Principal Investigator

Primary Function

To co-ordinate the research programme, involving overall supervision of the biological surveys and implementation of community-based conservation projects.

General Outline of the Role

  • To take overall responsibility for the leadership of the project;
  • Development and implementation of the research programme;
  • To liaise, develop and maintain relationships with collaborators;
  • Supervision and training of junior staff;
  • Management, support, training and motivation of volunteers / research assistants;
  • Preparation of project reports and publication of results in scientific journals;
  • Preparation of project and funding proposals with the Project Coordinator or Country Coordinator and Research and Development and Operations Managers (London HQ);
  • Representing the technical side of the project when liaising with relevant authorities, research institutes and international agencies;
  • Assist with project logistics and administration.

Main Duties & Responsibilities

  • To manage all members of the project field staff, supervise all aspects of their survey work and provide accredited and non-accredited training where necessary to achieve the project objectives;
  • To develop and implement a standard work programme to cover each survey component namely socio-economic survey work and biological work including vegetation surveys; bats; reptiles; and amphibians, and selected invertebrate groups;
  • To manage, support and develop volunteers / research assistants in all aspects of their participation on the project;
  • To supervise the collection and processing of accurate field data and specimen collections for all survey components;
  • To ensure that the specimens collected are appropriately preserved and delivered to the relevant taxonomist for identification;
  • To liaise with taxonomists to ensure the timely identification of specimens and the incorporation of an accurate species list in each technical report;
  • To produce technical reports, scientific papers and project planning documents to a schedule agreed with the Research and Development and Operations Managers;
  • To assist the Operations and Research and Development Managers with technical information required for the production of project planning documents and specific funding proposals;
  • To manage and supervise the maintenance of project resources;
  • To liaise with other relevant organisations, including the project funding organisation, the local University, and individuals to develop the project and its scientific resources, particularly relevant scientific references;
  • To provide the Operations and Research and Development Managers with regular progress updates;
  • Assist with the logistical operations relating to the project including administration and management of finances; production of accounts and reports; allocation, use and maintenance of project resources; management of local staff; and supervision of the activities of and ensuring the health and safety of project staff, volunteers and host country participants.

Contract Duration:

12 months, possibility of extension.

Accommodation:

Basic accommodation provided at field project.

Travel:

Capped contribution to international airfare plus internal travel as necessary to the fulfilment of duties.

Insurance:

Employer’s liability insurance provided.

Subsistence:

Food provided on project site. Subsistence allowance provided off project site.

Salary:

£600- £800 (per annum) on successful completion of contract depending on a candidate’s experience, qualifications, & availability plus £800-£1000 end of contract bonus and £50 per peer reviewed publication at the manager’s discretion.

Training:

BTEC assessor training & pre-departure training provided.

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