Position: CONSERVATION FIELD OFFICER
The Chimpanzee Trust is a non-government organization established in October 1998 as a combined national and international initiative and a globally recognized collaborative conservation effort geared towards developing and implementing a long-term strategy for conservation of chimpanzees and their habitats.
The mission of the Chimpanzee Trust is; “To sustainably conserve chimpanzees in their natural habitats and provide optimum captive care to those who cannot survive in the wild.”
Chimpanzee Trust seeks to recruit suitably qualified, experienced and competent professional to fill the position of the Conservation Field Officer.
The Conservation Field Officer will coordinate the implementation of all the field project activities aimed at ensuring the conservation of wild chimpanzees and enhancement of their habitats. This position demands creativity and high level of consultation with various stakeholders, partners and staff in your line of operation.
KEY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
• Support the field program to enhance natural resources and environmental management activities such as Agro-forestry, indigenous tree propagation and activities aimed at forest corridor restoration.
• Work with the Field team to design, develop and disseminate appropriate conservation messages to relevant target audiences.
• Work on specific aspects aimed at identifying and mapping out areas of human chimpanzee conflicts and drawing appropriate strategies for mitigation. Collaborate with the local Government, National Forestry Authority, Uganda Wildlife Authority, and other NGO’s in building capacity of local communities to manage biodiversity in the Albertine Rift.
• Be responsible for implementation of the community based monitoring program in consultation with the different stakeholders and other relevant staff.
• Shall lead Chimpanzee Trust GIS work including production of appropriate maps as well as using other ecological data analysis tools for data analysis and generation of relevant project reports.
• Identifying and supporting livelihood initiatives in selected communities.
• Monitor and evaluate public appreciation, and understanding of chimpanzee conservation in those areas w operation.
• Shall monitor and participate in strengthening established local structures, procedures and guidelines aimed at managing conservation programs as well as their sustainability.
• Consistently document lessons learned and experiences gained from the different projects/programs.
• Occasionally assist in other trust activities as and when required, in the different duty stations.
• Be accountable for implementing community conservation activities as described in the guidelines and promptly make recommendations and periodic reports to Chimpanzee Trust management.
• Work hand in hand with Chimpanzee Trust resource mobilization committee to identify areas of development and help in writing proposals for grants and funding.
• Minimum of a Bachelor in Natural Resource Management, Forestry, Biodiversity Conservation, Community Development or any other related disciplines. Additional demonstrated training related to the field is an added advantage.
• At least 2 years of working experience in natural resources and biodiversity conservation projects. Previous work in primate conservation will be an added advantage.
• Good understanding and demonstrated experience in the use of analytical computer software and programs including Geographical Information Systems (GIS), DISTANCE software, databases and MS-Office programs.
• Excellent report writing and communication skills including the ability to write articles in various publications.
COMPETENCIES AND SKILLS
• A basic understanding of project cycle management approaches and tools – including Participatory methods on capacity assessment and planning, project monitoring and evaluation and partners’ capacity building,
• Knowledge of key aspects of development work including cross-cutting themes (e.g. gender, environment, HIV/AIDS).
• Skills in training/facilitation of development processes, including organization and mobilization of communities and networking among different development partners such as community-based organizations (CBOs), governments and NGOs.
• Skills and experience in planning, budgeting and financial reporting.
• High-level integrity and high standards of personal conduct.
• Possession of a valid driving/ riding permit.
• Good presentation skills including the ability to use relevant computer packages, video cameras, still photo cameras.
• Knowledge of Runyakitara languages and culture.
If you meet the above requirements, please submit your application with copies of your academic testimonials, CV, names and addresses of two referees and telephone contact to; The recruitment Committee, Chimpanzee Trust, Plot 1 Bank Close, Entebbe, P.O. Box 884 Entebbe via firstname.lastname@example.org
Please indicate the title of the Job you are applying for in the Subject line of the Email. The Closing date for receiving applications is 2 weeks from the date of this advert.
NB: Only shortlisted candidates shall be contacted. Any applications submitted after the deadline shall not be considered.