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KTK-BELT (www.belt-project.org) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 2014 to catalyze new models of biodiversity conservation and environmental learning in eastern Nepal. Its mission is to work with teachers, farmers, youth, and women to create a ‘Vertical University’ that will span from Koshi Tappu Wildlife Sanctuary (67 m.) to Kanchenjunga (8,586 m.), the third tallest peak in the world. The idea is to give a framework to local farmers to become ‘professors’ of the Vertical University, to share their indigenous knowledge while conserving threatened species and landscapes.

KTK-BELT works with non-profit cooperatives called ‘Learning Grounds.’ Each Learning Ground, governed by a diverse local Board, owns its own biodiversity-rich conservation land base, which it holds in perpetuity in order to prevent ecosystem fragmentation and deforestation. Local BELT Youth Fellows, trained by KTK-BELT staff, run and administer the Learning Grounds.

Project Manager

No. of Vacancy: 1

Job Description:

DUTY STATION: Eastern Region of Nepal

PROJECT OVERVIEW

KTK-BELT and the Rainforest Trust are partnering to create new Conservation Areas in the eastern region of Nepal. The new Conservation Areas will expand existing protected areas, safeguarding endangered species on the IUCN Red List. KTK-BELT is building the team of scientists, project managers, thematic experts, community mobilizers, and youth fellows, to work at multiple levels to achieve necessary results.

SCOPE OF WORK

The incumbent will be responsible for the overall development, coordination, and management of the creation of the new Conservation Areas, under the direction and supervision of the Project Directors, including outreach, implementing annual plans, and ensuring timely delivery of the project milestones, outputs, and outcomes.

RESPONSIBILITIES
Project Management:

  • Prepare the annual work plan and budget for the initiative
  • Coordinate the planning, budgeting, implementation, and quarterly reporting to donor agencies
  • Ensure the integration of relevant scientific studies into the project direction
  • Develop and coordinate consultations, workshops, pilot projects, participatory action research (PAR), and capacity building activities with stakeholders and strategic partners to advance the project goal of establishing new conservation areas
  • Prepare project updates as per the donor requirements

Training and Capacity Building:

  • Identify staff needs and gaps throughout the evolution of the initiative and coordinate with KTK-BELT regarding the same
  • Develop work assignments for district managers, community mobilizers and youth fellows
  • Identify appropriate training and capacity building opportunities for project staff

Coalition-Building/Strategic Partnership:

  • Contribute to the selection of partnerships under the direction of the Project Directors
  • Act as a focal point for communication to organize regional workshops and events, and prepare documentation for donors
  • Develop and maintain partnerships with relevant institutions; liaise and communicate with them to ensure coherence and convergence of the program outcomes.
  • Develop a media strategy to support the objectives
  • Frame and implement the advocacy strategy for district, regional and national-level advocacy in the creation of new Conservation Areas
  • Ensure documentation of outputs and dissemination of results and findings to policy makers and local political representatives
  • Support existing and foster new networks of stakeholders
  • Develop and maintain a constructive dialogue in the region and beyond

QUALIFICATIONS/EXPERIENCE

  • MSc or PhD in natural resource resources management, botany, ecology, biodiversity, plant sciences, or related fields
  • Minimum of 5-7 years working directly on biodiversity and habitat conservation, environmental advocacy
  • Extensive knowledge of National Protected Areas and the process for establishment of new PAs
  • Extensive knowledge of Himalayan flora and fauna under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
  • Knowledge of research methods and analytical procedures to design plant community ecology/vegetation projects, manage data, analyze and interpret results
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with biologists, conservation professionals, and resource managers of varying technical levels and with technical and scientific staff.  
  • Energetic, hard-working, self-directed, and able to take direction and work in complex teams to achieve difficult policy objectives

TIMING

Applications must be received by April 7, 2017. The position will be filled by the end of April 2017 and will be for an initial six-month term, with possibility of extension contingent on performance and funding.

RENUMERATION

Dependent on qualifications and experience and limited by allocation from the project funder.

APPLICATION PROCESS

The initial contract is for a six-month term with one-month trial basis. Please submit your cover letter, CV, 3 work samples and 3 references with a range for salary expectations to info@belt-project.org or pemabhutia@belt-project.org including the position title in the subject heading of your email.


Application closed.

 

Botanist/Plant Taxonomist

No. of Vacancy: 1

Job Description:

DUTY STATION: Eastern Region of Nepal

PROJECT OVERVIEW

KTK-BELT is working with the Rainforest Trust to create new Conservation Areas in the eastern region of Nepal. The new Conservation Area will help expand protected areas, safeguarding endangered species on the IUCN Red List. To achieve this, KTK-BELT is building a team of project managers, thematic experts, community mobilizers, and youth fellows, to work at both the community level and at the advocacy level.

SCOPE OF WORK

The incumbent will be responsible for collecting plant data that will contribute to the creation of a geo-referenced biodiversity inventory/portal to build the science case for new protected area delineation. The incumbent will be responsible for helping delineate local species conservation priorities and link them to national and global priorities, help identify and map critical hotspots based on technical criteria. S/he will lead technical staff and youth fellows in plant collection exercises and train them in cataloguing specimens, data entry and other protocols.  S/he will help build the taxonomic team for KTK-BELT’s biological inventory work and advise on strategic hires that are necessary.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Catalog specimens using taxonomic standards
  • Digitize herbarium specimens by geo-referencing and entering data according to protocol
  • Organize citizen science workshops and sampling expeditions
  • Set up a research stations for plant research
  • Establish an herbarium

KEY QUALIFICATION/EXPERIENCE

  • B.Sc. or PhD in Botanical Sciences, Ecology, Natural Resource Management, or related topic
  • Strong knowledge of using dichotomous botanical keys and field guides and deep familiarity with the major angiosperm plant families.
  • Demonstrated experience in identifying and keying out plants of the Himalayan region
  • Experience with herbarium curation and seed bank development
  • Past experience in plant collection and biological inventories required
  • Authorship of articles and papers on Himalayan taxa
  • Expertise in plant family groups represented in the Himalayas preferred
  • Experience in related fieldwork and surveys with an emphasis on wildlife in the Himalayan region

TIMING

Applications must be received by April 7, 2017. The position will be filled by the end of April 2017 and will be for an initial six-month term, with possibility of extension contingent on performance and funding.

RENUMERATION

Dependent on qualifications and experience and limited by allocation from the project funder.

APPLICATION PROCESS

The initial contract is for a six-month term with one-month trial basis. Please submit your cover letter, CV, 3 work samples and 3 references with a range for salary expectations to info@belt-project.org or pemabhutia@belt-project.org including the position title in the subject heading of your email.


Application closed.

 

Wetland Ecologist/Water Specialist

No. of Vacancy: 1

Job Description:

DUTY STATION: Eastern Region of Nepal

PROJECT OVERVIEW

KTK-BELT is working with the Rainforest Trust to create new Conservation Areas in the eastern region of Nepal. The new Conservation Area will help expand protected areas, safeguarding endangered species on the IUCN Red List. To achieve this, KTK-BELT is building a team of project managers, thematic experts, community mobilizers, and youth fellows, to work at both the community level and at the advocacy level.

SCOPE OF WORK

The incumbent will be responsible for carrying out wetland inventories, guiding project staff and partners in wetland conservation, and developing community action plans and protocols. The incumbent will carry out aquatic diversity inventories. S/he will work on natural springs recharge projects in concert with project partners and local stakeholders.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Wetland vegetation survey, wildlife surveys, measurement experience, or wetland delineation experience preferred, preferably in the region
  • Ability to conduct field-based plant ecological research in wetland settings, including pre-field season planning of projects, data collection procedures, obtaining necessary permits, staffing needs, travel and remote access logistics, selecting and buying equipment needed for field studies and travel arrangements.
  • Advise on water aquifer recharge and watershed and spring-shed management best practices
  • Survey aquatic diversity
  • Liaise with technical and government partners in the implementation of wetland and water conservation-related project work

KEY QUALIFICATION/EXPERIENCE

  • B.Sc. or PhD in water conservation, wetlands, botany, ecology, natural resources, range management, forestry, or related field
  • Experience collecting data on vegetation, soils, water, and/or other environmental data
  • Knowledge of wetland ecology and experience working in wetlands and/or riparian areas
  • Knowledge of groundwater aquifers and spring shed management
  • Experience with various vegetation sampling techniques related to wetlands
  • GIS mapping a must
  • Knowledge of flora and/or wetland species.
  • Experience with soil taxonomy and describing soil profiles
  • Experience collecting and processing water quality samples
  • Experience with aerial photography, topographic map interpretation, and use of GPS
  • Willingness and ability to work long hours and unusual schedules, travel extensively during the field season and hike long distances (up to 20 KM / day) while carrying a heavy pack (up to 40 lbs)
  • Willingness and ability to work with a positive attitude in field conditions that include exposure to inclement weather, rugged terrain, hot or cold weather, mosquitos, while maintaining a strong commitment to team safety
  • Careful attention to detail, strong oral communication skills and crew teamwork, and strong written and organizational skills to complete lengthy field forms

TIMING

Applications must be received by April 7, 2017. The position will be filled by the end of April 2017 and will be for an initial six-month term, with possibility of extension contingent on performance and funding.

RENUMERATION

Dependent on qualifications and experience and limited by allocation from the project funder.

APPLICATION PROCESS

The contract is for a six-month term with one-month trial basis. Please submit your cover letter, CV, 3 work samples and 3 references with a range for salary expectations to info@belt-project.org or pemabhutia@belt-project.org including the position title in the subject heading of your email.


Application closed.

 

Ornithologist

No. of Vacancy: 1

Job Description:

DUTY STATION: Eastern Region of Nepal

PROJECT OVERVIEW

KTK-BELT is working with the Rainforest Trust to create new Conservation Areas in the eastern region of Nepal. The new Conservation Area will help expand protected areas, safeguarding endangered species on the IUCN Red List. To achieve this, KTK-BELT is building a team of project managers, thematic experts, community mobilizers, and youth fellows, to work at both the community level and at the advocacy level.

SCOPE OF WORK

The incumbent will be responsible for collecting bird data that will contribute to the creation of a geo-referenced biodiversity inventory/portal to build the science case for new protected area delineation. The incumbent will be responsible for helping delineate important bird areas (IBAs) and link them to national and global priorities in furtherance of the project goals. S/he will lead technical staff and youth fellows in bird counting exercises and train them in protocols. S/he will support the taxonomic team for KTK-BELT’s biological inventory work and advise on strategic hires that are necessary.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Carry out bird counting and inventory works in the
  • Digitize herbarium specimens by geo-referencing and entering data according to protocol
  • Organize citizen science workshops and sampling works
  • Train staff and engage local communities in bird inventories
  • Develop educational modules for schools for local birds
  • Take photos and video of native birds for the KTK-BELT Indigenous Knowledge Portal (IKP)

KEY QUALIFICATION/EXPERIENCE

  • B.Sc. or PhD in Botanical Sciences, Ecology, Natural Resource Management, or related topic
  • Experience in bird photography/videography desirable
  • Experience using guides and familiarity with the major bird groups of the Himalayan region
  • Demonstrated experience in identifying birds of the Himalayan region
  • Authorship of articles and papers on Himalayan taxa of birds
  • Experience in related fieldwork and surveys with an emphasis on wildlife in the Himalayan region

TIMING

Applications must be received by April 7, 2017. The position will be filled by the end of April 2017 and will be for an initial six-month term, with possibility of extension contingent on performance and funding.

RENUMERATION

Dependent on qualifications and experience and limited by allocation from the project funder.

APPLICATION PROCESS

The contract is for a six-month term with one-month trial basis. Please submit your cover letter, CV, 3 work samples and 3 references with a range for salary expectations to info@belt-project.org or pemabhutia@belt-project.org including the position title in the subject heading of your email.


Application closed.

 

Conservation Biologist

No. of Vacancy: 1

Job Description:

DUTY STATION: Eastern Region of Nepal

PROJECT OVERVIEW

KTK-BELT is working with the Rainforest Trust to create new Conservation Areas in the eastern region of Nepal. The new Conservation Area will help expand protected areas, safeguarding endangered species on the IUCN Red List. To achieve this, KTK-BELT is building a team of project managers, thematic experts, community mobilizers, and youth fellows, to work at both the community level and at the advocacy level.

SCOPE OF WORK

The incumbent will create a strategic plan for assimilating date regarding threatened mammals including installation of camera traps to document movements of threatened mammal species in the proposed conservation areas such as snow leopard, musk deer, and pangolins.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Define plans for improving wildlife conservation, protected area management, and policies based on research and science
  • Identify important corridors for wildlife migration in the proposed Conservation Area and articulate the significance of these corridors for conservation of endangered mammal species as defined by IUCN
  • Collect photos and video from camera trapping of threatened mammals in the region
  • Compose memos and strategy papers
  • Identify wildlife laws and policies which support local wildlife and arrange workshops to sensitize both staff and local communities to these frameworks

KEY QUALIFICATION/EXPERIENCE

  • Masters or PhD in conservation biology or related field
  • 3+ years’ field experience in species conservation work
  • Publishing history and demonstrated writing/communication skills
  • Fluency in Nepali and English Language
  • Camera Trapping, radio collaring and other wildlife mapping/monitoring skills
  • Experience in wildlife conservation, including invasive species, migratory species, habitat management
  • Experience in undertaking activities aimed at improving wildlife conservation, protected area management (including community based conservation), wildlife laws and policies; experience working with protected area authorities and government counterparts

TIMING

Applications must be received by April 7, 2017. The position will be filled by the end of April 2017 and will be for an initial six-month term, with possibility of extension contingent on performance and funding.

RENUMERATION

Dependent on qualifications and experience and limited by allocation from the project funder.

APPLICATION PROCESS

The contract is for a six-month term with one-month trial basis. Please submit your cover letter, CV, 3 work samples and 3 references with a range for salary expectations to info@belt-project.org or pemabhutia@belt-project.org including the position title in the subject heading of your email.


Application closed.

 

Agricultural Technician/Nursery Manager

No. of Vacancy: 1

Job Description:

DUTY STATION: Eastern Region of Nepal

PROJECT OVERVIEW

KTK-BELT is working with the Rainforest Trust to create new Conservation Areas in the eastern region of Nepal. The new Conservation Area will help expand protected areas, safeguarding endangered species on the IUCN Red List. To achieve this, KTK-BELT is building a team of project managers, thematic experts, community mobilizers, and youth fellows, to work at both the community level and at the advocacy level.

SCOPE OF WORK

The incumbent will be responsible for training local farmers in organic agriculture and permaculture design, carrying out specialized workshops and trainings on cutting/grafting, nursery management, soil management, integrated pest management (IPM), horticulture, mushroom cultivation, apiaries, aquaculture, and other thematic topics. The incumbent will develop landscape designs, planting schedules, monitoring plans, and other protocols for the development of the BELT plantations.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Design Learning Grounds plantations working with staff, partners, local farmers and other stakeholders as per permaculture and organic agro-forestry principles
  • Carry out various specialized short-term trainings for the BELT Farmers program
  • Develop plant nurseries
  • Lead development of a seed bank and in situ conservation gardens

KEY QUALIFICATION/EXPERIENCE

  • B.Sc. in Agriculture, agro-forestry, or related field, or equivalent in experience
  • 5+ years experience working on nursery management, farm management, organic agriculture, permaculture, and/or related fields
  • Significant work experience in nursery design and seed management
  • Being able to give trainings in mushroom cultivation and other on-farm/off-farm livelihood sources
  • Experience with sustainability technology such as bio-gas, solar dryers
  • Knowledge of hydroponics
  • Permaculture Design Course (PDC) and other agriculture and landscape design related certifications
  • Knowledge of medicinal and aromatic plants (MAPs) cultivation a major advantage
  • Soil management and compost making skills

TIMING

Applications must be received by April 7, 2017. The position will be filled by the end of April 2017 and will be for an initial six-month term, with possibility of extension contingent on performance and funding.

RENUMERATION

Dependent on qualifications and experience and limited by allocation from the project funder.

APPLICATION PROCESS

The contract is for a six-month term with one-month trial basis. Please submit your cover letter, CV, 3 work samples and 3 references with a range for salary expectations to info@belt-project.org or pemabhutia@belt-project.org including the position title in the subject heading of your email.


Application closed.

 

The deadline to apply for the above position/s is 24:00 hrs, April 7, 2017.

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