Cambodia nationals: Technical Officer
Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT)
We are a leading conservation organisation saving wetlands for wildlife and people across the world. Founded in 1946, WWT’s mission is to conserve, restore and create wetlands, save wetland wildlife, and inspire everyone to value the amazing things healthy wetlands achieve for people and nature. We work with global partners, local people, governments and businesses to take direct action to save wetlands and their wildlife.
Wetlands cover 30% of Cambodia’s total land area, and 80% of all people in the country depend on wetlands for their livelihoods. This biodiversity hotspot is going through a period of rapid development. The benefits of this development are however consistently skewed away from the poorest and most vulnerable communities, and the ecological integrity of the landscape is rarely considered. It is vital wetlands are factored into decision-making at all levels, and that mechanisms are in place to empower communities to sustainably manage their natural resources whilst providing much needed sanctuary for the region’s increasingly threatened biodiversity.
Under “Cambodia Lower Mekong Delta Conservation Partnership” WWT’s Cambodia Programme works with its partners Birdlife Cambodia and NatureLife Cambodia at local and national levels to deliver conservation action and provide resources to stakeholders working in and around wetlands. Our work includes site protection, wetland assessments, community-based management, sustainable livelihoods, and national-level wetland guidance and capacity building. At present WWT’s field work is focused on Anlung Pring Wetland in Kampot Province as well as Boeung Prek Lapouv Wetland in Takeo Province.
The role of Technical Officer
WWT is looking for an enthusiastic conservationist with (some) experience in wetland biodiversity and ecosystem management in Cambodia. The position holder will be responsible to plan, implement and oversee WWT’s operation in its priority wetlands including Anlung Pring and Boeung Prek Lapouv wetlands.
- Coordinate (technically and logistically) WWT’s interventions within AP and BPL including:
- Support development and implementation of wetland management plans for AP and BPL.
- Coordinate implementation of WWT’s research component in the priority sites (e.g. bird surveys, ecological and hydrological researches, social assessments, and other data collection.).
- Establish and manage a wetland inventory database for AP and BPL.
- Support and facilitate zoning, mapping and demarcation activities in WWT’s priority sites.
- Establish and maintain effective communication with provincial authorities in Takeo and Kampot provinces, namely the Departments of Environment.
- Contribute to planning and implementation of joint conservation, empowerment, advocacy and development activities conducted by WWT and its partners in local and national levels.
- Supervise WWT’s social interventions in and around priority wetlands including (but not limited to) ecotourism, alternative livelihood, training and empowerment, community protected areas and fishery initiatives, sustainable farming, land use mapping or vegetation mapping.
- Liaise with people to increase their engagement/participation in wetland conservation in the pilot sites.
- Provide technical supervision to WWT’s field team including field assistants, volunteers and interns.
- Ensure that activities and responsibilities committed by WWT’s partners in the priority sites are delivered to a high quality (e.g. law enforcement).
- Bachelor or Master’s degree in environmental or social sciences.
- Minimum of 5 years of experience working on nature conservation and/or community engagement activities.
- Highly self-reliant. Capacity and ability to overtake responsibilities and assignments from zero to 100.
- Working experience on wetland conservation is a high asset.
- Experience collecting ecological data and conducting related research is a high asset.
- Willingness to spend most of the time in the field.
- Profound English skills both writing and speaking.
Terms and Conditions
- This is a national position.
- Reporting to: WWT Cambodia’s Country Coordinator
- Supervisory and Support Responsibilities: WWT’s field staff in Anlung Pring and Boeung Prek Lapouv; WWT’s interns and volunteers as well as assisting with the oversight of partner field staff as and when appropriate.
- Tentative start date: As soon as possible
- Duty station
- About 35% in Phnom Penh.
- About 65% in the field.
- Duration of Contract: 24 months with possibility of extension subject to availability of funds.
- Salary: US$ 8,400 per annum
- Per Diems for accommodation and food are provided at the field sites, as are all work-related travel costs.
- Health insurance.
- In-house and external training opportunities.
- Hours of Work: This is a full-time role, requiring a minimum of 37 ½ hours per week. Office hours may vary depending on job requirements in the field. However, this position requires the post-holder to spend a considerable amount of time in the field.
- Leave of Absence: the Contractor may take leave of absence from the Project during the 12 month contract, at times to be agreed with WWT, up to a maximum of 20 days per year plus the Cambodian Public Holidays taken by our partners, Birdlife International (approximately 15 per year). Your total holiday entitlement will be no more than 35 days per complete holiday year. If the Contractor is obliged to work hours greatly in excess of those contracted, s/he may upon request to WWT, be granted time off in lieu (TOIL) in addition to the days stated above.
- Flexibility is a basic requirement for this position.
- The post holder is expected to spend most of his/her mission periods in rural areas. It also includes overnighting in rural homestays.
Please provide your CV and Cover Letter to Holly.Pal@wwt.org.uk until 30 January 2019.