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Senior Programme Coordinator – Research and Analysis

Vacancy #:   5795
Unit:   TRAFFIC International
Organisation:   TRAFFIC International (TRAFFIC)
Location:   TRAFFIC International, Cambridge, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Reporting to:   Executive Director
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   SP
Expected start date:   02 January 2022
Type of contract:   Indefinite
Closing date:   22 November 2021 (extended)
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 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 53,443 p.a.

The role is to provide Project Supervision and management to a portfolio of projects within TRAFFIC and provide support to the Director - Programmes and Research in the leadership of the Research and Analysis team. The role will specialise in CITES related inputs including internal capacity building and engagement in CITES processes.


Project Supervision and management and delivery

• The role will provide Project supervision and management for a portfolio of projects. This will involve technical supervision, budget oversight, report sign off and responsibility for ensuring outputs are compliant with donor and project requirements.
• Responsible for leading and managing IUCN/TRAFFIC Analyses of CITES listing proposals to ensure products are completed on time and at the expected high quality.
• Develops, manages and delivers research projects on use and trade in wildlife including where TRAFFIC can help deliver on CITES decisions.


• Leads TRAFFIC’s technical input to CITES
• Coordinates TRAFFIC’s scientific input to CITES meetings and represents TRAFFIC as necessary (AC, PC, SC and CoP)
• Responsible for engaging with intersessional process of CITES and building relationships with key personnel.
• Leads and is responsible for capacity building within TRAFFIC on CITES engagement. This will include providing internal training to staff to ensure that relevant staff are knowledgeable about the requirements from CITES.

Research and Analysis Leadership

• Line management responsibility of staff, which will involve overseeing workloads, performance management, training needs and all other aspects of line management.
• Responsibility for supervising consultants as required.
• Assisting TRAFFIC with the development of robust research approaches including through project proposal development, and review of Research Design Plans to TRAFFICs standards and providing ad hoc guidance to TRAFFIC staff across the organisation.
• Fundraising for Research Team’s portfolio – including leading on proposals and contributing to proposals.
• Engages with TRAFFIC’s staff on input to global work plans, programme meetings and planning.
Will work closely with data, policy, communications and behaviour change teams as well as programme offices.

Provide additional management support to the Director of Programme and Research to ensure the smooth running of the team and the deliverables are of quality and delivered on time.


1-3 staff as required by the team structure and additional supervision of consultants as needed.
  • Experience of working on CITES is an essential requirement. Engagement at CITES scientific meetings (Animals and Plants Committees) and Conferences of Parties is highly desirable.
• A good understanding of the CITES Listing Criteria is highly desirable.
• 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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