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The PROTECT Project is a five-year USAID-funded initiative implemented by International Resources Group (IRG). The objective of PROTECT is to address the dynamics that threaten biodiversity conservation and inhibit private sector-led growth in Tanzania’s natural resource sector. PROTECT will achieve these objectives by implementing activities in four specific areas: 1) policy, research, and advocacy; 2) institutional strengthening; 3) nature-based economic strengthening; and 4) combating wildlife poaching and trafficking.
The Wildlife Trafficking Specialist supports the implementation and management of all Combating Wildlife Trafficking (CWT) activities under PROTECT and works closely with the Team Leads for Components 1, 2, and 3 to ensure that the other PROTECT Components are also supporting anti-wildlife trafficking efforts. The Wildlife Trafficking Specialist will support the following activities:
Support the implementation of all CWT activities identified in the work plan, including meeting all target deliverables
In close collaboration with the PROTECT M&E Specialist, ensure that the PROTECT M&E plan adequately reports on Combatting Wildlife Trafficking (CWT) from across all of PROTECT components
Expand and deepen the range of actors and methods involved in anti-poaching and anti-trafficking activities with an emphasis on promising technology, and proof of concept
Ensure that new and appropriate technologies to detect trafficked wildlife products are included in all PROTECT trainings for government and non-government officials and workers including transportation, shipping, and customs agents
Support interagency wildlife trafficking efforts to strengthen data collection and analysis tools to permit joint sharing of information, planning, and interdiction operations
Serve as the primary link between the PROTECT CWT efforts and the multiple USG agencies engaged in CWT in Tanzania
Engage with other groups working in the area of anti-wildlife trafficking and wildlife crimes (national and international NGOs, researchers) to harmonize work plans and leverage efforts
Minimum of 5 years of managerial and/or technical experience in wildlife crimes, wildlife trafficking.
Proven experience in undertaking research and analysis on wildlife trafficking
Experience with technology, data and analysis around combating wildlife trafficking
3-5 years of experience with institutional capacity building experience to wildlife law enforcement officials.
Ability to liaise and coordinate effectively with USG officials
Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in environmental or ecological sciences, environmental law, enforcement.
Must be fluent in English with strong report writing ability.