Senior Conservation Research Assistant at SEED Madagascar, ​Sainte Luce, Madagascar

Deadline: 09 January 2020

SEED Madagascar is currently seeking applications from the eligible applicants for the post of Senior Conservation Research Assistant in Sainte Luce, Madagascar. The duration of this post is 12 months.

The Senior Conservation Research Assistant will work in collaboration with SEED Madagascar’s International and National staff providing day to day management to the field team and site.

SEED Madagascar integrates high quality community health, sustainable livelihoods, education infrastructure and conservation programmes to support long term, sustainable change and add to international best practice through research and publication across all of their programmatic areas.

Key Jobs Responsibilities

The Senior Conservation Research Assistant will perform the following functions:

  • Provide day to day management of the research programme and camp organisation in the field in the absence of the Coordinator Support the Research Assistants to supervise volunteers during their time in the field including ad-hoc problem solving and pastoral care.
  • Ensure good communication and team relations between volunteers, SEED Madagascar staff and local staff and ensure problems and concerns are reported.
  • Take the lead in communicating with office-based staff including the Project Development Department, Head of ERCC and Director of Programmes and Operations.
  • Ensure risk assessments are in place for each activity and these are communicated with the team and volunteers.
  • Support the SCRP Coordinator and Research Assistants in writing standard protocols for each research project.
  • Support the SCRP Coordinator in ensuring that data collection follows protocols and is of a publishable standard.
  • Lead in training the Research Assistants and volunteers in field research techniques and ensuring consistency of data.
  • Assist in the development of research projects, analysis of data and writing of research papers.
  • Be the lead researcher on specific projects in the field, taking on responsibility for the establishment of methodologies, organisation of data collection, input of data and analysis.
  • Assist in writing quarterly internal and external reports for SEED and any collaborating partners.
  • Work with the Executive Coordinator and Conservation Coordinator to develop the long-term vision of SCRP.
  • Work with other departments to develop cross-disciplinary projects.
  • Work alongside media officers and SEED volunteering staff in producing information for the website and social media.
  • Any other tasks the Director/ Conservation Coordinator deems necessary within the broad remit of this role.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must have-

  • At least a first degree and preferably Master’s in a conservation related field.
  • At least 2 years practical experience in field based research.
  • Specialist knowledge of either primatology, herpetology, botany or environmental education is desirable.
  • Ability to or willing to learn to safely handle and identify reptiles and amphibians.
  • Previous experience of collecting data with a working knowledge of GPS and/or GIS an advantage.
  • First aid certificate.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to SEED Madagascar’s ethos and approach and be a good ambassador for SEED Madagascar at all times.
  • Passion, curiosity and motivation for the job and the ability to enthuse others.
  • Ability and desire to work with teams from different economic and cultural backgrounds and across multiple language barriers.
  • Ability and desire to build capacity and share skills across cultures.
  • Demonstrate proven ability to recognise and appropriately deal with challenging situations.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of and comfort with increased social and professional responsibility, working at all times with cultural sensitivity and respect.
  • Demonstrate the ability, social skills and confidence to give clear guidance and support to other members of the team in respect of the philosophy and procedures of SEED Madagascar in order to protect both their safety and the reputation of the NGO.
  • Punctuality and ability to work to tight deadlines in an organised manner and to a high standard.
  • Flexible and patient attitude.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Nationality of Madagascar.

How to Apply

Applicants must send a CV and covering letter outlining how their skills and experience match the requirements in the role description criteria via email at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit SEED Madagascar.

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