Biodiversity & Engagement Advisor

Biodiversity & Engagement Advisor
Terms of Reference
The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust is seeking to appoint a Biodiversity & Engagement Advisor (BEA) to oversee delivery of the WWT project in Cambodia, alongside the National Project Manager (NPM), and to coordinate activities with two other projects at Boeung Prek Lapouv and Anlung Pring Sarus Crane Reserves, in Takeo and Kampot provinces, Cambodia. The successful candidate will be strongly motivated, have a strong track record of delivering conservation/development projects and extensive experience of biodiversity and sustainable development issues in a developing country context, preferably in South East Asia. Applications are invited from both experienced Cambodian and foreign nationals.

The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) is a leading UK-based conservation organisation saving wetlands for wildlife and people across the world. Founded in 1946 by the naturalist and artist, the late Sir Peter Scott, WWT works with its global partners to monitor, research, create and restore wetlands and the wildlife that depends on them. With over 60 years experience of wetland conservation, WWT is committed to the protection of wetlands and all that depend on them for survival. WWT engages and inspires people, governments and businesses to take direct action to save wetlands and their wildlife and provides the tools that enable them to do so.

This project Is focussed on two wetland protected areas in Southern Cambodia, Boeung Prek Lapouv (BPL) and Anlung Pring (AP), which form the Cambodian parts of a small, connected network of trans-boundary sites in the Lower Mekong of critical importance for Sarus Crane, a globally threatened (Vulnerable), ‘landscape species’ which requires interventions at the landscape scale. The two sites support more than20% of the regional population collectively during the dry season. They also support important representative areas of Lower Mekong seasonally inundated grassland – a habitat which has suffered massive conversion to agriculture.

Both sites provide important benefits to local communities, but acute human pressure threatens not only the cranes and other biodiversity, but also the ability of these sites to provide these benefits.

Start Date: As soon as possible, preferably June 2014
Duration of Contract: 34 months

Financial package: Competitive and commensurate with experience

Expenses: Expenses for accommodation whilst based on-site are provided, as are transportation costs between Phnom Penh to the sites and office costs both in Phnom Penh and whilst field-based. Should it be required, WWT will provide a relocation flight on commencement of the contract and a repatriation flight on contract termination. The BEA will be responsible for all other costs related to their employment, including insurance, medical cover and taxes.

Location: Based in the BirdLife International offices in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, with frequent and extensive stays (totalling 6 months per year) at Boeung Prek Lapouv, Kok Andeth district of Takeo province, and Anlung Pring, of Kampot Province. Office space when field-based will be shared with local partner organisations.

Hours of Work: This is a full-time role, requiring a minimum of 35 hours per week. The position is field-based for 6 months per year. Office hours will be in accordance with the working hours of the host country but may vary depending on job requirements in the field. Key activities include:

• Development and delivery of community participation and training programmes
• Development and delivery of a biological and hydrological monitoring and survey programme
• Development and delivery of habitat and farming trials to identify sustainable land management practices within the reserves
• Work with partner NGOs to establish community fisheries at Boeung Prek Lapouv
• Work with partner NGOs to develop eco-tourism activities at both sites

For an informal discussion or to express an interest in this opportunity, please contact:
Andy Graham
Head of Wetlands for People, WWT Slimbridge, Glos, UK
T: +44-(0)1453-891259
E: [email protected]

Andy Graham will also be in Phnom Penh from 19th – 31st May and is available to meet interested individuals for to discuss the post further. Please email to book an appointment.