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Biomonitoring Project Coordinator (Logistition)

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

Date Posted:

Position Description:
We are seeking one coordinator for a biomonitoring program in the southern part of Salonga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo. The project aims to compile an inventory of large mammals across the southern Salonga and corresponding information on vegetation and human encroachment. Data will be collected from line transects, recces, and camera traps. The coordinator will be in charge of logistic organization of five survey teams.

Candidates will be responsible for the preparation (2 months) and conduction (12 months) of the project. The main duty is organization and supervision of all project activities, ordering and distributing provisions to the survey teams, accounting, communication, and supporting the work of team members. The coordinator will be based in small villages in the vicinity of the Salonga but may also need to travel to the camps of the survey teams. Each team consists of up to 7 members including one team leader, a researcher, guards of the Congolese Wildlife Authority (ICCN) and villagers.

Prior to the onset of field work, the coordinator will work out a protocol for the logistics which requires a short (about 1 month) stay in the field prior to the start of the survey. The coordinator will also participate in a workshop at the MPI in Leipzig to become familiar with the field protocol, modes of sample storage, and methods of data analyses.

Proficiency in written and oral French is essential. Candidates with language skills in French and English will be preferred.

Candidates must have experience in conducting logistics under difficult conditions. Daily tasks include (a) purchase and transport of food and other equipment from villages to survey camps, (b) payments of local workers, (c) communication with representatives of the local administration and village communities, and (d) communication with survey teams. Other duties are (e)organizing shipments of provisions from Kinshasa to the field site and shipment of data and sample material from the field site to Kinshasa, (f) accounting for all field expenses, (g) planning and organizing shifts of the survey teams to different locations of the park, and (h) communication with offices and agencies in Kinshasa in emergency cases. As field work will be extremely demanding candidates must be physically and mentally fit, able to spend long periods of time away from developed areas and be comfortable with minimal living conditions (no plumbing, electricity, or housing) in extremely remote locations. The candidate must be responsible, self-sufficient and able to work independently, capable of learning fast and making decisions on his/her own. He/she also needs to be able to work in a team and communicate well with other team members and the project managers at the institute. Candidates need to be proficient with computers, graphics and spreadsheets.

1300 US$ per month.

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
All travel costs (from home country to Leipzig, Leipzig to field site, return from field site to Leipzig and to home country) will be provided. Half of the cost will be reimbursed on the candidate’s arrival at the field site, and the rest on the successful completion of the project.

Accommodation in Leipzig for the duration of the workshop.

Accommodation at the field site (housing in established locations or in most cases, tents).

Field survey equipment will be provided.

Expenses for visa.

NOTE: The candidates are required to arrange and cover the following:
- Health insurance that covers emergency repatriation and liability
- All vaccinations required for the country of travel prior to departure, and any medications needed, including malaria prophylaxis.
- Costs during the stay in Kinshasa.

Term of Appointment:
14 months

Application Deadline:
July 30

The project is a joint venture of the WWF, MPI Leipzig and Munich University.

Appointments depend on the successful acquisition of funding. Currently, the grant proposal for the Salonga Biomonitoring Program is under consideration and the final decision on its funding is pending.

Applications must be received by Friday, August 1th, 2014 in order to be considered. If you receive no reply within 2 weeks of the closing date, please assume that you were not successful on this occasion. If short-listed, you will be required to provide 2 letters of reference (these can also be submitted with the initial application email if desired). Telephone interviews will be held early/mid August.

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

Telephone Number:
++49 341 3550 208


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