[Coral-List] Job opening: Project Operations Coordinator, coral reef restoration, Seychelles

david derand david.derand at gmail.com
Mon Apr 8 10:51:35 EDT 2013

Dear Coral-List subscribers,

The following is an announcement for a * Project Operations Coordinator *to
support coral reef restoration in Cousin and Praslin island, Republic of

*Job title: Project Operations Coordinator, 'Reef Rescuers', Nature

*Location of job: Amitie, Praslin Island, Republic of Seychelles*

*Reports to: Nature Seychelles Director of Strategic Operations            *

*Overall description of the job*

To manage and further develop human, logistics, technical, scientific,
reporting and communication aspects of the Nature Seychelles’ Reef Rescuers
project funded by USAID and the GEF, implemented around Cousin and Praslin
island to restore a selected degraded coral reef site using current best
practise methods for coral reef restoration based on the “reef gardening”
concept promulgated by the World Bank/GEF Coral Reef Targeted Research (
www.gef-coral.org). The project started in September 2010 and is scheduled
to end in September 2104. The post holder will take over an established
position and will have the opportunity to shadow the current post holder
and ensure full handover.

*Main duties*

1. To be responsible for the successful running of the project including
the day-to-day management of a team of 6-7 field staff and volunteers
including Assistant Officer, scientific diver volunteers and local skipper,
logistics and administration in collaboration with other Nature Seychelles
senior staff on Mahe.

2. To lead and further develop on site implementation of all coral reef
restoration activities, including coral collection, nursery and
transplantation related activities

3. To develop stakeholders capacity for Seychelles and the region,
organising workshops, recruiting scientific diver volunteers and ensuring
they are provided with on site reef restoration training

4. To further develop scientific monitoring and experiments in relation
with the already established scientific framework (Advisory Research
Committee and research plan), including recovery of donor colonies,
survivorship and growth rate of corals in nurseries, monitoring of
transplantation “success”, etc.

5. To be responsible for all project logistics and equipment (compressor,
diving equipment, boat, engine): inventory, maintenance, servicing and
ordering new equipment in close collaboration with other Nature Seychelles
senior staff

6. To be responsible for project petty cash management and gasoline
purchase, updating and sending records to other Nature Seychelles senior
staff on a monthly basis

7. To be responsible for project quarterly planning and reporting to donors
according to pre-defined practices

8. To coordinate the development of a tool kit that will capture the reef
restoration lessons and practices

9. To assist a consultant on the development of a Business Plan to ensure
longevity of the 'Reef Rescuers'.

10. To coordinate publications in scientific journals in collaboration with
other Nature Seychelles staff

The post holder will also ensure that:

   - Nature Seychelles procedures and policies are respected at all times

   - All staff comply with safety regulations and that field activities
   (boat driving, scuba-diving) are implemented according to safety procedures

   - Cooperation is maintained with the Nature Seychelles Communication
   Manager to further develop project communication and enhance the visibility
   of the restoration efforts through different tools, as well as with any
   other relevant Nature Seychelles staff.

*Qualifications and Experience*

   - MSc or PhD in relevant subject
   - 5 years recent working experience at a senior level in coral reef
   management and research, including at least 2 years managing a coral reef
   restoration project
   - Experience of leading multi-cultural teams
   - At least 2 years experience in managing staff
   - Practical experience of experimental design, data analysis using
   statistical packages, standard methodologies for coral reef survey and
   - Certified diver (minimum Dive Master) with superior technical skills
   - 5 years scuba-diving experience related to professional/scientific
   underwater activities
   - Boat license and recent boat driving experience

*Skills             *

   - Able to co-ordinate and organize complex project
   - Able to monitor and report on project achievements according to donor
   - Proven leadership capabilities
   - Strong physical fitness and ability to work under physically demanding
   - Capacity building and training skills
   - Communication - able to speak confidently to different
   - Able to work independently and as part of a small team
   - Able to learn and adapt to new situations quickly
   - Computer skills, Microsoft Office & statistical packages

*Contract conditions*

The contract is until 30th September 2014 and will be based on Praslin
Island, Seychelles. It includes fees of USD 3,000.00/month, private
housing, paid annual leave, local work related transport, local insurance
and specific scuba diving insurance, one return international air ticket.


To apply please send *CV, covering letter and earliest starting date to
Martin Varley, Nature Seychelles Projects Coordinator: **
martin at natureseychelles.org, Tel: +248 601100; direct line +248 601127.*

*Closing date for applications is Friday 26th April 2013.*


Gilles-David Derand | Project Operations Coordinator

Nature Seychelles | Island Conservation Centre, Amitie, Praslin, Seychelles

Mobile: + (248) 2729347**

Email: david at natureseychelles.org


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