Fresher Field Research Assistant Job Opportunities – International Crane Foundation

 

Job Title:    Field Research Assistant

Organisation: International
Crane Foundation

Duty Station:  Kampala,
Uganda

Reports to: Field
Officer, Southcentral Uganda 

 

About US:

The International
Crane Foundation works worldwide to conserve cranes and the ecosystems,
watersheds, and flyways on which they depend. We provide knowledge, leadership,
and inspiration to engage people in resolving threats to cranes and their
diverse landscapes.

 

About ACCP Programme:

The African Crane
Conservation Programme (ACCP), a partnership between the International Crane
Foundation and the Endangered Wildlife Trust, aims to maintain stable wild
populations of the four threatened crane species resident to sub-Saharan
Africa: Wattled, Blue, Grey Crowned, and Black Crowned Cranes. Moving towards
the ICF/EWT strategic vision for 2025, conservation efforts will be intensified
in southwestern and southcentral Uganda for the conservation of Grey Crowned
Cranes. The Uganda project works to fulfill the requirements for securing and
improving the ecological integrity of key sites for cranes in south western and
southcentral Uganda in collaboration with local communities and key
stakeholders and monitoring and threat mitigation for Grey Crowned Cranes in
the areas.

 

Job Summary:  The Field Research Assistant will be
responsible for searching for cranes and recording all sightings, including
breeding, flocking, foraging, and roosting sites in Southwestern and
Southcentral Uganda. The person will also assist in the implementation of
ICF/EWT Partnership projects initially focusing in the Rukiga District.

 

Field based; the
position will report into our Field Officer in Southcentral Uganda. Although
focused on Southwestern Uganda, the person will be expected to identify and map
crane sites in other regions of Uganda. We are an equal opportunity employer
and hence consider gender equality.

 

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

·       
Using a
motorbike, cover key parts of southwestern and Southcentral Uganda in search of
cranes, record all sightings, including breeding, flocking, foraging, and
roosting sites.

·       
At each
site, sensitize communities on cranes and their threats, raising awareness
across the region.

·       
Gain an
understanding of community perceptions towards cranes and the environment.

·       
Collect
baseline data on cranes, wetlands, and communities, and follow data collection
protocols to monitor impact over time.

·       
Assist,
where relevant, the mitigation of the threat of crane trade and powerline
collisions, or any other threats that are identified.

·       
Assist
field staff as required to implement elements of our projects that take an
integrated approach to conservation through appropriate and relevant
partnerships, incorporating a rights-based approach to family planning,
improving human health and livelihood development both at a landscape level and
through Conservation Agreements.

·       
Maintain
good relationships with both the local government authorities and local
communities to promote mutual trust and strong program-stakeholder
relationships.

·       
Assist
with monitoring and liaison with Crane Custodians to gather field data for
monitoring and reporting of project activities.

·       
Participate
in the drafting of project work plans, budgets, and technical reports.

 


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

Essential

·       
The
applicant must hold a bachelor’s degree in Natural Resource Management,
Environmental Management, Wildlife Management, Biological Sciences, Science
Education or related fields.

·       
Good
communication skills

·       
Ability
to facilitate community-based workshops and training.

·       
Computer
skills (Word, Excel, Powerpoint etc.).

·       
Proven
ability to work in a team and facilitate work of other experts in the field.

·       
Good
command of oral and written English.

·       
Good
time management and interpersonal skills.

·       
Ability
to respond positively to feedback and differing points of view.

·       
Willingness
to work in remote areas.

·       
Ability
to maintain good team discipline and motivation.

Desired: Applicants for this position should have
experience in:

·       
Field
data collection, collation, and cleaning.

·       
Planning
and coordinating community awareness campaigns

·       
Community
based natural resource management.

·       
Ability
to ride a motorbike.

·       
Willingness
to travel extensively across Southwestern and Southcentral Uganda.

 

ICF is an equal
opportunities employer and this position is open to nationals of Uganda.

 

How to Apply:

Qualified candidates
should submit a two-page CV, a daytime telephone contact, email address, names
and addresses of three referees and a cover letter explaining how their
experience will contribute to the requirements of the position. All
applications should be sent to: adalberta@savingcranes.org

 

Deadline: 14th March 2021

 

NB: Any
applicants who will not have heard from the International Crane Foundation by
31 March 2021 should consider their application unsuccessful.

 

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