, and helping to improve enforcement of international wildlife trade controls.


The “USAID Counter Wildlife Trafficking” Activity is a 5-year program starting from June 2021 to July 2026. The Activity aims to increase Viet Nam’s leadership in countering wildlife trafficking through enhancing the commitment of Government of Vietnam (GVN) leaders at the national and provincial levels, increasing the effectiveness of wildlife law enforcement and reducing demand and consumption of illegal wildlife products. Under this project, TRAFFIC will implement a practical and effective approach to significantly reduce the demand for illegal wildlife product consumption and work with WWF and ENV to strengthen Viet Nam’s systems and capacities to deter those involved in the illegal wildlife trade. The implementation team lead by WWF’s Chief of Party provides a combination of experience combating wildlife trafficking and the proven ability to reduce demand for consumption, improve enforcement of trafficking, and strengthen policy formulation and governance for combating wildlife trade in Viet Nam.
This position will dynamically lead the project team for the successful implementation of the Demand Reduction and Social and Behavior Change (SBC) Objective of the USAID Counter Wildlife Trafficking project, including conceptualizing, designing, developing methodology, analysing consumer and other data, developing strategic partnerships, reporting, and follow-up actions. This position will work closely with government, CSO, and private sector counterparts, the Chief of Party, and technical leads of the CWT Partnerships and Counter Trafficking Objectives.

• Lead the development and implementation of a Demand Reduction (DR) Strategy, and work plans and interim milestones to strengthen and sustain efforts to reduce consumer demand for targeted illegal wildlife products with an initial focus on rhino horn, elephant ivory, pangolin, and big cat products.
• Oversee and support implementation of Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) strategy, jointly defining/refining tools and methodologies, and overseeing delivery of identified products and assets;
• Build and maintain alliances and/or support relationships with relevant groups, organisations, government agencies, private sector, NGOs and others as identified in the DR Strategy and wider work planning;
• Manage and coordinate the day-to-day implementation of project activities by partners and consultants (as and when required); Oversee and manage the project resources, ensuring that expenditures do not exceed available funds and that deliverables adhere to agreed timelines; Monitor the timely implementation and financial management of any sub-contracts to partners and consultants; Ensure project technical and financial reports prepared following TRAFFICF and donor requirements in timely manner;
• Manage behavior change measurement surveys and research through polling, surveying, and analyses and the use of mass media and social networks;
• Regularly report on progress of the project to the Chief of Party, and ensure co-ordinated communication with partners, and wider network, and take responsibility to ensure goals and objectives are met;
• Coordinate closely with all key stakeholders (national and international organisations) and government agencies to achieve the targets of the DR Strategy, advocate for and ensure implementation of project activities and create synergy and cooperation among project activities;
• Share good practice with the SBC Community through the SBC Community of Practice and liaise with TRAFFIC’s wider Team working on SBC
• Document lessons learned and success factors, so that these can be shared internally with other staff delivering demand reduction initiatives in other countries;
• Undertake other tasks relevant to the project as determined by the Chief of Party.
• Supervision to Project Officers and consultants as required
  • Seven years of professional experience designing, implementing, and leading social and behaviour change campaigns, including experience with social marketing, strategic communications, and/or behavior change communications.
• A master’s degree marketing or SBCC related field or, in lieu thereof, two additional years’ experience in a social-marketing or social science.
• Experience with polling and consumer surveying techniques, quantitative and qualitative survey methods, the use of mass media and social networks to influence and gain public support, the negotiation and formation of alliances across interest groups, and/or working with civil society organizations.
• The ability to critically analyse and review consumer data and other data sources to develop concepts for implementation of behavior change initiatives under TRAFFIC’s five step behavior change process (http://www.changewildlifeconsumers.org/).
• Strong understanding and experience of the Vietnam SBC context is required.
• Experience working with creative agencies, marketing firms, and communications/media, and across social media platforms.
• Experience working with government agencies, health sector, private sector and commercial agencies, and facilitate the relationships to reach the target audiences.
• Fluent in Vietnamese and proficient (written and verbally) in English is required.
• Passionate about biodiversity conservation and sustainability.

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