About the role
WILDLABS and Fauna & Flora International seek an exceptional early career conservationist to grow and support the Southeast Asia regional community in our global conservation technology network. This paid 12-month position is for a promising conservation leader to map out the conservation technology landscape in their local region, connecting with key practitioners in the local conservation technology sector as well as identifying needs, opportunities, and challenges to conservation technology uptake.
A key responsibility of this position is spearheading a regional state of conservation technology assessment which will be used to direct programming efforts in future years. You will use these findings to facilitate knowledge exchange, collaboration, and the development of resources to support the effective use of conservation technology. In addition, you will develop a product (e.g., report, tool, publication) or event (e.g., virtual lecture series, workshop, conference) aimed at increasing the integration, use, and adoption of conservation technology in Southeast Asia.
You will be supervised by conservation technology experts from FFI (Vietnam and UK teams) and WILDLABS. These mentors will help you develop global and regional connections within the conservation technology community. Throughout this internship, we will provide training in communications, grant writing, and community building in addition to supporting the development of your proposed conservation technology project.
The internship will be with the WILDLABS Programme and FFI, and physically hosted in Hanoi with the FFI Vietnam Programme.
As the facilitator of the Southeast Asia regional conservation technology network, you will be tasked to identify knowledge gaps and barriers to conservation tech use, create content and resources to engage and support the conservation tech community, and plan and coordinate a product (such as ‘best practices’ documentation or technology guides) or event (such as networking and knowledge exchange workshops or a virtual lecture series) to facilitate knowledge exchange between regional conservation and technology actors, and the global conservation technology community.
As a result of engaging in these activities, you will work hand-in-hand with key stakeholders in the conservation technology realm, including NGOs, wildlife practitioners, technologists, and donors. You will receive foundational training in community building, fundraising, and communication as well as strengthening your understanding of current and emerging conservation tools. Critically, you will establish yourself as a trusted knowledge broker about local conservation tech and become a central figure leading and guiding the development of WILDLABS’ new regional hub.
These baseline activities are essential to developing regional conservation technology centres, creating an invaluable resource for local practitioners looking to further their conservation effect and a furthering WILDLABS’ and FFI’s regional and global impact.
- Identify and engage key technology and conservation technology stakeholders and practitioners in the region; survey this network and organize meetings to identify knowledge and innovation gaps and develop an engagement strategy and determine training priorities to support the use of conservation technology.
- Deliver a regional ‘best practices’ survey to assess regional current use of conservation tech use as well as identifying local needs and barriers to the uptake of conservation technology. This includes distributing the survey to appropriate partners, analyzing resulting data, formatting report, and disseminating survey results. The aim of this project is to understand recent progress, key constraints, and critical opportunities for growth in leveraging technology for conservation, producing valuable insight to target future capacity building efforts.
- Develop and deliver a capacity building or engagement activity that responds to knowledge exchange and training priorities identified through stakeholder engagement and the regional State of Conservation Technology Survey. This could include in-person or virtual training/lecture series, development of best practices guidance, workshops to promote knowledge exchange or technology uptake, or similar. This activity should be specific to Southeast Asian environments and challenges, while supporting exchange between regional conservation and technology actors and the global community on WILDLABS. All activities will aim for equal representation in gender in terms of speakers and participants.
How to Apply
Applications, consisting of a covering letter explaining why you feel you should be considered for this post, a full CV (tailored to the role as advertised, highlighting relevant experience and achievements) and contact details for two referees (who will not be contacted without your permission) should be sent to Ms Le Hong Viet via email: [email protected]. Please mark your application ‘Internship: Conservation Technology, Vietnam’.
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