Reporting to: Research and Development and Operations Managers, London HQ
Responsible to: The Directors of the Society & the Research and Development and Operations Managers, London HQ
Location: Marine Field Project in Fiji
To co-ordinate the research programme, involving overall supervision of the biological surveys and implementation of community-based conservation projects.
GENERAL OUTLINE OF THE ROLE
- To take overall responsibility for the leadership of the project
- Development and implementation of the research programme;
To liaise, develop and maintain relationships with collaborators; Supervision and training of junior staff
- Management, support, training and motivation of volunteers / research assistants
- Preparation of project reports and publication of results in scientific journals
- Preparation of project and funding proposals with the Project Coordinator or Country Coordinator and Research and Development and Operations Managers (London HQ)
- Representing the technical side of the project when liaising with relevant authorities, research institutes and international agencies
- Assist with project logistics and administration.
MAIN DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
- To manage all members of the project field staff, supervise all aspects of their survey work and provide accredited and non-accredited training where necessary to achieve the project objectives
- To develop and implement a standard work programme to cover each survey component namely socio-economic survey work and biological work including vegetation surveys; bats; reptiles; and amphibians, and selected invertebrate groups
- To manage, support and develop volunteers / research assistants in all aspects of their participation on the project
- To supervise the collection and processing of accurate field data and specimen collections for all survey components
- To ensure that the specimens collected are appropriately preserved and delivered to the relevant taxonomist for identification
- To liaise with taxonomists to ensure the timely identification of specimens and the incorporation of an accurate species list in each technical report
- To produce technical reports, scientific papers and project planning documents to a schedule agreed with the Research and Development and Operations Managers
- To assist the Operations and Research and Development Managers with technical information required for the production of project planning documents and specific funding proposals
- To manage and supervise the maintenance of project resources
- To liaise with other relevant organisations, including the project funding organisation, the local University, and individuals to develop the project and its scientific resources, particularly relevant scientific references
- To provide the Operations and Research and Development Managers with regular progress updates
- Assist with the logistical operations relating to the project including administration and management of finances; production of accounts and reports; allocation, use and maintenance of project resources; management of local staff; and supervision of the activities of and ensuring the health and safety of project staff, volunteers and host country participants
TERMS & CONDITIONS
Contract Duration: 12 months, possibility of an extension
Travel: Capped contribution to international airfare plus internal travel as necessary to the fulfilment of duties.
Accommodation: Basic accommodation provided at field project
Insurance & Admin: Employer’s liability insurance provided.
Subsistence: Food provided on project site. Subsistence allowance provided off project site.
Salary: £600- £800 (per annum) on successful completion of contract depending on a candidate’s experience, qualifications, & availability plus £500-£1000 end of contract bonus and £50 per peer-reviewed publication at the manager’s discretion.
Training: pre-departure training provided.
- Postgraduate in environmental / biological science
- First aid qualification
- Minimum PADI rescue diver or equivalent
- Knowledge of natural resource management and rural development
- Minimum 1-year field research experience, preferably in the tropical environment
- Experience of field project management
- Experience of data analysis & report- writing
- Experience supporting / managing volunteers
- Experience of GIS applications
- Experience of budget and financial management
- Experience working with local communities
- Experience of donor liaison and writing of funding proposals
- Excellent written/oral communication and presentation skills
- Administrative and time management skills
- Ability to manage and train junior research staff
- Strong leadership skills
- Knowledge of local language
- Technically orientated
- Demonstrable commitment to conservation
- Resilient and mature, with the ability to work as a team in basic living conditions
- Flexible approach
- High attention to detail
- Ability to motivate others
- Physical fitness