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Project Manager - Loango Gorilla Project, Gabon

Hiring Organization:
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

Date Posted:

Position Description:
We are seeking a project manager for the Loango Gorilla Project in Loango National Park, Gabon. The goal of this project is to study western gorillas to better understand their behavioral ecology and population dynamics. We work in close collaboration with the Gabonese park service and also cooperatively run a gorilla tourism program. We have one group of gorillas habituated and we are starting to habituated a second group. The project manager is responsible for ensuring the day to day operations (logistical and field work) of the project's field camp (Yatouga). Specific duties include, but are not limited to: managing the work schedules for project employees, overseeing data collection by staff (observations on the gorillas, phenology, camera traps, etc), organizing data collection and management, organizing monthly and annual reports, purchasing food for ~12 staff, organizing fuel and other supplies for a boat, ensuring equipment is functioning, liasing with national park officials on the ground and in Libreville, organizing visas for expat staff, overseeing tourism for tourists coming to see the gorillas, accompanying tourists to the gorillas, accounting, overseeing camp renovations, serving as the liase between the field and scientists in Germany.
This person will be based in Loango National Park, but only a small number (~5, if everything is working) of days are spent in the forest with the gorillas each month. The camp are isolated and basic - no running water and only basic solar power for computers and lights - with all staff living in small wooden huts and eating communally. Trips to Libreville (full day travel) are likely to be nearly once a month.

The candidate must be fluent in both French and English (eg. please don't apply if you couldn't deal with getting a vehicle repaired in French). Two years minimum experience working in Africa would be beneficial, preferably in a role that involved similar work. The person must be good at managing people, working in a multicultural setting, organizing food and transportation logistics, operating and/or knowledge of basic equipment maintenance (eg. vehicle, boat, solar equipment, computers, GPS), have experience with data management,have good communication skills, and dealing with unexpected, often frustrating, circumstances. The person must be willing to make a one year commitment, with an eye for two years or more in the position. Patience, flexibility, and being organized are a plus. The person should not have expectations of spending lots of time in the forest observing gorillas, but a scientific background and interest in ensuring that data collection is running smoothly is an asset (candidates with any level of university degree will be considered). Being comfortable living in a forest camp and being physically fit enough for forest work are also beneficial qualifications.

1400 euros per month

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
One round trip airfare to Gabon per year, basic health insurance, internal travel costs, accommodation (small wooden hut), and basic food are provided.

Term of Appointment:
1 year starting sometime between May and July 2018 (open for renewal if mutually agreed)

Application Deadline:
February 20, 2018 - but don't wait until the last minute to apply; applications will be reviewed as they are received.

Please send cover letter, CV and names of three references via email. Please don't send emails or call to check up on the status of your application.

Contact Information:
Martha Robbins
Deutscher Platz 6
Leipzig 04013

Telephone Number:
+49 341 3550 210

Fax Number:
+49 341 3550 119


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