Leopard Project Leader Oman (Consultant) at Earthwatch

Leopard Project Leader Oman (Consultant)

Earthwatch is an international environmental nonprofit organization that engages people in scientific field research and education. To achieve our mission, we offer research expeditions at exciting locations around the globe. Participants on these expeditions assist top scientists as they investigate important questions about how we can better protect our planet.

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Location: Oman

Position Type: Full-time salaried

Department: Programme Oman

Salary: OMR 100 per day or OMR 2000 per month plus accommodation

Deadline for Application: March 18, 2014

Interviews: March 25, 2014 - March 26, 2014


As the Project Co-Leader you will be responsible for the delivery of project by 15th December 2015 on time and within budget. You will coordinate a team of researchers with various specialist skills in organising and conducting the research, will be an experienced ecologist.


The local project team (led by you) will deliver the research, capacity development and learning activities at the research location in Jebel Samhan Reserve. Part of this will be achieved through fielding teams of non-specialist participants, with audiences including rangers, local young scientists, teachers and corporate staff. The project will run to end 2015, and is being developed under the National Field Research Centre for Environmental Conservation (NFRCEC), Oman, who you will work directly with, as well as with Earthwatch.


•     Deliver all aspects of the project on target, including research design and implementation, capacity development, budget planning, reporting, and delivering publications and presentations on project results

•     Conduct biodiversity assessment of areas of Jebel Samham reserve, to increase understanding of total species richness, provide a baseline biodiversity dataset for future biodiversity monitoring. This includes leading in fielding teams of participants, training them to conduct field research (11 teams of 4-8 participants between October 2014 and April 2015)

•     Estimate the abundance and distribution of leopard prey via direct and indirect methodologies, most likely using Occupancy surveys. Also assess co-predator species distribution

•     Coordinate a team of Omani Field Assistants, consultant scientists (botanist, GIS, environmentalist, social scientist) to successfully deliver the project objectives. Includes managing them to deliver or receive training, field teams of participants and conduct research activities

•     Produce a budget plan to end 2015, and manage and report on expenditure monthly, keeping within budget

•     Report to Earthwatch and the NFRCEC on all aspects of the project, including research and capacity development monthly; 6 month


Masters in ecology, biology, wildlife conservation, environmental studies or other relevant field essential. A Doctorate is desirable.

·     At least 5 years of experience in leading and managing all aspects of applied research and conservation projects, including project management, reporting and financial management

·     Practical experience of logistical planning and managing multiple tasks

·     Arabic language and experience of working in Middle East is desirable

·     Good interpersonal and communication skills are vital, as well as evidence of working closely with local communities and demonstrable public speaking and scientific writing skills

·     Sensitivity to local cultural norms and ability to adapt to fit in with local cultures and traditions

·     Have a professional work ethic, demonstrated through the ability to develop productive relationships with colleagues, partner organisations and donors at all levels

·     Demonstrable personal effectiveness in setting standards, reaching solutions and completing tasks for multiple concurrent projects

·     Act under own initiative and also work as a team player; good staff management skills

·     Valid international driving license (or equivalent applicable in Oman)


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