Manager, Biodiversity Research and Monitoring (BRM) Section/Unit
Responsible to: Deputy Executive Director of the Secretariat
The Nam Theun 2 (NT2) Watershed Management Protection Authority’s (WMPA) mandate is to work with local communities and implementing agencies to ensure sustainability of biological diversity and living condition and welfare of watershed inhabitants.
The WMPA Secretariat is a permanent executive office to the Board, in charge of day to day execution of all activities and has the rights and duties to coordinate with all concerned sectors and organisations, domestic and international, local and central levels as authorized by the Board.
Directly responsible for the effective functioning of the Biodiversity Research and Monitoring (BRM) Section/Unit.
Principal Accountabilities/Main Tasks:
- In consultation with partners and stakeholders, develop, plan, supervise and lead the implementation and reporting of plans and programs related to the WMPA project;
- Manage the preparation and/or development of annual work/budget plans based on project activities and monitor implementation for BRM Section/Unit ;
- Oversee the implementation of the BRM Section/Unit of the Secretariat and any of its implementing partners;
- Manage the preparation and/or development of monthly, quarterly and annual progress reports based on project activities of the BRM Section/Unit;
- Develop plans with and contract/sub-contract activities (if appropriate) with implementing partners;
- Review all the data and the assessment of wildlife, plant life, NTFPs etc. undertaken to date;
- Provide inputs into the planning and conduct of wildlife and botanical surveys, and write reports conveying the information gathered from the surveys;
- Maintain regular liaison with LE and other Section/Units of Secretariat to develop habitat assessment as one parameter observed during wildlife surveys;
- Coordinate and work closely with local authorities, national and international institutions to conduct scientific research and monitoring on biodiversity (flora, fauna) in the NNT NPA and NT2 Watershed;
- Maintain regular liaison with sections/units and local authorities to develop and implement plans approved related to the roles of the BRM section/unit;
- Identify Technical Assistance (TA) needs of the Section/Unit and a Terms of Reference (ToR) for the same, and suggest plan for their input;
- Monitor the work of staff and TA of the Section/Unit, suggesting improvements required in a timely manner, or inform the Directors cabinet of irresolvable deficiencies in staff and TA ability or activities;
- Delegate duties and responsibilities to staff as appropriate;
- Conduct annual staff and TA evaluations with Directors;
- Perform any other duties consistent with the Authority’s objectives and work plans, or as directed and authorised by the Director cabinet of the Secretariat.
Duty Station: Nakai District-WMPA Secretariat Office
Field work in and around the NT2 Watershed/NNT NPA
Special Conditions of Service:
While this position is at the level of Section/Unit Head, the incumbent must gain experience in, and continue to be familiar with the forest and village level activities. Thus, he/she must travel to and stay in the villages and forest areas, and become physically involved in daily work for a significant number of days per year.
Duration: 2 year contract, may be renewed based on performance
- University (Bachelor’s) Degree, or higher, in wildlife, Biology, Forestry, Natural Resource Management or other relevant disciplines;
- Post graduate training in Biodiversity Research and Monitoring, Conservation Biology or other relevant disciplines;
Experience and Skills required:
- At least 5 years’ experience in wildlife monitoring and management, and botanical investigations;
- Prior experience in management of NTFPs;
- Experience in PICAD/CEF based NPA management desirable;
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively and emphatically with rural villagers and external/institutional organizations;
- Excellent computer skills and experience with office software packages
- Working level English
Interested candidates may apply by sending a cover letter and a recent CV by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please enter the position title in the subject line of your email.
Closing date for application is: 25 August 2019
Applications will not be accepted after the closing date. The vacancy closes at midnight on the date indicated, Lao PDR local time. Due to the high volume of applications we may receive, only candidates who reach the short list will be personally contacted.