African Wildlife Foundation is seeking a Chief Technical Advisor in Protected Area Management to provide support to the Ethiopian Wildlife and Conservation Authority for the implementation of a program supported by KfW Bank to improve the conservation status of the Simien Mountains National Park in Ethiopia.
Expertise in the following areas is required:
The key role of the Chief Technical Advisor will be to liaise and work with the EWCA Warden for Simien Mountains National Park (SMNP) in the development and implementation of a General Management Plan (GMP) and Annual Operational Plans (AOPs). Tight protocols that maximize the security of the rangers and local communities, and that optimize information sharing with concerned authorities or security initiatives in the region, as well as hunting concession-holders in the periphery, will be an important part of the patrolling protocols.
As part of his/her tasks, the candidate will contribute to in situ training of the rangers in new approaches for monitoring, human-wildlife conflict mitigation, monitoring, community engagement, and anti-poaching, adapted to the region and the reality of today’s protected area management programs. This requires the involvement of national authorities as well as regional and sub-regional organizations. Simultaneously, the Chief Technical Advisor will contribute to further improvement of the use of new technologies like CyberTracker/SMART while also reviewing the potential future use of drones and other high-tech tools available. The candidate will report to the AWF Director for Land Conservation. The technical consultancy is to be organized around the following tasks and activities:
In the development of the GMA and AOP above, emphasis should be put on the need to improve the coordination of efforts between the park authorities and neighboring communities for more effective security of the PA.
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