Location : Georgia, Tbilisi
Application Deadline : 10.11.2018
Languages Required :English Russian Georgian
Duration of Initial Contract : 12 months with possible extension
Organization – Society for Nature Conservation (SABUKO)
Landscape scale biodiversity restoration and conservation in the Iori River valley, SE Georgia
The project aims to restore the ecological processes, habitats and species assemblages in the landscape formed by the Iori River valley: the floodplain`s riverine forest surrounded by a semi-arid tableland, hills covered by Caucasian light forest, steppe and heavily eroded “badlands” along the left (Northern) bank of the river. Conversion to arable agriculture and irrigation in the past and continuous overgrazing by sheep are have caused large scale degradation of the natural habitats and loss of biodiversity as well as desertification. This area lies at the core of the Caucasus Biodiversity Hotspot and is and Endemic Bird Area. It is also exceptionally rich in threatened and range-restricted species and acts as an important corridor for wildlife at the level of the entire Caucasus region. The landscape is one of the most important winter pastures for tens of thousands of sheep descending from the surrounding mountains, part of still existing semi-nomadic transhumance. Restoration interventions on over 1000 ha aim to increase the resilience of the ecosystems and sustain the livelihoods of local communities confronted by environmental and societal challenges. The project will address problems related to unregulated and unsustainable land use pressures such as overgrazing by livestock, land use change and unsustainable levels of resource extraction, by developing a management plan for the existing Chachuna Managed Reserve (Fig. 1, IUCN Category IV protected area) and by developing and piloting a sustainable grazing scheme in agreement with the local land users. The project will also strengthen the cooperation among the Agency for Protected Areas, the Border Police and the local communities. It will build capacity of protected area staff and civil society organizations to work in partnership and with long-term vision for landscape conservation.
Duties and Responsibilities
Summary of Key Functions:
• Project Manager will be responsible for general daily co-ordination of all the project aspects at the national level under general management of national counterparts.
• Project Manager ultimately responsible for the effective implementation of all projects activities.
• Project Manager will ensure planning, management, control and monitoring of the tasks of project staff, hired consultants, and sub-contracted institutions. The Project budget and associated work plan will provide guidance on the day-to-day implementation of the approved project activities and on the integration of the various complementary initiatives.
• Project Manager be responsible for the delivery of all substantive, managerial and financial reports from and on behalf of projects.
• Project Manager will provide overall supervision for all projects staff.
• Project Manager will provide expert input in his/her area of expertise, coordinate contracted work necessary for project implementation.