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TITLE: Counter Wildlife Trafficking (CWT) Advisor

OFFICE: Environment and Natural Resources Management USAID Kenya

GRADE: USPSC Local Hire – GS 14 ($85,544.00 - $111,203.00)


PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: Two years renewed contract, annually based on performance and funds availability

WHO MAY APPLY: U.S. Citizens Currently Residing in Kenya

On July 1, 2013, President Obama signed an Executive Order on Combating Wildlife Trafficking (EO) to address the significant effects of wildlife trafficking on the national interests of the United States. The EO defines wildlife trafficking as “the poaching of protected species and the illegal trade in wildlife and their derivative parts and products.” The EO creates an USG Interagency Task Force on Wildlife Trafficking, charged to produce a US National Strategy that considers USG actions both to combat trafficking and to curb consumer demand, including: (a) support for anti-poaching activities; (b) coordinating regional law enforcement efforts; (c) developing and supporting effective legal enforcement mechanisms; and (d) developing strategies to reduce illicit trade in, and consumer demand for protected species. Per the EO, elements of USG Mission, bilateral and regional actions would include assistance to governments in countries where trafficking is taking place to strengthen capacity for interdiction, enforcement and prosecution. USG support should also consider how to support existing or nascent regional institutions with a mandate to combat wildlife trafficking.

Wildlife trafficking has become a lucrative trade, taking a serious toll on target species, driving poaching activities, and robbing Kenya and the broader East African nations of precious resources, including elephant and rhinoceros. Proceeds from wildlife trafficking often fund illicit activities that lead to insecurity, examples of which have already been seen in the broader EA region.

Wildlife in East Africa is a regional and national asset, attracting tourists from around the world, providing employment and income to local people, and bringing in significant foreign exchange to the region. Across Africa, wildlife is under threat. Human population growth, habitat loss, and illegal hunting (poaching) are causing declines of many species. Elephants and rhinos are under particular threat as international demand for elephant ivory and rhino horn has grown and prices have skyrocketed. African governments are struggling to combat poaching of select species as well as the trafficking of the illegal products generated.

In recent years, illegal wildlife trafficking has become a lucrative trade, taking a serious toll on target species and robbing developing nations of resources. During this period, poachers have become more organized and well-equipped, often working in coordinated syndicates. They are well-armed and pose a threat to local stability and threaten the lives of those charged with protecting the wildlife resource. The U.S. Government has recognized the scope and impact of illegal wildlife trade and has prioritized action to prevent poaching. Former Secretary of State Clinton was very firm in her remarks at the Partnership Meeting on Wildlife Trafficking she hosted on November 8, 2012. She recognized that poaching is not only a conservation issue but is “a national security issue, a public health issue, and an economic security issue.” She went on to emphasize several important points in her remarks and outlined the important role of U.S. Government assistance.

The CWT Advisor is a new position and represents USAID’s commitment to securing East African wildlife by dedicating qualified staff and resources to achieve our objectives.

The CWT Advisor will have a wide range of representational and communication responsibilities, working as a senior member of the new USAID/Nairobi Platform Environment Office (combining the previous USAID/East Africa and USAID/Kenya Mission Environment Offices), within the Biodiversity Team which covers all regional and Kenya programming.

The CWT Advisor will coordinate within the broader USG anti-trafficking effort and will engage with high-level technical and political stakeholders within the GOK and relevant regional bodies like the Lusaka Agreement Task Force and the Horn of Africa Wildlife Enforcement Network. The CWT Advisor will be the primary point of contact between USAID’s regional CWT activities and with USAID bilateral missions in Africa and Asia in order to effectively coordinate and leverage resources for greater impact.

The CWT Advisor will also participate in donor coordination as it pertains to wildlife, as well as engage civil society and the private sector to advance and leverage USAID strategic support through a broader consortium of actors.
The CWT Advisor’s duties will include facilitating a community of practice on CWT among USAID missions working to combat wildlife trafficking in East Africa, and building connections and joint action with USAID missions and anti-trafficking programs in Asia.

The CWT Advisor will accomplish the goals of the position through a mix of engagement, coordination and program management as it pertains to CWT.

The CWT Advisor may be called upon to provide written and oral briefing materials for various US Ambassadors in East African countries and in particular to the US Ambassador to Kenya; plan for and staff , official visitors and USG agency leads visiting Kenya; serve as a lead technical advisor to both USAID regional and Kenya programs on CWT as well as to the broader USG CWT community in Kenya; and support timely, relevant and high-quality analysis for USAID headquarters in Washington and the broader inter-Agency, and the US Congress as necessary, with regards to wildlife trafficking in East Africa.

The scope of work requires a skilled individual who is comfortable working in a fast-paced environment on a high-level USG policy initiative. The CWT Advisor must have significant experience in biodiversity conservation and in particular a thorough working knowledge, if not direct experience, in leading policy and programmatic action to combat wildlife trafficking.

The CWT Advisor must have an in-depth working knowledge of conservation issues in Kenya and the broader East African region, and will have a proven track record in the conservation, either in Africa or other regions, to prove that she/he will be successful in this position. An advanced degree is preferred in one of the following fields of study: political science; environmental policy/science, biodiversity conservation, wildlife/natural resource management, law enforcement or a related field, and preferably, knowledge of the politics and conservation climate in the East African region. To be effective, the incumbent should have experience working with a range of professionals from fields that include: natural resource management, wildlife management, resource economics, wildlife based tourism/hunting, community-based conservation, and/or law enforcement. The CWT Advisor will perform the following duties:

Policy analysis and advice (15%)
· Research and draft discussion papers for internal use on issues related to wildlife trafficking;
· Prepare draft remarks and talking points for external meetings and events on wildlife-related issues for senior USAID and US Embassy Kenya staff;
· Provide recommendations to members of the Kenya Mission Conservation and Environment Working Group (CEWG) to improve USG efforts to combat wildlife trafficking in Kenya and across East Africa;

·         Track domestic and international best practice in wildlife protection and counter-trafficking in order to provide strategic advice and direction to USAID/Nairobi.

Representation/Donor/Institutional Coordination (35%)
· Attend and actively engage in regional and/or global fora focused on combatting wildlife trafficking;

·         Actively participate in the Kenya Wildlife Issues Development Partner Coordination Group and foster strategic coordination for better impact;

·         Maintain contacts and relationships with the GOK, development and private sector partners to ensure technical coordination, collaboration and synergies when possible;

·         Participate on field trips related to wildlife poaching and trafficking within Kenya and other countries in East Africa or elsewhere EA as necessary;

·         Maintain relationships with U.S. Embassies (through USAID missions in those countries) and USG in the region to coordinate and share information on wildlife poaching and trafficking issues.

·         Actively engage in the USAID global CWT coordination effort through regular conference calls and relevant meetings in order to influence USAID global thinking, strategy and action on CWT from a field perspective.

·         Lead the establishment of a Community of Practice, including development of an East African CWT information portal, to improve coordination, information dissemination and technical capacity of USAID missions in EA that are working to combat wildlife trafficking.

Program Management (50%)
· Serve as Assistance Officer’s Representative (AOR) for the newly established inter-Agency Agreement to Combat Wildlife Trafficking between USAID/Nairobi and USAID Missions in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia and the US Department of the Interior, International Technical Assistance Program (DOI-ITAP).

·         Serve as the Task Manager for new Kenya CWT program under the W-TRAPS CWT program with IUCN/TRAFFIC.

·         Serve as the Task Manager for the new Kenya CWT program under the US National Academies Partnership for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) program to support interdisciplinary, action research to improve our understanding of key social and economic drivers of poaching and networks for wildlife trafficking.

·         Lead the development of all new CWT program design, procurement and implementation in order to ensure an effective suite of activities to combat wildlife trafficking.

·         Lead efforts in USAID/Nairobi to integrate CWT actions into existing biodiversity programming. Liaise with Democracy and Governance USAID staff to ensure, where feasible, that CWT efforts are integrated into successful Kenya devolution activities. Liaise with Health Office staff on the topic of bush-meat consumption and risks for communicable disease, as another entry point for potential anti-poaching behavior change campaigns.

·         Lead Environment Office efforts in annual budget and performance planning and reporting as it pertains to CWT.


1. Education: Master's degree (with significant study in or pertinent to the specialized field, including, but not limited to, international development, social/political science; environmental policy/science; biodiversity conservation, wildlife/natural resource management; law enforcement or a related field);

2. Prior Work Experience: Minimum of five (5) years of recent project management experience with a USG foreign affairs agency, international assistance organization, or non-governmental within which there must be a:

· A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible work experience directly related to natural resources, biodiversity conservation; and or law enforcement as it pertains to wildlife crime

· Minimum of two (2) years of overseas field experience working in developing countries.

3. Post Entry Training: Rapid familiarization with a wide range of USAID policies, procedures and regulations.

4. Language Proficiency: English proficiency (Level IV), outstanding verbal and written communication skills. Knowledge of Kiswahili language, culture, and work environment is desirable but not required.

5. Knowledge: The applicant must have a solid understanding of the nature of the goals of development programs and be familiar with U.S. foreign policy. S/He must have comprehensive knowledge of donor programming policies and regulations, procedures, and practices. S/He must have knowledge of:
· Relevant political, economic, and security issues to support international development projects.
· USAID’s goals, regulations, directives, policies, and procedures related to international programs.
· Unique procedures and processes of various USG entities, foreign countries, and industry.

Candidates will be expected to show past experience in performing successfully at high levels, with minimal supervision and daily direction.

6. Abilities and Skills: The individual must have demonstrated ability in dealing effectively and diplomatically with customers from a variety of organizations. The individual must be able to develop and maintain an extensive range of contacts with senior and working level staff throughout the Environment Office, as well as key officers within the Mission, development partners, donors, and other stakeholders. The individual must be able to effectively identify, mobilize, and draw upon the expertise of USAID personnel.

Candidates should have the ability to work independently to develop completed work without technical review. Proven written and oral English communication skills, as well as strong research, teamwork, and interpersonal skills are required to perform successfully in this position. Skills to analyze and resolve a wide range of problems arising in program structuring and project development are necessary, and the individual should be comfortable developing outreach strategies, and business presentations. In addition, the individual will be expected to participate actively in meetings as appropriate with USG/Washington representatives, interagency counterparts, donors, and other development partners.

The ability to provide information and advice with objectivity is required. Good coordination and organizational skills within a multi-cultural work environment is required along with the ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and work effectively under pressure. The individual will handle many different overlapping tasks and projects characterized by shifting priorities. The individual must therefore apply the highest analytical skills and judgment to determine the best solution from the range of possible alternatives.


1.        Supervision Received

The CWT Advisor will be supervised by and report to the Deputy Office Chief of the USAID/Nairobi Platform/Environment Office. The CWT Advisor will be a senior member of the new Biodiversity Team under the newly integrated USAID/EA and USAID/Kenya Environment Offices. The individual must exercise a high-level of independent judgment in planning and carrying out tasks, resolving problems and conflicts, and taking steps necessary to meet deadlines.

2.        Available Guidelines

Guidelines include USAID’s ADS Series, Africa Bureau procedural guidance, Mission Orders, the Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM), Federal Acquisitions Regulations (FAR), and professional development literature. All of these are options and approaches rather than blueprints. Therefore, the individual must be able to assess alternatives and interpret the guidelines accordingly. Excellent judgment and the ability to deal with ambiguity are essential.

3.        Exercise of Judgment

Duties assigned to the CWT Advisor include a variety of duties and processes requiring excellent judgment, working under tight timelines and on subjects receiving a high-level of interest by USAID headquarters and the US Congress. The use of initiative, discretion, and patience is expected from the individual in working with USG office personnel as well as representatives from other organizations/partners to resolve challenges that arise during the course of work for which there is often no clear or immediate solution. In addition, considerable judgment is required in working effectively and coordinating CWT efforts in such a complex operating environment. The Advisor will be required to follow and adhere to USAID’s Code of Ethics and Conduct.

The individual must ensure that his/her input into official U.S. Government documents is consistent with the goals of the Environment Office and reflects its strategic thinking. Good judgment will be required in organizing and maintaining complete program documentation which allows easy retrieval of information. The individual will require sound reasoning to work closely with program managers, other USG offices, and other partners.

4.        Authority to Make Commitments

The Advisor cannot make financial commitments on behalf of the U.S. Government. The individual's recommendations, however, may be the basis for making commitments.

5.        Nature, Level, and Purpose of Contacts

Contacts will be at both the highest and working levels with the U.S. Embassy’s CEWG, including USAID Senior leadership and the US Ambassador to Kenya, as well as other bilateral and multilateral donor organizations and their senior officials. Contact will be of a continuous nature through day-to-day meetings and periodic review sessions. The individual will represent the Environment Office at various meetings, in Kenya, regionally and globally as necessary.

6.        Travel

The individual will be expected to travel to remote regions of Kenya on and as-needed basis depending on the security situation and access to the travel destination. The individual may be required to travel to countries in East Africa as requested by USAID bilateral Missions or for regional CWT meetings.

7.        Supervision Exercised

The individual will not directly supervise USAID staff, but will oversee Chiefs of Party for all CWT technical activities by providing advisory and substantial involvement in the operation of those activities.

8.        Time Required to Perform Full Range of Duties after Entry into the Position:

The selected applicant should have the requisite experience to be fully contributing member of the Environment Office within six months.

9.        Logistical Arrangements

The logistical support provided by USAID/EA includes office space and transportation in cooperating countries for official field work, as well as travel arrangements and tickets for work related business, transportation to/from the country, and administrative/clerical support.


Step 1: Register in MyJobsInKenya at www.myjobsinkenya.com

Step 2: Complete the job application questionnaire at www.myjobsinkenya.com/usaid. The applicant must answer all the questions in the Questionnaire.

Step 3: Internal Applicants/Current USG Employees: Attach a memo explaining your qualifications for the position, updated curriculum vitae/resume (no more than five pages), a copy of your most recent Performance Evaluation Report, and copies of all relevant certificates. Scan and attach all the documents as one attachment.


External Applicants/Not Current USG Employees: Attach a letter explaining your qualifications for the position, updated curriculum vitae/resume (no more than five pages), and copies of all relevant certificates. Scan and attach all the documents as one attachment.

Note: All applications MUST be submitted online. Incomplete application packages will not be considered. The closing date for receipt of applications is Monday, March 16th, 2015 at 4:30pm East Africa Time.

POINT OF CONTACT: Lucy Segero, USAID Kenya, +254-20-862-2000, lsegero@usaid.gov

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