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Senior Law Enforcement Programme Officer, DRC

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Sectors Terrestrial / Aquatic Ecology & Conservation
Location Congo (Dem. Rep.) - Africa
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Mid Level
Deadline 10/08/2014
Company Name TRAFFIC International
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Email recrutement_wwfrdc@wwfcarpo.org
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TITLE:                                                       Senior Law Enforcement Programme Officer, DRC

LOCATION:                                             Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

PRIMARY DONOR:                                 BMZ

DURATION:                                            Initially two years starting as soon as possible, (with possible extension)

REPORTS TO:                                          Regional Director (TRAFFIC Central Africa)


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 World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and is an international network, organized into eight regional programmes. TRAFFIC’s Central Africa Programme is based in Yaoundé, Cameroon. The TRAFFIC senior law enforcement programme officer, DRC, will be based at World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) office in Kinshasa, DRC, who will work in close coordination with WWF DRC senior management team.

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), through its BENGO mechanism, is providing funding for TRAFFIC to implement a project to support the national authorities in DRC in addressing wildlife crime and to support law enforcement efforts related to illegal trade of wildlife.  

This project’s aim is to mitigate negative impacts on biodiversity, national security and economic development opportunities in Central Africa that are caused by massive illegal killing of its elephant populations. In DRC, the projects’ objectives will be achieved by supporting TRAFFIC to provide efficient support to DRC objectives of the Regional Action plan of the COMIFAC countries to strengthen the application of national wildlife laws  (PAPECALF - Plan d’Action sous-régional des Pays de l’Espace COMIFAC pour le renforcement de l’Application des Législations nationales sur la Faune sauvage 2012-2017).


This is an out posted staff position of the TRAFFIC Central Africa regional programme, based in the WWF DRC office in Kinshasa.

This full-time position involves a technical role to implement TRAFFIC's work for its Flagship species sub-programme, with the overall aim to support the DRC government with the implementation of the PAPECALF Action Plan in the country; and notably:


  • In collaboration with government and key partners, develop a national roadmap for combating wildlife crime in DRC, with the aim of leading to an improvement of arrests and prosecutions of wildlife criminals.


  • Provide information on illegal ivory trade based on existing and future market surveys and other sources to the DRC CITES Management Authority (MA), and encourage the DRC CITES MA to share this information with other enforcement agencies and encourage enforcement action based on information about illegal ivory trade provided by TRAFFIC, WWF and others.


  • Support DRC CITES Management Authority (MA) with fulfilling its reporting obligations under the Elephant Trade Information System – ETIS as per CITES Resolution Conf. 10.10 (Rev. CoP16).  


  • Establish relationships and work closely with national law enforcement agencies in the creation and functioning of a National Co-ordination Unit (NCU) to combat wildlife crime in DRC.


  • Provide operational support including training to NCU members and encourage NCU members to arrests and prosecutions of wildlife criminals and build capacity and support the government to implement the aforementioned through relevant means, e.g., intelligence gathering, awareness raising, training of public authorities etc.


  • Work towards the closing down of key illegal national wildlife markets – focusing on ivory – starting in Kinshasa, and combine this with encouraging enforcement authorities to increase arrests and prosecutions particularly of the key players in these markets.


  • Support and lead the development of capacity building of an ivory stockpile management system in DRC.


  • Ensure information collected on the illegal wildlife trade is entered into the TRAFFIC i2 database correctly and in a timely manner, and that this information is shared with key partners.


  • Promote information sharing between DRC and the governments of neighbouring countries in order to strengthen illegal ivory trade controls across the Central African region. 


  • Raise awareness within DRC of illegal wildlife trade, both with government agencies and the general public.


  • Assist in identifying key audiences (e.g. tourists, visiting business people, local traders, etc.) to target to dissuade illegal purchase/trade of ivory and other CITES-listed species within DRC.  Support the design of awareness materials and delivery mechanisms appropriate to the target groups.


  • Provide information on its flagship species activities and related conservation issues internally to the TRAFFIC and WWF communication national and regional teams, and on request, externally to the general public, scientific community, or the media, and donors; and in working with the TRAFFIC and WWF communication teams, work with the media to publicize illegal wildlife trade related issues.


  • In collaboration with WWF DRC team and key partners, support development of a WWF/TRAFFIC national law enforcement support strategy and action plan for combating wildlife crime DRC.


  • Develop in-depth working relations with the upcoming WWF DRC wildlife management coordinator, who will be WWF’s national counterpart to this position.


  •  Manage an operational budget to support the implementation of the project.


  • Develop and maintain a network of external experts, staff of DRC governmental authorities, scientific, IGOs, NGOs etc. and remain abreast of developments related to wildlife conservation and management issues, sharing information with TRAFFIC.


  • Provide input to proposal and project development efforts related to law enforcement support, and in participating and providing input to TRAFFIC reporting cycles e.g. TRAFFIC technical reports, and reports under formal partnerships as necessary (e.g. WWF, IUCN, COMIFAC, ECCAS, CITES, etc.).


  • Develop and maintain links with other bodies related to flagship species conservation issues (e.g. inter-governmental, e.g., ICCWC (CITES, Interpol, WCO, WB, UNODC), Lusaka Task Force, CBD, COMIFAC, ECCAS, CBFP, governments, IGOs and NGOs) to provide TRAFFIC with strategic advice on the basis of timely and current information on illegal wildlife trade in DRC.


  • Ensure the follow-up of the WWF and TRAFFIC guidelines on supporting law enforcement to combat wildlife crimes.


  • Any other relevant tasks as assigned by the TRAFFIC Central Africa Regional Director.



Required qualification

  • Minimum MsC Level;
  • At least 5 years’ of professional experience in a law enforcement;
  • Good knowledge in nature conservation related disciplines with specific skills in wildlife monitoring and management, data management;
  • Good budgeting and financial management capacity;
  • Proven successful implementation of projects is essential;
  • Working experience in Central Africa countries is essential, with proven successful experience in law enforcement an asset;
  • Proven capacity in institutional relationship building;
  • Work experience in an international NGO is an asset.
  • Experience in project Fundraising development

Required Skills and Competencies

  • Strong motivation to fight wildlife crime and to hold governments accountable;
  • Strategic planning and capacity assessment skills for effective law enforcement approaches;
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to details;
  • Good interpersonal skills;
  • Strong writing and oral communication skills;
  • Working languages: French and English (fluency in both is essential);
  • Experience in facilitating meetings and conducting training sessions;
  • Good knowledge of MS Office computer software applications, and familiarity with web-based information and knowledge tools;
  • Ability to work independently with minimum supervision and cooperatively with others, and effectively in a multi-cultural environments;
  • Thorough understanding of legal and intelligence management systems; 
  • A willingness to travel frequently in Central Africa and potentially to other parts of the world and work under pressure.

Interested candidates who meet the above requirements should send a cover letter and a detailed CV with 2-3 references to the Human Resources Manager:

E-mail: recrutement_wwfrdc@wwfcarpo.org. The subject should read Senior Law Enforcement Programme Officer.

Please note that only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted for follow up.

Deadline for applications: 10 August 2014

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