Biodiversity Assistant

FFI’s mission is to conserve threatened species and ecosystems worldwide, choosing solutions that are sustainable, based on sound science, and which take into account human needs.  FFI’s strategy to achieve this mission is to work with in-country organisations at all levels to support them in identifying and implementing country led sustainable solutions. 

The FFI Programme in Vietnam is implementing projects to conserve Western black-crested gibbons at Mu Cang Chai Species & Habitat Conservation Area of Yen Bai province and Muong La Nature Reserve of Son La province, Tonkin snub-nosed monkeys at Khau Ca Species & Habitat Conservation Area and Quan Ba district of Ha Giang province, Cao Vit gibbons at Trung Khanh Species & Habitat Conservation Area of Cao Bang province, Cat Ba langurs at Cat Ba National Park of Hai Phong City, Delacour langurs at Kim Bang forest of Ha Nam province, Northern white-cheeked gibbons at Pu Mat National Park of Nghe An province, and Grey shanked douc at Kon Plong forest of Kon Tum province.

Fauna & Flora International - Vietnam Programme
is recruiting a
Biodiversity Assistant


Start Date: 1st January 2019

Duration: One year (with possibility of extension based on performance and available funds)

Location: Hanoi with frequent travel to project sites

Hours of Work: 40 hours per week

Salary: Package (inclusive) US$230 – US$270 gross/month based on experience

Reporting to: Technical Advisor - Biodiversity

Line Manager of: N/A

Key Internal Relationships:  Country Programme Manager
                                               Finance Manager 
                                               Project Managers
                                               Programme Officers and Support Staff
                                               Community Conservation Teams

Working with: The Biodiversity Assistant will routinely liaise with project’s partners at site level, including local government agencies, local communities and community-based organisations, and staff from the FFI Vietnam Programme, representing the values and interests of FFI at all times. 


The primary objective of this Biodiversity Assistant position is to support biodiversity research and monitoring, and implementation of the Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool (SMART) for improved forest management and conservation at FFI’s project sites.

Main duties

  • Participate in camera trapping, which includes setting camera traps, collecting, analysing data and reporting results;
  • Participate in wildlife surveys;
  • Support develop, input and manage biodiversity databases for project sites;
  • Support develop and implement biodiversity monitoring activity for project sites.

Other Duties

  • Support manage data sets, conduct data analysis and produce reports, including:
    • Enter data from field (forest patrol) data sheets into SMART database;
    • Upload GPS data into SMART database;
    • Querying the SMART database as required;
    • Prepare SMART reports based on queries as required.
  • Support Biodiversity Advisor in implementation of field activities including logistical preparation and data collection for workshops, meetings, research and field trips;
  • Assist Biodiversity Advisor in training Community Conservation Teams and FPD rangers in effective data recording and management;
  • Assist Biodiversity Advisor in training government partners in the use of SMART, data management and reporting;
  • Assist Biodiversity Advisor to develop concepts for biodiversity conservation projects;
  • Undertake tasks in support of the FFI Vietnam Conservation Support Programme that may reasonably be requested by Senior Management Staff and with approval of the Biodiversity Advisor;
  • Ensure that project office and field operations are conducted to a high level of health, safety, integrity, environmental good practice and cultural sensitivity. This includes ensuring that field medical kits are in good order and taken out on every field trip;
  • Ensure that FFI policies and guidelines are followed within the implementation of the FFI Vietnam Primate Programme;
  • Programme Support: As for all staff members of the Vietnam Programme, the assistant will be expected to participate in monthly and ad hoc technical meetings, support the planning and implementation of field work activities (including time spent in the forest) and provide reasonable and appropriate support to the programme, in general, as requested by his/her line manager, Country Programme Manager or Country Director;
  • Translate documents between English and Vietnamese;
  • Other duties as reasonably required as a Field Coordinator.

Required outputs:

  • Monthly reports and work plans;
  • Mission terms of reference and back to office reports for field visits;
  • Delivery of activities in accordance with agreed project work plans;
  • Technical project activity reports to Biodiversity Advisor in accordance with reporting cycle.






  • Good spoken and written English;
  • Ability to work independently, setting targets and managing time;
  •  Good understanding of primates and experience of behaviour and ecological study/research of primates;
  •  Good skills of GIS and experience of mapping is an advantage;
  •  Experience of remote sensing is an advantage.
  • Experience in camera trapping is an advantage;
  •  Communication and presentation skills;
  •  Reporting skills.

Knowledge and experience

  • University degree in one of the following fields: Forestry, Natural Resources Management, Nature Conservation, Biology or related fields;
  • Basic understanding of primate conservation is an advantage.
  •  Basic experience in wildlife survey is an advantage;
  • Knowledge of community-based conservation and forest management skills is an advantage;

Behavioural qualities and traits

  • Passionate about biodiversity conservation and forest protection;
  • Interested in wildlife, ecology and animal behaviours; wildlife monitoring and management/conservation;
  • Love to work in team, with the ability to build positive personal and organisational relationships;
  • Self-motivated, with ability to demonstrate initiative.



  • Commitment to FFI’s mission;
  • Commitment to protect wildlife and natural environment;
  • Commitment to work in remote and mountainous areas, with ability to work with ethnic minority and local communities.



  • Interested candidates are invited to send a cover letter and CV in English to Ms. Le Hong Viet via email [email protected] no later than December 21st 2018. Only shortlisted candidates are contacted for interviewing.
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Application Deadline: 
Fri, 2018-12-21