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Senior Project Manager

Vacancy #:   5759
Unit:   TRAFFIC International
Organisation:   TRAFFIC International (TRAFFIC)
Location:   TRAFFIC International, Cambridge, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Reporting to:   Director - Programmes and Research
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P2
Expected start date:   02 January 2022
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (24 months)
Closing date:   16 October 2021

TRAFFIC is the leading non-governmental organisation 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.


TRAFFIC has secured funding for project work investigating the convergence of conservation crimes, namely wildlife trafficking; illegal logging and associated trade; illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing; and the illegal extraction of and illegal trade in gold and other minerals, including precious metals and gemstones. The project aims to identify, analyze, and map the illicit networks associated with conservation crimes and understand the links, where they may exist, between the different trafficking networks associated with conservation crimes. In doing so, the project will assist the target countries to combat conservation crimes and stop the illegal extraction and trade in the affected natural resources, thereby shifting illicit revenue streams away from criminal actors and directing benefits toward governments and communities. It will map the various illicit supply networks to identify their points of convergence where actions can most effectively combat a range of conservation crimes. The project will also deliver recommendations for policy and materials to aid technical capacity development efforts to further address the aforementioned conservation crimes as a group.

This work will replicate a project TRAFFIC is currently implementing in Indonesia. The implementation of the work is being undertaken by TRAFFIC and other partners.

The successful candidate will manage and coordinate the implementation of this 2-year research project that will be implemented in three target countries; Viet Nam, Cameroon and Brazil, and replicates work ongoing in Indonesia. The Senior Project Manager’s role is to ensure that the lines of effort across the entire project are cohesive. They will monitor project budgets and timelines, and ensure compliance with donor guidelines. The Project Manager will support colleagues implementing the project in the target countries, to ensure that all project outputs from are produced on time and are of a high quality. The Project Manager will also be responsible for producing synthesis reports based on information from the three target countries as well as incorporating the Indonesian work. The project manager will lead communications with the donor for this project.

Support for the administration of the project will be provided by a Project Support Officer.


•Lead the management of the project overall ensuring implementation of all project activities.
• Coordinate the development of detailed country-level workplans for the project in close collaboration with colleagues in target countries (Viet Nam, Cameroon and Brazil, informed by the work underway in Indonesia).
• Ensure sub-contracts are drafted and issued for TRAFFIC offices and other partners in the three target countries.
• Coordinate activities and maintain regular liaison across the project target countries and project implementation partners, and any other external partners in accordance with the workplan.
• Coordinate and review research findings across the project and ensure that all project outputs are of a high and consistent quality, with common approaches between countries as appropriate, and conform to the donor and TRAFFIC requirements.
• Work supportively with colleagues in implementation countries to assist with any capacity gaps, building collaborative relationships and stepping in to ensure implementation, research analysis, and national-level reporting run smoothly.
• Synthesise information and research findings from the 3 target countries with those from Indonesia to produce comprehensive cross-regional reports, capacity materials and recommendations as required.
• Liaise and work closely with relevant the TRAFFIC teams and represents TRAFFIC at relevant events.
• Compile quarterly donor progress reports.
• Oversee project finances and support financial admin and reporting.
• Assist with additional research and data-related tasks as required.
• lead communications with the donor; attend regular donor meetings providing necessary input and progress reports.
• Represents the project and TRAFFIC at meetings as required
  • A post-graduate degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. environmental or conservation science) or related field.
• Professional project management experience in international projects, including managing staff, project budgets and reporting.
• Prior experience managing projects involving multiple parties is required, ideally including relationship management remotely.
• Knowledge and previous working experience in development, wildlife trade (including on forest and marine resources), environmental crime and related law enforcement issues preferred but not essential.
• Experience of donor relationship management and reporting is an advantage.
• Excellent organizational skills with ability to prioritize, meet deadlines, problem solve and adaptively manage.
• Good interpersonal and leadership skills and ability to work effectively and collaboratively as part of a diverse team, with respect for and sensitivity to multi-cultural approaches.
• Ability to work independently and show initiative in developing innovative approaches.
• Good data analysis skills. Strong ability to synthesize research information. Working experience of data visualization is an advantage.
• Fluency in English with proven writing skills (please provide an example of your writing).

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