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Field Site Administrator

Hiring Organization:
Max-Planck-Institute for Evol. Anthropology

Date Posted:

Position Description:
We are looking for a camp administrator (CA) for an ongoing long-term project in LuiKotale, Salonga NP, Democratic Republic of Congo. Candidates will be in charge of camp management, logistics, and communication. This includes organizing working schedules, making payments and financial accounting, organizing supplies, maintenance of camp infrastructure, communication with the home institute, our base in Kinshasa, and with local villages. The camp administrator represents the project to regional administrators, wildlife authorities, and village leaders. Language skills in French (oral and in writing) are an ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENT.

LuiKotale is a long-term research site and the position of the CA was filled for many years. Accordingly, there are elaborate records on the camp duties and the routine procedures from the past. The selected candidate will be trained by the current CA for about one month before taking over responsibilities. Information about the field site and research activities at LuiKotale is available at

Essential requirements are listed in order of importance: (1) field experience and language skills in French and English, (2) above average physical fitness, (3) high resistance to social/psychological stress, and (4) practical and technical skills to supervise and maintain the camps technical infrastructure such as solar electricity, generator, sat phone, sw-radio. In addition, candidates are expected to organize and supervise simple construction work (e.g. make-shift buildings in camp). Candidates must have social skills, a sense of leadership, a strong motivation to take on responsibility, and high tolerance. They must be able to achieve tasks by improvisation, using the limited sources that are available. They also must have the capacity to live and work with an international team of students, volunteers and local staff. Candidates with medical training will be preferred.

300 Euro per month

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
- food, consisting of local food items
- lodging (in tents) at the field site
- one domestic flight from Kinshasa to the field and back
- contribution of up to 1000 US$ to an international return flight (reimbursement ONLY AFTER SUCCESSFUL COMPLETITION OF A 9 MONTS TERM OF APPOINTMENT)
- please note that expenses during the stay in Kinshasa on the way in/out of Congo as well as the costs for a health insurance can not be covered by the project

Term of Appointment:
9 months starting in December 2012

Application Deadline:
1st of October , 2012

Applicants should send a letter of interest that provides information that is useful for evaluating the qualifications outlined above, a CV, and at least two letters of recommendation.

Contact Information:
Dr. Gottfried Hohmann
Deutscher Platz 6
Leipzig 04103

Telephone Number:
++49 341 3550 208


E-mail Address:

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