Thursday, March 17, 2011

Vietnam Primate Programme Manager

Vietnam Primate Programme Manager

Application Pack


Founded in 1903, Fauna and Flora International (FFI) is the world’s longest-established international conservation organisation. Our vision is to create a sustainable future for the planet where biodiversity is conserved by the people living closest to it. We aim to do this through the conservation of threatened species and ecosystems worldwide, choosing solutions that are sustainable, based on sound science and take account of human needs. We operate primarily in developing countries where there is little capacity to conserve endangered and threatened habitats and species. We have become a trusted entity in the world of conservation. Today FFI is active in over 40 countries.


Working closely with local partners, the Asia Pacific Programme currently includes a broad range of species and landscape targeted conservation initiatives in Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar, and has country programme offices in Phnom Penh, Nanning, Jakarta, Manila and Hanoi. Around 70 projects are being implemented in the region by a team of approximately 200 staff, consultants, volunteers and partner organisations with an annual regional budget of approximately USD 9 million.


Vietnam is notable for its exceptional diversity of primate species, although many are on the brink of extinction. The strategic goal of the FFI Vietnam Primate Conservation Programme is to identify primate populations in most need of conservation interventions and provide strategic species-focused conservation in the field, based upon sound science and participation of local communities and other relevant stakeholders.


Over the past decade, Fauna and Flora International has been successfully implementing site-based projects to protect several of the world’s most endangered primate species in Vietnam, most notably the Cao Vit Gibbon in Cao Bang Province, the Tonkin snub-nosed monkey in Ha Giang and the Western Black Crested Gibbon in the Hoang Lien Mountains. As part of an expanding regional primate conservation programme and country progamme, FFI is recruiting a qualified person to take over management of the Vietnam Primate Programme.


Start Date: Mid April 2011 or as soon as possible thereafter

Duration of Contract: One-year fixed-term contract, with expectation to extend based upon business need and funding availability

Probation Period: Three months

Benefits: For international candidates expatriate benefits apply as follows:
 25 working days annual leave entitlement plus Vietnam Public Holidays
 Accommodation allowance
 Medical and repatriation insurance

Location: Hanoi, with frequent visits to project sites

Hours of Work: This is a full-time position, working Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 6.00 pm, with a one-hour lunch break.


Job Title: Vietnam Primate Programme Manager

Department: Asia Pacific Regional Programme

Responsible to: FFI China – Indochina Primate Progamme Manager

Responsible for: Primate Programme staff

Purpose: To ensure the effective management, coordination, implementation and development of the Vietnam Primate Programme and its responsiveness to regional conversation needs.

Main Duties:

Under the supervision of the China – Indochina Primate Programme Manager, the Vietnam Primate Programme Manager will:

Management, Administration and Reporting

1. Provide technical and managerial oversight to the Vietnam Primate Programme to coordinate their activities to support efficient and effective implementation of the programme.

2. Develop work plans and prioritise objectives for the Vietnam Primate Programme and coordinate its implementation with support and input from the project teams

3. Where appropriate liaise with national, provincial and district partners in the development and implementation of the Programme.

4. Oversee development and management of annual budgets for the Programme

5. Ensure that FFI, donor and partner requirements for the management and use of funds are met, either taking the lead in preparing, or providing guidance and technical input to support other staff in preparing project reports and project proposals

6. Represent the Vietnam Primate Programme in policy level discussions and contacts with international partner organizations, and serve as the primary FFI focal point for liaison and information dissemination regarding the Vietnam Primate Programme

7. Represent the Vietnam Primate Programme to potential donors, developing and managing donor relationships

8. Assist other stakeholders to integrate primate conservation into their own programmes where appropriate:

• to take opportunities as they arise informally or formally to meet with and discuss primate conservation needs with representatives from other NGOs, government agencies, universities, community leaders, etc.

• to give technical advice or information to enable other stakeholders to integrate primate research and conservation into their programmes.

Technical input and operational support

9. Identify resource needs (equipment, learning resources, infrastructure, etc) required to achieve programme objectives and improve institutional capacity

10. Coordinate and manage external technical input from consultants and international volunteers, etc.

11. Work closely with the Collaborative Management Programme Manager to ensure good coordination and effective implementation of activities at sites where both programmes are operating and to provide clear guidance to field staff working for both programmes.

12. Promote collaboration, networking and experience-sharing within FFI, in particular with other primate focused projects or programmes within Asia Pacific region, and with other relevant individuals and agencies.

13. Develop Terms of Reference and contracts of employment as appropriate for staff, consultants and contracted organisations

Programme Development

14. Support the FFI Vietnam Primate Programme teams to strengthen and develop their programmes through identification of priority fields and sites of interest, project planning, monitoring project implementation, provision of technical support, project development and providing strategic direction

15. With support from the China – Indochina Primate Programme Manager, develop relationships with potential donors and identify funding opportunities for the programme

16. With support from the China – Indochina Primate Programme Manager, prepare funding proposals for project activities, planning with staff and local partners and coordinating inputs for timely submission of proposals

17. Identify opportunities for working with national and international partners to support the conservation objectives of the programme

18. Support preparation of budgets for projects and provide oversight in budget management to project staff

Other duties

19. Ensure that FFI policies and guidelines are followed within the implementation of the Vietnam Primate Programme

20. Carry out other duties as may be reasonably required and directed by the Regional Director, Asia Pacific

Required Outputs

1. Programme delivery in accordance with agreed objectives and work plans
2. Technical project activity reports in accordance with FFI reporting cycle
3. Donor project proposals and reports
4. Records of project activity and outputs, including minutes of meetings, personnel records etc.
5. Communications materials, including regularly updated project profiles, website updates etc.


Essential Desirable

• Strategic thinking and planning skills

• Excellent project management skills with proven experience in project planning, financial management, reporting and evaluation

• Strong organisational skills, with structured and methodical approach to work and a clear focus on results

• Strong communication skills, (written and verbal)

• Strong relationship-building and facilitation skills

• Ability to prioritise and manage time effectively

• Demonstrated ability to lead a team and to collaborate with peers to meet mutual objectives

• Fluency in English (spoken and written)

Knowledge and experience

• A minimum MSc or equivalent training or experience in forestry, biology, rural development and agriculture or a related discipline

• A minimum of 5 years’ experience in conservation/natural resource management or related field

• Proven track record in managing projects related to conservation or natural resource management

• Proven ability to work with a multi-cultural team and with government and local partners

• An understanding and experience of working in or with international NGOs

Behavioural qualities

• A demonstrated commitment to nature conservation


Applications, consisting of a covering letter in English explaining why you feel you should be considered for this post, a full CV in English and contact details for two referees (who will not be approached without your permission), should be submitted to Paul Insua-Cao, China-Indochina Primate Programme Manager either electronically at

or by post to:

FFI Vietnam Programme Office at: 340 Nghi Tam, Tay Ho, Ha Noi; Tel: 04.37194117.

Please mark your application ‘Vietnam Primate Programme Manager’ and indicate in your covering letter where you saw this position advertised.

The closing date for applications is Thursday 24 March 2011. Interviews will be held on the week of 28 March 2011. Candidates selected for interview will be contacted by email or telephone by Friday 25 March 2011 – please specify your preferred method of contact in your covering letter.

Regrettably, due to limited resources and the high number of applications we receive, we are only able to contact short-listed candidates. If you do not hear from us within one week of the closing date, please assume that you have not been successful on this occasion.


FFI encourages applications from individuals with a disability who are able to carry out the duties of the post. If you have special needs in relation to your application, please contact Kathie Alban, HR Manager, FFI, on Tel: +44 (0)1223 579330 or Email: .

FFI values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity

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