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Project Manager- OES

Vacancy #:   5821
Unit:   TRAFFIC Central Africa
Organisation:   TRAFFIC International (TRAFFIC)
Location:   TRAFFIC - Central Africa, Yaounde, Cameroon
Reporting to:   Office Director - Central Africa
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P1
Expected start date:   01 March 2022
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (23 months with possibility of renewal)
Closing date:   13 December 2021
We are seeking to appoint a Project Manager for a new project that intends to document and understand the convergence of conservation crimes that focuses on wildlife, forestry, fishing and minerals, delivered largely through desktop research and analysis. The project aims to identify, analyze, and map the illicit networks and the dynamics associated with these conservation crimes in Cameroon, and its related points of convergence, such as modus operandi, routes, transportation and supply chains. This includes where they may be associated with other crime types such as money laundering, with an overall objective of providing practical solutions to governments and partners to address conservation crimes more holistically as a group. This project will also include similar activities and wider research trends consolidating information from other project implementation countries including Indonesia, Viet Nam, and Brazil.

The candidate must be eligible to work in Cameroon

The successful candidate will manage and lead the Cameroon-based implementation of a 2-year project in coordination with the global project team. The Project Manager’s role is to ensure that the lines of effort across the entire project are cohesive. He/she will also lead in producing project outputs, including comprehensive reports of research findings and ensuring its appropriate dissemination. The Project Manager is also responsible for compiling donor reports, monitoring project budgets and timelines, and ensuring compliance with donor guidelines.


• Lead the implementation of specified project activities in coordination with other project offices participating in this project, namely, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Brazil.
• Coordinate activities and maintain regular liaison across the project sub-awardees and any other external partners in accordance with the work plan.
• Coordinate and compile research findings across the project.
• Complete a comprehensive literature review relating to illegal wildlife and illegal timber trade in Cameroon, including any connectivity to other crime types.
• Lead on the writing of reports and production of the relevant project outputs.
• Support analytical research, and identify emerging trends and issues from the research findings.
• Liaises and works closely with relevant TRAFFIC teams (WiTIS, AFRICA-TWIX especially) and represents TRAFFIC at relevant events.
• Compile quarterly/annual donor progress reports or others as required.
• Oversee project finances and supports financial admin and reporting.
• Provide leadership to the Data Support Officer.


Under the supervision of the Programme Office Director – Central Africa the Project Manager will benefit from his coaching, technical backstopping and mentoring for questions linked to the position when ever needed. The selected candidate will be managing the Data Support Officer and TRAFFIC consultants as directed.
  • A university degree (Master, PhD) in a relevant discipline (e.g., statistics sciences, agro-economy, forestry, biology, environment or any other relevant field).
• Prior experience managing projects involving multiple parties is required.
• Strong ability to synthesize information, with strong writing skills.
• Excellent working knowledge of English and French.
• Excellent organizational skills with ability to prioritize, meet deadlines and consider adaptive management when needed.
• Good interpersonal and leadership skills and ability to work effectively as part of a diverse team, with respect for and sensitivity to multi-cultural approaches.
• 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.
• Ability to utilize programmatic and quantitative methods to identify patterns and relationships in large data sets, as well as apply mathematical, statistical, and other data-driven analysis to address intelligence questions.
• Perform various data analytics in SQL and MS Excel using statistical models and other database management tools.
• Ability to work independently and show initiative in developing innovative approaches.

In your application, please describe the project(s) that you have managed previously, and your role in the project(s).

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