[ECOLOG-L] Gabon Biodiversity Program Managing Director Position

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute is looking for a Gabon
Biodiversity Program Director to manage the long-standing program in Gabon.

Job Description: The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s (SCBI)
Center for Conservation and Sustainability is seeking a highly motivated
Conservation Biologist to lead and manage a SCBI biodiversity and
conservation program in Gabon, Africa. The incumbent will implement the
Gabon Biodiversity Program’s strategic plan, assure thoughtful design of
program content, and foster collaborative relationships with program
partners. The program generates knowledge and understanding of the Gamba
Complex to restore habitats, protect wildlife species, and connect people to
conservation. For further information, visit: http://ift.tt/25xrHkH.

Background: SCBI conducts research to study, understand, predict, and
monitor the impact of infrastructure development projects on biodiversity
and ecosystem services. The knowledge and information generated by SCBI
programs provides management recommendations for best conservation and
sustainable development practices. Guided by the principles of the
Convention on Biological Diversity, SCBI has worked with select energy
development companies since 1996 to integrate biodiversity conservation
priorities into development projects.

Resposibilities: The Gabon Biodiversity Program Director is responsible for
developing, managing and implementing the Gabon Biodiversity Program in
coordination with the CCS Director and Managing Director of Field Programs.
The incumbent will be expected to:
– manage and implement Smithsonian and Gabonese policies and standard
operating procedures to effectively achieve SCBI’s objectives and priotities,
– conduct scientific research, primarily guided towards applying
conservation practices for the long term sustainability and conservation of
the area,
– facilitate collaborations with national and international organizations,
– promote educational activities,
– develop, coordinate and implement communication, education and fundraising
strategies to make the program financially sustainable,
– develop annual management and budget plans,
– monitor and update financial data regularly,
– present program activities in oral and written forms, and
– publish research, monitoring and conservation results.

Qualifications: The successful applicant: 1) has a PhD in conservation
biology, ecology, biology, or a related discipline, 2) has 3-5 years
experience leading and managing programs, certified in program management or
with 3-5 years of experience in organizational and project management
skills, 3) has a background in science and statistical analysis with a
strong publication record, 4) is fully bilingual in English and French, with
excellent oral and writing communication skills.

The position is based in Gabon with regular travel to research sites within
the country and occasional international travel.

Applicants should email: 1) a 2-page letter of interest detailing
qualifications for the position, 2) curriculum vitae (4-page maximum), and
3) contact information for 3 professional references indicating name and
address of institution, email address, and phone number, to Sulema Castro at
ccs@si.edu. Please include “Gabon Biodiversity Program Director” in the
subject line of the email.

Salary: Determined based on qualifications. Note: Temporary 1 year Trust
Appointment, with possibility of extention.

Application Deadline: June 27, 2016, to be filled by August 2016.
Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

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