Biodiversity Research Officer based in Mondulkiri Province | WWF

Biodiversity Research Officer based in Mondulkiri Province

Posted on
16 May 2019

From its origins as a small group of committed wildlife enthusiasts, WWF has grown into one of the world’s largest and most respected independent conservation organizations–supported by 5 million people and active in over 100 countries on five continents.
WWF-Greater Mekong – on the ground in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam–is working to conserve the region’s biodiversity and build a secure and sustainable future for people and wildlife. WWF has a long history of engagement in the Greater Mekong.
WWF’s mission in Cambodia is to ensure that there will be strong participation and support from all people to conserve the country’s rich biological diversity. Through the encouragement of sustainable use of natural resources, WWF-Cambodia promotes new opportunities for the benefit of all people, enhancing local livelihoods and contributing to poverty reduction in the Kingdom of Cambodia.
The WWF-Cambodia Conservation Programme that started more than 10 years ago is implemented in 2 landscapes – Eastern Plains Landscape (EPL) and Mekong Flooded Forest (MFF) Landscape and built over the following 4 pillars of interventions: (1) Securing Landscape Integrity sustaining conservation and livelihood development, (2) Freshwater and Sustainable Hydropower, (3) Protected Area Management and Conservation Research and (4) Sustainable Financing – Green Economy.
WWF-Cambodia is looking for one qualified candidate to fulfil the position of Biodiversity Research Officer, Based in Mondulkiri Province (Eastern Plains Landscape).
Remuneration Packages: Competitive Salary plus attractive benefits including 13th Month salary, Hardship allowance, Medical Allowance, Provident Fund, Severance pay, Group health insurance, Accident insurance, Life insurance and other benefits.

Position Summary:

The Research Officer will support and assist the Biodiversity Research and Monitoring Manager (BRMM) in implementing the biological research and monitoring program in the Eastern Plains Landscape (EPL), Mondulkiri Province, Cambodia. The post holder will supervise and coordinate the research team (consisting of two biodiversity assistants and government and community research rangers) and provide training and oversight on each of the main program activities. This position requires a significant amount of time (up to 70%) in the field, particularly in the dry season (December-May), to conduct biodiversity surveys and other research. These surveys will primarily focus on key priority fauna such as ungulates, primates, birds, crocodiles and carnivores, but research may also involve topics other than wildlife.The post holder will support the development of research protocols and ensures these protocols are followed at the ground-level. Another key role will involve the compilation and management of datasets, data verification, and summary analytics, in addition to the development of technical reports and work plans that fit within the WWF annual and 5 years strategic plans. Finally the post holder will assist in coordination and collaboration with the network of government, research, and conservation partners.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop research work plans (monthly, quarterly) following annual work plans in coordination with the research team. Propose supporting activity plan as necessary;
  • Implement the biological monitoring program in the Eastern Plains Landscape, including supervisory support to the research ranger team and research assistants;
  • Co-ordinate and liaise with  National and provincial government partners on related biodiversity components of the project including provision of regular updates;
  • Assist in building capacity for local and government staff on biodiversity monitoring techniques, analysis and interpreting results. Assist in the planning, development, and implantation of theoretical and field training;
  • Assist in written and verbal translation for the Biodiversity Research and Monitoring Manager;
  • Work with field teams, external researchers, students and government counterparts in collating high quality research data;
  • Work with the Biodiversity Research and Monitoring Manager in the development of biodiversity surveys and assisting with the improving of on the ground data collection on all WWF biodiversity priority programs;
  • Produce regular updates to the Biodiversity Research and Monitoring Manager, Landscape Manager and Communications Manager to ensure that all works are communicated consistently;
  • Assist with data verification, management, and analysis, technical report production and preparation of scientific publications;
  • Supervise research rangers and ensure that research rangers work as per their contracts and are delivering results to a high standard;
  • Produce reports and summary reports (in Khmer and English as needed), on the research and monitoring activities supported by the EPL project, within agreed timeframes. Facilitate the reporting and flow of information from the field to the national and international levels;
  • Cooperate and collaborate in research and monitoring with other conservation projects in the landscape, as appropriate;
  • Develop forms for data collection and translate into Khmer;
  • Manage field staff financial expenses and other administrational requirements as per WWF policy;
  • Manage data collected from the field according to the WWF policy;
  • Ensure that collection protocols are accurately and reliably implemented by field staff;
  • Supports the selection, training, development and appraisal of the Eastern Plains Landscape Research Assistant and research rangers in the landscapes;
  • Ensures all data are inputted accurately and on a timely basis, and produce updates or improved databases of data collection sheets as required;
  • Analyse data and produce maps as needed per project;
  • Work closely with the Law enforcement department and GIS officer to ensure that all relevant data is relayed effectively;
  • Ensure responsible management, maintenance, and tracking of technical equipment;
This Job description covers the main tasks and conveys the spirit of the sort of tasks that are anticipated proactively from staff. Other tasks may be assigned as necessary according to organizational needs.


Education Level
  • Bachelor’s degree  in ecology, wildlife biology, forestry, or related subject;
  • Master’s degree in environmental sciences, zoology/ecology, species conservation, conservation science or related subject.
Professional Experience
  • At least 3 years field-based conservation research experience;
  • Experience in assisting in supervising a biological monitoring program;
  • Experience in leading small teams and managing workplans;
  • Experience in writing high quality reports in Khmer, and in English as needed, on research and monitoring activities;
  • Experience in field work, preferably related to conservation research;
  • Working with Government officials and line staff in supporting biological monitoring programs.
Skills & Abilities
  • Knowledge of local fauna, flora, and habitats, species identification skills;
  • Thorough understanding of conservation issues in Cambodia;
  • A  good understanding of and experience in research methodologies of biodiversity surveys;
  • Understanding of basic statistical concepts;
  • Data base management skills;
  • Ability to create and maintain multi-stakeholder partnerships;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Khmer;
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint);
  • Report writing;
  • Leadership and team management skills;
  • Presentation and communications;
  • Experience with technical research equipment (GPS, camera trap, range finder, compass etc.);
  • Planning and organisation;
  • Basic GIS skills desirable
  • Interpersonal, team-player, supportive, coaching;
  • Working well with and contributing effectively to a multicultural team;
  • Working independently in remote areas and spending periods of time in the field under challenging environmental conditions, physically fit;
  • Well-organised, punctual, adaptive, and forthcoming;
  • Responsible, working on own initiative with minimum supervision and staying on task;
  • Passionate about wildlife conservation and dedicated to the mission of WWF Cambodia;
  • Engaging and Role models WWF's behaviours of Listening Deeply, Innovating Fearlessly, Collaborating Openly, and Strive for Impact.


Working Relationships:

Internal - Work closely with, Biodiversity Research and Monitoring Manager, Research assistant(s), Research rangers, Law enforcement team, and other staffs at landscape and country programmes.
External - Interact with government, donors, partners, communities, consultants, and with other NGOs, CSO, and CBOs active in Cambodia.
For a detailed Job Description, please download the job description in the download section of this webpage.

How to apply?

Email your Cover Letter and CV to: with the subject line: Biodiversity Research Officer or hand to the WWF-Cambodia main office (Address: #21, Street 322, Sangkat Beng Keng Kang I, Khan Chamkarmon, Phnom Penh).
Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis with a deadline of 27 May 2019.
WWF is an equal opportunity employer and committed to having a diverse workforce.
Women and Disable people are strongly recommended to apply.