Camp and Research Administrator
Max-Planck-Institute for Evol. Anthropology
We are looking for a camp and research administrator (CRA) for an ongoing long-term study site 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 working schedule of the CRA is well established and based on the experience of many people. Accordingly, there are detailed records on the camp duties and the routine procedures from the past. The candidate will be trained by the current CRA before taking over responsibilities. Information about the field site and research activities at LuiKotale is available at www.eva.mpg.de/primat
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. Communication with students and researchers is as important as communication with local field assistants and village people. Candidates with medical training will be preferred.
700 Euro per month
provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
- food (mix of local and western food)
- lodging (in tents)
- 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 COMPLETION OF A 12 MONTHS TERM OF APPOINTMENT)
- expenses for visa (reimbursement ONLY AFTER SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF A 12 MONTHS 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:
12 months starting in November/December 2015
October 30 2015
Applicants should send a letter of interest that provides information that is useful for evaluating the qualifications outlined above, a CV, and name two sources from where letters of recommendation can be obtained.
Dr. Gottfried Hohmann
Deutscher Platz 6
++49 341 3550 208
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