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  • Posted: Jun 14, 2022
    Deadline: Jul 1, 2022
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  • WCS's goal is to conserve the world's largest wild places in 15 priority regions, home to more than 50% of the world's biodiversity. This is outlined in our 2020 strategy, which positions WCS to maintain its historic focus on the protection of species while developing an ambitious plan to engage with a rapidly changing world. The challenges are greater...
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    Monitoring Assistant

    Organization Background

    • The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is a US non-profit, tax-exempt, private organization established in 1895 that saves wildlife and wild places by understanding critical issues, crafting science-based solutions, and taking conservation actions that benefit nature and humanity.
    • With more than a century of experience, long-term commitments in dozens of landscapes, presence in more than 60 nations, and experience helping to establish over 150 protected areas across the globe, WCS has amassed the biological knowledge, cultural understanding and partnerships to ensure that vibrant, wild places and wildlife thrive alongside local communities.
    • Working with local communities and organizations, that knowledge is applied to address species, habitat and ecosystem management issues critical to improving the quality of life of poor rural people whose livelihoods depend on the direct utilization of natural resources.

    Main Responsibilities

    • To collect required data in the field to inform the WCS Monitoring, Evaluation, Adaptation and Learning (MEAL) programme.
    • Candidates will need to demonstrate clearly that they have the necessary experience and skills to collect and collate data in the field and contribute to the process of writing reports.

    Position Requirements

    • Relevant University Degree preferably in Natural Resource Management.
    • At least 2 years relevant experience in natural resource management.
    • Ability to develop clear goals and identify priority activities and assignments.
    • Demonstrated experience in data collection and community outreach.
    • Strong communication and inter-personal skills as well as demonstrated ability to work in a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural team.
    • Proven ability to manage large and varied workloads and deal constructively with diverse people.
    • Proven ability to prioritize tasks, meet deadlines and work with limited supervision.
    • Pro-active, stable, and robust character and a good team-player.
    • Full professional proficiency in English and Hausa.

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    Conservation Education Officer

    Organization Background

    • The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is a US non-profit, tax-exempt, private organization established in 1895 that saves wildlife and wild places by understanding critical issues, crafting science-based solutions, and taking conservation actions that benefit nature and humanity.
    • With more than a century of experience, long-term commitments in dozens of landscapes, presence in more than 60 nations, and experience helping to establish over 150 protected areas across the globe, WCS has amassed the biological knowledge, cultural understanding and partnerships to ensure that vibrant, wild places and wildlife thrive alongside local communities.
    • Working with local communities and organizations, that knowledge is applied to address species, habitat and ecosystem management issues critical to improving the quality of life of poor rural people whose livelihoods depend on the direct utilization of natural resources.

    Main Responsibilities

    • Develop a conservation education outreach strategy for WCS in Yankari.
    • Establish and support school conservation clubs in all support zone villages surrounding Yankari Game Reserve.
    • Work with school conservation clubs to promote awareness of conservation through field trips, exchange visits, discussion groups, art competitions, essay writing, quizzes, and debates etc.
    • Work with school conservation clubs to encourage active participation in conservation such as the establishment of tree nurseries and the planting of trees etc.
    • Organise an annual World Environment Day event in collaboration with local partners, rangers, and communities.
    • Organise regular community meetings to address local environmental issues and seek local solutions.
    • Develop an outreach programme in local communities based on regular film shows.
    • Develop and implement a monitoring programme to evaluate impacts of the education programme.
    • Assist with the development and production of education materials.
    • Support the work of the WCS radio programme in Bauchi State.

    Position Requirements

    • Relevant University Degree preferably in education or natural resource management.
    • At least 2 years’ relevant experience in education or natural resource management.
    • Ability to develop clear goals and identify priority activities and assignments
    • Demonstrated experience in education and community outreach.
    • Strong communication and inter-personal skills, demonstrated ability to work in a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural team.
    • Proven ability to manage large and varied workloads, and deal constructively with diverse people.
    • Proven ability to prioritize tasks, meet deadlines and work with limited supervision.
    • Pro-active, stable and robust character and a good team-player
    • Full professional proficiency in English and Hausa.

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    Livelihood Officer

    Organization Background

    • The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is a US non-profit, tax-exempt, private organization established in 1895 that saves wildlife and wild places by understanding critical issues, crafting science-based solutions, and taking conservation actions that benefit nature and humanity.
    • With more than a century of experience, long-term commitments in dozens of landscapes, presence in more than 60 nations, and experience helping to establish over 150 protected areas across the globe, WCS has amassed the biological knowledge, cultural understanding and partnerships to ensure that vibrant, wild places and wildlife thrive alongside local communities.
    • Working with local communities and organizations, that knowledge is applied to address species, habitat and ecosystem management issues critical to improving the quality of life of poor rural people whose livelihoods depend on the direct utilization of natural resources.
    • The communities surrounding Yankari Game Reserve are poor and have several development challenges. Many of the communities suffer varying degrees of damage to crops by certain species of wildlife from Yankari Game Reserve, resulting in human-wildlife conflict.
    • Support for sustainable agricultural practices, provision of water and sanitation facilities, training in skills acquisition for youth, veterinary services, support for beekeeping, provision of improved wood stoves, support for adult education, support for nomadic education and tree planting are recommended. Support for women through savings and loans schemes is also recommended.

    Main Responsibilities

    • The Livelihood Officer is expected to develop and lead a programme of community-related activities around Yankari Game Reserve to improve levels of local support for conservation and reduce community-based threats to conservation targets through use of incentives.

    Responsibilities

    • Oversee livelihood activities in communities surrounding Yankari. Working with other WCS staff in Yankari the Livelihood Officer will develop a programme of livelihood support for local communities.
    • The Livelihood Officer will ensure adequate communication with the Landscape Director on support needed to ensure strong interventions.
    • Monthly planning and tracking of field activities and reporting successes is required.
    • Work with the monitoring team to develop, coordinate, and maintain a comprehensive monitoring system for all livelihood projects, socio-economic research that leads to more targeted conservation planning, and maintaining up-to-date database information.
    • Liaise with WCS partners in the landscape on socio-economic activities to harmonize approaches and avoid duplication of effort.

    Position Requirements

    • Relevant University Degree preferably in Agriculture or Natural Resource Management.
    • At least 2 years’ relevant experience in agriculture or natural resource management.
    • Ability to develop clear goals and identify priority activities and assignments
    • Demonstrated experience in community outreach.
    • Strong communication and inter-personal skills, demonstrated ability to work in a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural team.
    • Proven ability to manage large and varied workloads, and deal constructively with diverse people.
    • Proven ability to prioritize tasks, meet deadlines and work with limited supervision.
    • Pro-active, stable and robust character and a good team-player
    • Full professional proficiency in English and Hausa.

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified candidates, who meet the above qualifications, skills, and experience, should sen their detailed Application / Cover Letter and CV together with the names and contact information of three (3) references to: wcsnigeria@wcs.org using "Yankari Monitoring Assistant" as the subject of the mail.

    Note

    • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview.
    • WCS is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to hiring and supporting a diverse workforce.
    • We are committed to cultivating an inclusive work environment and look for future team members who share that same value.

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