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Senior Program Manager, Wildlife Trafficking and Technology Challenge

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Sectors Terrestrial / Aquatic Ecology & Conservation
Location District of Columbia - America North
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Senior Level
Company Name DAI
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Senior Program Manager, Wildlife Trafficking and Technology Challenge program opportunity

Location: North America
Location Details: Washington, DC area
Division: Delivery
Posting Date: 4/29/14
Job Code: 1469

DAI is an employee-owned global development company. For 40 years, we have worked on the frontlines of international development, tackling fundamental social and economic development problems caused by inefficient markets, ineffective governments, and instability. Currently, DAI is delivering results that matter in some 60 countries. Our integrated development solutions turn ideas into impact by bringing together fresh combinations of expertise and innovation across multiple disciplines—crisis mitigation and stability operations, democratic governance and public sector management, agriculture and agribusiness, private sector development and financial services, economics and trade, HIV/AIDS and disease control, water and natural resources management, and energy and climate change. Our clients include international development agencies, international lending institutions, private corporations and philanthropies, and national governments.




DAI seeks expressions of interest for the Senior Program Manager position on the US Agency for International Development (USAID) Wildlife Trafficking Technology Challenge (WTTC) program opportunity. 


The overall goal of the WTTC program, currently being tendered, is to design and launch a variety of technology challenges to combat wildlife trafficking and support the acceleration and scaling up of promising solutions. This will be accomplished through two major tasks:


Task 1: Design, launch and manage an international program of innovation competitions for wildlife trafficking to generate solutions to challenges provided by USAID, for use by USAID and its partners.


Task 2: Support the acceleration to scale and scaling up of promising ideas and technologies (expediting the transition of a concept or prototype to a viable product for the marketplace, and expanding the number of users).




The Senior Program Manager will be responsible for the overall management of the program, including providing strategic direction and technical leadership, liaising with USAID, and overseeing the design, launch, outreach, and management of innovative competitions.


The Senior Program Manager will:

  • Provide overall program management, ensuring smooth coordination of program activities across all phases of the project.
  • Serve as primary liaison to USAID’s Office of Forestry and Biodiversity, local counterparts, and DAI home office management, ensuring clear communications and consistent expectations across all parties.
  • Provide technical leadership on prize design, launch, and scaling up of innovative solutions.
  • Manage long term personnel and short-term experts in achieving project results.
  • Ensure compliance with all USAID and DAI rules and regulations.
  • Provide timely reporting to USAID.


  • Prior, demonstrated experience leading the design, implementation and management of competitions, preferably in the international development sector;
  • Experience in some aspects of taking innovation to scale is required;
  • Knowledge of wildlife conservation preferred;
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a wide variety of actors (e.g. private sector, government, NGOs, science and technology experts);
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English required;
  • Experience in Africa or Southeast Asia region highly preferred.


All positions on the program will be contingent upon DAI being awarded the contract, and USAID approving all of the proposed candidates.

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