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Programme Officer – Research and Analysis

Vacancy #:   5779
Unit:   TRAFFIC International
Organisation:   TRAFFIC International (TRAFFIC)
Location:   TRAFFIC International, Cambridge, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Reporting to:   Senior Programme Coordinator – Research and Analysis
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P1
Expected start date:   01 December 2021
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (12 months)
Closing date:   31 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.

The salary for this position is GBP 35,496 p.a.

The focus of this position is to conduct research and report writing to ensure the delivery of multiple projects related to the legal and illegal trade in wildlife, including fisheries and forestry products. The successful candidate should have a keen interest in wildlife trade issues, an ability to assess the robustness of information sources, and take a conscientious approach to data analysis.

The Programme Officer will lead on certain reports, and contribute to reports being led by others. They will use their strong research skills to identify information sources, analyse data, map supply chains, and present their findings in the most impactful way. The role will require frequent consultation of experts, both within TRAFFIC and with other organisations/agencies. The Programme Officer will be a key member of the Cambridge-based research team, and offer technical support and guidance to TRAFFIC staff where required.


The main tasks of the Programme Officer include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Researches a wide range of wildlife trade topics, including collection and analysis of data and information on wildlife trade and conservation, and participates in the development and implementation of research projects.
• Lead on writing concise, impactful reports for a variety of different audiences (e.g. conservation practitioners, government authorities, private sector partners).
• Provides technical assistance, data analysis, scientific information and research support to TRAFFIC staff in Cambridge and to other TRAFFIC offices, and to related national and international agencies and organisations including WWF and IUCN.
• Contributes to the development and implementation of TRAFFIC Research and Analysis Programme, including proposal development and fund-raising, and assisting in the formulation of appropriate policies and recommendations.
• Contributes to TRAFFIC’s Programme reporting and work planning;
• Attend meetings and present on analyses/reports as required.
• Undertake other tasks relevant to projects as assigned.
  • • Master's degree (or bachelor’s degree combined with relevant experience) in a field such as conservation, ecology or natural resource management.
• Good understanding of wildlife trade and use issues. An understanding of international trade dynamics is an advantage.
• Knowledge of international nature conservation laws and agreements, particularly CITES. Practical experience of CITES would be a distinct benefit.
• Significant experience in investigating and researching wildlife trade issues; experience in fisheries and/or timber issues is an advantage.
• Proven experience report writing in conservation or a related field. Examples to be provided in candidate application.
• Strong research and analytical skills, with keen attention to detail.
• Strong organizational skills.
• Ability to work independently and under pressure, set own work priorities, self-motivate; and a capacity to meet deadlines. Able to show initiative in developing innovative approaches.
• Fluency in English with excellent English writing skills with working knowledge of any other languages an advantage.

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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