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Manager of a primate field station in Gabon

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Position Description:
The Mandrillus Project (, created in 2012 by a CNRS researcher (France), is a long-term scientific program on the ecology and sociality of a Gabonese forest primate, the mandrill (Mandrillus sphinx). The study population consists of 150 individuals living in a large social group in the Lekedi private park, in southern Gabon, near the village of Bakoumba. The study population is monitored daily.
The Mandrillus Project is recruiting a manager / logistician to manage this research station, which employs between 8 and 10 full-time staff and regularly hosts students and researchers for short or long stays.
The tasks / activities related to the logistician position are:
-administration (planning, payrolls and administration with the Gabonese authorities, budget management) and human resource management of a team of Gabonese field assistants.
-management of the car park.
-welcoming and facilitating stays of students and researchers.
-management of scientific/telecom equipment.
-management of scientific protocols developed by researchers and students.
-management of the scientific data sent regularly to researchers.
-punctual behavioral observations in the field.
-punctual laboratory work for the management of biological samples collected in the field.
-writing of monthly reports on project events.
-management of the relationships with local communities and employees of the Lekedi Park.

Required skills:
-Experience(s) in management / logistics
-Experience(s) abroad and / or in isolated conditions
-Excellent communication skills
-Be physically and mentally resistant
-Be open to cultural differences
-Abilities to live in isolated areas
-Excellent level of French (mandatory)

Desirable assets:
-Bachelor degree
-Skills in car mechanics and maintenance
-Scientific rigor
-Being in couple (to come and live in Gabon)

We are looking for a very organized, motivated and serious person. The recruited person must be ready to live in isolated conditions and in an Equatorial environment, in an intercultural context. Although weekly days off are scheduled, this position often requires a daily investment. The hired person must be ready to manage their time optimally for the project.
The person will be housed on site, in the private park, in very good material conditions (house equipped with air conditioning, water and electricity). The Lekedi Park is located 7kms away from a small Gabonese village, Bakoumba, and an hour away from a small town, Moanda.
The position of logistician is not intended for a student / postdoctoral fellow engaged in a scientific course but for a logistician. Although a couple is strongly desired, we will also consider single applicant. If a couple is hired, arrangements for the significant-other are possible within the framework of the project.

Contract length :
1 renewable year (1 month probationary period) up to 3 times.

Salary and benefits :
Logistician : CNRS tariff grid.

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):

Term of Appointment:
1 yr (renewable)

Application Deadline:
28th February 2018

Auditions of the selected candidates (in Montpellier ? the transport to Montpellier is not included) and final answer:
1st week of March 2018
Starting date:
June 1st 2018 (not very flexible)
Application file:
Please send your CV (with names and addresses of three references for the post of logistician) and a detailed and personalized letter of motivation (standard letters are not encouraged) by email only to:

Contact Information:
Marie Charpentier
MONTPELLIER, none 34000


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