Woodland Project Leader Oman (Consultant)


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Location: Oman

Position Type: Full-time salaried

Department: Programme Oman

Salary: OMR 125 per day or OMR 2,500 per month (£200 per day or £4000 per month)

Deadline for Application: 17 March 2014

Interviews: 23 March 2014 - 24 March 2014


As the Project Leader for this project, you will be responsible for the delivery of project by 15th December 2015 on time and within budget. You will coordinate a team of researchers and be involved in the training of Omani Field Assistants. The project team is in Oman and the UK.


To manage all aspects of the project to ensure successful delivery to enhance the long-term sustainable use of the juniper and wild olive woodlands on Hail Juwari (Jebel Shams) and Jebel Akhdhar, for the benefit of humans (economically and socially) and the natural ecosystem. The local project team will deliver the research, capacity development and learning activities. Part of this will be achieved through fielding teams of non-specialist participants. The project will run for two years (2014-2015). The project has been developed under the National Field Research Centre for Environmental Conservation (NFRCEC), Oman.


The research will focus on understanding the impact of human induced and natural pressures on the Juniper and Olive woodlands, and to identify potential practical solutions to mitigate these pressures. You will be expected to facilitate this multi-disciplinary research project through managing inputs from multiple consultants.


·     Deliver all aspects of the project on target, including research design and implementation, capacity development, budget planning, reporting, and delivering publications and presentations on project results.

·     Coordinate a team of Omani Field Assistants, consultant scientists (botanist, GIS, environmentalist, social scientist) to successfully deliver the project objectives.

·     Lead the selection and implementation of teams of participants working on the project, training them to conduct field research (at least 10 teams of 4-8 participants), ensuring participants are safe and gain relevant knowledge to their responsibilities /interest

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Masters in natural resource management, ecology, environmental studies or other relevant field essential. A Doctorate is desirable.

·     Experience of leading and managing all aspects of applied research and conservation programmes, including project management, reporting and financial management

·     Practical experience of implementing woodland natural resource management projects

·     Arabic language and experience of working in Middle East highly desirable

·     Good interpersonal and communication skills, especially working closely with local communities, as well as public speaking and scientific writing

·     Ability to be aware of local cultural norms and be prepared to fit in with local cultures and traditions

·     Ability to work professionally with colleagues, partner organisations and donors at all levels

·     Demonstrable personal effectiveness in setting standards, reaching solutions and completing tasks for multiple concurrent projects

·     Act under own initiative and also work as a team player; good staff management skills

·     Valid international driving license (or equivalent applicable in Oman)



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