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Project Support Officer at TRAFFIC International (TRAFFIC) June 2024

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Project Support Officer
Project Support Officer at TRAFFIC International June 2024
Vacancy #: 6885
Unit: TRAFFIC International
Organisation: TRAFFIC International (TRAFFIC)
Location: TRAFFIC – East Africa, Arusha, United Republic of Tanzania
Reporting to: Partnership and Legal Officer
Work percentage
: 100%
Grade: A3
Expected start date: 01 September 2024
Type of contract: Fixed-term (12 months with possibility of renewal)


Organizational Background
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 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.

Project Background
TRAFFIC International East Africa implements USAID and GIZ-supported projects to enhance law enforcement knowledge and capacity to combat illegal wildlife trade in mainland Tanzania and Zanzibar, respectively. Under the GIZ- strengthening the judicial framework regarding wildlife legislation and relevant legal mechanisms in Zanzibar-supported project, TRAFFIC International East Africa is envisioned to undertake a Zanzibar-level case law analysis to build the necessary understanding of what laws are being used most effectively and where additional capacity/ legislative amendment is needed. The analysis will identify gaps and opportunities and provide recommendations for the respective government authorities, NGOs, other stakeholders, and the partnership program on possible future intervention points.

With this background, TRAFFIC is recruiting a Project Support Officer who will work under the guidance and management of the Project Manager and Partnership and legal officer to provide technical support to implement the activities.

Characteristic Duties
The successful candidate will research strengthening the judicial framework regarding wildlife legislation and relevant legal mechanisms in Zanzibar. However, the candidate will also be expected to support the team activities in East Africa where necessary. He/she will ensure the effective delivery of the project in close collaboration with the overall GIZ Project lead, Partnership and Legal Officer.

Specific Duties
• Work together with the Partnership and Legal Officer to develop and undertake research on strengthening the judicial framework regarding wildlife legislation and relevant legal mechanisms in Zanzibar.
• Carry out court case monitoring activities, and fieldwork, and conduct interviews and literature reviews.
• Compile reports, briefing papers, and other communication outputs.
• Develop recommendations for actions to address illegal and unsustainable trade and encourage uptake in Tanzania.
• Work with the Partnership and Legal Officer to ensure timely preparations and submission of project reports (annual, quarterly, and monthly) and any other documents required by TRAFFIC and the project donors, including review and quality control elements;
• Assist with project administration as needed, including meeting and workshop scheduling, writing minutes and agendas, and distributing reference material for meeting preparation;
• Attend training on technical matters as well as donor requirements, including keeping up to date on TRAFFIC and the project’s rules and regulations;
• Other duties as required by the line manager.

Expectations of the Role
• Collaborate and maintain strong internal relationships with TRAFFIC regional teams in Africa and globally, ensuring all actions are synergistic, complementary and demonstrate value for money;
• Ensure the technical quality and timely delivery of planned activities;
• Ensure adherence to TRAFFIC’s research and data management protocols;
• Ensure data collection for the TRAFFIC Information System.
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• A bachelor’s degree in law or relevant social science disciplines such as political science, wildlife and environmental studies, sociology, or communication is required.
• Research and report writing skills.
• Knowledge of wildlife laws and conservation would be an added advantage.
• Working knowledge of standard word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, database software, and electronic communication technology.
• Knowledge in legal and/or social science research, including field data collection, data entry, coding, analysis, and research report writing.
• Fluency in spoken and written English and Kiswahili is required.

Abilities and Experiences
• At least three years of experience in law (natural resources, environment, wildlife conservation, prosecution, judiciary) or any other social science disciplines.
• Willingness and ability to travel extensively within the country and work under pressure.
• Able to work under strict time limitations with minimum supervision.
• Should be a team player – the ability to collaborate with the projects and office team members to deliver the planned activities.
• Strong analytical skills and an ability to articulate complex issues clearly;
• Strong organisational skills and attention to detail.

• Be legally permitted to live and work in Tanzania.
• Should be of legal age.
• Should not have any criminal records.
• Fluency in English and Kiswahili with excellent English writing skills.

Note: TRAFFIC is a gender-sensitive organization; all genders are encouraged to apply.

Applicants are requested to apply online through the HR Management System, by opening the vacancy announcement and pressing the "Apply" button.

Applicants will be asked to create an account and submit their profile information. Applications will not be accepted after the closing date. The vacancy closes at midnight, Swiss time (GMT+1 / GMT+2 during Daylight Saving Time, DST). Please note that only selected applicants will be personally contacted for interviews.
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