Research Triangle Institute (RTI) has over 30 years’ experience assisting governments, communities, and the private sector. As a not-for-profit, independent research institute based in North Carolina, USA, RTI has roughly 5,000 employees with global experience implementing international development projects. RTI's Sustainable Growth & Resilience (SG&R) technical unit within the International Development Group brings together RTI experts and capabilities across food security, agriculture, energy, environment, water, governance, and economic opportunity. SG&R will leverage RTI's experience designing and delivering multisectoral programming and technical solutions to respond to climate change, build resilience, and promote economic growth around the world.
The anticipated project is the USAID Reducing Demand for Wildlife (RDW) regional project, which will seek to significantly reduce demand for wildlife products and counter wildlife crime in Southeast Asia and China. Specifically, RDW will reduce demand through Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) campaigns. This project will extend USAID Wildlife Asia’s use of SBCC as an approach for demand reduction. The project will also reduce supply through rational, comprehensive regulatory, policy and enforcement systems. RDW will convene policy makers, legislators, enforcement officials, prosecutors, and judges to review the region’s wildlife law regulatory and enforcement systems. This will primarily be done through regional bodies, such as the working groups of the ASEAN Secretariat, the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly, ASEANAPOL, and the Asian Judges Network for the Environment. This will be a start to harmonizing and linking the different policy, legislative, and enforcement frameworks present in the different countries of the region and support the leadership of these regional institutions in developing plans and priorities.
RDW will be based in Bangkok, Thailand, and the geographic scope includes all ASEAN countries, with a focus on the Lower Mekong (Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia) and China.
RTI’s Environment Division is seeking a Government Policy and Liaison Specialist for Counter Wildlife Trafficking (CWT) to support and help coordinate RDW collaboration with counterpart government agencies as well as ASEAN institutions and partners in the implementation of the project. The Government Policy and Liaison Specialist will work closely with the Senior Legal and Policy Specialist and report to the Deputy Chief of Party. This position is contingent on RTI being awarded the anticipated project.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Advise and support the Deputy Chief of Party and team in the development and implementation of a comprehensive law and policy strategy to increasing political will, strengthening policy and legislative reform, supporting CWT capacity building, within the ASEAN region and target countries, with a focus on the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly, ASEAN Working Group on CITES and Wildlife Enforcement and advancing judiciary capacity building and exchanges.
- Advise and support the Deputy Chief of Party in engagement in strategic national, regional and global CWT related policy dialogues and formulation including the identification of strategic overarching/cross-cutting policy issues, development of policy agendas and terms of reference for dialogue.
- Provide project liaison support with counterpart government agencies in focal countries as well as ASEAN institution focal points, national wildlife enforcement agencies in focal countries.
- Contribute to the review, research and technical support of wildlife policy and legislative for all focal countries; provide policy and legislation related to wildlife trafficking research focal countries.
- Conduct outreach focusing on policy-making groups, including ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly, National Legislative Assembly of Thailand, Office of House Representative of Member of Parliament, National Legislative Assembly of Lao PDR.
- Provide the coordination via Thailand Inter-Parliamentary to the Assembly, Committee Session or Caucus to the ASEAN-Inter Parliamentary Assembly.
- Lead coordination with the Thai Government to support high-level event i.e. ASEAN Special Ministerial Meeting on Illegal Wildlife Trade (SAMM-IWT)
- Provide technical support to implement the ASEAN Regional Plan of Action (POA) on CITES and WE 2021-2025; Provide technical review and facilitate with Thai government for the annual implementing update for the ASEAN Regional Plan of Action (POA) on CITES and WE 2021 – 2025.
- Support coordination with judicial institutions in focal countries to advance environment law and jurisprudence, specifically regarding wildlife trafficking.
- Support the promote regional conservation leadership to government and NGOs, policy makers and legislators, law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, the judiciary in environmental issue including wildlife trade and OneHealth issues, and private sector players with the expectation that trainings will support or incorporate demand reduction efforts and inform policy and legislation activities on the project.
- Contribute to monthly, quarterly, and annual progress reports and support additional requests from USAID as required.
- Provide technical support in the development and implementation of work plans, monitoring of project indicators, and overall planning and implementation of project activities.
- Complete any other duties/activities as directed by the Deputy Chief of Party in line with the Project’s objectives.
- Bachelor's Degree and 8 years of experience, Master's degree and 6 years of experience, PhD and 1 years of experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Minimum of 8 years of experience working in counter wildlife trafficking.
- Minimum of 8 years of experience working in governance and policy in the ASEAN region.
- Proven experience and effectiveness designing, leading, coordinating and implementing capacity building systems, institutional strengthening and coalition building in counter wildlife trafficking.
- Ability to work effectively in a multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary team.
- Highly motivated to collaborate, share information and coordinate work across teams.
- Proven ability to communicate effectively with Thai and ASEAN government officials as project team management.
- Fluent Thai and English written and verbal communication skills.
- Able to work effectively with the Microsoft office suite (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and Adobe required.