Chemonics seeks a technical expert for the ongoing four-year, USAID VukaNow Activity. The activity seeks to decrease wildlife crime across southern Africa by catalyzing learning and sharing for improved results to combat wildlife crime and increasing collaborative action to reduce wildlife crime in targeted areas. The technical expert will assess the impact of trade restrictions and other policies on wildlife conservation and community wildlife stewardship in southern Africa. Experts in combating wildlife crime, protected area management, wildlife management, biodiversity conservation, community wildlife stewardship, trade restrictions related to wildlife crime, and sustainable livelihoods are encouraged to apply. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.
- Undertake an extensive literature review and provide a synthesis of the following:
- Evidence for actual effectiveness of the key trade restrictions on biodiversity conservation in southern Africa, including:
- Reduction of threats to species targeted by international illegal trade, (e.g., elephant, rhino, lion and pangolin)
- Reduction of the demand driven by consumer preferences of the target species
- Root causes of wildlife species declines despite protection under key trade regulations
- Impact on rural livelihoods and national economies, including:
- Economic benefits from sustainable use or sale of wildlife products (e.g., ivory and rhino horn)
- Security and sustenance of non-financial community benefits from wildlife conservation
- Recommend options and strategies to improve the effectiveness of international, regional and national wildlife trade regulatory mechanisms to sustainably disrupt the illegal wildlife trade in southern Africa
- Advanced degree in relevant discipline
- Five years of experience in biodiversity conservation, combating wildlife crime, trade policy or similar, with experience in economic analysis or market-systems assessments research preferred
- Proven experience in the Southern African Development Community region strongly preferred
- Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity
- Fluency in English required
How to apply
Interested applicants should submit their CV and the contact information for three professional references usingthis form. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. No telephone inquiries, please. Finalists will be contacted.
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