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Project Support Officer - RETTA (TRAFFIC International)

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Sectors Terrestrial / Aquatic Ecology & Conservation
Location South Africa - Africa
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Mid Level
Deadline 17/10/2016
Company Name IUCN
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TRAFFIC, the 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) and is an international network, organised into six regional programmes.

TRAFFIC is implementing a four-year project ‘Reducing trade threats to Africa’s wild species and ecosystems (RETTA) through strengthened knowledge and action in Africa and beyond’. The project’s purpose is to strengthen actions to conserve and protect wildlife populations, areas of high biodiversity, and communities in Africa threatened by illegal and unsustainable wildlife trade, with a particular focus on trade to Asia. The project is organised around five inter-related work streams:

• Increasing the quality, breadth, depth and timeliness of information – i.e. the knowledge base – on markets for, and illegal and unsustainable trade in, wildlife and wildlife products from Africa; 
• Improving the targeting, design and effectiveness of actions to reduce illegal and unsustainable trade in African wildlife using analyses and outputs bringing together data from this project with information from other sources;
• Supporting innovation and scaling up of successful approaches to identifying and reducing illegal and unsustainable trade;
• Encouraging greater information sharing and collaboration to implement actions to reduce illegal and unsustainable wildlife trade;
• Ensuring effective, adaptive management of the programme of work supported through funds from Arcadia and strict adherence to all financial management and reporting procedures
Characteristic Duties 

This position provides support to the management of the project to ensure that relevant team members operate effectively, on time and according to project and donor requirements. The Project Support Officer will work closely with the Project Leader, TRAFFIC Operations teams in Africa and the UK, and the wider project team. The Project Support Officer is a key contact point for project implementation and reporting. 

Specific Duties

• Supporting project co-ordination and management;
• Assisting with technical and quality control for work, including reviewing text, budgets, reports;
• Tracking progress in development of the design and delivery of the Arcadia project;
• Liaising with the TRAFFIC Operations Team on budget and contract coordination;
• Reviewing project budget, project workplans, and relevant internal project management tools and contributing as requested;
• Providing training and support on project management practices and project implementation tools and procedures to project team staff;
• Attending project meetings and events as requested;
• Coordinating, facilitating and reporting back on calls, meetings and workshops as required;
• Coordinating with the project team on day-to-day project administration including scheduling meetings, writing minutes and agendas and circulating reference material in advance of meetings;
• Ensuring deadlines are tracked by establishing a monitoring system and alerts for the project team; 
• Supporting project monitoring and evaluation;
• Creating and maintaining files for the projects within the filing system at TRAFFIC (both hard and soft copies);
• Assisting project staff with project support duties such as logistics and travel;
• Preparing and reviewing supporting documentation for external audits;
• Compiling, reviewing and editing of project reports and annual workplans, and overseeing timely submission to the donor;
• Supporting in the development of communications materials relevant to the project;
• Supporting development of donor-related proposals;
• Provision of information on the project as and when required from other TRAFFIC staff;
• Any other duties relevant to the role.
  • Have strong and relevant experience in project support;
• Be educated to a university-degree level;
• Have experience or evidence of a strong interest working in a conservation environment
• Must have written and oral fluency in English and French;
• Skills in project planning, implementation, and financial management;
• Strong organizational and communication abilities, including attention to detail;
• Ability to work independently with remote oversight and under pressure, and to set own work priorities as appropriate with a capacity to meet deadlines;
• A willingness and ability to travel globally, occasionally to less developed countries and remote locations;
• Ability to work as part of a global team, with some communications taking place outside of regular office hours as required due to multi time-zone coordination. 
• Good knowledge of MS Office computer software applications;

Must be eligible to live and work in South Africa

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).

Other job opportunities are published in the IUCN website: http://www.iucn.org/involved/jobs/

About IUCN

IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges.

IUCN works on biodiversity, energy, human livelihoods and greening the world economy by supporting scientific research, managing field projects all over the world, and bringing governments, NGOs, the UN and companies together to develop policy, laws and best practice.

IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization, with more than 1,200 government and NGO members and almost 11,000 volunteer experts in some 160 countries. IUCN’s work is supported by over 1,000 staff in 45 offices and hundreds of partners in public, NGO and private sectors around the world.

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