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International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) recrute Science and Research Officer

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Science and Research Officer

Vacancy #:1479
Unit:Cameroon Programme
Organization:International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:Cameroon Country Programme Office, Yaoundé, Cameroon
Reporting to:
Work percentage:100%
Function group:P1
Expected start date:01 April 2017
Type of contract:Fixed-term (24 months)
Closing date:19 February 2017
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

This position is responsible for undertaking relevant research on wildlife trade, within the Central Africa region. The executant will identify actions designed to reduce illegal or unsustainable trade within Africa and between Africa, Asia, other regions and major international wildlife markets. Ensuring the effective delivery of the project in Central Africa in close collaboration with the overall RETTA project leader and Regional Directors. Work will require applying an insight-led, results-oriented and collaborative approach.

Specific Duties

• Develop and undertake research on wildlife trade in the Central Africa (CAF) region including through market surveys including internet surveys and fieldwork, report and literature reviews, interviews and other information sources;

• Ensuring the successful implementation of the project in CAF region, working closely with the project leader and the regional director for Central Africa;

• Collaborating and maintaining strong internal relationships with TRAFFIC regional teams in Africa and globally, ensuring all actions are synergistic, complementary and demonstrate value for money;

• Ensuring the technical quality and timely delivery of planned activities;

• Ensuring adherence to TRAFFIC’s research and data management protocols;

• Ensuring data collected through this project are entered into the TRAFFIC Information System

• Compiling reports, briefing papers and other communication materials based on research in the region;

• Developing recommendations for actions to address illegal and unsustainable trade and encouraging uptake within the region;

• Tracking and measuring the impact of activities recommended by TRAFFIC;

• Developing and implementing research partnership strategies in Central Africa to strengthen regional co-operation addressing trade of illegal wildlife arising from Africa.

• Developing and implementing advocacy strategies to strengthen regional approaches to addressing trans-continental trade of illegal wildlife between Africa and other continents, especially Asia;

• Convening, facilitating and/or chairing meetings and workshops, and consolidating relationships with potential project collaborators.

• Leading efforts to inform understanding and actions amongst government, inter-government, private sector and civil society within Central Africa to reduce wildlife trafficking

• Ensuring effective linkages to delivery of TRAFFIC’s wider programme priorities with specific reference to research and building capacity and partnerships to deliver a lasting conservation impact.

• Developing concepts and proposals to help leverage the additional funding and technical resources that will be required to ensure the successful delivery and continuation of the project as appropriate.

• Other duties as required by the ReTTA project leader.

• A university Master’s degree or equivalent experience in a relevant discipline demonstrating understanding of the subject area;

• Significant professional work experience relevant to nature conservation;

• Strong research and analytical background including research in the field:

• CAF: Fluency and excellent writing skills in English and French essential, with competency in any of the following additional languages an advantage: Spanish

• ESA Fluency and excellent writing skills in English essential, with competency in any of the following additional languages an advantage: Portuguese, Swahili, Chinese.

• Publications track record.

• Familiarity with major trends in research methodologies, conservation policy and research co-operations, issues relevant to the trade in wild terrestrial and marine wildlife between Africa and Asia, and broad familiarity with conservation and development issues across the two continents, including governance and natural resource management;

• Experience in communicating programme objectives to and in working with government and intergovernmental agencies, non-governmental organisations, civil society, private sector and other conservation partners;

• Good interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively as part of a small team, with respect for and sensitivity to multi-cultural approaches.;

• Communications skills and experience of working with the media;

• A willingness and ability to travel widely and frequently;

• An ability to work under pressure;

• Good IT literacy and experience with Microsoft Office.


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).

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