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Researcher Dja Biosphere Reserve
Bristol Conservation and Science Foundation
Project background and aims:
The project partners have been working on different interventions around the Dja Biosphere Reserve for over ten years and have secured starter-funding from the European Association of Zoos and Aquariums (EAZA) to carry out a project designed to address the illegal take of endangered species around the Dja Biosphere Reserve (DBR) of south eastern Cameroon.
Mindful of the threat posed to great apes as a result of ape hunting, and the relative paucity of research undertaken to provide a detailed analysis of the key actors involved in the ape hunting “supply chain”, the project partners are commissioning a piece of research on “the ape hunting supply chain around the Dja Biosphere Reserve”, the findings of which will enable project partners and other stakeholders (including MINFOF’s Dja Management team) to develop appropriate strategies to tackle the illegal take of great apes.
The project partners are looking for a researcher to undertake this piece of work, in collaboration with field staff of the partners.
• Test a series of assumptions on the ape-meat supply chain (from hunter to consumer) to be supplied by the project partners;
• Provide a location specific analysis (dividing the Dja into four sectors) detailing who the ape hunters are, who is training them, who is supplying their equipment and the initial links in the local supply chain (linking the hunters to the end-consumer market);
• Utilise appropriate methodology (such as the Randomised Response Technique) to conduct detailed field interviews;
• Liaise with the Conservator of the DBR and local eco-guards in the implementation of the research study;
• Liaise with the project partners to develop the methodology and to share draft findings.
• An analytical report providing detailed information about the key actors in the great ape supply chain, their main motivations and sources of support.
• Presentation of the report and discussion of its findings at a workshop with the project partners; the workshop will be held in either the UK or Cameroon.
The researcher will hold initial meetings with the project partners in order to gain a more in-depth understanding of their respective programmes and to agree and refine the field methodology to be used. Subsequently the research will be predominantly field-based, conducting interviews with local community leaders and members, hunters, wildlife market sellers and consumers and MINFOF eco guards.
The research will be carried out in four key areas, allowing a comparison between the Reserve itself, and the periphery. The specific geographical scope will be agreed by the researcher with the project partners, but it is anticipated that it will involve the following:
• Western DBR (inside the Reserve; Mekas buckle) - 8 communities (“community” represents a cluster of settlements and/or villages, averaging between 50 and 100 h/holds per community)
• Western periphery of DBR – 8 communities
• Northern DBR – 8 communities
• Northern periphery of DBR – 8 communities
The interview formats and methodologies will be developed by the researcher, with technical input from the project partners. It is expected that appropriate methodology to address this sensitive subject will be use, including Randomised Response Testing (RRT). It is expected that the researcher will conduct ~150 direct interviews and ~200 RRT surveys, sampling ~25% of households in any particular area, at a likely rate of 6 direct or 3 RRT interviews per day.
In the Western periphery, local partner Fondation Camerounaise de la Terre Vivante (FCTV) will be the lead contact. In the Northern periphery, Projet Grand Singes (PGS) will be the lead contact.
Candidates should be fluent in French and English. Experience of working at the community-level in the South East of Cameroon would be an asset. Previous experience of research, either academic or in a journalistic capacity is essential.
Candidates should be available to start work in May 2013, and should have a minimum availability of 3 months with the possibility of extension.
Applicants should send the following documents to firstname.lastname@example.org by 30th April 2013.
• CV (maximum 3 pages)
• Technical Offer, detailing relevant experience and skills and proposing methodology to be used,
• Financial Offer
30 April 2013
Dr Nikki Tagg-Nama
Bristol Conservation and Science Foundation
c/o Bristol Zoo Gardens, Bristol BS8 3HA
+44 (0)117 974 7310
+44 (0)117 973 6814
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