Program Officer


Position: Program Officer
Reports to: Counter Wildlife Trafficking (CWT) Technical Manager
Location: Hanoi, Viet Nam
Country Program: WCS Viet Nam
Position Type: Full-Time
Internal liaison: WCS Viet Nam’s Managers and/or Director for Asia Counter Wildlife Trafficking (CWT)
Expected travel: Approximately 60%.

Organization Background:

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is a US non-profit, tax-exempt, private organization established in 1895 that saves wildlife and wild places by understanding critical issues, crafting science-based solutions, and taking conservation actions that benefit nature and humanity. With more than a century of experience, long-term commitments in dozens of landscapes, presence in more than 60 nations, and experience helping to establish over 150 protected areas across the globe, WCS has amassed the biological knowledge, cultural understanding and partnerships to ensure that vibrant, wild places and wildlife thrive alongside local communities. Working with local communities and organizations, that knowledge is applied to address species, habitat and ecosystem management issues critical to improving the quality of life of poor rural people whose livelihoods depend on the direct utilization of natural resources.

WCS Viet Nam Program Overview:

WCS has been working in Viet Nam since early 2006 to strengthen the commitment and capacity of the Vietnamese government to combat wildlife trafficking. It has established a well-respected presence in the country, providing support to a range of government agencies. WCS Viet Nam have generated a wide range of reliable data on a number of related issues and trained about 1,200 law enforcement officers from a range of agencies in investigation and enforcement techniques, and
distributed a number of technical handbooks and guides. It has assisted central agencies to review and propose criminal intelligence analysis systems, inter-agency agreements and cooperation, national legislation, and have supported bi-lateral dialogues to suppress the wildlife trade and strengthen Viet Nam’s enforcement response. Its wildlife health expertise has been leveraged in Viet Nam to address core conservation issues, like wildlife trade, through collaborative research, training, and policy development.

Job Summary:

The Program Officer (PO) works under the supervision and supports the CWT Technical Manager to achieve objective of effective law enforcement. The PO is responsible for collecting, managing law enforcement data, and producing intelligence products. The PO will also work to promote counter wildlife trafficking activities by supporting law enforcement agencies and working with partners, stakeholders in Viet Nam.

This Job Description is progressive in nature and shall be reviewed and amended from time to time to meet WCS Viet Nam program needs.

Major Responsibilities:

A. Data collection and management

  • Conducts and coordinates data gathering activities including surveys, investigations.
  • Develops and maintains network of volunteers, contributors.
  • Actively generates reliable and professional intelligence products to law enforcement agencies to catalyse enforcement action (report, map, infographic, statistic...);
  • Maintains of a professional intelligence analysis system in coordination with regional WCS programs;
  • Manages the daily import and extract information from field data in coordination with WCS and WCS’s partners;
  • Develops and daily executes the wildlife case management system in coordination with WCS and WCS’s partners;

B. Capacity building to Law Enforcement Agencies

  • Promotes strategic intelligence-led policing to Vietnamese law enforcement agencies through trainings, workshops and other events;
  • Provides training and/or curriculum development with/for LE agencies to manage and shares information and utilize intelligence analysis.

C. Networking and Partnership

  • Supports coordination with law enforcement agencies in Viet Nam;
  • Supports the coordinates enforcement cooperation of inter-agency and inter-governmental /transnational on wildlife trafficking issues.

D. Work-plan and Budget Management

  • Develops and monitors assigned projects and their work-plan and budget;
  • Does project-tracking and performance reporting for law enforcement support activities in WCS Viet Nam.

E. Fundraising

  • Provides inputs in proposal development including technical and financial ones;
  • Supports on other fundraising activities, as requested.

F. Others

  • Contributes to the development of WCS Viet Nam policies and strategies;
  • Acts as WCS’s representative at provincial and national level/ meetings/ workshops as required;
  • Performs other tasks as assigned by the direct supervisor.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Minimum bachelor/college degree;
  • inimum two-years relevant work experience at similar position;
  • Language: English and Vietnamese language is essential to effective performance in this position;
  • Fluency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint);
  • Ability to conduct field and/or internet based research;

In addition, the following qualification are assets:

  • Knowledge of analysis software;
  • Experience in data management.
  • Knowledge on illegal trafficking of wildlife or other black market commodities (e.g. humans, narcotics, weapons).
  • Working experience in an organisation providing support to law enforcement agencies or within a law enforcement agency;
  • Postgraduate degree in criminology, law enforcement, law or a related field;

Required Competencies

  • Time management;
  • Communication;
  • Team building;
  • Accountability;
  • Result orientation;
  • Detail oriented.

Application Process:

Interested candidates, who meet the above qualifications should apply by online via this link: latest by 17:30 of 30th November, 2018.

WCS is an equal opportunity employer and the organization complies with all employment and labor laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination in hiring and ensures that candidates from all backgrounds are fairly and consistently considered during the recruitment process. We are dedicated to hiring and supporting a diverse workforce. We are committed to cultivating an inclusive work environment and look for future team members who share that same value.

The organization provides equal employment opportunities for all qualified candidates. The organization does not discriminate for employment based on age, color, disability, gender identify, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by laws and regulations.

Please note that only short listed candidates will be contacted for interview.

Job Details
Organisation Name: 
Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)
Application Deadline: 
Fri, 2018-11-30