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Coordinator of the Conservation Department in Senegal

Hiring Organization:
Jane Goodall Institute Spain/Senegal

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Position Description:
Following Dr. Jane Goodall's scientific work and humanitarian vision, the Jane Goodall Institute Spain has carried out since 2009 conservation and research programmes of wild chimpanzees in Senegal and northern Guinea, as well as sustainable development and environmental education projects with the local community. The main objective of the JGI in Senegal and northern Guinea is the Conservation of the West-African chimpanzee Pan troglodytes verus, a critically endangered subspecies with no more than 500 individuals in Senegal. Their main threats in this area are deforestation and habitat fragmentation caused by human activities. At the same time, the JGI works on the improvement of the livelihoods of the local community, helping people to manage natural resources sustainably, and providing training and environmental education.

The JGI develops its work mainly in the area of the Reserve Naturelle Communautaire de Dindéfélo (RNCD), in the south-east of Senegal, bordering Guinea. The RNCD was created in 2010 and is run with the technical assistance of the JGI team, in order to help to achieve the conservation goals in this unique habitat of endangered chimpanzees. Being one of the most remote areas of Senegal and one of the areas with fewest economic resources, the RNCD needs the help and expertise of the JGI to train their staff, as well as to elaborate its strategic plan and communication materials and platforms.

Primary responsibilities:

1. Revising, re-elaborating and monitoring of the implementation of the Dindéfélo Community Nature Reserve (RNCD) Management Plan
2. Monitoring and technical and financial reporting of conservation & research projects in Senegal and northern Guinea.
3. Organizing and facilitating conservation and capacity-building activities
4. Training of ecoguards with new technologies (CyberTracker and SMART)
5. Support in research and data collection on chimpanzee ethology and ecology.
6. Support in communication of activities for social networks/websites
7. Support in sustainable development activities/projects
8. Representing the programs and the organisation when needed, for instance in local meetings with authorities and stakeholders.

The position will be primarily based at the JGI Fouta Jallon Biological Station, in Dindéfélo, in the region of Kédougou, in the south-east of Senegal.

The candidate should:
- Preferably hold a Master degree in biology, wildlife conservation, sustainable development or related field
- Have at least 2 years of experience in Africa in a similar role
- Possess knowledge about primates, in particular chimpanzees and their plight
- Ideally have some experience in developing eco/tourism in Africa
- Have some experience in research and/or data collection regarding ecology & ethology of mammals.
- Have very good language skills in French (oral and written) and English
- Have social skills, a sense of leadership, a strong motivation to take on responsibility
- Have the ability to live and work with a small team including local staff and some expat workers.
- Be healthy and fit, at physical and mental levels.
- Show high tolerance to stress, hot weather and basic conditions, in a context of rural villages with Muslim traditions.
- Be a team-player, and a team leader when needed.
- Have a sense of humour and positive attitude.
- Share the values and philosophy of the JGI and its founder, Dr. Jane Goodall.

based upon academic and professional qualifications and experience in the field

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
- charming JGI working station equipped with solar-powered electricity, fridge, kitchen, toilets and filtered water.
- lodging in Dindéfélo, the touristic town where the JGI Biological Station is, inhabited by 1,500 people, 1 hour away from bigger city.
- Main food provided by local families
- Visa for Guinea every 3 months if necessary
- Medical insurance
- 4 weeks of vacation per year
- One round-trip economy airfare to and from Dakar (from home country) per twelve-month period (annual leave)

Term of Appointment:
one-year duration and the possibility of contract renewal

Application Deadline:
open; ideally starting in July

Test period: 3 months

Contact Information:
Laia Dotras
Entenza 60 pral 2
Barcelona, none 08015

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