Research Assistant, Carbon Monitoring, Land Use and Social Forestry – Woods Hole Research Centera

Position Description
WHRC seeks a research assistant to work on a variety of community level REDD+ carbon monitoring and land use planning research, development, and capacity building activities. The successful candidate will be expected to spend lengthy periods (2-3 months) in Mbandaka, Equateur Province. Under daily direction and supervision of the Project Manager and technical supervision of the project scientist, the position will be based at the WHRC-Mbandaka field office and operate in the PE project sites in and around Mbandaka and Gemena.

The position consists of two distinct yet interrelated components. The carbon monitoring component will explore methods and pathways for establishing community integration into REDD+ monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV). The land use planning component will similarly look at options to develop participatory land use maps and plans in the context of developing community institutions for local land use and development management. The successful candidate will work alongside other technical experts from WHRC and with PE project partners and stakeholders to develop technical capacity and institutional approaches as a potential for wider impact from the PE project monitoring and communications activities.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide high quality research and training support to the field programs, to develop and train WHRC staff, project partners and stakeholders on MRV and land use planning;
  • Assist project manager in the efficiency and effectiveness of the project activities by identifying and testing different implementation approaches;
  • Assist project manager and support the development of a community MRV approach, together with plans for village level activities, including a field monitoring plan;
  • Assist the project manager to supervise carbon assessments and land use surveys in villages as a foundation for community REDD+ plans;
  • Support the WHRC field program technical assistant. Assist with the identification of capacity gaps in the field for carbon MRV and land use planning in the pilot communities
  • Contribute to technical working group meetings with partners;
  • Contribute to technical report writing and development of field guides and policy briefs

Qualifications and Experience:

  • MSc degree in forestry, conservation biology, ecology, social forestry, or natural resource management
  • At least 2 years of international work experience in forestry, rural development or conservation
  • REDD+ experience preferred
  • Relevant working experience in the field of social forestry, rural development and/or community based natural resource management 
  • Excellent command of written and spoken French, good working knowledge of English
  • Ability to think and work logically and precisely with attention to detai
  • Initiative, sound judgment, and demonstrated ability to work harmoniously with staff members of varied national and cultural backgrounds

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