Position: Veterinary Technical Advisor
Reports to: WCS Wildlife Health Program Associate Director – Asia Respective WCS Country Program Directors
Number of vacancy/Location Three (3)
Location: 1 vacancy – Vientiane, Lao PDR; 1 vacancy – Hanoi, Vietnam; 1 vacancy – Phnom Penh, Cambodia Country
Program/Sector: Global Conservation/ Wildlife Health Program
Position Type: Full-Time (Fixed-Term)
Expected travel: As required within the region, occasionally to New York if/when needed, and to donor/technical meetings as needed/possible
Organization Background: The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is a US non-profit, tax-exempt, private organization established in 1895 that saves wildlife and wild places by understanding critical issues, crafting science-based solutions, and taking conservation actions that benefit nature and humanity. With more than a century of experience, long-term commitments in dozens of landscapes, presence in more than 60 nations, and experience helping to establish over 150 protected areas across the globe, WCS has amassed the biological knowledge, cultural understanding and partnerships to ensure that vibrant, wild places and wildlife thrive alongside local communities. Working with local communities and organizations, that knowledge is applied to address species, habitat and ecosystem management issues critical to improving the quality of life of poor rural people whose livelihoods depend on the direct utilization of natural resources.
The WCS Greater Mekong Program works to protect the last and largest intact tropical forests and freshwater, riverine and coastal wetland systems remaining across the countries of the Greater Mekong. Working simultaneously at community, landscape, national government, and wider policy levels we seek to protect and finance core landscapes and PAs; reduce the drivers of landscape scale deforestation; disrupt and dismantle wildlife trafficking networks; and promote policy change to improve land-use planning at a scale that addresses drivers of deforestation and reduce demand for wildlife and wildlife products.
The WCS Wildlife Health Program is central to delivering on our mission to save wildlife and wild places around the globe. Wildlife, livestock, and human diseases will likely have a significant impact on the future development of sustainable land uses, protected areas, transboundary natural resource management, other biodiversity conservation approaches, and livelihood opportunities in many of the landscapes and seascapes where we work. Our work at the interface of wildlife, domestic animal, and human health has demonstrated that a One Health approach can build new constituencies for conservation and strengthen existing ones, while mitigating a key threat to conservation.
Job Summary: WCS seeks dynamic, experienced veterinarians with a strong interest in international wildlife conservation, and addressing issues at the nexus of wildlife health, domestic animal health, and human health. These Veterinary Technical Advisor position require combined expertise in training, epidemiology, pathology, and wildlife/conservation medicine to support the design and implementation of a wildlife bio-surveillance network in Viet Nam, Cambodia, and Lao PDR as part of a three year United States Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM) Wildlife Surveillance Project funded through the United States Department of Defense, Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), Biological Threat Reduction Program (BTRP).
These positions provide an opportunity to be part of a “real world” One Health project working with partners across the wildlife, health, and livestock sectors to establish an operational network for wildlife disease surveillance in the three countries as part of WCS’s dynamic conservation program in the region. The INDOPACOM Wildlife Surveillance Project is part of a broader DTRA initiative to build capacity for especially dangerous pathogen (EDP) surveillance, and strengthen bio-surveillance networks in the region, by contributing to EDP surveillance study design, EDP disease reporting, and EDP risk analysis.
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