To ensure that all activities and developments undertaken in AlUla cause the least impact to biodiversity by facilitating the prescribed LUSCA, ESIA, SEA processes, ensuring that ESIAs and BIAs are coordinated and undertaken appropriately and that natural resource use is appropriate, sustainable and planned in accordance with all relevant policies, plans and regulations.
*LUSCA – Land Use & Site Clearance, ESIA – Environmental & Social Impact Assessment, SEA = Strategy Environmental Assessment, BIA – Biodiversity Impact Assessments
Key Duties and Responsibilities
1. Act as focal point for all requests for technical inputs from internal and external stakeholders regarding developments in AlUla, especially in Nature Reserves and where biodiversity might be impacted and ensure that appropriate technical guidance and representation is provided by the Wildlife & Natural Heritage (W&NH) team.
2. Coordinate and lead on technical inputs from W&NH into LUSCA reviews by drawing on appropriate internal technical knowledge to ensure minimal impacts to biodiversity in AlUla, especially its nature reserves.
3. Coordinate and lead on technical inputs from W&NH into the ESIA process by drawing on appropriate internal technical knowledge to ensure minimal impacts to biodiversity in AlUla, especially its nature reserves, by reviewing all documentation (e.g. RfP, Reports) to ensure that EIAs, BIAs and SEAs are of the highest quality
4. Determine the potential biodiversity, environmental and social impacts of a proposed development or activity, especially in nature reserves, and ensure that appropriate advice is given to keep impacts to a minimum.
5. Undertake site visits to ensure adherence and compliance to the biodiversity conditions given in LUSCA and ESIA approvals, especially in nature reserves.
6. In cases of non-compliance or where accidental damage occurs, prepare the necessary documentation to record and report the violation and contribute to preparing the remediation/rehabilitation plan.
7. Prepare, review and provide technical inputs into management policies, plans and regulations that relate to biodiversity and nature reserves, consulting W&NH colleagues as appropriate.
8. Lead on developing biodiversity conservation land use planning and zonation within nature reserves, overseeing defining boundaries for proposed nature reserves and wildlife corridors and determining and refine the existing boundaries.
9. Perform any other job-related duties as required by the direct manager.
· Bachelor’s Degree (Master’s Degree Preferred) in Biodiversity Conservation, Natural Resource Management, Geography and Ecology-related disciplines. An additional qualification in EIA, Law, Land Management, Planning would be advantageous.
· 6-8 years of relevant experience ideally in at least one of the following Nature Reserve Management, Natural Resource Management, Biodiversity Management, EIA/BIA, Land Use Planning
· Written and Oral proficiency of English language.
· Excellent communication skills.
About Royal Commission for AlUla
The Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) was established to protect and safeguard AlUla, a region of outstanding natural and cultural significance in Northwest Saudi Arabia. RCU is embarking on a long-term plan to develop and deliver a sensitive, sustainable transformation of the region, reaffirming it as one of country’s most important archaeological and cultural destinations and preparing it to welcome visitors from around the world. RCU’s development work in AlUla encompasses a broad range of initiatives across archaeology, tourism, culture, education and the arts, reflecting the ambitious commitment to cultivate tourism and leisure in Saudi Arabia, outlined in Saudi Vision 2030.