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Want to make a positive difference to the future of people and our one shared home, the Earth?
Working with WWF could be your opportunity of a lifetime:
All around the world, people are waking up to the deepening crisis of nature loss. A growing realization that nature is our life-support system. And that nobody will be spared from the impacts of its loss. Here at WWF, we are helping to tackle this enormous global challenge.
Our people come from hugely diverse backgrounds and with a variety of expertise, ranging from HR and finance to advocacy and conservation science. We welcome applications from anyone who believes they can help us create a better future for people and wildlife.
What we do:
We are an independent conservation organization, striving to sustain the natural world for the benefit of people and wildlife. From individuals and communities to business and government, we are part of a growing coalition calling on world leaders to set nature on the path to recovery by 2030. Together, we seek to protect and restore natural habitats, stop the mass extinction of wildlife, and make the way we produce and consume sustainable.
WWF implemented an ambitious conservation programme in Central Africa, called the Green Heart of Africa (GHoA) focusing on the Congo Basin in Gabon, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, the Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo. As part of its conservation strategy, GHoA set a goal to stabilize or increase priority populations of target species (in particular, but not limited to, the forest elephants and great apes) within priority landscapes. After the end of the GHoA conservation programme in June 2016, all conservation activities are still ongoing under the leadership of the Congo Basin countries.
To assess conservation efforts and to effectively measure conservation impact on wildlife and forest habitats, WWF developed an ecological monitoring program as part of the GHoA Monitoring & Evaluation framework, with the aim to: (1) develop harmonized guidelines and standards for biomonitoring and for survey design; (2) produce high quality data and conclusive analysis that allow for spatial and temporal time series data and trend estimations; (3) establish data collection protocols and systematically archive data; and (4) build the capacity of WWF and partners' programmes in bio-monitoring. From 2014 to 2016, a set of tasks were completed to fill the above aim; this led to the development of a Regional Strategy for the Congo Basin Biomonitoring Programme validated since March 2017.
Now the WWF Network has moved to the development and the implementation of nine Practices with Global Goals to be achieved. For the Congo Basin countries to actively contribute to the Outcomes of some Practices (Wildlife, Forests, Food, Climate & Energy, Freshwater and Governance) implemented in their respective programmes, it is important to have a monitoring programme designed and implemented accordingly.
Regarding new challenges and the need to continue and extend the monitoring programme to other established goals and objectives in alignment with the Practices, the implementation of the Congo Basin Biomonitoring Programme has been adapted. The programme has been built as an “Integrated Biomonitoring Programme” which is meant to be integrated into day-to-day activities for more efficiency. The adaptation made will support field programmes and countries in delivering conservation outcomes and impacts for an effective contribution to the Global Goals. Delivering conservation outcomes and impacts may need fully dedicated time and a lot of resources mobilization; that is why support from additional manpower seems crucial and relevant.
1 (One) year
The “Consultant-Researcher for Monitoring and Evaluation” will assist the Regional Biomonitoring Coordinator in completing some key activities in Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, DRC and CAR. He will support the production of high-quality scientific results relevant for the demonstration of conservation outcomes and impacts. He will contribute to the updating and creation of useful databases to ensure proper data and reports management.
The Consultant-Researcher for Monitoring and Evaluation will be mainly support scientific paper writing based on the outcomes and impacts achieved in Central Africa countries (Cameroon, Gabon, Congo, DRC and CAR).
Under the supervision of the Regional Biomonitoring Coordinator and the supervisor of the research institution, and in close collaboration with the national teams and the Congo Basin Biomonitoring Officer, the Consultant-Researcher for Monitoring and Evaluation will support the compilation and processing of relevant and accurate data from field programmes.
Check, extract and compile quality data
- Check and mobilize updated landcover data for sites, particularly in Cameroon (Lobéké NP, Campo Ma'an NP), Congo (Espace TRIDOM Interzone Congo), CAR (DSPA), Gabon (Gamba) and DRC (Salonga NP).
- Extract Law Enforcement data from SMART databases and compile relevant ones for cross-cutting analyses.
- Synthetize socioeconomic data around targeted sites and create variables for data analysis.
- Explore the WWF wildlife survey database and extract possible information for cross-cutting analyses.
Support the creation and updating of databases
- Compile newly extracted data in a structured database for common and easy use.
- Organize produced results in a structured results-database for management decision-making.
- Facilitate the use of newly created databases through capacity building sessions.
Conduct cross-cutting analyses and Report on key results
- Build ecological models for data analysis that may be easy to apply for non-scientists.
- Complete high standard analyses based on ecological modelling techniques.
- Report on key results that may serve as critical contribution for the Congo Basin region and countries.
Communicate to scientific audience, Others
- Support the writing of scientific papers based on key results.
- Participate in international scientific conferences to promote the results on behalf of WWF and the partner University.
- Support any other relevant WWF programmes in Central Africa.
- PhD Student or Junior Researcher in Ecology, GIS & Remote Sensing, Natural Resource Management, or related subjects.
- Practical experience in statistics and ecological data analysis, and familiar to statistical and data analysis software (R for Windows, Excel, SPSS, Statistica, etc.).
- Proven capacities in ecological modelling and scientific paper writing (only papers in journal with Peer Review and/or Impact Factor will be considered).
- Mastery of GIS and Remote Sensing GIS tools (ArcGIS, QGIS, Erdas Imagine, Envi, etc.).
- Ability to create and manage databases, if possible, by coding languages.
- Proven experience with research institutions and/or international NGOs.
Required Skills and Competencies
- Good skills - both written and verbal (English and French) as appropriate for capturing the meaning of reports and writing of scientific papers.
- Culturally aware and able to work effectively in various cultural environments.
- Capable of working with minimal supervision.
- Able to demonstrate WWF behaviours in ways of working: strive for impact, listen deeply, collaborate openly and innovate fearlessly
How to apply:
Thanks for providing the elements below when sending your application to firstname.lastname@example.org
- A CV and a Cover letter (required);
- Certificates demonstrating the capacities mentioned in your CV (required);
- Files of at least one scientific publication (where you are 1st author) related to the ToRs and/or capacities (required);
- Proof of belonging to a University / Research Institution (if possible).
The subject should read Consultant-Researcher21.
Deadline for applications: 28thJanuary 2021.
Thank you in advance for your interest in this position. Please note that only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted for follow up. If you have not been contacted five (5) days after closing, consider your application unsuccessful.
WWF is an equal opportunity employer and committed to having a diverse workforce