Wildlife-TRAPS Project Officer

Vacancy #:   683
Unit:   TRAFFIC International
Organization:   TRAFFIC International (TRAFFIC)
Location:   Asia Regional Office, Bangkok, Thailand
Reporting to:   Project Leader - TRAPS
Work percentage:   100%
Function group:   P1
Expected start date:   01 January 2014
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (12 months)
Closing date:   04 December 2013 (extended)
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. TRAFFIC is a strategic alliance of World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and is an international network, organised into eight regional programmes.

TRAFFIC has recently been successful in securing a grant from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to implement the ‘Wildlife Trafficking, Response, Assessment, Priority Setting’ (Wildlife-TRAPS) initiative. This three year initiative has approximately USD 1.5m of funding available to tackle the illegal trade of terrestrial and marine wildlife between Africa and Asia. Wildlife TRAPS is likely to focus on achieving a high impact with a tightly focused group of species products (i.e. including ivory and rhino horn) traded between Central and East & Southern Africa and East and South East Asia.

Activities will be delivered through a three Phase ‘Framework Approach’: Phase I will focus on ‘Assessment and Priority Setting’; activities will include scoping studies, desk based research, semi-structured interviews and stakeholder mapping. Phase II will focus on ‘Collaborative Action Planning’ with Wildlife TRAPS stakeholders in order to identify the trade routes and species products that will be tackled through a suite of ‘non-traditional approaches’ delivered during Phase III.

• Responsible for ensuring the timely and effective implementation of Wildlife TRAPS activities in [Africa/Asia] and capturing the impact and learning that arise from these.
• Preparing a suite of research and communication materials to help identify priorities for action under the initiative and provide insights into some of the ‘non-traditional approaches’ that might be undertaken to tackle illegal wildlife trade between Africa and Asia.
• Organising and supporting the delivery of trans-continental exchange visits, consensus building meetings, conferences and workshops; and activities and interventions under the final Phase of the project (which are yet to be determined).
• Supporting project management processes, including maintaining appropriate records and preparing financial and technical reporting information as required.
• Supporting the Project Leader in ensuring this high profile project delivers a lasting impact.


• Responsible for ensuring Wildlife-TRAPS work plan activities are successfully implemented in [Africa/Asia] and results secured, and that delivery is effectively coordinated with project counterparts in [Africa/Asia] and others across the TRAFFIC network.
• Supporting a rigorous evaluation process for activities and interventions delivered through Phase III of the project in particular; capturing and communicating the findings from this in order to amplify Wildlife TRAPS impact where feasible and appropriate.
• Helping to maintain relationships and support dialogue amongst an ‘international community’ of Wildlife TRAPS stakeholders and collaborators; including, for example, through the organisation of exchange visits, consensus-building meetings and action-planning workshops.
• Supporting efforts to inform and increase understanding amongst government, inter-government, private sector and civil society representatives around how trans-continental wildlife trafficking can be relevant to institutions dealing with broader issues; including for example, the wider trade agenda, good governance and corruption and food security.
• Helping to manage relationships with relevant USAID missions and to ensure the Wildlife TRAPS initiative integrates productively with other USAID funded initiatives and programmes operating both within and between Africa and Asia.
• Supporting the preparation of policy briefing papers in order to help address illegal wildlife trade issues relevant to trans-continental trade between Africa and Asia in line with the findings arising from delivery of the Wildlife-TRAPS initiative.
• Supporting the preparation of fundraising concepts and proposals to help leverage the additional resources that will be required in order to ensure the successful delivery of all Phases of Wildlife TRAPS.
  • A university degree in a relevant discipline (e.g., biology, political science, social science, international relations, law or economics).
• Significant professional experience in wildlife conservation and sustainable development issues, preferably with an international Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) or Inter-Governmental Organization (IGO).
• Relevant and proven experience in project cycle management, i.e. co-ordinating larger projects, incl. overseeing consultants and managing project budgets and reporting.
• Experience in implementing USAID-funded projects a strong advantage.
• Strong research and analytical skills, and an ability to articulate complex issues clearly
• Strong networking skills and communication skills and ability to work in different cultural contexts.
• Fluency in spoken and written English, with skills in French and/or Mandarin an advantage.
• A willingness and ability to travel widely and frequently and to work under pressure.
• Familiarity with standard word processing, spreadsheet, presentation and data base software, and with electronic communication technology.
The gross annual salary for this position is in the range from USD 33'417 to USD 41'771.

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