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Senior Project Manager: Money Laundering and the Illegal Wildlife Trade

Vacancy #:   5760
Unit:   TRAFFIC International
Organisation:   TRAFFIC International (TRAFFIC)
Location:   TRAFFIC - East Asia (China), Beijing, China
Reporting to:   Office Director - China
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P2
Expected start date:   01 December 2021
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (24 months)
Closing date:   17 October 2021
Organisational Background

TRAFFIC, the international 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.
Characteristic Duties

The successful candidate will manage a comprehensive project focused on improving China’s capacity on applying expertise in anti-money laundering (AML) approaches - powerful tools to tackle the illegal wildlife trade (IWT) that facilitates and is fed by wildlife crime. The candidate will supervise and coordinate staff from our project partners who will provide technical support for legal analysis of AML laws and case analysis of wildlife trafficking and localize AML guidance for both law enforcement agencies and financial institutions. The Project Manager will be a key contact point for project implementation and reporting and will report directly to the Director of TRAFFIC China and liaise closely with Senior Manager-Anti-Trafficking and Enforcement and Policy advisor-Data Analyst from TRAFFIC Global Office in the UK.

Specific Duties

• Overall manage and implement the project on combating money laundering and illegal wildlife trade in China;
• Coordinate and participate in implementation of our project partners relating to legal analysis of existing AML laws and case review of China’s wildlife trafficking cases;
• Convene, facilitate and/or chair meetings and workshops, and consolidate relationships with law enforcement agencies, financial institutions, third-party payment platforms, wildlife management authorities;
• Liaise closely with the law enforcement agencies and financial institutions;
• Adapt AML guideline for financial institutions/third-party payment platforms on the intersection of financial and wildlife crimes, tailoring it to China;
• Support establishment of practical modalities for IWT information sharing, including on illicit financial flows, with national focal points;
• Prepare information reports on time sensitive data for dissemination to law enforcement for their action and follow up;
• Compile reports, briefing papers and other communications on illegal wildlife trade;
• Supervise the input of data by staff and consultants;
• Ensure adherence to TRAFFIC’s research and data management protocols;
• Manage the project officer who will provide support in the implementation of the project components;
• Prepare project technical reports for submission and collaborate with Finance Officers of TRAFFIC China and Global on project financial reports;
• Organize the project kick-off meetings, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) meetings, and other internal project meetings;
• Use the Project Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Plan to guide project implementation;
• Develop terms of reference for and manage project consultants;
• Any other tasks assigned by the line manager.
  • Significant professional work experience relevant to nature conservation, wildlife crime investigation, Anti-money laundering, and/or illegal wildlife trade and transnational organised crime.
• Strong project management experience.
• A university Master's degree or equivalent experience in a relevant discipline demonstrating understanding of the subject area;
• Fluency and excellent writing skills in English and Chinese is essential
• Strong research and analytical background including research in the field.
• Familiarity with major trends in conservation policy and research, issues relevant to the global wildlife trade, and broad familiarity with conservation and development issues, particularly across Asia and Africa, including governance and natural resource management,
• Experience in working with and communicating programme objectives to government and intergovernmental agencies, non-governmental organisations, civil society, private sector and other conservation partners.
• Good interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively as part of a team, with respect for and sensitivity to multi-cultural approaches.
• Communications skills and experience working with the media.
• A willingness and ability to travel widely and frequently.
• Experience in managing staff, partners and/or consultants.
• An ability to work under pressure.
• Good IT literacy and experience with Microsoft Office.
• A Chinese national.

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