Field Officer - São Tomé and Príncipe

Application deadline: 
Thursday, 20. September 2018 - 23:45

Field Officer - São Tomé and Príncipe 

BirdLife International is seeking to recruit an enthusiastic and experienced individual for the position of Field Officer in São Tomé and Príncipe for Biodiversity and Ecosystems Project. The main responsibility will be to support on-the-ground activities of the ECOFAC6 project in São Tomé Island, including undertaking field assessments and monitoring, community engagement and empowerment initiatives; and providing administrative and logistical support for smooth project operations in the field.
 
Responsibilities
 
1. Field assessments and monitoring:
• Support capacity/training need assessments for park and local NGOs
• Support assessments and improvement of park facilities
• Assist in biodiversity, ecosystem service and economic valuation surveys
• Assist in community surveillance activities
• Support the process of reviewing current zonation system for improvement 
 
2. Community engagement and empowerment
• Assist in stakeholder consultations (e.g. cluster meetings with villages / associations / cooperatives or others in the project area (Natural Park of Ôbo and Buffer Zone)
• Assist in implementing of improved zoning systems including community Use Zones
• Support in assessing and creating support schemes to implement green enterprises
• Undertake awareness activities on importance of park 
 
3. Field administrative and logistical support
• Monitor and report on implementation of project field activities
• Provide implementation support to project partners as per need
• Prepare detailed activity plans and budgets for project field activities
• Facilitate and assist visits by the project manager, project partners, government officials and consultants in their studies, meetings and program activities including interpreting where necessary
• Manage and report on field project expenditure
• Regularly communicate with partners to identify field project support needs
 
4. Other:
• Ensure that project office and field operations are conducted to a high level of health, safety, integrity, environmental good practice and cultural sensitivity
• Ensure that BirdLife International policies and guidelines are followed within the implementation of project activities 
• Liaise with local stakeholders on the field and facilitate the field implementation of the other related projects
• Implement complementary activities in Príncipe Island as per need
• Any other duties as delegated by your Line Manager
 
 
Required skills, experience and qualifications:  
• BSc in biodiversity conservation, natural resource management, ecology, community development or equivalent. Diploma, Advanced diploma, Associate degree will also be considered
• Good understanding of NR utilization and community development (micro-project and others). Forest ecology and birds knowledge will be considered as an advantage
• Prior field work experience in a project implementation position
• High motivation, desire to achieve; attention to detail, excellent organisational skills
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Good analytical skills required
• Flexibility and ability to work independently
• Competent computer skills, particularly in Microsoft Office Suite
• Ability to organise and monitor activities and also meet deadlines 
• Oral and written fluency in Portuguese, professional competencies in English 
• This position will be based in Sao Tome Island with frequent travels to Principé Island
• Knowledge of local languages in São Tomé and Príncipe is an advantage
 
Application deadline: 20 Sept 2018
 
 
Location:
The position will be based in São Tomé & Principe
 
Salary & benefits:
Commensurate with experience and qualifications and in accordance with BirdLife International, Africa Division terms and conditions
• Gross monthly salary: Euros 400 – 530 
• 12% Pension in addition to Gross Salary
• Length/duration of this position: 2 year contract - renewable
• Working hours: Full time 40 hours per week
• Date when the job expected to start: 1 October 2018
 
Application: 
Applications, including a covering letter summarizing the applicant’s suitability for the position, a detailed CV and names and contact addresses of three referees known to the applicant in a professional capacity, should be sent via email to: recruitment-africa@birdlife.org by the application deadline
 
Interviews: 
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted