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Senior Programme Assistant, Wild Bird Project

Vacancy #:   5602
Unit:   Bangladesh Programme Coordination
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Bangladesh Country Office, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Reporting to:   Project Manager
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   A3
Expected start date:   15 April 2021
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (19 months)
Closing date:   08 April 2021
IUCN, represented by its Bangladesh Country Office, is implementing a project entitled “Avian Influenza in Bangladesh: the Role of Wild Waterfowl in Disease Transmission” funded by the Linnaeus University. The main objective of the assignment is to understand the role of wild water birds in disease transmission and better understand their migratory routes through GPS-GSM satellite tagging of long distance migratory waterbirds and conducting bird monitoring surveys and census as well as ringing.

Under the overall guidance from the Country Representative of IUCN Bangladesh and the programme Coordinator, and under the direct supervision of the Project Manger of “Avian Influenza in Bangladesh: the Role of Wild Waterfowl in Disease Transmission” project, the Senior Programme Assistant (Wildlife Biologist) will work with the project team and all stakeholders, support the project manager in successfully conducting the project activities as well as assist the project manager in completing other managerial duties, making sure that the project deliverables are submitted timely and correctly.
Under the overall guidance of the Country Representative and the Programme Coordinator of IUCN Bangladesh, and under the direct supervision of the Senior Programme Officer (Biodiversity and Species Coordinator), the Senior Programme Assistant (Wildlife Biologist) will undertake following specific responsibilities:


1. Assist in successfully implementing all project activities under the programme in accordance to the agreement between the donor with guidance from the Project management;
2. Closely monitors the development and implementation timelines, records progress, and documents problems and issues to be addressed and for the review and actions by the Project Manager;
3. Assist project manager/team to maintain communication with donor (Linnaeus University), key project stakeholders (Bangladesh Forest Department) as well as volunteers and consultants;
4. Lead and conduct all kinds of field surveys, collection of data, data analysis and compilation of the reports and papers;
5. Conduct satellite tagging, bird census and surveys, ringing and related work and sample collection from birds and overall field camp management;
6. Support project team in implementation of the all project activities as per work plan;
7. Organize trainings. meetings, workshops, awareness campaigns and field work as per project plan;
8. Conduct project management activities as assigned by the project management
9. Overall field coordination and coordinate all project activities and work plan;
10. Prepare all project reports, scientific papers and all other committed deliverables, are produced, submitted and accepted by the donor in a timely manner as per the Agreement;
11. Undertake any other tasks that may be assigned by the Country Representative, the Programme Coordinator of IUCN Bangladesh and project manager, from time to time.
  • Master's degree in Zoology, Wildlife, Environmental Science or related field, with 2 years of relevant working experience, or;

• University degree on Zoology, Wildlife, Environmental Science or related, with 3 years of relevant working experience;

• Experienced in the Avian Influenza Monitoring, Safely Bird Capturing and Handling, Satellite Tagging, Bird Census, Bird Ringing, Sample Collection, and overall Avifauna Research and Conservation, data analysis and reporting will be preferred;

• Excellent presentation, writing and spoken communication skills in English are essential;

• International experience will be an advantage.

• Demonstrated experience in Programme Management, Operation Management Cycle and related processes, with knowledge of Results-Based Management is essential.

• Computer skills (in MS office) including advanced Excel skills (pivot tables, data management, etc). is important.
The minimum gross annual salary for this position is BDT 835'529. While this is an indicative amount effective as of the current date, changes may occur as per IUCN's compensation practices without prior notice. The same applies to other organisations hosted by IUCN.

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