Regional Science/Biodiversity Conservation Support Officer || African Parks

African Parks

DUE : 07 JAN 2023

Organization: African Parks
Position: Regional Science/Biodiversity Conservation Support Officer
Location: Regional Position
Reports to: Regional Manager
Expected start date: January 2023
Contract type: Fixed Term Contract

BACKGROUND
African Parks is a non-profit conservation organisation that takes on the complete responsibility for the rehabilitation and long-term management of national parks in partnership with governments and local communities. We currently manage 22 national parks and protected areas in 12 countries covering over 20 million hectares in: Angola, Benin, Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Sudan.

African parks is recruiting an experienced Regional Science/Biodiversity Conservation Support Officer for the Central African Region.

JOB OVERVIEW
African Parks, engaged in the protection and rehabilitation of the Conservation Area, is looking an experienced Regional Science/Biodiversity Conservation Support Officer for the Central African Region. Situated in a challenging and remote locality, the position requires previous operational experience, strong leadership, patience team player, and diplomatic skills.

The Regional Science/Biodiversity & Conservation Support Officer will report
to the Regional Manager, the primary purpose of the role will be to provide practical, Best Practice Biodiversity Conservation support to parks to enable robust, evidence-based management

Key Responsibilities
Support the development and implementation of park Long-Term Sustainability Strategies and associated planning spreadsheets, research frameworks and monitoring programmes
Support the implementation of parks’ Conservation Performance Cycles
Oversee implementation of park monitoring programmes and ensure that metrics are available on practical dashboards for tracking park management performance prior to annual Business Plan revision
Work closely with AP’s Business Intelligence function to ensure that existing systems are used optimally for the (automated) provision and analysis of monitoring metrics
Data management for park monitoring programmes

Annual synthesis and dissemination of the implications of research results for biodiversity management and existing biodiversity Theories of Change
Provide wildlife management decision-support
Feasibility assessments for wildlife translocation projects
Risk-Benefit Analyses for wildlife management decisions
Oversight on compliance with Biodiversity Conservation SOP
Development of biodiversity-related management plans (e.g. fire management, species of special conservation concern, predator management, water provisioning, elephant management)
Ensure that trigger points for conservation interventions trigger points are evidence-based and defensible
Technical guidance for biodiversity monitoring (particularly in the absence of park research/monitoring managers)

Identification of survey techniques for new parks
Aerial survey support – training of observers, identification of survey strata, calculation of flying hours and survey logistics, provide gpx tracks for aviation gps, data analysis and report-writing
Provide advice on wildlife tracking devices and deployment, and manage incoming data
Enable data analysis using platforms such as Google Earth Engine
Research partnerships (particularly in the absence of park research managers)
Manage the research application and evaluation process, including the development of MOUs with strategic partners
Curate a quarriable database of research partners, projects and scientific publications to enable tracking of research deadlines and statistics
Share all newly published peer-reviewed articles with park managers, the regional manager and the

Functional Head: Biodiversity Conservation, to ensure timeous dissemination to AP senior management and the AP Board
Succession planning and capacity building
Mentor park Biodiversity Conservation staff
Drive the research “twinning” programme, including through the maintenance of local and international research partnerships and projects
Work with the Community Development department to provide vocational guidance related to careers in biodiversity conservation to indigenous people and local communities (IPLC)

Minimum Requirements Skills
MSc in the field of ecology, conservation biology or similar (Phd would be preferable)
5-10 years demonstrated working experience in similar environments and roles, with a strong focus on the interface between science and management
Language skills: spoken and written knowledge of French (in Francophone regions) or Portuguese (in Lucophone regions) is essential
Strong analytical skills, including the use of Geographic Information Systems

A demonstrable publication record in the peer-reviewed literature
Significant experience with aerial surveys and other monitoring techniques, data analysis and report-writing
Demonstrable experience developing and writing conservation-related management plans
Experience working in multi-cultural environments, and particularly working closely with park management teams
Adaptable – must be able to work in remote and challenging environments

TO APPLY
To apply, please email your CV and cover letter to centralafrica.hr@africanparks.org by 7 January 2023
Should you not hear back from us within 2 weeks after closing date, please take it that your
application was unsuccessful.