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Conservation Project Manager - Madagascar

Reference   (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors Nature Conservation, Ecology, GIS
Town/City London
Salary (Minimum)
Salary (Maximum)
Type Temporary / Contract / Seasonal
Status Full Time
Level Mid Level
Deadline 08/08/2020
Company Name Frontier - The Society for Environmental Exploration
Contact Name Sam Hope
Telephone 0207 613 2520
Fax 0207 613 2992
Email staffing@frontier.ac.uk
Website Further Details / Applications
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Directory Entry : Frontier was established in 1989 as a non-profit conservation and development non-governmental organisation (NGO) dedicated to safeguarding biodiversity and ecosystem integrity and building sustainable livelihoods.
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Job Title:Project Manager Madagascar

Reporting to:Overseas Operations Managers and Head of Development, London HQ 

Responsible for:In country staff and volunteers



This is a unique opportunity to independently manage and develop Frontier’s overseas projects in the field with supervision from the London Headquarters. 

The Project Manager will have overall administrative control of the field projects including volunteer communications, financial management, equipment resupply and maintenance, comprehensive reporting procedures, volunteer and staff recruitment, management of local relations and networks, fundraising for the project and the supervision of local staff.


-Organise the efficient reception and deployment of all project personnel; 

-Supervising the arrival, briefing, and deployment of new project staff;

-Administration and control of project budgets and production of accounts and reports to London HQ;

-Management of all project resources and equipment of Frontier projects including sourcing, purchasing, and generally acquiring equipment for field projects;

-Development of new aspects to field projects or extending current programmes through liaison with national authorities, research institutes and international research, teaching, tourism and educational agencies, and preparation of project proposals to secure new contracts and funding;

-Administration and control of project budget, ensuring that expenditure does not exceed allocated funds. Overspending will be recovered from future budgets.

-Ensure H&S standards are maintained at all times, reviewed regularly and updated when necessary;

-Collating and reviewing internal reports and equipment inventories from projects;

-Maintaining and managing communications between field projects, volunteers and London HQ;

-Providing project specific information once the volunteer has paid the initial deposit;

-Advising and preparing volunteers with regards to their project details, insurance, arrival details, equipment requirements and kit lists; 

-Organise appropriate visa support letters and travel paperwork;


-Send out welcome letter with introductory information to volunteers on receipt of the deposit payment;

-Produce, check and update information and briefing materials available to volunteers online via SysAdmin regarding the projects, medical and safety issues, insurance, kit requirements, visas, travel arrangements, and cultural issues;

-Read and respond to all volunteer email enquiries and feedback within 24 hours of receiving;

-Inform volunteers of project start and end dates and ensure that those arriving/leaving outside of those dates are fully aware of meeting arrangements;

-To ensure that all volunteers / research assistants are deployed constructively, usefully and enjoyably and will ensure the discipline and good behaviour of all members of the project team.

-To ensure the health and safety of all volunteers and field staff involved in the project, dealing with any medical incidents should they arise, being ready to initiate and implement an emergency medical evacuation procedure if necessary.

-Identify inconsistencies, duplications and mistakes in information provided to volunteers and ensure changes are made in consultation with the Head of Operations;

-Write references for past volunteers upon request;

-Monitor project prices and compare to similar projects available to ensure Frontier project prices remain competitive;

-Write visa, excess baggage, and fundraising support letters upon request;

-Provide independent reviews from outgoing volunteers on a weekly basis on websites such as Abroad Reviews.  

-Communicate via situation reports and phone calls to London HQ and ensure that all communications are recorded effectively;

-Monitor project activities through reporting and updating system to London HQ and advise or enforce change as necessary;

-Ensure that internal reports are provided in the correct format and on time;

-Implementation of Frontier field project social media initiative including daily Facebook updates with copy and photos, science blog articles & tweets, and weekly volunteer reviews, project news and gap year travel news directly from the field. 

-Ensure that quarterly reports include project videos (10 minutes or longer), 150+ photos and the production of a quarterly SEE newsletter to be sent to London and uploaded on the SEE website. 

-Identification of suppliers and the purchase and maintenance of equipment for field projects in country;

-Managing invoices for equipment purchases (in cooperation with the Accounts Department at London HQ);

-Sourcing potential sponsors and donors of equipment;

-Oversee and coordinating the order of equipment to field projects.

-Oversee the maintenance, servicing and repair of all project equipment;

-Identifying potential sources of funding, producing funding proposals and maintaining relationships with current and potential donors, collaborators and stakeholders;

-Liaising with collaborating organisations, including project donors, and technical advisors and to develop new collaborative links and projects;

-Researching and reporting on information relevant to the development of new projects/sites. 

-Ensure the health and safety of all volunteers, project staff and host-country participants at all times, dealing with any medical incidents should they arise, being ready to initiate and implement an emergency medical evacuation procedure if necessary;

-Contract and manage local employees, and where necessary the employment of new staff and payment of wages;

-Supervise and arrange the arrival of new volunteers and project staff and briefing volunteers and staff on all aspects of country life upon their arrival in country;

-Oversee and act as internal verifier for elements of the project field training.


Contract Duration:Permanent, after successful completion of probation period.

Salary Package:

Basic packaged valued at £400 - £700 per month (depending on experience) and includes:

-Monthly salary

-Basic accommodation at project site

-Food provided at project site

-Capped annual contribution towards a return international airfare

Bonus:Target related bonus packages of £100 - £300 per month in addition to salary package.

Training:Pre-departure training provided.

Accommodation:Basic accommodation provided at field project.

Subsistence:Food provided on project site. Subsistence allowance provided for time spent off project site.

Travel:Capped annual contribution towards a return international airfare plus internal travel as necessary to the fulfilment of duties.

Insurance:Employer’s liability insurance provided.





-Educated to degree level in a relevant discipline

-First aid qualification

-Knowledge of conservation, travel and development issues

-Awareness of tropical diseases


-Experience of developing conservation and development projects 

-Experience dealing with funding bodies and government organisations

-Experience of office management & administration

-Experience of  working with volunteers

-Experience of budget & financial management

-Experience of working with NGOs


-Excellent written/oral communication & presentation skills

-Negotiation & liaison skills

-Proposal writing

-Administrative & time management skills

-Ability to manage staff 

-Hold a full, clean driving license

-Fluent in French for applicants for Madagascar, Spanish for Costa Rica

-Knowledge of local language

-Ability to carry out routine vehicle service and maintenance 

Personal Attributes:

-Demonstrable commitment to conservation and development

-Excellent leadership skills

-Resilient & mature, with the ability to work alone & as a team in basic living conditions

-Flexible approach

-High attention to detail 

-Ability to motivate others

-Physical fitness

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