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Principal Investigator - Madagascar Forest

Reference     (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors   Nature Conservation (Terrestrial Ecology)
Location   Madagascar
Town/City   London
Type   Temporary / Contract / Seasonal
Status   Full Time
Level   Mid Level
Deadline   08/08/2020
Company Name   Frontier - The Society for Environmental Exploration
Contact Name   Sam Hope
Telephone   0207 613 2520
Fax   0207 613 2992
Email   staffing@frontier.ac.uk
Website   Further Details / Applications
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PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Job Title: Principal Investigator

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: Terrestrial Field Projects in Madagascar

PRIMARY FUNCTION

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;

FRONTIER, 50-52 Rivington Street, London, EC2A 3QP. United Kingdom

T: +44 (0) 207 613 2422 - F: +44 (0) 207 613 2992

- 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 extension.

Accommodation:

Basic accommodation provided at field project.

Travel:

Capped contribution to international airfare plus internal travel as necessary to the fulfilment of duties.

Insurance:

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 £150 end of contract bonus and £50 per peer reviewed publication at the manager’s discretion.

Training:

BTEC assessor training & pre-departure training provided.

JOB SPECIFICATION ESSENTIAL DESIRABLE Qualifications Education/Knowledge:

- Postgraduate in environmental / biological science

- First aid qualification

- Minimum PADI rescue diver or equivalent (Marine projects only)

- Knowledge of natural resource management and rural development

Experience:

- 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 Skills:

- 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

Personal Attributes:

- Demonstrable commitment to conservation

- Physical fitness

- 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


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