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Volunteer Research Assistant for Azafady Conservation Programme
Location of Post: Based in Sainte Luce 40km north of Fort Dauphin and working throughout bordering communes in Anosy Region
Supervisor: Head of Research and Project Co-ordinator
Background of the Post in the Azafady Conservation Programme
The Azafady Conservation Programme (ACP) accepts international volunteers to help conduct research on the unique flora and fauna of Madagascars last remaining fragments of littoral forest. Our monitoring programme focuses on the endemic/endangered herpetofauna and lemur populations of Sainte Luce. Current projects include compiling information on species density and distribution and behavioural studies to build up a comprehensive understanding of their life histories and ecology. A botanical monitoring programme is also being carried out to collate species inventories for each forest fragment, with a particular emphasis on endangered palm species and how the local community use them. The ACP also implements community conservation initiatives such as environmental education in the village school, conservation through English lessons, fuel-efficient stove building and World Environment Day festivities, as well as supporting the Environment Departments reforestation projects.
ONG Azafady is recruiting a motivated and dynamic individual to work as part of our expanding research team. The successful applicant will help conduct field research on the flora and fauna of Sainte Luces littoral forests. The individual will be expected to manage research projects by training volunteers in research methodologies, ensuring accurate collation of scientific data and assisting in the day-to-day management of the programme. An important aspect of this role will be to achieve a balance between collecting valuable scientific data and ensuring volunteers are happy and satisfied with the programme wherever possible. The applicant will also work with the research team to assist in writing and publishing scientific papers.
Duties and responsibilities
The research assistant will work in collaboration with Azafady Malagasy staff in the following activities;
Assist in the development and implementation of the research programme for the littoral forest fragments in Sainte Luce
Organise the logistics of the research projects including equipment and resource management
Monitor data collection in the field
Ensure the project targets are met
Supervise volunteers during their time in the field
Assist in training volunteers in field research techniques
Ensure good communication and team relations between volunteers, Azafady staff and local staff
Assist the Project coordinator in the organisation of research excursions
Any other tasks the Director/ Project Coordinator deems necessary within the broad remit of this role
Able to commit for a period of one year
Demonstrate sound knowledge and keen interest in conservation issues
A qualification in a related discipline
Specialist knowledge of either primatology, herpetology, botany or environmental education is desirable
Able to or willing to learn to safely handle and identify reptiles and amphibians
Previous experience living or working in a developing country would be an asset
Good IT skills
Ability to grasp and carryout instruction in challenging environments and maintain a good sense of humour
First aid certificate
Working Knowledge of GPS and/or GIS is an advantage
A good degree of initiative, motivation and commitment
Excellent organisational and time management skills is a must
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Ability to work under pressure and be flexible and accommodating
Ability to work as part of a dynamic and multicultural team
Good degree of fitness for working in difficult terrain under tropical conditions
Ability to spend long periods of time in basic camping conditions
provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
Food and local transport will be provided whilst on projects. All other costs will need to be covered by the candidate, including accommodation when in town.
25 February 2013
Anyone interested in applying for this position should send a detailed CV and a cover letter explaining how their skills and experience match the requirements in the Job Description to Lisa Carrier, by email or by post.
Studio 7, 1a Beethoven Street
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+ 44 (0) 20 8962 0126
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