Research and Analysis Support Officer

International Union for Conservation of Nature

Dublin, Ireland

The focus of this position is to conduct research and report writing to contribute to the delivery of multiple projects related to the legal and illegal trade in wildlife, including fisheries and forestry products.

The Programme Support Officer will lead on certain reports and activities, and contribute to those being led by others. The Research and Analysis Support Officer will carry out activities under projects implemented both through TRAFFIC International (based in Cambridge, UK) and where necessary projects being implemented in regional offices. The Programme Support Officer will be working on a number of projects at any one time, so must be adaptable and able to prioritise.

They will use their strong research skills to identify information sources, analyse data, map supply chains, and present their findings in the most impactful way. The role will require frequent consultation of experts, both within TRAFFIC and with other organisations/agencies. The Programme Support Officer will be a key member of the Cambridge-based research team, and offer technical support and guidance to TRAFFIC staff where required.

Although the majority of work will be undertaken in the UK, the position may include project related travel abroad periodically. The successful candidate should have a keen interest in wildlife trade issues, an ability to assess the robustness of information sources, and take a conscientious approach to data analysis.

Specific Duties:

  • Enter, collate, analyse, synthesise data and information on legal, illegal and unsustainable wildlife use and trade.
  • Write concise reports for a variety of different audiences (e.g. conservation practitioners, government authorities, private sector partners)
  • Support the Senior Programme Co-ordinator and other members of the team in project implementation.
  • Research and consult as necessary on agenda items in preparation for CITES Plants Committee, Animals Committees and Conferences of the Parties (CoP).
  • Research and writing on IUCN/TRAFFIC Analyses and the production of the TRAFFIC Recommendations ahead of CITES CoP19. Assist with the final production and distribution of the outputs in collaboration with the team.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of the Research and Analysis Programme’s work including proposal development and fundraising.
  • Attend meetings and present on analyses/reports as required.


  • Masters qualifications or higher in ecology, conservation biology, wildlife resource management or related field.
  • Minimum of two years research, analytical (including statistical analysis and GIS) and report writing experience.
  • Good understanding of wildlife trade and use issues.
  • Knowledge of international nature conservation laws and agreements, particularly CITES. Experience of CITES would be a distinct benefit.
  • Experience in international wildlife conservation, preferably with government or an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) / Inter-governmental Organisation (IGO);
  • Strong organizational skills, including attention to detail.
  • Fluency in English with excellent English writing skills with working knowledge of any other languages an advantage.
  • Ability to work independently and under pressure and to set own work priorities as appropriate and a capacity to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to undertake work related travel when and where necessary.
  • We are unable to offer any relocation package for this position.