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Project Officer – Wildlife Trade and Supply Chain Management

Vacancy #:   5966
Unit:   TRAFFIC International
Organisation:   TRAFFIC International (TRAFFIC)
Location:   TRAFFIC International, Cambridge, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  This role can be located in Hanoi, Vietnam or Cambridge, United Kingdom
Reporting to:   Project Leader - TRAPS
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P1
Expected start date:   01 September 2022
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (12 months with possibility of renewal)
Closing date:   04 May 2022 (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.


TRAFFIC, in partnership with IUCN-US and through funding from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) has been successfully implementing the ‘Wildlife Trafficking, Response, Assessment, Priority Setting’ (USAID Wildlife-TRAPS) Project since February 2013. An additional phase through July 2023, has a refined focus on devising risk-based solutions to reduce the potential for zoonotic spillover events associated with wildlife trade.

TRAFFIC is pursuing an integrated approach at a global level to improve management of trade in wild animals in terms of safety from zoonotic disease risk, together with increased compliance with existing criteria for sustainability and legality. The Wildlife TRAPS Project is focusing on three main use types of wild fauna species: food (meat), medicinal (including informal tonics) and live animals (pets, as well as trade-in specimens for medical research).

Combinations of policy and regulatory change, supply chain management and traceability, risk analysis and disease risk mitigation, together with Social and Behavioural Change (SBC) will need to be applied. TRAFFIC is developing pilot approaches that incorporate One Health concerns together with insights from value chain analysis identifying critical control points for mitigation of zoonotic disease risks.

The project logic is underpinned by an assumption that by improving transparency and traceability of wildlife supply chains, the identification, assessment and mitigation of zoonotic disease risk can be enhanced. These approaches will be pursued in tandem with improving wildlife trade management systems to ensure compliance with legality and sustainability requirements. By making illegal, unsustainable and unsafe (from a disease risk perspective) practices easier to detect, project interventions will also support targeted remedial action and interdictions. These will be supported by piloting social and behaviour change approaches with actors at critical control points in the supply chain to catalyse positive shifts in human behaviour.

The Project Officer will lead the development and piloting of interventions based on TRAFFIC’s assessment of existing systems and how they can be strengthened and adapted to support disease risk reduction in tandem with legality, sustainability and traceability of the trade in wildlife.


• Lead the Wildlife TRAPS Project work on value chain analysis, linking with relevant TRAFFIC Programme Offices and TRAFFIC colleagues in the global team;
• Based on insights from the analysis, identify appropriate risk management interventions, including traceability systems, can be introduced or strengthened to improve the safety and sustainability of legal wildlife trade supply chains;
• Work with TRAFFIC colleagues and partners with expertise on disease risk management associated with wildlife trade chains, including identifying critical control points to mitigate risks, and the application of various best-practice risk reduction approaches needed to improve management of legal trade in wild animal taxa to ensure it is sustainable and safe;
• Coordinate delivery of pilot projects providing support to country teams implementing social and behavioural change approaches along selected supply chains;
• Coordinate working relationships with project partners, ensuring regular communications and timely delivery of any joint or sub-contracted activities, including donor compliance and reporting;
• Work closely with the Wildlife TRAPS Project Leader and the wider project team, connecting workstreams on Supply Chain Management and Traceability with Social and Behaviour Change approaches to actively look for synergies between intervention types.
• Provide timely inputs into routine internal and external narrative reporting and inputs into other synergistic project development opportunities, as required.
  • At least a Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience in supply chain management, logistics, governance, compliance management, traceability systems, food safety, social and behavioural sciences, economics, natural resource management or relevant fields of expertise;
• Experience with supply chain management, traceability systems, quality assurance standards and labelling schemes, private sector supply chain management;
• Understanding of the role that positive social and behavioural change interventions can make in supporting compliance and best practice in supply chain management;
• Specific knowledge of the wildlife trade sector highly desirable;
• Significant practical experience working with private sector, government or Non-Governmental Organisation/ Inter-governmental Organisation at international level;
• Demonstrated ability and experience with project management and active networking;
• Ability to work under pressure and to set own work priorities as appropriate while working as a productive member of a dispersed team. Must be able to meet deadlines;
• Willingness to travel at a global level, as required by the project;
• Strong communication, analytical and presentation skills, including strong writing abilities in the English language; multi-media communications experience an asset;
• Strong inter-personal skills and an ability to work in different cultural contexts particularly in Africa and/or Asia.

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