Research and Monitoring Coordinator

Research and Monitoring Coordinator
Research and Monitoring Coordinator

1 junho, 2020

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African Parks is a non-profit organization that takes total responsibility for the rehabilitation and long-term management of national parks in partnership with governments and local communities.

In December 2017 we embarked on our first partnership with the Mozambique Government. This was a true milestone for our portfolio, which absorbed one of the great jewels along Africa’s coastline on the Indian Ocean – Bazaruto Archipelago – the first marine reserve to come under our management. Our shared vision is to see this exquisite coastal ecosystem revitalised as one of Africa’s leading and most productive marine protected areas and a thriving tourism destination.

The Research and Monitoring coordinator will be a key member of the BANP management team and will be responsible for developing marine expertise within the park to guide and support ongoing management and performance evaluation through the following key areas:

KEY FUNCTIONS:

  • Coordinate research activities in the Park in alignment with the Park’s Research and Monitoring Framework
  • Undertake and solicit priority research projects by developing strategic partnerships with key academic institutions, as identified in the park’s Research Framework
  • Assess and evaluate research projects proposed by external research groups wishing to work within BANP, against BANP’s research framework, prior to approval by the Park Manager
  • Engage with external research teams authorised to work within the Park, to assist with logistics if needed and to ensure that their reporting and data-sharing requirements are fulfilled
  • Implement the BANP Monitoring Programme, including but not limited to monitoring of dugongs (via aerial surveys), sea turtles, coral reef and seagrass habitats, ocean acidification and fisheries
  • Synthesize research and monitoring results for park management to guide decision-making within an adaptive management framework
  • Assist with development of strategies for marine protection, help to identify additional core conservation areas within the adjacent seascape (as already identified within the BANP Management Plan), update the zonation plan and create additional Zones of Total Protection,
  • Update the Research Framework and Monitoring Programme as new knowledge and evaluation of trends become available, and ensure that these new areas are implemented
  • Budget and assist with writing of grant proposals along with APN Funding team and Head of Science Support, to ensure adequate funding available for ongoing research and monitoring in the park
  • Work closely with the park’s Community Manager and APN’s Community Development Manager to develop, undertake and solicit social research relevant to the key social drivers of BANP, as identified in the park’s Research FrameworkBuild local academic capacity by developing strong relationships with Mozambican universities, soliciting and co-supervising relevant marine and/or social research by local Mozambican graduate and/or undergraduate students
  • Develop and keep the existing GIS database up to date
  • Advice and support the park management on anti-poaching planning related to areas of risk from an ecological point of view.
  • Help to design, implement and train park staff to use field data collection systems for Law Enforcement patrols and the park’s Monitoring Programme (including environmental and social components), in collaboration with the Head of Science Support and the Technology Development Manager at APN head office.
  • Develop, update and apply quotas and data collection systems for sport fishing and Codes of Conduct for wildlife viewing
  • Develop and implement a mandatory Conservation Conduct course for all skippers operating in BANP
  • Interact with external stakeholders including
  • Coordinate the Park’s response to proposed commercial activities (e.g. mining, additional boat traffic) near the Park, which may negatively affect upon the marine fauna and habitats within the park, and prepare written submissions outlining this response, as required. Participate in communications via email and telephone and in-person meetings with commercial interest companies, funders of potential projects and environmental consultants, and represent the Park’s interests and priorities
  • Handle requests for data on the Park’s ecosystems and species, and develop data-sharing agreements

Capabilities, Competencies and Experience Required:

  • MSc or PhD, with at least 5 years’ experience in marine science and conservation
  • Demonstrable experience in survey techniques, data collection systems and database management
  • Computer-literate including experience working in Excel
  • Strong personal integrity and dependability
  • Demonstrable leadership and people management skills
  • Demonstrable experience managing and working in partnership with other organizations
  • Fluent English and Portuguese (written and spoken)
  • Excellent report writing skills
  • Good team player and experience in management teams
  • Capable of managing competing work priorities and working to tight deadlines

To apply, please email your CV and cover letter to recursoshumanos@african-parks.org by 15 June 2020.

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