Shoreditch, Greater London
£20,000 - £25,000 per year
Permanent, Contract, Full-time
Job description


Reporting to: Chief Operating Officer

Responsible for: All field staff in assigned locations/regions and all staff in Research & Development and Overseas Operations Departments in Frontier’s London office

Location: Frontier Office, London, UK



To manage the operation and administration of Frontier’s overseas conservation, teaching & community projects, expeditions and volunteer houses for assigned locations/regions. The role includes the day to day support for the field projects including budgets, equipment, communications, procurement, staff and transportation and also comprises a large element of human resources for both the overseas projects and London HQ.

To supervise the science and research aspect of all expeditions and field projects in assigned locations including staff, communications, project and scientific reporting, and the promotion and development of Frontier’s research projects.




-          Supervision of all field staff activities and ensure all reporting requirements are adhered to for assigned locations/regions

-          Communicating effectively with field projects and ensuring their smooth running through efficient organization of recruitment and reporting systems

-          Monitor and evaluate general project activities, budgets, resources, camp locations / relocations and logistics for assigned locations/regions and advise on change or action as necessary

-          Assist with the recruitment, interviewing, briefing, training, appraisal and on-going development of staff in the field and in the head office

-          Assist with the management of all Operations staff and interns



-          Manage all activities of Research & Development department and ensure all reporting requirements are adhered to for all field projects and Research & Development

-          Oversee all field research and science work and communicate effectively with field projects to ensure the required standard is achieved and consistency is maintained

-          Monitor and evaluate project outputs across all projects/locations advising on opportunities for project development

-          Assist in the management of all donor funded activities; producing internal reports and reports requested by donor agencies

-          Manage all staff and interns in the Research & Development departments



-          Projects and programmes: Manage of assigned overseas conservation and development programmes and subsidiary teaching and community projects including all stages from proposal and planning through to implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

-          Operations and logistics: Overseeing the day to day support for assigned field projects including budgets, equipment, communications, procurement, staff and transportation

-          Health & Safety and Crisis Management: Ensure the appropriate H&S standards, including Crisis Management plans, are achieved at all times and reviewed on an on-going basis for assigned projects/locations.

-          Human Resources: Assist with the recruitment, interviewing, training and ongoing development of staff in the field and in the Head Office including drafting contracts, monitoring outputs and conducting appraisals.

-          Budgeting and finances: Oversee the successful budget planning and management for assigned projects/locations and potential project development. Ensure field budgets are compiled and transferred efficiently and all associated documentation and reporting is completed to the required standard.

-          Development: development of new projects, locations, collaborations and opportunities for the growth of the organisation.

-          Fundraising: Identifying sources and opportunities and submitting proposals for bilateral, multilateral, national, international and corporate funding.

-          Networking and relationship management: - Building, developing and maintaining strong relationships between in-country and international institutions, partners, NGOs and government agencies.

-          Research: Overseeing the long-term conservation and development programmes, ensuring outputs are published and targets met, and long-term plans are developed and monitored.

-          Systems and organisational management: Ensuring the smooth running of the Research & Development department through efficient systems and departmental management including staffing structures and reporting systems and data and configuration management.

-          Communications and PR: Ensuring the aims and achievements of the organisation are communicated widely, including to academic, conservation, development, donor and volunteer audiences.

-          Promotion: Assist in the marketing and promotion of projects and ensure that projects achieve their weekly social media targets. Contribute to promotional material and web-copy and update the research, development and publication sections as appropriate.

-          Supervise Operations and Research and Development Staff and Interns

-          Fulfill a role within the management team and contribute to the overall success and grow of the organization.

-          Assist other London HQ staff, as necessary, including presenting at volunteer recruitment sessions on Saturdays and assisting at quarterly Briefing Weekend and Training Weekend

-          Any other tasks as required by senior management.



 Contract Duration: Permanent after 3-6 month probation period

Working Hours: 9.30am – 5.30pm during weekdays. Some evenings and weekends as the role requires

Salary: £20,000 - £25,000 per annum starting salary (dependent upon skills and experience); Competitive salary scale

Leave Entitlement: 20 working days excluding public and bank holidays

Training: Initial training and on-going professional development



Qualifications and Experience:


-          Educated to post graduate degree level in biological science or environmental discipline

-          1 year + experience of working on field projects in a supervisory or management role

-          Field research in a tropical habitat

-          Managing a team of staff and resources

-          Writing and editing reports

-          Desk based research

-          Significant office and administration experience

-          Managing social media platforms, content and targets

-          Working with NGOs

-          Fund-raising through donor agencies and proposal development

-          Minimum PADI AOW or equivalent



-          Directly relevant Masters or Doctorate Experience

-          On/Off site Health & Safety Management

-          Remote emergency and crisis Management

-          Experience of overseeing and delivering initial and on-going staff training and development programs

-          Writing promotional material

-          Record of published peer review papers




-          Strong people management, negotiation and liaison skills

-          Excellent financial management and numerical skills

-          Administrative and time management skills

-          Excellent report-writing and presentation skills

-          Good knowledge of statistics and statistical analysis software e.g. SPSS, R

-          Knowledge of GIS or equivalent mapping software

-          Good IT skills, particularly a good working knowledge of Microsoft Excel, spreadsheets and word processing

-          Ability to work with limited supervision, and to be a proactive team member

-          Knowledge of conservation and development issues

-          Excellent problem-solving skills with



-          Hold a full, clean driving licence

-          Language Skills particularly French, Spanish, Khmer, Kiswahili, Fijian or Malagasy

-          Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with at least one of the following: marine, coastal and/or terrestrial research and conservation issues a solution orientated approach

-          Experience with LATEX


Personal Attributes:


-          Commitment to conservation and development

-          Flexible approach

-          High attention to detail

-          Ability to motivate others and work as part of a team

More about Frontier/Society for Environmental Exploration
Frontier/Society for Environmental Exploration

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Posted on: 18 November 2019
Closed date: 18 December 2019
Tags: Management, Project Management

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