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TRAFFIC Office Director – East Africa
Vacancy #: 6303
Unit: TRAFFIC East Africa
Organisation: TRAFFIC International (TRAFFIC)
Location: TRAFFIC – East Africa, Arusha, United Republic of Tanzania
Reporting to: Senior Regional Director – Africa
Work percentage: 100%
Expected start date: 01 May 2023
Type of contract: Fixed-term (24 months with possibility of renewal)
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.
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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 based 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 partnership with IUCN and
WWF on wildlife trade issues.
The TRAFFIC International East
Africa Office is based in Arusha, Tanzania, where it is registered as an
independent, international non-governmental organisation.
Programmatically, the Office has a primary responsibility for engagement
in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda (emphasis on these first four), as
well as Djibouti, Eritrea, Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan. The East
Africa Office further has the lead responsibility within TRAFFIC for
engagement with the following inter-governmental institutions: the East
African Community (EAC) and the Intergovernmental Authority on
The Director of TRAFFIC International East Africa:
Leads and co-ordinates the development and implementation of TRAFFIC’s
Programme Strategy within the area of primary responsibility.
Manages the implementation of activities under TRAFFIC’s agreed
programme workstreams, employing its evidence-based approach to
influencing policy and practice
• Ensures effective administration of a project portfolio and project and core budget of approximately USD4 million
• Leads the TRAFFIC International East Africa Office team including team management and development
Actively develops partnerships with IUCN, WWF, and other potential
collaborators in the office’s geographic area of responsibility
Co-operates with senior colleagues in TRAFFIC worldwide in developing
and marketing projects necessary to deliver the TRAFFIC Programme
• Participates fully in TRAFFIC internal management structures as requested by the Executive Director
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Programme and project development
Represents the TRAFFIC International East Africa Office team in the
strategic development and management of TRAFFIC’s Programme Strategy
involving East Africa priorities.
• Collaborates with senior
colleagues across TRAFFIC in developing and marketing projects necessary
to deliver the TRAFFIC Programme Strategy as a co-ordinated effort,
including development of funding proposals and budgeting and scheduling
• Ensures sufficient staff resources are
available for the effective development of funding proposals, budgets,
and planned deliverables
Programme implementation and partner engagement
Oversees implementation of project activities in the area of primary
responsibility, developed under the TRAFFIC Programme Strategy, ensuring
that the TRAFFIC East Africa Office team delivers project results in a
timely fashion and to expected quality standards
• Represents TRAFFIC
in the area of primary responsibility and maintains links and good
working relationships with relevant WWF and IUCN offices, governmental
and inter-governmental agencies, major donors and relevant NGOs
Ensures proactive liaison with others in TRAFFIC and with relevant WWF
and IUCN programmes and offices about events, developments and
activities related to wildlife trade and utilisation
effective public and policy interactions with the media, government and
non-government agencies, and with funding bodies and donor agencies
Ensures that TRAFFIC International East Africa strictly abides by
government regulations established for international non-governmental
organisations in Tanzania
• Ensures that TRAFFIC has the
institutional capacity to deliver its programme in the area of primary
responsibility, including, where necessary, through outposted project
staff and consultants
• Manages and supervises staff and consultants,
handling personnel issues including performance promptly and
proactively supporting staff development
• Manages the finances of
the TRAFFIC East Africa Office, ensures effective budgeting,
administration and accounting of funds, as well as the accurate and
timely reporting of consolidated and project-related financial
statements and accounts
• Ensures preparation and submission of
technical reports on activities and achievements (including six-month
and annual activity reports) and project reports for funding agencies
• Leads by example by actively demonstrating TRAFFIC’s values and supporting the collaborative culture of the organisation
• Participates in TRAFFIC’s business forum, actively taking a ‘big picture’ approach to the organisation’s development
• Functions as the day-to-day Executive Director and Secretary of the TRAFFIC International East Africa Board of Directors
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• Strong management skills in programme planning, project development
and the delivery of time-bound and quality assured project outputs
Extensive senior experience in programme management and office
operations management, normally evidenced by at least 7-10 years of
• Excellent interpersonal, team management and
leadership skills. The ability to work effectively as part of a team,
with respect for and sensitivity to multi-cultural approaches.
• Experience of direct line management of a team of 5+ individuals and experience managing a budget over USD 2 million.
Broad international experience and familiarity with conservation and
socio-economic issues in the area of primary responsibility, preferably
with several years of working experience in more than one country.
• Project development, design and marketing experience
• Strong financial management skills and proven experience of effectively developing and managing budgets
Extensive professional work experience relevant to nature conservation,
demonstrate excellent knowledge on international wildlife trade issues
and familiarity with major trends in biodiversity conservation policy,
as well as a strong understanding of issues relevant to the trade in
wild animals and plants.
• A good understanding of CITES, CBD and
other international nature conservation laws and agreements, of wildlife
management and sustainable development issues, and of East African /
Horn of Africa policies regarding the conservation, use of and trade in
• A university degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. biology, political science, environment, social science, law or economics)
• Fluency in English, preferably a strong working ability in at least one relevant local language, and excellent writing skills
• Strong communications skills and experience of working with the media
• A willingness to travel widely and frequently and work under pressure
Familiarity with standard word processing, spreadsheet, presentation
and database software, and with electronic communication technology
supervises staff (currently eight of 15) of the TRAFFIC International
East Africa Office, and additional out-posted staff and project staff /
consultants as necessary.
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will be personally contacted for interviews.
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Closing date: 22nd February, 2023.