Project Officer-Research (Elephant Programme) | WWF India

Project Officer-Research (Elephant Programme)

WWF-India, one of the largest conservation organizations, engaged in wildlife and nature conservation in the country, invites applications for the post of Project Officer for Research (Elephant Programme), from candidates with an inherent sensitivity towards the conservation of nature and environment.
Human-elephant conflict (HEC) threatens the lives and livelihoods of both humans and Asia’s elephants, constituting one of the most serious threats to elephant conservation. It is crucial that conservation organizations work together to systematically address the drivers of HEC. Yet conservation organizations lack access to even the most basic data related to HEC across India, including data on the distribution of human and elephant deaths due to conflict over space and time. For that reason, WWF-India is partnering with Project Elephant and IUCN to both compile all available HEC data from division offices in elephant ranges across India and attempt to help institute a system for centralizing future data on HEC. The compilation of key HEC data should make it possible to assess the drivers of HEC presently and as the situation evolves.
Location: New Delhi with extensive travel to various landscapes involved
The Job Profile:
  • Troubleshoot the development of both the retrospective and prospective data collection systems.
  • Monitor the incoming data collection from across the landscapes to ensure quality and accuracy.
  • Facilitate data collection and/or collect some of these data him/herself (wherever need be), across the regions of India where WWF-India does not currently have a presence working on elephants (e.g., Central and Northeast India outside of Assam).
  • All data collection will be done in coordination with IUCN, Project Elephant, and any other project partners—and such coordination will also be a partial responsibility of the APO-R.
  • Coordinate/participate in other data collection as relevant to WWF-India’s effort to better understand HEC, including for our media database on HEC and data on potential drivers of HEC (e.g., remote sensing data on the spread of lantana/invasive species).
  • The Project Officer will be based in Delhi, but will travel to WWF’s Western Ghats (WGNL), Terai Arc (TAL), and Brahmaputra (BHL) landscapes to help teams understand how to use our internet and application-based data collection system.
  • Additional work might be assigned as and when required.
Qualifications, Experience and competencies required:
  • Masters highly preferred, Bachelors or equivalent required
  • Basic understanding of human-elephant conflict issues in India
  • Experience of working with research and conservation institutions
  • Experience in collecting and managing data
  • Good writing and communication, written and oral; in both English and Hindi.
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Last Date for sending applications: 15th August, 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 the “Project Officer – Research (Elephant Programme”, 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.
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