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Communications Support Officer

Vacancy #:   1361
Unit:   TRAFFIC International
Organisation:   TRAFFIC International (TRAFFIC)
Location:   TRAFFIC International, Cambridge, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Reporting to:   Head - Communications
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   A3
Expected start date:   01 December 2016
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (24 months with possibility of renewal)
Closing date:   09 October 2016
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 Communications Officer will contribute to TRAFFIC’s organisational strategy by supporting the effective implementation of the communications strategy and programme deliverables. As part of the Communications Unit, the role will report to the Head of Communications however, close working with other communicators and programme staff in the network will be paramount, as this role will be responsible for supporting the effective delivery of compelling and engaging outputs.

This role will contribute to the development of TRAFFIC’s story-telling by repurposing content and seeking novel ways to engage audiences with our messages to help influence and inspire change for our planet.


• Repurpose complex research into digestible messages to reach TRAFFIC’s target audiences across a variety of platforms.
• Source stories from within the network and seek novel ways to tell them through our platforms by working closely with programme colleagues.
• Collaborate with the Digital Communications Officer to develop content that can be used to create interactive outputs such as videos, animations and infographics to promote our latest research.
• Develop position statements in tandem with the Media Support Manager
• Collaborate with the Digital Communications Officer to deliver an active and engaging conversation on social media using Hootsuite Pro, Canva and Premiere Pro.
• Support the creation and delivery of press releases and materials for media kits as needed
• Provide timely, relevant and fresh content to drive engagement with issues TRAFFIC works for traffic.org website.
• Provide communications support and advice to projects, including FairWild and Wild at Home, to spotlight the need for responsible wild plant sourcing and other issues TRAFFIC works on.
• Create campaign messages and materials for FairWild Week 2022 in collaboration with the project team.
• Develop and maintain TRAFFIC International’s blog as needed .
• Contribute to the effective delivery of the Communications Strategy and Organisational Strategy.
• Work collaboratively and proactively with all colleagues within TRAFFIC’s network to maximise opportunities and impact.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field such as social and mass communication, marketing, journalism, development communication.
• A minimum of two years of experience in communications management, development communication, public relations or journalism is required.
• Fluency in English with excellent English writing skills with working knowledge of any other languages an advantage.
• Strong writing and editing skills.
• Proficient using Hootsuite Pro or other social scheduling assistant.
• Strong experience with publication layout and graphic design.
• A high level of organisational skills and attention to detail.
• Ability to adapt to a broad variety of communications tools and platforms.
• Strong experience with Canva and Knowledge of Premiere Pro.

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