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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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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


To co-ordinate the research programme, involving overall supervision of the biological surveys and implementation of community-based conservation projects.


- 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.


- 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.


Contract Duration:

12 months, possibility of extension.


Basic accommodation provided at field project.


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


Employer’s liability insurance provided.


Food provided on project site. Subsistence allowance provided off project site.


£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.


BTEC assessor training & pre-departure training provided.


- 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


- 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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