Location: Karongwe Private Game Reserve
Closing date: 19th March 2018
Start Date: 1st May 2018
GVI is a non-political, non-religious organization, which runs over 100 projects in 25 countries. GVI volunteers fill a critical void in the fields of environmental research, conservation, education and community development.
Global Vision International (GVI) was formed in 1997 to provide support and services to international charities, non-profits and governmental agencies, through volunteering opportunities, internship programmes, training and direct funding. GVI is guided by a unique commitment to its volunteers and to its partners. To the volunteer it offers safe, responsible travel experiences, exceptional training and career development opportunities, and facilitates the ability to make a real difference. To our communities we commit all project ownership and all work undertaken to their direction, in conjunction with our local partners.
The position offers the opportunity to work on a global scale, working with the senior management team to help them manage and successfully implement working protocols within GVI’s field operations, with initial focus on health and safety, organizational achievements and human resources. The successful applicant will report to the GVI Field Centre Director. The role is a new challenging role working in a young vibrant office with an international team. We are looking for someone with a keen interest in international travel, with particular focus on health and safety, human resources (staff and volunteers) strong administration and communication skills both verbal and written. The successful person must be a great team player, show initiative and be able to commit to at least 6 months. The role demands flexibility in working hours and the ability to work upon demand. This is a tremendous opportunity for the successful applicant with fantastic international career development opportunities.
This position is a support role to the GVI Karongwe Expedition. Science Officer is primarily focused on scientific research conducted by GVI. This person will be responsible for overseeing planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the scientific activities undertaken by GVI Karongwe’s expedition including data collection, statistical analysis and report writing. This position will utilise GVI Karongwe’s resources and data sets to increase scientific output, strengthen partner relationships and facilitate scientific publications. This position requires the supervision and mentoring of the Reserve Management Research Assistant.
In addition the position will involve personnel and logistic management support, as well as a willingness and ability to effectively support field activities across all the programmes that we run.
• Conduct research drives in a big 5 reserve.
• Write weekly and bi- annual reports to be submitted to reserve management and landowners.
• Increase scientific output via publications.
• Oversee and manage the Science Team.
• Develop and update ID kits.
• Identify and develop use of IT resources to aid scientific endeavours.
• Develop and nurture partnerships within the scientific field.
• Train, develop and motivate staff team and volunteers.
• Ensure high standards of project work are being maintained to meet identified objectives.
• Assist in developing and updating training and operational material for the various programmes.
• Help develop, monitor and ensure all personnel are doing proper reporting.
• Supervision and mentoring of the Reserve Management Research Assistant.
• Ensure GVI’s child protection policies are implemented and maintained.
• Assist in the development of the under 18 and group programmes.
Health & Safety:
• Ensure all H&S practices are being followed to a high standard and the necessary actions are taken
should they not be.
• Manage and co-ordinate all GVI staff who fall under your direction.
• Motivate and support your volunteer and staff teams to a high level.
• Hold regular meetings with your staff and volunteers for feedback and training purposes.
• Manage conflict and complaints from all parties effectively and communicate all such issues with
• Help co ordinate activities, side trips and airport transfers for our volunteers and ensure all details
are communicated to volunteers in a timely manner.
• Ensure all day to day logistics run smoothly.
• Keep Base Manager well informed at all times on developments or potential issues.
• Ensure all communication channels are kept open and used effectively by you, your staff team,
volunteers and project partners.
Qualifications and skills required
• BSc, MSc or related degree or qualification
• FGASA qualification and all necessary certificates to legally operate as a field guide
• At least two years of experience in the field
• Driver’s license Code 08/EB (including an ability to tow a trailer)
• Fluency in English
• 4×4 Driving experience
• First Aid certificate
Preference will be given to candidates with the following:
• Previous experience in the student and sabbatical volunteer sectors
• ARH and Trails guide
• Negotiable – food, accommodation and work related expenses included.
Please send your application to Leah Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.