Counter Wildlife Trafficking Enforcement Capacity Coordinator

  • Mid-level
  • Posted on 18 November 2020

Job Description

Project – USAID Wildlife Asia

USAID Wildlife Asia seeks to significantly reduce wildlife crime in Southeast Asia and China by employing a comprehensive regional cooperation approach. Specifically, Wildlife Asia will (i) Reduce consumer demand for wildlife and wildlife products in target areas; (ii) Strengthen regional law enforcement capacity and coordination; (iii) Increase commitment to addressing counter wildlife trafficking (CWT); and, (iv) Support the USAID Regional Development Mission for Asia’s (RDMA’s) coordination of regional CWT stakeholders and efforts to strengthen the US Government (USG) interagency CWT initiatives.

USAID Wildlife Asia is based in Bangkok, Thailand and the geographic scope includes all ASEAN countries, with a focus on the Lower Mekong (Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia) and China. The species of primary interest are elephants (ivory), pangolins, rhinos (rhino horn), and Asian big cats. This activity is the first Task Order under the USAID/Asia Counter Wildlife Trafficking (CWT) Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract, and has an estimated value of $24 million for five years. The project is beginning its fourth year of implementation.

CWT Enforcement Capacity Coordinator Role

RTI’s International Development Group seeks an experienced Counter Wildlife Trafficking (CWT) expert to coordinate development and institutionalization of strengthened law enforcement capacities of ASEAN country partners as well as between wildlife product source countries in Africa and transit and destination countries in Asia. The Coordinator will work and collaborate closely with the Policy and Demand Reduction components of USAID Wildlife Asia and report to and advise both the Deputy Chief of Party and Chief of Party.

CWT Enforcement Capacity Coordinator Responsibilities

  • Advise and support the Chief of Party in the development and implementation of a comprehensive law enforcement strategy to institutionalize and build capacity in the ASEAN region, between source countries in Africa and transit and destination countries in Asia, and which integrates law enforcement within the continuum of reducing consumer demand and access to illegal wildlife products, increasing political will, strengthening policy and legislative reform, supporting increased prosecution of wildlife crimes and capacity within the judiciary to reach convictions.
  • Provide technical guidance to -and in turn receive technical inputs from- the Policy and Demand Reduction activities on Enforcement Coordination to enable a cohesive, unified approach in order to implement an integrated counter wildlife trafficking strategy for the program, including engaging other USG and CWT partners.
  • With support from the Chief of Party, drive collaboration with - and build upon the efforts of - other ASEAN, USG, internationally-assisted, and civil society activities to strengthen and institutionalize demand reduction, policy and legislation, law enforcement, prosecution and judicial capacities with the goal of institutionalizing and thus sustaining USAID activities and investments beyond the life of the project.
  • Support coordination of training of government and non-government officials including policy makers and legislators, customs, law enforcement agents, prosecutors, the judiciary in wildlife trade issues, and private sector players with the expectation that trainings will support or incorporate demand reduction efforts and inform policy and legislation activities on the project.
  • Advance the development of interagency wildlife trafficking information sharing platforms and coordination mechanisms drawing on CWT activities in Africa, particularly utilizing USAID resources.
  • Provide leadership on the development of a plan to strengthen legislation and policies, enforcement prosecution and judicial capacity with the goal of increasing the number of CWT cases brought to court in accordance with RDMA country governments and legislative bodies.
  • Advance strategic partnerships with regional training institutions to incorporate the process of building policy, law enforcement, prosecution and judicial capacity countering wildlife trafficking into their curriculum. This also includes working closely with the Social and Behavior Change specialist on integrating pertinent information derived from the project’s research regarding illegal traders’/buyers’ motivation for illegal wildlife part and products.
  • Draw upon experts, innovations, and networks identified in the Wildlife Trafficking Technology Challenge, connecting USAID, ASEAN and broader communities of practice to promote new technologies to detect and prevent wildlife product including standards of use and maintenance.
Project Management
  • Contribute to monthly, quarterly, and annual progress reports and support additional requests from USAID as required.
  • Provide technical leadership in the development and implementation of work plans, monitoring of project indicators, and overall planning and implementation of project activities.
  • Supervise and manage consultants and subcontractors as required to implement technical activities.
  • Complete any other duties/activities as directed by the Chief of Party in line with the Project’s objectives.


Education and Experience:

  • A minimum of 12 years of experience working in counter wildlife trafficking. Experience should also include:
    • At least 10 years of experience working in the Asia region, and also experience with African countries.
    • At least 8 years of experience working in the governance and policy system in the ASEAN region.
  • Proven experience and effectiveness designing, coordinating and implementing capacity building systems, institutional strengthening and coalition building in counter wildlife trafficking.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to work effectively in a multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary team.
  • Highly motivated to collaborate, share information and coordinate work across teams.
  • Proven ability to advance USAID development objectives.
  • Fluent and superior English written and verbal communication skills, including expertise writing and editing reports and communications products for a USAID audience.
  • Able to work effectively with the Microsoft office suite (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and Adobe required.

This position will not be eligible for any posting-based allowances.

Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

About the Organization

IDG Learning, Energy & Environment for Development (LEED)

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