Program Officer (Wildlife Trade)

Position Title: Program Officer (Wildlife Trade)

Reports To: Programs Manager

Supervises/Manages: Wildlife Trade Research Specialist

Location of Job: IFAW China, 1-7-1, Tayuan Diplomatic Office Building, No. 14 Liang Ma He South Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100600, China


Oversees the effective development and implementation of IFAW’s campaigns/projects in China as assigned, where appropriate, in line with IFAW’s programmatic priorities


Contribute to the development, implementation and evaluation of long and short term campaigns in China consistent with IFAW’s mission and goals.

Oversee specific campaign/project planning and coordination, advising on funding of related grant proposals, budgeting, team development and liaison internally and externally.

Working with the Programs and Communications Managers to develop campaign plans and key messages to raise awareness of IFAW’s conservation and animal welfare campaigns and agenda.

Work in a participatory manner to motivate and fully utilize IFAW staff, consultants and other resources in the development and implementation of IFAW’s work on program initiatives in China.

Responsibility for IFAW’s Government relations and contact with the Chinese Government, civil servants and other key policy makers regarding to Wildlife Trade Crime project and other relevant projects.

Motivate and lead a multidisciplinary team of consultants assuring that the team, as a whole is staffed with the necessary talent, skills and expertise to effectively and responsibly achieve program objectives in the short and longer term.

Develop protocols for campaign initiatives particular to China but consistent with IFAW world-wide protocols.

Analyze domestic and international conservation related policy, and be able to strategically incorporate political factors into program development and adjustment.

Study and analyze CITES documents, and be able to work constructively with IFAW global CITES task force on developing and implementing CITES-related strategy.

Develop and maintain collaborative relationship with domestic governmental agencies and foreign governmental delegations.

Draft proposals and articles contributing to conservation policy advocacy.

Identify, select and manage the ongoing development and collaborative working relationships with other animal welfare, conservation and research organizations and individuals in China.

Disseminate information on progress of specific initiatives to other IFAW worldwide staff/departments, including program, communication, supporter relations and development and fundraising.

Liaise with Communications to develop public campaigns and supporting materials, including reports, media briefings, popular articles, website materials and education materials.

Liaise with the public both verbally and in writing, answering questions posed by them relating to campaigns/projects, the organisation, IFAW’s position on issues and general animal welfare and conservation issues.

Maintain reliable communications with those undertaking IFAW-sponsored projects and ensure the timely and effective evaluation of these projects.

In collaboration with communications staff, monitor the media for articles/comments/coverage of IFAW-related issues and where necessary, draft responses.  Circulate relevant information to those within IFAW who might find the information beneficial.

Setting, monitoring and managing relevant budgets.


Empathy with the cause of animal welfare and commitment to promoting IFAW’s mission

Formal degree in biological sciences, environmental policy, law and enforcement preferred

A minimum of three years relevant experience in managing, implementing and evaluating campaigns.

Experience with government relations preferred.

Knowledge and understanding of China’s cultural, social and political environment a must

Ability to interact harmoniously and communicate effectively with people, both internally and externally.

Ability and initiative to both work independently and to manage and coordinate a team working together efficiently, even in difficult and uncomfortable conditions.

Excellent organizational and written communication skills.

Ability to articulate campaign messages into reports, papers and articles and to present work to a wider audience.

Fluency in both written and spoken Chinese and English.

Tact, astute, diplomatic and a friendly and professional approach are essential.

Ability to manage conflicting priorities and possibly a large workload.

Able to travel at short notice and work beyond regular hours a must.


How to apply –

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