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Conservation Scientist

Hiring Organization:
International Gorilla Conservation Programme

Date Posted:

Position Description:
To further its mission, IGCP is looking for a Conservation Scientist who will be responsible for supporting all aspects of monitoring and research that IGCP engages in to further its mission and strategic objectives. The incumbent will also be responsible for directly linking knowledge and information gained from monitoring and research to park management decision-making and policy analysis and development.

Location: IGCP office in Musanze, Rwanda.

Main responsibilities:

• Lead a participatory review of the techniques and technologies used in ranger-based monitoring in the Virunga Bwindi landscape, and shape IGCP's renewed intervention in this area
• Lead a participatory process on the strengthening of community-based monitoring to guide park management decision-making
• Play an active role in identifying key research topics, and mobilizing the funds and partnerships to see them through completion and dissemination of results
• Continue to develop IGCP's relationship with key research institutions
• See through to completion the integration of a Regional Information System for the Virunga Bwindi landscape and the necessary data sharing agreements
• Develop and conduct training of park staff and partners related to both ranger-based monitoring and community-based monitoring
• Conduct, under the framework of the Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration, the annual ranger-based monitoring workshop and any other related workshops as necessary
• Play a leading role, alongside partner institutions and organizations, in the fundraising, coordination, data collection, analysis and interpretation of results in the routine census of mountain gorilla populations (and Grauer's gorillas if applicable)
• Prepare the annual status report on mountain gorillas as an annual public synthesis of monitoring and research results related to mountain gorillas and their habitat
• Prepare and submit scientific papers for presentation at regional and international conferences as well as for publication - both peer-reviewed and otherwise
• Provide input to the IGCP strategy and interventions based on monitoring and research data; analyzing monitoring data to assist with IGCP's impact monitoring programme
• Support the IGCP Director in the preparation and presentation of policy briefs based on available monitoring and research data
• Coordinate training of IGCP staff, partners, and decision-makers on the use of monitoring and research data on policy analysis and policy development
• Assist the IGCP Director and coalition partners in raising funds for these efforts through proposal development
• Perform any other duties as required

Required Qualifications:

• Minimum MSc level, PhD preferred, with background in quantitative ecology, wildlife statistics or related area
• Minimum of five years practical experience in ecological habitat and species monitoring/survey design, implementation, analysis, and interpretation

Required Skills and Competencies:

• Excellent quantitative skills and extensive capacity to quickly learn and apply advanced analytical methods
• Excellent communication skills to ensure that scientific knowledge and information is used in management decision-making and policy analysis and development
• Proven competence in field research and experience in field project implementation
• Strong bilingual communication skills in English and French preferred
• Proven capacity in institutional relationship building
• Familiarity with GIS/remote sensing analysis
• Ability to manage databases
• Willingness to work as part of a multi-cultural team
• Adhere to IGCP’s values: Respect for diversity, Team work, Integrity, Initiative, and Dedication

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Term of Appointment:
3 years, renewable

Application Deadline:
April 28, 2014 (close of business Central Africa Time)

Contact Information:
Emmanuel Ntivuguruzwa
5th Floor, Tele10 Building
Kigali, none


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