Conservation Assistant

Full Time

BCP is a leading African conservation company which aims to generate sustainable conservation finance through the forest carbon markets.  We are working with Community and Government partners to help improve the conservation management over 1 million hectares of globally significant wildlife habitats in Zambia, and to benefit 225,000 people.   Most of the project areas are located in Game Management Areas bordering strategic National Parks in Eastern and Lusaka Province, governed by management agreements between local communities, the Government of Zambia, and BCP.
BCP is recruiting for Conservation Assistant for LUNDAZI Sites.  The primary function of the Conservation Assistant is to ensure that conservation is enhanced through Law enforcement efforts, key stakeholder engagement strategies, and land management activities. The job title is focused on ensuring good positive impacts toward biodiversity through practical support to the Community Scout teams. The position will report to Conservation Officer.
PRIORITIES THAT WE’LL TRUST YOU WITH.
This is a field-based position that requires a wide range of field-based skills in rural and remote locations and has the following;

Ensuring that the Lundazi site strategic conservation plan is effectively implemented and contributing to the overall vision and mission of BCP.
Ensuring strategic partnership-building and engagement with relevant key stakeholders and local communities on conservation and related issues.
Maintaining cordial relationships with communities neighboring Lundazi site and assisting CET where necessary in overlapping Community/Conservation development initiatives.
With the emphasis on habitat preservation, supporting joint encroachment monitoring and natural resource protection activities and operations.
Supervise Community scouts and others conducting REDD+ zone operations and monitoring in all the Chiefdoms under the Lundazi site.
As required and according to agreed standards, ensuring the establishment and implementation of appropriate site tasking and reporting systems that will be used in information sharing and measuring performance against the Conservation Plan.
Coordinating and providing logistical support to conservation staff and activities.
Managing field data collection, storage, analysis, and sharing. This includes but is not limited to the management of SMART and the security dashboard.
Budgeting for and procurement of Scouts rations and Patrol gear.
Assisting in the recruitment of conservation staff.
Preparing scouts timesheet, attendance register, and patrol bonus register on a monthly basis.
Perform any other task, as allocated from time to time.
Supporting joint anti-poaching activities and operations

ALLIANCE BUILDERS WANTED.

Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Management or any other relevant discipline from a reputable institution.
Minimum of 3 years’ experience in a similar conservation role.
Proven leadership skills.
Strong skills in project planning, implementation, and management.
Demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to develop and maintain strong working relationships at all levels, including with local communities, and government agencies.
Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and most of the local languages.
Demonstrated experience working with local government personnel and local communities.
Comprehensive working knowledge of Microsoft suite (MS word, PowerPoint, MS excel).
Adherence to BCP and donor regulations and policies.
Knowledge of National policies and rural approaches towards conservation.

WHAT YOU’LL TELL YOUR CONTACTS.
Helping to conserve over 565 million trees, and with close to 7 million tons of carbon emissions reduced to date, both BCP implemented REDD+ Projects have been verified against the Verified Carbon Standard, the world’s leading voluntary Greenhouse Gas program. In 2021, the LZRP is the only project in Africa to receive 8 consecutive verifications and only the second in the World to achieve this! While it is also Africa’s first CCBA Triple Gold Project, with ‘Gold’ level verification against all three categories of the Climate, Community, and Biodiversity Standard (CCBA) for its exceptional climate change impacts and community and biodiversity benefits. The LCFP has achieved CCBA Triple Gold Validation for exceptional community impact. Awarded Best Individual Offsetting Project and Impact Monitoring Report in the World in the Environmental Finance Voluntary Carbon Markets Ranking 2021, and ranked in the top 0.5% of B Corps globally 2021, BCP offers carbon offsets with World class benefits. Under our 30 – Cubed goal, by 2030, BCP is set to deliver on our goal of avoiding 30 million tons of emissions annually, benefitting 3 million people, and partnering with communities across 30 million acres of globally significant wildlife habitat.
WE EVEN DO BENEFITS DIFFERENTLY.
As an equal opportunity employer, a competitive salary will be offered, plus training, plus the potential for performance bonuses, plus travel opportunities for work, plus health benefits, plus a great work culture, plus career growth, plus working with a diverse and committed team.
Candidates interested in joining an innovative and high-performance team, and working towards doing amazing things in conservation technology and livelihoods, please send a CV, a cover letter, 3 reference contacts, and anything else that makes your application stand out by email to [email protected] with Conservation Assistant – Lundazi in the subject line.  Please also send anything else that will help your application stand out.
Females are encouraged to apply.
Applications are accepted from 6th September 2022 until the position is filled.
Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.
If an applicant receives no response within a 30-day period, they should consider their application unsuccessful.