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Asia Programme Director

Vacancy #:   5444
Unit:   TRAFFIC International
Organisation:   TRAFFIC International (TRAFFIC)
Location:   Asia Regional Office, Bangkok, Thailand
Reporting to:   Executive Director
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   M2
Expected start date:   01 February 2021
Type of contract:   Indefinite
Closing date:   01 November 2020 (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.

We would consider hosting the role in another of TRAFFIC's Asian offices for the right candidate.

Plays a leading role in the development, promotion and marketing of TRAFFIC’s global conservation programme, with specific attention to Asia

Inspires, manages and guides the TRAFFIC's programme delivery in Asia

Works as part of the TRAFFIC senior leadership team, with collaborative responsibility for development and implementation of TRAFFIC’s global conservation programme, with specific attention to the Asian region.


Programme development

• Plays a key role in the development of the content of TRAFFIC’s global programme strategy in collaboration with the Director – Programme and Research and other senior staff;

• Guides Asia regional teams and staff in developing programme packages and projects necessary to deliver the TRAFFIC global conservation programme, including oversight of the development of funding proposals and ensuring connectivity between actions in Asia and the wider TRAFFIC programme.

• Plays a leading role in marketing programme packages and projects to potential donors and promoting TRAFFIC’s work more generally.

Programme implementation

• Line manages Programme Office Directors in Asia in their management of implementation of the programme, especially with respect to global programme engagement and timely delivery of quality-assured outputs

• Line manages Programme Office Directors in Asia with respect to their budget management and financial accountability

• Provides guidance and support to the design, management and evaluation of TRAFFIC projects, with particular emphasis on multi-regional and large-scale activities;

• Acts as technical supervisor of major projects managed by TRAFFIC International ;

• Promotes the development and maintenance of partnerships that enhance implementation of TRAFFIC’s programme and projects and provides advice to TRAFFIC Programme Offices in this regard.

• Plays a leading technical role in development and delivery of policy work, including that directed at key international agreements, working particularly closely with the Director of Policy in this regard;

• Collaborates with the Head of Communications and other relevant staff to guide staff in Asia in effective communication of TRAFFIC profile and messaging to target audiences

Other duties

• Plays and active role in TRAFFIC’s global direction and oversight as member of the Programme Coordination Team (PCT) and Senior Leadership Team (SLT);

• Provides input to the technical review of TRAFFIC publications and funding proposals;

• Represents TRAFFIC at national and international meetings.
  • Significant work experience relevant to nature conservation, familiarity with major trends in biodiversity conservation policy and issues relevant to the trade in animals and plants.

• Broad international experience, a good understanding of wildlife management and sustainable development issues, international nature conservation laws and agreements and the range of policies affecting the conservation, use of and trade in biological resources.

• Strong skills in environmental research, analysis and policy with knowledge of biological and social science and insight into drivers of government and private sector decision-making.

• Strong knowledge and experience of project design, management and evaluation methods.

• A university degree and preferably a post-graduate qualification in a relevant discipline.

• Proven experience in supervision and an ability to work co-operatively with others, both in an office situation and with other colleagues and partners, with respect for and sensitivity to multi-cultural approaches.

• Good IT skills and strong communications skills with proven experience of working with the media, both written and verbally.

• Fluency in English and working ability in at least one Asian language.

• A willingness to travel world-wide on a regular basis and to work under pressure.

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