Panthera is the only organization in the world that is devoted exclusively to the conservation of the world’s 40 wild cat species and their ecosystems. Utilizing the expertise of the world’s premier cat biologists, Panthera develops and implements global strategies for the most imperiled species. Representing the most comprehensive effort of its kind, Panthera partners with local and international NGOs, scientific institutions, local communities, governments around the globe, and citizens who want to help ensure a future for wild cats. For more on Panthera, visit www.panthera.org.
Panthera’s commitment to Counter Wildlife Trafficking (CWT) reflects our long-term institutional mission to ensure the future of wild cats and the habitats on which they depend. With wild cat population status our ultimate metric of success, we develop a detailed understanding of the specific threats to key wild cat populations in order to select the most effective interventions. Where law enforcement and criminal justice interventions are required to effect positive change, Panthera seeks to leverage its role as a trusted partner of government wildlife agencies to collect, analyze and disseminate wildlife crime data that inform intelligence-led law enforcement operations.
The Counter Wildlife Trafficking Lead will provide strategic direction, representation, technical support and coordination of Panthera’s CWT activities across its regional programs in line with Panthera’s regional priorities and action plans. The incumbent will set and document global
standards for CWT operations through formulation of best practices and standard operating procedures and capacitate Panthera and its partners to implement those standards. The position reports to the Director of Panthera UK and will collaborate closely with Panthera’s Regional Directors and associated Country Managers/Directors to ensure activities are fully integrated into regional action plans.
- Facilitate coordination and collaboration on CWT issues between relevant Panthera regional and country programs to increase the impact of CWT initiatives.
- Identify priorities for CWT efforts at regional and/or country level and lead the strategic approach, development and implementation to address those priorities through working closely with Regional Directors and Country Managers, Executive Director of Conservation Action and relevant field staff.
- Strengthen Panthera regional capacity to effectively CWT through:
- identification of technical support and staffing needs at regional and national levels, and support to recruitment as appropriate;
- provision of appropriate training, mentoring and capacity building opportunities;
- provision of written policies and standard operating procedures (SOPs) for CWT activities, consulting with all stakeholders and understanding the fiscal implications of such policies and SOPs; and
- management of technical support for implementation of activities.
- Oversee the technical delivery of major CWT-related projects, for example Panthera’s multi-year project funded by the US State Department “Building International Capacity and Transnational Networks to Counter Big Cat Trafficking”.
- Maintain a comprehensive knowledge of legislation, national standards and good practice in Panthera’s regions of operation.
- Provide support to fund-raising efforts in collaboration with Business Development and Regional and Country Program Directors, including identifying and enhancing support from existing and new funding sources, providing written input to proposals and reports, and supporting donor communications.
- Design and implement strategies to leverage relevant global policy fora (e.g. CITES, UNODC) to support national and regional CWT goals.
- Support regional engagement on CWT with government and inter-governmental partners (e.g. ASEAN, KAZA Secretariat, INTERPOL, UNODC, WCO, and various US Government agencies), through representation at relevant regional events and meetings in coordination with Regional Directors and Country Managers.
- Support roll-out of CWT information management systems and related technologies in coordination with Panthera Conservation Analytics Group, to ensure software and systems support our CWT work (e.g. SMART) and remain efficient, secure, and well utilized by trained staff.
- Coordinate with relevant global staff including Panthera’s Conservation Action Executive Director, HR Manager and Regional Directors to ensure that all staff working on CWT issues are aware of the risks, and manage them effectively through their daily work.
Required Traits, Skills & Experience
- Personal qualities of integrity, credibility and unwavering commitment to Panthera’s mission;
- >10-years’ experience in a major law enforcement agency, preferably with experience in multiple departments/divisions and with proven management skills;
- Exceptional project planning, financial reporting and management skills;
- Proven ability to effectively manage a range of interdisciplinary teams, both large and small;
- Proven ability to train and mentor law enforcement personnel and related NGO staff in partner organisations;
- Effective communication skills, both orally and in writing, plus excellent facilitation and diplomacy skills;
- Confident public speaker and able to represent Panthera’s programs on the world stage;
- Willingness to support Panthera’s institutional fundraising efforts with respect to individual donors, foundations and government agencies; and
- Willingness to travel internationally regularly and work outside conventional hours/environments.
How to Apply
Please submit a CV and cover letter through the Panthera Careers Page. If no response is received after submission, please assume the application was unsuccessful. The closing date for applications is Friday, October 8th.