Manager- Raptor Conservation | WWF India

Manager- Raptor Conservation

WWF has recognized the need to conserve vultures in Eurasia and in the Indian context, particularly for conserving vultures in large landscapes. WWF-India, therefore, wishes to work on conserving raptors, particularly vultures in the country, in close partnership with the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology & Natural History (SACON), Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Raptor Research and Conservation Foundation (RRCF), and the state forest departments and other relevant government agencies. It is looking for a dynamic, young, dedicated biologist in a leadership position to manage the Raptor Conservation portfolio in the organization. This is a senior position and needs a candidate with at least seven years’ experience of managing field conservation and research projects. Experience of working with raptors would be an added advantage. The Manager – Raptor Conservation Programme will have to work for implementing approved targets of different raptor conservation projects with WWF-India within and outside select landscapes.
The candidate will be based at WWF-India Secretariat, New Delhi or any other landscape office of WWF-India, and will report to the Programme Director or a senior nominee at WWF-India.
The Job Profile:
Programme Implementation and Technical Support
  • Strategize raptor conservation programme for WWF-India along with the Researchers/ Project Officers in the landscapes, other relevant team members and partners.
  • Supervise the Researchers/ Project Officers in the landscapes for implementing the raptor conservation project, with special reference to vultures in the Terai, Central India and Brahmaputra Landscapes including developing protocols for field surveys and monitoring.
  • Coordinate with the Researchers in putting together conservation actions required for ensuring long term survival of vultures and other threatened raptors in select landscapes. 
  • Collaborate with the federal and state governments for supporting their policies that might have immediate or long term effects on conservation of vultures and their habitats, especially for those which are within the purview of WWF-India’s work.
Programme Development and Fund-raising
  • Working with the Fundraising team for raising funds for Raptor research and conservation and bring about innovative ideas for further development of this programme.
  • Assess the project requirements and recruit additional personnel in the field after discussion with relevant teams of WWF-India. 
Networking, Coordination and Communication
  • Coordinate with the government and civil society partners for Raptor Conservation Programme development and implementation through the landscape teams in the states.
  • Take lead in capacity building of WWF-India field staff and partners on Raptor monitoring, data gathering, data analysis and using the results for targeted Raptor conservation measures.
  • Prepare half-yearly technical & financial reports, scientific publications and other communication material. 
  • Coordinating with the landscape and secretariat teams of WWF-India to ensure timely publication of reports, preparation of journal manuscripts, and facts and stories on WWF India website.
  • Prepare communications assets for addressing the conservation requirements of raptors at a country level.
Programme Monitoring
  • Develop protocols for measuring impacts of WWF-India’s raptor conservation actions, with special reference to Vultures, as undertaken by the field Researchers and monitor key indicators to keep track of progress of program implementation in select landscapes.
  • Keeping track of the finances of the Raptor Conservation Programme with assistance from the finance managers of the programme/ landscapes. 
Qualifications and Experience
  • Ph.D. or equivalent in the field of ornithology/ ecology/ wildlife/ environment/ biology
  • At least 7 years’ experience in the field of raptor or bird research or conservation
  • Experience of working with research and conservation institutions
  • Ability to design and implement research projects independently
  • Current knowledge on the status and issues related to raptor conservation in India
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct research using latest tools and techniques
  • Ability for team-work and collaborations with stakeholders
  • Ability and desire to work in tough field conditions as needed, and travel to attend meetings with key stakeholders and partners
  • Strong written and spoken communication skills in English
  • Knowledge of any regional language of India will be an added advantage.
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Last Date for sending applications: 5th September, 2019
Submission Details:
Please submit an up-to-date CV (mentioning your full name in the resume attachment), giving details regarding compensation received in the present assignment, expected salary, and three references.
In order to ensure that your application is sorted correctly, please mention “Manager – Raptor Conservation”, in the subject line.
The vacancy is open to Indian Nationals only. Applications of only the short listed candidates will be acknowledged.
WWF-India is an equal opportunities employer. Applications from qualified women are encouraged.

Remuneration will be competitive with Indian NGO pay scales and will depend upon candidate’s experience levels and the overall WWF-India salary structure. WWF-India does not provide housing, telephone or vehicle facilities.