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Volunteering and Conservation Coordinator

Hiring Organization:
Association FILANA - Sainte Luce Reserve

Date Posted:

Position Description:
Location of Post: Based in Fort Dauphin (the office) and Sainte Luce (our Reserve)

Supervisor: President of the Association

Background to the post: FILANA is a registered Malagasy NGO working under a Malagasy ministerial collaboration, in partnership with disadvantaged communities, to improve positive human coexistence with the fragile and unique local environment. Founded in 2009, the organisation works in one of the most impoverished villages in the region, and in the urban centre of Fort Dauphin, south east Madagascar.

Our principal preoccupation is working in tandem with local rural people to aid the conservation of the threatened forests in the south east of Madagascar, particularly at our private reserve, Sainte Luce Reserve, with knock-on effects to other surrounding unfunded protected areas. We have the potential to provide essential research and sharing of expertise to create improved conservation outcomes in this very fragile and threatened area.

We aim to improve local knowledge of the environment and respect for conservation, particularly in the younger members of the community, through environmental education activities in the village schools.

We have established a mangrove reforestation project which has planted over 7,000 mangrove trees in the last year, and are presently working on community education regarding mangroves and sea turtle conservation.

FILANA is now looking to recruit a motivated and dynamic individual to coordinate our work in the office, in the field and, to manage our small volunteer program. The person will work with our local staff and volunteers to ensure field research on the endemic and endangered flora and fauna at Sainte Luce Reserve, approximately 40km north of Fort Dauphin. This person will be responsible for all aspects of the conservation activities of the organisation; coordinating field research, writing funding proposals, ensuring data collection & analysis, report writing, and coordinating international volunteers with the help of our local part-time Volunteer Logistics person.

Tasks and Responsibilities of the Research and Conservation Co-ordinator:

To develop and implement a research programme for the Sainte Luce Reserve in collaboration with various local and international (see below) specialists and with an aim to satisfy the requirements of an SEIA (Social and Environmental Impact Assessment) as part of our long-term management plan
To liaise with and recruit a team of international volunteers to establish research in all of the disciplines required to fulfil our SEIA
To assist volunteer researchers in preparation of proposals, funding bids, and research permits
To prepare research schedules to ensure targets are met
To organise the logistics for the research programme with the support of local staff
To coordinate and supervise research and data collection in the field for teams of volunteers ensuring integrity of data collected and storage and distribution of data
To work with local staff in supervising volunteers during their time in the field
To work with colleagues in managing the finances of the project
To train staff and volunteers in the field research techniques required to implement the programmes
To produce reports for FILANA committee, collaborating organisations and for submission to peer-reviewed scientific journals
To assist in building capacity in our national collaborators
To work alongside the local committee and staff in writing funding bids
To advise on strategic development in general
Any other tasks the Director deems necessary within the broad remit of this role

Application process:

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 role description to the President of Association FILANA at

Minimum of Masters degree in a relevant field
At least 6 months experience of tropical field research would be advantageous
Experience of coordinating volunteers would be advantageous
First aid certificate
Working knowledge of GPS and GIS would be advantageous but is not essential
High degree of initiative, motivation and commitment
Excellent organisational and time management skills
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 a bush environment, under tropical conditions
Able to commit to a one-year contract (three months trial period)
Able to demonstrate ability to fund themselves for one year

Pay and conditions:

Food and local transport will be provided whilst on projects. All other costs will need to be covered by the candidate, including accommodation when not in the field. We estimate the annual cost to the volunteer of taking this position to be in the vicinity of $6,000 plus airfares and insurance. It would be highly advantageous for the volunteer to bring their own lap-top computer.

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
Food, accommodation and local transport will be provided whilst in the field. All other costs including flights, insurance and accommodation and subsistence in Fort Dauphin must be met by the volunteer.

We provide a one-year visa. The volunteer must follow some pre-departure procedures to assist us in the visa process.

Term of Appointment:
90 day trial period followed by 1-year contract

Application Deadline:
Ongoing - The position will remain open until an appropriate candidate/s is/are found.

Application process:

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 role description to the President of Association FILANA at

More information on the work of FILANA is available at or by sending questions directly to

We are proud members of the Lemur Conservation Network.

A lot of information and photos are updated regularly on our facebook page at /sainte.luce.reserve

Contact Information:
Brett Massoud
Lot IVBL020 Rue Circulaire
Tolagnaro, none 614

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