Field Coordinator

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
Field Coordinator


Start Date: As soon as possible
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$900 – US$1000 gross/month
Reporting to: Primate Projects Manager
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 Field Coordinator will routinely liaise with 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 purpose of the Field Coordinator position is to coordinate and conduct, to the highest possible standards, primate conservation projects’ field work in Cao Bang, Ha Giang, Son La, and Yen Bai, which focus on crime prevention (protection), research, baseline surveys, biological monitoring, awareness raising, and livelihood development support. 


The Field Coordinator will be a conservationist. S/He will be a mid-career, highly knowledgeable professional, with experience in designing and leading biodiversity monitoring and conservation, and supporting forest protection (law enforcement and crime prevention) actions. S/He will be responsible for implementing project activities Cao Bang, Ha Giang, Son La and Yen Bai provinces, which concern the direct protection and/or study of wildlife, and primates in particular. It is anticipated that the Coordinator will spend around two weeks of each month in the field / at project sites. 

The overall objective of this position is to coordinate and implement field activities for the effective conservation of CR/EN and/or endemic gibbons and monkeys, other species of high conservation value.


The Field Coordinator will be responsible for the following specific activities:

Programme Development

Drawing from field experience and data (which the Coordinator will manage), support the development of new concepts and funding proposals, to fund programme activities.

Operational Tasks

Under the supervision of the Primate Projects Manager, and where appropriate the Country Programme Manager, support and implement project field activities including the following:

  • Maintain good working relations with provincial, district, commune and community partners to ensure effective implementation of the projects;
  • Working closely with other FFI project staff and local partners to plan and implement project activities;
  • Support project manager to understand and meet targets, in terms of project research (data needs) and monitoring, and its use for supporting improved protection and Protected Area/forest management;
  • Provide Mission Term of References (MTOR) before and Back to the Office Reports (BTOR) after every field trip;
  • Review MTOR(s) and BTOR(s) of Project Officers and Field-based Assistants prior and after conducting activities;
  • Provide regular reports on law enforcement and biodiversity monitoring activities;
  • Provide logistical, technical and capacity building support to project partners, as appropriate;
  • Working with partners and through coordination of consultants, ensure activities are well implemented and in accordance with high environmental and conservation standards;
  • Lead and/or support field visits and field work by visitors (e.g. FFI UK staff or donors), advisors and consultants.

Provide additional support to the project activities where required to ensure implementation continues to meet conservation goals at all project sites, in particular the following:

  • Translate documents between English and Vietnamese;
  • Provide logistical support for specific activities in Hanoi;

Financial Management

  • Develop activity budgets, in close coordination with Project Manager (budget holder);
  • Make fund requests, manage project funds for field operations and report on  expenditures.

Technical Responsibilities

  • Work with the Field-based Assistants to undertake the designed monitoring programme and oversight the primate monitoring teams. This includes producing the monthly monitoring plans, supervising the monitoring teams, collecting data from the monitoring teams, analysing data and compiling the monthly monitoring reports for each site;
  • Work with the Field-based Assistants to conduct project field activities including village/commune level consultation meetings/workshops, awareness raising events, and local sustainable livelihood development support;
  • Conduct primate related surveys such as macaque survey, population census, food ecology of key primates, as appropriate;
  • Participate in feasibility studies of habitat corridors to connect or expand the protected areas, as appropriate;
  • Provide support to GIS data collection and data management, and to the creation of GIS outputs / maps;
  • Participate and contribute technical inputs to the Primate Technical Working Group;
  • Work with Project Officers and Field-based Assistants to support analyse SMART* data and produce monthly reports for project’s partners to support the development of the detailed monthly patrolling/monitoring work plan;
  • Lead or/and participate in technical and consultation workshops and meetings and village/commune/district levels;
  • Conduct the capacity assessment and support build capacity for project’s partners and community conservation team (CCT) members;
  • Support the monitoring and evaluation of project activities;
  • Compile/collate scattered data of projects for further analysis;


  • Bring to the attention of the Primate Project Manager and personnel working on communications any news-worthy items arising from within the primate projects to ensure that FFI Vietnam Programme’s social media pages are updates;
  • Share all photos and videos taken during field work/surveys with relevant FFI staff, for use in communications materials, presentations, etc. Photos will be credited as per the contract (i.e. © ‘name’ / FFI)

Other Duties

  • Other duties as reasonably required as a Field Coordinator.


  • Annual, quarterly and monthly work plans and quarterly progress reports;
  • Mission Terms of Reference and Back to Office Reports for field visits;
  • Field Activity Reports, as required;
  • Delivery of activities in accordance with agreed project objectives, budget and work plans, and with the production of associated reports or documentation;
  • Technical / project activity reports to Primate Projects Manager in accordance with reporting cycle;
  • Regular and ad hoc updates to senior staff and communication personnel on project actions, news, discoveries, challenges and success stories;
  • Accompanying photos of primates (where possible) and project implementation actions, including staff and partners at work, for all field trips;
  • Basic GIS outputs and maps






·         Ability to communicate technical information effectively to project counterparts;

·         Excellent verbal communication skills;

·         Strong report writing skills;

·         Strong presentation skills;

·         Strong administration skills;

·         Excellent 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.

Knowledge and experience

·         University degree in one of the following fields: Forestry, Natural Resources Management, Nature Conservation, Biology or related fields;

·         At least ten years of working experience in at least one of the above fields;

·         Knowledge of community-based conservation and forest management;

·         Knowledge of species conservation;

·         Experience working with international organisations.

·         A higher degree in a relevant discipline is an advantage

·         At least seven years of experience in conservation/ forest protection and management projects;

·         Experience in delivering technical solutions applicable to conservation challenges;

·         Experience of working in a cross-cultural environment;

·         Experience of primate conservation is an advangtage.

Behavioural qualities and traits

·         Passionate about community-based conservation approach

·         Excellent team work skill, with the ability to build positive personal and organisational relationships;

·         Self-motivated, with ability to demonstrate initiative.



·         Commitment to FFI’s mission;

·         Commitment to work in remoted and mountainous areas, with ability to work with ethnic minority 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 October 29th 2018. Only shortlisted candidates are contacted for interviewing.
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* To be trained in SMART during the project implementation.

Job Details
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Application Deadline: 
Mon, 2018-10-29