Project Support Officer – Combating Wildlife Crime

Organisation: TRAFFIC International
Location: Pretoria, South Africa
Application deadline: 6 August 2017
Website/full details: Project Support Officer – Combating Wildlife Crime

Description: TRAFFIC, the international wildlife trade monitoring network, works to ensure that trade in wild animals and plants is not a threat to the conservation of nature. We actively monitor and investigate wildlife trade and provide information to diverse audiences worldwide as a basis for effective conservation policies and programmes. TRAFFIC is a strategic alliance of the World-Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). It is organised into six regional programmes.

TRAFFIC is a consortium member in a five-year USAID sponsored programme, Combating Wildlife Crime in Namibia and the Kavango-Zambezi (KAZA) Transfrontier Conservation Area (TFCA) . The Combating Wildlife Crime Programme (CWCP) seeks to significantly reduce poaching and illegal trade in wildlife – in particular for elephant and rhino, enhance law enforcement capacity, and promote sustainable natural resource utilization over the next five years. Piloting of new ideas, sharing of best practices, and information exchange will be facilitated through Consortium members and the KAZA (TFCA) to build capacity for wildlife management, enforcement of wildlife laws, and incentive-based conservation models. 

TRAFFIC’s role in the CWCP (conducted over four of the five project years) is to conduct wildlife trafficking studies and to raise awareness of illegal wildlife trade within the criminal justice systems of the KAZA countries, primarily targeting prosecutors and magistrates.

The successful candidate will carry out technical project work and provide administrative support to the project. The Project Support Officer will work closely with the Project Manager and other TRAFFIC staff to ensure that the project team operates effectively, on time and according to the donor’s requirements. The Project Support Officer is a key contact point for project implementation and reporting.