Endangered Species Manager, WWF-Laos

Want to make a positive difference to the future of people and our one shared home, the Earth? Working at WWF-Laos could be the opportunity of a lifetime.
WWF has been a strong, credible, and recognized global force in the world of conservation for the past half-century as we have strived to deliver on our mission of building a world where people thrive in harmony with nature. WWF has been working in Laos since the late 1980s in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. Our country programme office was first established in Vientiane in 2001. Since then, our team has grown to over 50 Lao, international, and volunteer staff working on over 10 projects countrywide, with offices in Vientiane, Champassak, Salavan, and Sekong provinces. WWF-Laos is part of the WWF Greater Mekong Programme Office, which operates in five countries: Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, and Laos. Find out more at http://www.wwf.org.la/.

With our 2020-2025 Strategic Plan, we aim to increase our conservation impact by focusing on direct threats to wildlife, forests, and water ecosystems, and by ensuring conservation initiatives eventually benefit the livelihoods of local and indigenous people. Our vision for Laos is that the human footprint stays within the country’s capacity to maintain the full spectrum of biological diversity and ecosystems, and the key services they provide, in order to enhance Lao people’s livelihood resilience and contribute to the sustainable conservation of the overall ecological integrity of the Greater Mekong region.
Based in Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR with extensive travel within the country.
As an Endangered Species Biologist, you will:
  • Manage and implement endangered species (with special emphasis on primates) projects, and activities in Laos, including conducting/facilitating research required to support conservation.
  • Prepare project proposals and budgets for sourcing funding for endangered species conservation work in Laos.  
  • Prepare technical progress reports for projects and contribute to the preparation of periodical reports of the WWF Laos conservation programme;
  • Provide technical support and mentoring to all WWF Laos projects or programmes involving endangered species conservation (including primates, Asian elephants, bears, saola);
  • Provide supervision and guidance to Project Officers under their direct supervision, so that WWF Laos delivers on strategy objectives and contractual agreements;
  • Prepare project results and information on species status to be shared with Government counterparts in an efficient and timely manner;
  • Support the Regional Lead for Wildlife and Wildlife Crime and Conservation Director in representing WWF Laos on various platforms pertaining to species conservation and PA management, and build and maintain networks and partnerships on endangered species conservation;
  • Provide inputs to communications products and campaigns when required, to ensure accurate information will be published to promote WWF activities;
  • Provide operational and technical support to the Regional Lead for Wildlife and Wildlife Crime Wildlife Coordinator and Conservation Director as required.

Your qualifications and demonstrable experience will include:
  • Master’s degree in wildlife ecology, conservation biology, or related subjects;
  • Relevant Experience in conducting and overseeing research and monitoring on primates or other endangered species, and threat monitoring using SMART or a similar platform is preferred.
  • Proven experience in the fields of wildlife conservation, endangered species research, and monitoring threats;
  • Minimum five years of experience in conducting field research or conservation project implementation, including three years in Laos or another Southeast Asian country;
  • Thorough understanding of socio-economic, conservation, and development issues in Laos or similar Southeast Asian countries.
  • Very good written and spoken English; Lao language skills are preferred;
  • Proven capacity to work efficiently with Government officials, local authorities and technical agencies, local communities, and donor representatives;
  • Proven ability to work in a multicultural environment;
  • Proven ability to take initiative, be innovative while keeping in check all relevant regulations and the organization’s policies;
  • Passion for wildlife conservation and the drive to save endangered species;
  • Adherence to WWF’s core values: Courage, Integrity, Respect, Collaboration;
  • Demonstrates WWF's behaviors in way of working: Strive for Impact, Listen Deeply, Collaborate Openly, and Innovate Fearlessly.

WWF-Laos can offer you a one-year contract with a possible extension. Please note the compensation package will be aligned with local salary and benefits conditions, in line with our reward policy.
How to apply:
If you have the skills and experience and are interested in Endangered Species work in Laos, please email your cover letter and CV in English to jobs.laos@wwf.org.la citing in the subject line ‘Endangered Species Biologist, WWF-Laos’. 
Deadline for applications: June 30th 2021. 
Thank you for interested to be part of our panda family. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. If you have not been contacted within six weeks of the closing date, please consider your application unsuccessful for this role.
WWF does not charge or accept a fee at any stage of the recruitment process. We are an equal opportunity employer and committed to having a diverse workforce.