Job Vacancy

 

Conservation Education Officer (2 positions) 

Position Description

The WCS Nigeria Program is seeking an ethical and responsible Nigerian for the position of Conservation Education Officer.  The person’s primary responsibility is to raise levels of conservation awareness in the communities surrounding the Oban Division of Cross River National Park and strengthen levels of local support for the park.  This position will report to the Cross River Landscape Director and will be based in Calabar with frequent travel to all communities surrounding the Oban Division of Cross River National Park.  It is expected that the conservation education officer will spend roughly 3 weeks each month in the field.

Duties and Responsibilities

Working with counterpart staff of the Nigeria National Park Service, the conservation education officer will:

·         Establish a conservation education program in all communities surrounding the Oban Division of Cross River National Park.  The focus of this program will be to raise awareness of the importance of the national park and its biodiversity, particularly chimpanzees, red colobus and forest elephants.  The education program will seek to discourage certain behaviors and practices such as hunting and logging and promote more sustainable farming methods and NTFP use.

·         Establish conservation clubs in local primary and secondary schools.

·         Establish close working relationships with all local communities and encourage local support for the national park and conservation.

·         Develop suitable materials to promote education within the target audience such as leaflets, newsletters, websites, and social media.

·         Liaise with colleagues, teachers and community groups on the design and delivery of educational program.

·         Give talks in schools and local communities on environmental issues.

·         Teach groups and interpret the natural environment for them on-site by leading guided walks and answering questions.

·         Organize events and activities to raise awareness of environmental issues.

·         Train others, such as teachers, in the use of resources and in delivering educational sessions.

Qualifications

·         Bachelor’s Degree in Education or Environmental Science.

·         Commitment to, and enthusiasm for, environmental conservation and sustainable development.

·         The ability to communicate effectively in written materials as well as presentations, workshops and guided walks.

·         Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to relate to people of all ages.

·         Excellent organizational and time management skills.

·         The ability to work well in a team but also on your own initiative.

·         Good IT skills

·         Minimum 3 years successful experience, preferably working in similar position with an NGO (local or international).

·         Ability to analyze, prioritize and complete tasks with minimal supervision within strict deadlines.

·         Candidate must be a Nigerian national.

Applications should consist of a CV and covering letter.  The CV should list three independent professional referees.  Contact details for previous employers should also be provided.  Please also include details of your salary expectations.

 

Applications should be sent to: wcsnigeria@wcs.org not later than the 6th of January 2020.

 

No correspondence please, only short-listed candidates will be notified.





Field  Manager (3 positions)

Position Description

The WCS Nigeria Program is seeking ethical and responsible Nigerians for the position of ‘Field Manager in the Oban Division and the Okwangwo Division of Cross River National Park ’.  The person’s primary responsibility is to provide support to anti-poaching patrols inside the national park by rangers of the Nigeria National Park Service.  The position will report to the Cross River Landscape Director and will be based in Calabar.  It is expected that the field manager will spend roughly 3 weeks in the field each month.

Duties and Responsibilities

Support anti-poaching camping patrols by rangers in Cross River National Park.  The field manager will provide support for long-distance foot patrols by rangers working with counterpart staff of the Nigeria National Park Service, the field manager will:

 To reduce illegal activities such as hunting and logging.  This will include the provision of essential camping equipment, field rations and camping allowances and arrest bonuses.

Provide training support for rangers and help build local capacity.  This post will participate in regular refresher training for rangers, including training in human rights and will help build local capacity through on the job training.

Provide support for SMART in the landscape.  This post will require IT skills to support the use of SMART (Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool) by all ranger patrols.

Provide support for intelligence gathering, and for court proceedings and prosecution.  Will include support for the implementation of a grievance mechanism.

Qualifications

·         Bachelor’s Degree in a biological science or related field.

·         Commitment to, and enthusiasm for, conservation and sustainable development.

·         Willing to undertake long-distance foot patrols in the forest with park rangers, and ability to withstand tough field conditions.

·         Strong levels of physical fitness and resilience with an effective “roll up the sleeves” work ethic.

·         Minimum 3 years successful experience, preferably working in similar position with an NGO (local or international).

·         Good communication skills, both written and verbal.

·         Excellent organizational and time management skills.

·         The ability to work well in a team but also on your own initiative.

·         Good IT skills.

·         Ability to analyze, prioritize and complete tasks with minimal supervision within strict deadlines.

·         Candidate must be a Nigerian national.

Applications should consist of a CV and covering letter.  The CV should list three independent professional referees.  Contact details for previous employers should also be provided.  Please also include details of your salary expectations.

 

Applications should be sent to: wcsnigeria@wcs.org not later than the 6th of January 2020

 

No correspondence please, only short-listed candidates will be notified.





Local Livelihoods Officer  (1 position)

Position Description

The WCS Nigeria Program is seeking an ethical and responsible Nigerian for the position of ‘Local Livelihoods Officer’.  The person’s primary responsibility is to provide support to improve the sustainability of local livelihoods in the communities surrounding the Oban Division of Cross River National Park, with a focus on sustainable cocoa and non-timber forest products such as bush mango.  This position will report to the Cross River Landscape Director and will be based in Calabar with frequent travel to all communities surrounding the Oban Division of Cross River National Park.  It is expected that the local livelihoods officer will spend roughly 3 weeks each month in the field.

Duties and Responsibilities

Working with counterpart staff of the Nigeria National Park Service, the local livelihoods officer will:

Oversee livelihood activities for the Oban landscape.  This post will include conducting value chain assessments and strengthening of NTFPs, working with WCS staff on cocoa value chain exploration, and development of cooperatives.  Monthly planning and tracking of field activities and reporting successes is required. 

Lead governance support for the Oban landscape.  This post will require skills to strengthen community governance institutions, and to work with WCS staff to develop and implement governance strengthening action plans for local forest governance groups.

Ensure strong coordination between the research team and the monitoring of socio-economic performance.  Work with the research team to develop, coordinate, and maintain a comprehensive monitoring system for projects (particularly governance and well-being), socio-economic research that leads to more targeted conservation planning, and maintaining up-to-date database information.  

Qualifications

·         Bachelor’s Degree in a social science or related field.

·         Proven ability to work with national and local organizations.

·         Good communication skills, both written and verbal.

·         Effective “roll up the sleeves” work ethic, with attention to detail.

·         Commitment to, and enthusiasm for, conservation and sustainable development.

·         Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to relate to people of all ages.

·         Excellent organizational and time management skills.

·         The ability to work well in a team but also on your own initiative.

·         Good IT skills

·         Minimum 3 years successful experience, preferably working in similar position with an NGO (local or international).

·         Ability to analyze, prioritize and complete tasks with minimal supervision within strict deadlines.

·         Candidate must be a Nigerian national.

Applications should consist of a CV and covering letter.  The CV should list three independent professional referees.  Contact details for previous employers should also be provided.  Please also include details of your salary expectations.

 

Applications should be sent to: wcsnigeria@wcs.org not later than the 6th of January 2020.

 

No correspondence please, only short-listed candidates will be notified.