The Mekong Nexus Project is a partnership between the Luc Hoffmann Institute, Australian National University (ANU), and WWF International. The Mekong Nexus Project will research key links, conflicts and positive synergies between conservation of biodiversity, responses to climate change, and supply of energy, food and water, and the core team for the project includes Jamie Pittock at ANU, Stuart Orr at WWF International, and Louise Gallagher, at the Luc Hoffmann Institute. The Luc Hoffmann Institute Fellow will lead research on key elements of the project, oversee contributing projects working with local research partners and take part in Luc Hoffmann Fellows Program activities, including collaborative mentoring, skills training, and cross-disciplinary research and synthesis.
The Luc Hoffmann Institute Fellow will be employed by ANU and based in Canberra, Australia. The position is funded through the Luc Hoffmann Institute and will involve significant travel.
- Take a leading role in the Mekong Nexus research, including the establishment and support of projects with local organisations (60%);
- Convene the conservation research team meetings (5%);
- Prepare policy briefs, methodology guide, conference presentations and other communications of project findings (10%);
- Support WWF staff in advocacy with policy makers to implement research findings (5%);
- Engage in the activities of Luc Hoffmann Institute Fellows programme (20%). These activities include: i) Performing a radar function on current policy and scientific debates in your field for the Luc Hoffmann Institute community; ii) Participating in LHI’s training programme, including Leadership and Communications training, community blog contributions and collaborative research; iii) Co-authoring a LHI Science to Action knowledge product; iv) Receiving mentoring from the WWF Lead.
- Comply with: a) all ANU policies and procedures, and in particular those relating to work health and safety and equal opportunity; Luc Hoffmann Institute core values, and c) WWF core values.
What you need:
Required Qualifications, Skills and Competencies
1. A postgraduate degree in a relevant discipline, preferably a doctorate in biology, ecology, environmental science, environmental economics or other relevant social science.
2. Citizenship in a Global Environment Facility (GEF) member country.
3. Fluent in written and spoken English and at least one national language of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and/or Vietnam. Other languages are an advantage.
4. Minimum of three (3) years’ experience of economic, environmental, social and/or natural resources management research, including relevant peer-reviewed publications.
5. Demonstrable skills in written and verbal communication in community and professional settings.
6. Strong desire to apply research to real world conservation problem-solving and to interact with experts from different disciplinary backgrounds in this capacity.
7. Demonstrable capacity to translate research findings into public policy, including engagement with government decision makers and non-government organisations.
8. Knowledge of economic development issues, environmental, social and natural resources management in the lower Mekong Region.
9. Willingness to be based in Canberra and to regularly travel and spend time overseas.
10. A demonstrated understanding of equal opportunity principles and policies and a commitment to their application in a university context.
How to apply?
Applications for this position are being advertised through ANU, under the following announcement: “Luc Hoffmann Institute Research Fellow (Mekong Nex) (A291-14IZ)”. To apply, follow the link: