WCS Marine Scientific Advisor, Madagascar

Reports to: WCS Madagascar Marine Conservation Director
Location: Antananarivo, Madagascar with frequent missions to WCS’s intervention sites Start date: May 15 2017

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) seeks a Marine Scientific Advisor to contribute to the effective implementation of its field-based marine conservation efforts in Madagascar. WCS is a leading actor in marine research and conservation in Madagascar. WCS develops and leads science- based, community-driven field conservation and capacity building programs in three priority seascapes: Toliara in the southwest, Antongil Bay in the northeast and Nosy Be in the northwest, and is seeking to establish new MPAs in other parts of the country. Through its on-the-ground, long-term investments WCS builds trust and empowers local communities in these priority areas, thus laying a strong foundation for long-term success.

The marine conservation program primarily focuses on: i) working closely with local communities and the government to restore local fisheries and protect coastal and marine systems; ii) managing marine protected areas recently created in the northwest, southwest and northeast and supporting establishment of new marine protected areas, iii) supporting a global effort to conserve threatened populations of globally important marine species, including cetaceans and sharks and rays; iv) training and capacity building in marine conservation within and external to WCS, and participation in overall marine conservation planning and prioritization in Madagascar.

The position is based in the capital city of Antananarivo, and will require extensive travel to field sites in Madagascar. The WCS Madagascar Marine Advisor position is a full-time position with benefits.

Position Objective:

Overall Responsibilities

The Marine Scientific Advisor provides scientific advice to the WCS Marine team in the development, implementation and management of the field level activities for WCS Madagascar marine conservation program. Under the supervision of the Marine Conservation Director, he/she will work closely with the Country Program Director and the WCS NY Marine Associate Director, in overall strategic development, program planning, scientific data collection and analyses, and project development and implementation. He /she is the lead scientific advisor for marine conservation in the WCS Madagascar program and is responsible for integrating scientific research and monitoring activities into program implementation with the ultimate aim of improving the conservation impact of WCS’s field-based conservation work. He/she and will be responsible for advising of technical orientations, building staff capacity in marine conservation science methodologies and applications, providing specific input for on-site decisions, and developing communications materials that contribute to awareness raising and the visibility of WCS’s conservation achievements.

Contribution to Marine Conservation Strategic and Programmatic Planning (10%)

  • Contribute to WCS’s marine conservation vision and strategic plan for Madagascar. Ensure that program priorities, strategy and approaches are based on up to date science and WCS Global Conservation Program (GCP) marine conservation goals and objectives including WCS’s globally important marine species.
  • In collaboration with the WCS Madagascar Country Program Director and Marine Conservation Director, represent WCS’ marine conservation work in Madagascar to technical and financial partners, government partners, and other NGOs, and establish and maintain strong working relationships with these partners.
  • Provide guidance and oversight to the WCS marine team in the preparation of fundraising proposals that are based on sound marine conservation science and that respond to WCS’s marine conservation priorities at the global and national levels.

Capacity Building for Marine Team Staff (25%)

  • Advise Marine Conservation Director on personnel and technical needs to ensure implementation of an efficient, effective, and technically capable marine conservation field program.Lead integration of data collection, analyses and integration of results into field based activities of marine program (40%)
  • In collaboration with the Marine Conservation Director, analyses capacity building needs and provides regular training and technical support to staff in relation to project implementation, data collection and analysis and field level implementation.
  • Oversee establishment and implementation of a program wide monitoring and evaluation system including a set of core indicators to measures WCS’s field based conservation impacts. Ensure appropriate and efficient collection, analysis and dissemination of data, including training of national staff in these skills.
  • Lead development of adaptive management frameworks for WCS-managed marine protected areas and Locally Managed Marine Areas (LMMAs) supported by WCS that ensure use of analyzed data in field based conservation decisions by communities and WCS field staff.
  • Develop and implement an action plan to valorize existing and historic datasets collected by WCS Madagascar on marine conservation issues in order to inform future conservation actions.
  • Publicize WCS Madagascar marine program achievements through popular and scientific media, and as possible, publish project results in scientific journals and through presentation at national and international forums. Ensure capacity building of national staff in undertaking research and participating in the preparation of scientific publications.
  • Liaise with national and international research institutes to attract researchers and students to develop research activities based on WCS marine conservation priorities. In accordance with priorities and available resources, oversee the implementation of marine research activities, including training of national students and staff research.
  • Liaise with conservation support teams in WCS Madagascar to provide technical and scientific input to marine priority setting and spatial planning processes at the national and regional levels

WCS Marine Conservation Program Administrative and Management Support (25%)

  • Act as project Principal Investigator (PI) on projects related primarily to scientific data collection and analyses including responsibility for project technical and financial management.
  • Contribute to fundraising efforts targeting science and research based activities as stand-alone projects or as part of broader conservation projects.
  • Contribute to the preparation of annual work plans and periodic technical project reports as required by WCS and financial partners.

Qualifications:

  • MSc./ Ph.D. or equivalent experience in marine conservation science, marine ecology or biology, including conservation and project management experience. A specialization in coral reef ecology or shark and ray ecology would be an advantage.
  • Proven ability to achieve successful on-the-ground conservation outcomes in tropical developing countries.
  • Experience in community-based conservation initiatives, coastal fisheries sustainable management, coral reef habitat and fisheries monitoring and/or marine species conservation.
  • Experience in capacity building with national professional counterparts and partners.
  • SCUBA certification level equivalent at least to PADI Advanced Open Water
  • Demonstrated success in publishing scientific articles in peer reviewed journals
  • Ability to work sensitively and effectively with people of diverse cultures, value systems, perspectives and levels of education, and to manage staff in these contexts.
  • Professional proficiency in French and English. Working knowledge of Malagasy will be an advantage.
  • Willingness to travel extensively within Madagascar.
  • Previous working experience in developing countries is essential.

Applications for the position, including a CV and a covering letter, should be made online or sent to wcsmad@wcsmad.org with copy to cramilison@wcs.org before 7 April 2017.

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The Canadian Institute for Ecology and Evolution (CIEE/ICEE) seeks candidates for the position of Director

The Canadian Institute for Ecology and Evolution (CIEE/ICEE; http://ciee-icee.com/) seeks candidates for the position of Director. Since its inception, CIEE/ICEE has brought together scientists and their diverse partners (industrial, government, non-governmental) to identify and attack important integrative problems in ecology and evolution through synthesis working groups. Recent working groups have addressed critical topics including: optimal design of Canadian protected areas in a changing climate; effects of human disturbance on the structure and function of coastal eelgrass communities, and; evolution of microbial metabolic and genomic diversity at multiple scales. The Institute also sponsors training workshops in conjunction with the Canadian Society of Ecology and Evolution (CSEE/SCEE; http://csee-scee.ca). CIEE/ICEE is seeking a new Director to build on our history of successful synthetic activities and to provide leadership and strategic direction as CIEE/ICEE continues to grow and mature. The Director is appointed by CIEE/ICEE’s Management Board (3-year, renewable term) and receives a $5,000 yearly allowance. Normally, CIEE/ICEE would relocate to the Director’s home Institution, although the Board is open to exploring other potential models with interested parties (e.g., a distributed Institute where activities are hosted both at and beyond a physical centre). The Director is expected to develop the Institute infrastructure, staff complement, and avenues of fiscal support from the host institution, partnering organizations, and federal funding programs, as appropriate. In the current model, for example, funds were secured by the Director, for an Associate Director to oversee the many day-to day activities of the CIEE/ICEE including assisting with outreach, budgeting, fundraising, and arranging practical aspects of the Institute’s programs such as travel and local housing.

Responsibilities of the Director include:

  • Institute Development: The Director proposes and develops new and innovative programs and partnerships that advance the CIEE/ICEE mission. This includes the recruitment and retention of member institutions.
  • Programs: The Director issues calls for proposals for CIEE/ICEE programs and, with advice from the Scientific Advisory Group, selects proposals for funding.
  • Communications and Outreach: The Director communicates information on CIEE/ICEE programs and accomplishments to relevant administrative officers at member institutions and to a broad community of potential users.
  • Fundraising: The Director seeks financial support from governmental granting programs, universities, private donors, and other sources. The Management Board assists with this responsibility.
  • Budget: The Director proposes a budget for approval by the Management Board.

The Directorship of CIEE/ICEE is an exciting and unparalleled opportunity to influence the direction of ecological and evolutionary research through the promotion of new syntheses for the benefit of Canadians. To learn more about this opportunity, contact the Chair of the Management Board (Mark Forbes, Dept. Biology, 206 Nesbitt Bldg,, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON, K1S 5B6). Applications for the directorship will be accepted immediately until the position is filled. Send a letter of interest and a CV to Mark Forbes: mforbes6@gmail.com.

Marine Conservation Technical Advisor Global Conservation, Wildlife Conservation Society

Division: Global Conservation
Reports to: WCS Myanmar Country Program Director, WCS Greater Mekong Regional Director
Coordinates with: Associate Director, WCS Marine Program, NY
Location:  Yangon, Myanmar

BACKGROUND

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. In addition to its global conservation programs across 60 countries, WCS manages five zoos, including the Bronx Zoo, and the New York Aquarium. WCS’s Marine Conservation Program works in over 20 countries and all five oceans to protect key marine habitats and marine wildlife, to end overfishing, and to protect key species groups, including marine mammals, sharks and rays, and corals, as well as to inspire an ocean constituency. WCS has worked in Myanmar since the early 1990s, and now manages a $3 million/year program with over 100 staff in-country active across the terrestrial and marine realms. With the dramatic changes in the government and the growth of civil society, Myanmar is poised to reform its management of marine resources, and WCS is positioned in a key role to assist the government in leading those reforms.

WCS seeks a Marine Conservation Technical Advisor to lead the continued development of its marine conservation efforts and partnerships in Myanmar. The position is based at the WCS office in Yangon, with travel required to coastal states and regions, the capital Naypyitaw, and within South-east Asia.

Overall Responsibilities:

The Marine Conservation Technical Advisor provides strategic, programmatic and technical oversight to the WCS Myanmar marine conservation team in the development, implementation and management of all activities for the WCS Myanmar marine conservation program, which focuses on four strategic themes:

  • Marine Spatial Planning;
  • Healthy Fisheries;
  • Thriving Species; and
  • Private Sector Engagement.

He/she will work as a team with the WCS Myanmar Program and the Global Marine Conservation Program in strategic development, program planning, building and maintaining local and international partnerships, and budgeting processes. He/she will be principally responsible for guiding technical orientations and providing specific input for on-site decisions.

Marine Conservation Strategic and Programmatic Planning (30%)

  • Oversee and develop the marine conservation vision and strategic plan for WCS’ work in Myanmar that identifies goals, objectives and programs of work for research, conservation and community resource management. Review and refine program priorities, strategy and approaches, and overall monitoring and evaluation system.
  • In collaboration with the WCS Myanmar Country Director represent marine conservation in Myanmar to government, non-government and private sector partners in country; present program information at state/regional, national and international meetings. Establish and maintain strong working relationships with these partners.
  • Develop and oversee relationships with appropriate international private sector, academic and non-government implementation partners.
  • Identify new funding opportunities to support priority marine conservation initiatives in Myanmar. Prepare grant proposals and reports, engage the public (multi and bilateral) and private (corporate and philanthropic) donor communities, and liaise with other organizations. Provide technical support to WCS Myanmar Program staff in grant proposal, budget and report preparation.


WCS Marine Conservation Program Technical Management and Support (40%)

  • Ensure that WCS Myanmar marine field programs/projects appropriately address WCS Global Conservation Program (GCP) marine conservation goals and objectives relating to site-based, species-based and GCP priority issues.
  • Work with team and partners to design and implement robust research methodologies to support Marine Spatial Planning, Species and Sustainable Fisheries thematic strategies.
  • Provide direct supervision to the WCS Myanmar marine conservation team to reinforce their technical planning, management, and implementation capacity. Work with the WCS Myanmar Country Director coordinate and facilitate capacity building, training and professional development of current staff and partners.
  • Oversee preparation of annual workplans and periodic reports as required by WCS and donor partners, including appropriate content and clarity of all reports
  • Supervise the oversight of any sub-contractors or grantees performance.
  • Ensure appropriate collection, analysis, dissemination and publication of field data.
  • Work with the WCS Myanmar communications team to publicize WCS Myanmar marine program achievements through popular, social and scientific media, and publish project results in scientific journals.

Technical Oversight of Marine Program Implementation (30%)

  • Provide coaching and technical support to, and maintain regular contact with field staff in program/project workplan development, financial planning and field level implementation through regular team meetings and field visits.
  • Advise on determining personnel and technical needs to ensure implementation of an efficient, effective, and technically capable marine conservation field program. As needed, oversee the recruitment of new staff, including short-term local and international experts.
  • Ensure that field program/project efforts coordinate with other technical and financial partners within the context of a land/seascape approach. Promote capacity building of local communities and civil society partners as effective and engaged resource stewards.
  • Prepare recommendations to address any problems or constraints with the implementation of WCS marine conservation activities in Myanmar, and take the lead, as appropriate, in implementing those recommendations.
Qualifications and competencies:
  • Ph.D./ MSc., or equivalent experience and strong record in marine conservation and fisheries science, fisheries management, marine ecology or biology, including conservation and program and project management experience.
  • Contemporary knowledge of regional fisheries issues, fisheries governance and management systems, market-based mechanisms and regulatory bodies.
  • Knowledge of relevant national and international marine policy mechanisms and approaches, including but not limited to CITES, I/NPOAs, UN SDGs, CBD Aichi targets, NBSAPs, and FAO’s small-scale fisheries guidelines.
  • Proven ability to manage significant projects and achieve successful on-the-ground conservation in tropical developing countries.
  • Ability to develop productive partnerships and shared-value collaborations with ocean- based industries, including fishing companies and international oil and gas companies.
  • Demonstrable experience of fundraising, donor proposal and report writing (narrative and financial) and a working knowledge of contract and consultant management.
  • Knowledge of decision support tools associated with conservation and marine spatial planning.
  • Ability to build capacity in community-driven natural resource management, field research, conservation biology, conservation advocacy, and project management.
  • Ability to work sensitively and effectively with people of diverse cultures, value systems, perspectives and levels of education, and to manage staff in these contexts.
  • Professional proficiency in English.
  • Willingness to live and travel within Myanmar and to travel internationally.

If interested, please apply online at www.wcs.org/about-us/careers and send a CV and letter of interest to marineprogram@wcs.org with the subject line: Myanmar Marine Conservation Advisor.

Post-doctoral and Technician Positions in Plankton Ecology

We are looking to recruit several post-doctoral research associates or technicians to join the Marine Macroecology and Biogeochemistry Lab (www.mmab.ca) at Mount Allison University (www.mta.ca) in Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada (www.sackville.com). The successful candidates will be join a diverse collaborative research group with connections to research teams at several other universities.

Specifically we are looking for independent, creative scientists with a background in biological oceanography or plankton ecology and skills in one or more of the following areas: bioinformatics, particularly transcriptomics in non-model microbial eukaryotes, computational data analysis in macroecology, Bayesian statistics, phytoplankton culturing, biochemical assays, and molecular techniques.

Applicants should send a c.v. and a brief statement of research interests and goals to Andrew Irwin (airwin@mta.ca) or Zoe Finkel (zfinkel@mta.ca). We anticipate reviewing applications in March 2017.