Wednesday, April 6, 2016

International Field Research Manager

International Field Research Manager

JOB OPPORTUNITY: International Field Research Manager at Save Vietnam’s Wildlife
Position title: International Field Research Manager
Main duty station: Cuc Phuong, Ninh Binh (100km away from Ha Noi)

An exciting opportunity for an experienced field researcher to work with a front line Vietnamese organisation working to combat the illegal wildlife trade in Vietnam. Living in Cuc Phuong National Park in northern Vietnam you will work alongside Vietnamese researchers while building their skills and be contributing directly to the conservation of pangolins and other threatened species in Vietnam.

Introduction to Save Vietnam’s Wildlife
Save Vietnam’s Wildlife (SVW) is a national Non-Profit Organisation in Vietnam that was established under the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations with registration license from Ministry of Science and Technology. Save Vietnam’s Wildlife mission is to ensure a secure future for threatened wildlife in Vietnam.

Duration of contract: One year, with extensions. Preference will be given to candidates prepared to stay for 2 or more years.
Probation period: 3 months
Expected starting date: June 2016.
Salary: Save Vietnam’s Wildlife will provide basic salary sufficient to cover living costs in Vietnam for duration of first contract. Extensions will be funded through successful research project grants applied for by Field Research Manager.
Save Vietnam’s Wildlife will provide an airfare to Hanoi, and airfare to home country after completion of contract or, if extending, at end of position.
Save Vietnam’s Wildlife will cover cost of the position visa and health insurance while in Vietnam
Work place: Cuc Phuong National Park, Nho Quan, Ninh Binh.
Accommodation: Provided at Cuc Phuong National Park
Benefits: 12 working days annual holiday following Vietnamese Labour law, plus 10 national holiday days.
Hours of work: 8 hours each day 5 days a week. However, as the animals within the centre are nocturnal it is expected that the employee may sometimes work during the evenings. Any overtime will be accrued and time given off in lieu.
Working with: Save Vietnam’s Wildlife, including staff based at Cuc Phuong National Park and overseas; other NGO partners; government departments; visiting researchers; and community organisations.

Job mission: Transfer skills and develop capacity of local research team to ensure quality research outcomes for SVW. This will entail the development, delivery, supervision, and fundraising of both in situ and ex situ research projects.

Research Priorities of SVW:
·           The status, distribution, ecology and behaviour of SVW priority species (including Chinese and Sunda pangolin).
·           The illegal wildlife trade of SVW priority species in Vietnam.
·           National Vietnamese conservation policy.
·           Social research on illegal wildlife trade of pangolins in Vietnam.
·           Tracking and post release research on wildlife.

Job activities: The Field Research Manager will be responsible for managing and supervising the SVW research team, as well as raising external funds for, and developing research projects in line with organizational objectives. Developing the capacity of the SVW research team is a priority of this position. Specific activities are as follows:

·           Manage and deliver research project/s aligned to research priorities of SVW.
·           Support the professional development of the SVW Vietnamese research officers.
·           Assist Vietnamese Research Officers to join international training courses and workshops.
·           Raising external funds for research activities and subsequent compliance and acquittal of grants.
·           Provide technical assistance to forest rangers carrying out field surveys.

Essential criteria:

A Masters degree in a relevant science or conservation based discipline, or equivalent work experience.
  Knowledge and experience:
·           A track record in producing field reports and literature reviews in English
·           Sound knowledge of data research design, data collection, and analysis.
·           Demonstrable experience of working on field research projects
·           Sound Knowledge of wildlife and/or habitat conservation research
·           Experience of living and working in field conditions.
Desirable criteria:
·           Experience in writing successful grant applications
·           Familiar with south-east Asian conservation issues and living/working in Vietnam/Asia
·           Driver’s license and ability to ride a motorbike
·           Ability to maintain basic equipment and vehicles
·           Some knowledge of Vietnamese would be advantageous
·           Willingness to travel as required.

Skills and personal qualities:
·           Dynamic, effective team leadership skills with ability to work under own initiative
·           Good communicator; able to write, speak and present with a high level of proficiency in English
·           Excellent administration and organisational skills
·           A working knowledge of data analysis software
·           Highly motivated, good humoured and positive personality
·           Creative, adaptable and resourceful to meet the demands of a challenging environment
·           Active, fit and healthy.
For further information on Save Vietnam’s Wildlife:
How to apply
Interested candidates should send their recent CV and a cover letter addressing position criteria to email: or by 29 April 2016. Acknowledgements will be sent to short-listed applicants only.
Phone contact: 0303848053
Application Deadline
Friday, 29 April 2016
Address: Cuc Phuong National Park, Ninh Binh, Vietnam
Tran Thi Mai Anh (Ms.) | Communications Officer
Mobile       : (+84) 1676547169
Skype       : tranmaianh

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