KTK-BELT (www.belt-project.org) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization registered in the United States in 2014 to catalyze new models of biodiversity conservation and environmental learning in eastern Nepal. Its mission is to work with teachers, farmers, youth, and women to create a ‘Vertical University’ that will span from Koshi Tappu Wildlife Sanctuary (67 m.) to Kanchenjunga (8,586 m.), the third tallest peak in the world. The core objective is to give a framework to local farmers to become ‘professors’ of the Vertical University in order to teach their vast indigenous knowledge to the new generation while conserving threatened species and landscapes. KTK-BELT works with non-profit cooperatives based in rural municipalities called ‘Learning Grounds.’ Each Learning Grounds, governed by a diverse local Board, owns its own biodiversity-rich conservation land base, which it holds in perpetuity in order to prevent ecosystem fragmentation and deforestation. Local BELT Youth Fellows, trained by KTK-BELT staff, run and administer the Learning Grounds.
To support the KTK-BELT, we have Vertical Biodiversity Fund (VBF), a registered local non-profit company based in the Eastern Region of Nepal. The Vertical Farm is a brand for organic agro-products launched by the Vertical Biodiversity Fund (VBF).
We are working with farmers, youth, and local communities across this vertical gradient to grow organic and nutritious fruits and vegetables. Our farms also operate as demonstration hubs or resource centers for local rural farmers.
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KTK-BELT, in partnership with local partners, is seeking to conserve wetlands and safeguard the habitats for threatened flora and fauna in different regions of eastern Nepal. The project area comprises the tropical wetlands in Koshi Tappu region, upper tropical/lower subtropical wetlands in Dhankuta and high elevation wetlands of Taplejung and Sankhuwasabha.Position and Scope of the Work:
KTK-BELT seeks an experienced Wetland Conservation Specialist for wetland conservation and management in eastern Nepal. The specialist will become part of a cohort of conservationists and other scientific professionals and will collaborate closely with the local youth fellows and community members to develop a Wetland Conservation and Management Plan for the Vertical University project, and then deliver conservation objectives identified under the plan. The incumbent will also collaborate with local farmers, youth, women, and Community Forest User Groups (CFUGs), to encourage locals in conservation programs in eastern Nepal.
Scope of the Work:
Women, underprivileged community members, and indigenous minorities are highly strongly encouraged to apply
Duration, Start Date & Duty Station: 6 months contract, start date Fall 2019. Eastern Region.
Renumeration: Commensurate with experience
Please submit a one-page cover letter, updated CV, the name, phone number and email addresses for 3 references, and 2 writing samples. Please submit your application materials by email to email@example.com. Deadline to apply: Sunday, September 1, 2019
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