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Training and Facilitation Manager and Coordinator

 The Pangolin Project

The Pangolin Project was founded in August 2019. We are a not-for-profit initiative dedicated to protecting pangolin species and their habitat within Kenya. Our goal is to be an internationally recognised leader in the monitoring and protection of pangolin species in east Africa and to work with the Government of Kenya and other stakeholders to develop a National Protection and Recovery Strategy for Pangolins. Our activities operate under 4 key pillars: applied conservation research; sustainable protection; community empowerment and advocacy.

Since August 2019 we have been working in Narok County, Kenya to carry out applied conservation research assessing the distribution and habitat use of ground pangolin and the risks to these species. As part of our sustainable protection programme we have carried out a number of training sessions with conservancy and county government rangers in the same landscape to standardise knowledge and awareness about pangolins. This training has resulted in raising the profile amongst anti-poaching stakeholders and, as a result, ad-hoc protection of pangolin species. Findings from our primary research have been used to guide protection strategies.

 Catalysing Pangolin Protection in Narok and Taita Taveta County

“Catalysing Pangolin Protection” is a foundation programme of The Pangolin Project and will expand our existing work across Narok and Taita Taveta County. We will scale the training programme and also support ranger teams to identify activities that will enhance pangolin protection in their operational areas. Working with the ranger teams we will co-design the means to manage and measure the success of these activities on pangolin populations over a nine month period and apply adaptive learning approaches to evaluate the impact of and alter the activities. A team of thirty six “Pangolin Rangers” will be financially facilitated to lead activities and to record sightings, illegal killing and poaching of pangolin incidents in a standardised monitoring system. This information will be collated by our lead researcher who will carry out complimentary research within the operational areas. This information will be used to inform the ranger activities.

 Purpose of the role

The Training and Facilitation Manager (TFM) will be the primary representative of The Pangolin Project. You will join an existing dedicated team, lead and facilitate ranger training and also be responsible for coordinating conservation activities over a wide landscape. The TFM will be responsible for the following activities:

  • Plan, organise and manage the training of up to 32 ranger posts in two counties of southern Kenya;
  • Manage local partner relationships in coordination with other team members, including the part-time facilitator;
  • Develop an activity framework for ranger teams focused on establishing goals and targets for activities that will enhance pangolin protection in operational areas;
  • Evaluate the effect and impact of activities on pangolin populations and habitats across the operational landscapes in coordination with the lead researcher;
  • Install a standardised monitoring system into the ranger teams;
  • Facilitate adaptive learning and management processes within ranger teams over a twelve month period;
  • Work with researchers to interpret monitoring data and develop conclusions that will inform ranger activities and strategies;
  • Support the ongoing development of plans and strategies with The Pangolin Project team.

The appointee will report to the Director of The Pangolin Project and work in collaboration with our lead researcher and wider team.

Application details can be found here

Lead Researcher

 Background

The Pangolin Project was founded in August 2019. We are a not-for-profit initiative dedicated to protecting pangolin species and their habitat within Kenya. We strive to be an internationally recognised leader in the monitoring and protection of pangolin species in east Africa and work with the national government of Kenya to develop a National Protection and Recovery Strategy for Pangolin Species. Our activities operate under 4 key pillars: applied conservation research, sustainable protection, community empowerment, and advocacy.

Since August 2019 we have been working in Narok County, Kenya to carry out applied conservation research and to utilise this information to build sustainable protection for pangolin species. We work in partnership with local organisations including NGOs, conservancies, county government, tourism partners and the Kenya Wildlife Service believing that collaboration is the best and most efficient way to achieve conservation success.

 Mara Pangolin Research Initiative

The Mara Pangolin Research Initiative is our foundation applied research programme. The initiative aims to assess the population and resource use of Temminck’s ground pangolin in the greater mara ecosystem and to better understand the impact of human activity on the species. The specific objectives are:

  1. Assess the distribution of pangolin and identify key habitats of pangolin in the greater Mara ecosystem;
  2. Estimate the population of pangolin within a specific area of savannah environment;
  3. Measure utilisation rate of burrows by pangolin and other species;
  4. Estimate the home range of adult Temminck’s ground pangolin within savannah environments.

A four person research team based in the Maasai Mara National Reserve are present and carrying out ongoing research activities to meet these objectives. Our research methods include: participatory research assessments, occupancy assessments of burrows, camera-trap surveys, and use of telemetric tracking devices.

 Purpose of role:

We are now seeking a lead researcher to continue leading the existing activities and to expand the scope of our applied research. The appointee will pioneer pangolin conservation research in Kenya and will specifically work to further understand the ecology of ground pangolin including habitat selection and use and the impact of human activity on these

factors. The appointee will: Lead the indepth research initiative in a small area of geographical focus; design and lead a number of ad hoc assessments in different areas of the south rift landscape; coordinate research and monitoring activities across our portfolio of programmes.

The candidate will be responsible for the following activities:

  • Provide technical support to the research component of programmes;
  • Design and conduct social science assessments within communities;
  • Establish relevant and priority research objectives;
  • Design data collection tools and methodologies to meet the aims and objectives;
  • Manage and lead the data collection process including management of a small research team;
  • Work with local partners including Kenya Wildlife Service, tourism partners and conservancy management teams;
  • Analyse data;
  • Communicate findings with The Pangolin Project team and wider conservation and scientific community;
  • Write grant applications and seek additional funding.

The appointee will be directly answerable to the director and founder of The Pangolin Project. They will be required to work closely with our operation and programme team, and remotely with project partners.

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