Employment

Senior Eco-Tourism Coordinator

 

BACKGROUND

Since 2002 the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has been helping to conserve a landscape of exceptional importance for wildlife in Northern Plains of Cambodia. By providing both financial and technical support to the Government’s Ministry of Environment (MoE), WCS hopes to secure the long-term integrity of the forests of this landscape, its wildlife, and the livelihoods of its indigenous communities and especially in eco-tourism. In order to achieve this, WCS works with the Sam Veasna Centre (SVC) to help communities obtain a sustainable and fair income from ecotourism. WCS has helped the communities develop committees and local level regulations for ecotourism in their villages, as well as facilities for tourists, which are managed by the communities.  

 PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

This position requires an individual who is able to travel to remote areas for up to 3 weeks at a time, with Preah Vihear as home base.

 The work will be in Kulen Promtep Wildlife Sanctuary (KPWS) and Chhep Wildlife Sanctuary (CWS), Northern Plains, with a program based at Tbeng Meanchey. He/she will assist with all responsibilities relating to the overall Eco-tourism in Preah Vihear Province with extensive travel around the site especially the four villages by motorbike and on foot.

 Main Responsibilities:

·         Work closely with WCS technical advisors, particularly the WCS Ecotourism Advisor, local government, eco-tourism operators and community stakeholders to create an ecotourism development strategy for Kulen Promtep Wildlife Sanctuary (KPWS) and Chhep Wildlife Sanctuary (CWS)

·         Be able to provide relevant training as need to community and counterpart

·         Take a lead on producing internal rules and regulations for Dangplet and Prey Veng eco-tourism (CPA) committees by law by working with Policy and Legal Advisor

·         Facilitate and lead meetings with communities and eco-tourism operators to discuss ecotourism and support community to carry out the necessary steps to implement ecotourism activities.

·         Help communities to manage funds, and prepare financial reports for income received from ecotourism activities.

·         Help the committees develop awareness raising material for their specific requirements e.g. explaining committee structure to village, fund management to village, etc.

·         Maintain good communications with both the local authorities, eco-tourism operators and local communities to promote mutual trust and strong program-stakeholder relationships.

·         Take a lead Ecotourism Committee and Village Committee in monitoring success of the ecotourism project and also compliance to agreements set out in initial stages.

·         Prepare work plans, budgets and manage activities for Ecotourism team in all sites in KPWS and CWS

·         Be able to do translation from English to Khmer and Khmer to English as needed both oral and documents

·         Other duties when required

 Qualifications and Experience

Applicants should have a minimum of a bachelor's degree in a relevant field, and have previous experience working in tourism.

 The position comes with WCS’s standard employment benefits and a salary range of USD600-800 after tax depending on experience and qualifications. Interested candidates are invited to send by email a CV and cover letter to cthim@wcs.org. Closing date for applications: 07th July 2017. Only short listed candidates will be contacted for an interview.

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Community Eco-Tourism Coordinator

 

BACKGROUND: Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary

Since 2000 the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has been helping to conserve a landscape of exceptional importance for wildlife in southern Mondulkiri Province, Cambodia. By providing both financial and technical support to the Government’s Ministry of Environment (MoE), WCS hopes to secure the long-term integrity of the forests of this landscape, its wildlife, and the livelihoods of its indigenous communities.

 Job Responsibilities:

Ecotourism

·         Work closely with conservation, business and community advisors, particularly WCS Technical Advisors and local government and stakeholders to implement ecotourism development strategies.

·         Conduct market research through tourist and tour operator surveys and community and government attitudes surveys.

·         Facilitate and lead meetings with communities to discuss ecotourism and support community to carry out the necessary steps to implement ecotourism activities.

·         Assist communities to manage funds, and prepare financial reports for income received from ecotourism activities.

·         Assist the Ecotourism Subcommittee and Village Committee in monitoring success of the ecotourism project and compliance to agreements, as well as supporting WCS’ own comprehensive impact monitoring framework.

·         Support ongoing habituation and wildlife monitoring efforts.

·         Spend time in the forest as required, including development of tourist trails and attractions.

·         Support local staff in the management of Jahoo Gibbon Camp.

·         Coordinate with tour operators bringing tourists to Jahoo Gibbon Camp.

 Indigenous communities

·         Provide advisory support to Indigenous Representatives from villages with ecotourism activities in KSWS that have completed or are in the different stages of the Indigenous Land Registration process.

·         Act as member of Indigenous Land Rights National and Provincial Task Forces, as and when invited by government with approval from Community Team Leader / Landscape Technical Advisor.

·         Other work related to community outreach and natural resource management, identified in agreement with Project Manager and Technical Advisors.

·         Help Indigenous Representatives develop internal social protocols for functioning within the community and with each other and local authorities.

·         Help indigenous communities understand the social and legal implications of indigenous land registration process, as well as the benefits of sustainable ecotourism. 

General

·         Manage budgets, equipment, and infrastructure in accordance with WCS Cambodia policy.

·         Attend meetings and conferences when requested.

·         Conduct other project related activities with consultation and agreement of project managers.

·         Help develop and deliver capacity building workshops with local communities, stakeholders and government officials.

·         Develop and maintain communications with key stakeholders including organizations and the private sector.

·         Other duties when requested

 Qualifications and Experience

Applicants should have a minimum of a bachelor's degree in a relevant field, and have previous experience working in tourism and also can speak both Khmer and Bunong, with English language skills a strong asset"

 The position comes with WCS’s standard employment benefits and a salary range of USD375-425 after tax depending on experience and qualifications. Interested candidates are invited to send by email a CV and cover letter to cthim@wcs.org. Closing date for applications: 20th June 2017. Only short listed candidates will be contacted for an interview.