Maldives opportunities

The Maritime Asia Heritage Survey (MAHS) works to locate and digitally document critically endangered heritage sites, structures, objects, and manuscripts across four countries in Maritime Southern Asia: Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Maldives.             

In the Maldives, the MAHS works in partnership with the National Center for Cultural Heritage to conduct fieldwork at selected sites. Our Maldives Field Survey Team employs a combination of cutting-edge technologies and traditional survey methodologies to produce records for an open-access on-line database of the diverse and distinctive cultures and histories of the region – and to securely archive that information for future generations. The MAHS is supported by the Arcadia Fund and based at the Kyoto University’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies.                                                                                         

The MAHS is now recruiting for a full-time Country Coordinator in the Maldives. Successful candidates will be required to travel extensively with the Team to a number of different atolls for up to ten months each year.

Country Coordinator (Local hire) – 1 position

Code: MDV-CR

Responsibilities include:

  • Supervising operations, administration, logistics and management of data collected by the MAHS Field Survey Team in the Maldives
  • Coordinating working relationships with relevant government offices and working with the MAHS Field Team Leader to develop plans and schedules for field survey work
  • Maintaining and monitoring project plans, project schedules, work hours, logistics, budgets, and expenditures.
  • Overseeing data quality control, ensuring the organization and uploading of all data collected by the MAHS Field Team to the project cloud drive for processing.
  • Serving as the main liaison between the MAHS Project Manager, the National Center for Cultural Heritage (NCCH), the Maldives Association for the Documentation and Conservation of
  • Endangered Cultural Heritage (MADCECH), and the MAHS Maldives Field Team.
  • Ensuring adherence to all established project protocols for fieldwork, data management, and reporting.
  • Preparing monthly financial reports complete with supporting documentation and providing input for the semi-annual Project Reports.
  • Providing progress reports on a regular basis to the MAHS Director, Project Manager and in-country partners.
  • Conduct other duties as required to maintain the efficient operations of MAHS Project in the Maldives.


  • Completion of a four-year degree program in management, business, or any related field.
  • Two years of experience in a related field.
  • Fluency in both written and spoken Dhivehi.
  • High level of spoken and written communication skills in English.
  • High level of negotiation and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team.
  • Willingness to work in a demanding environment that may require work outside of normal hours.
  • Experience using computers for a variety of tasks.
  • Competency in Microsoft applications – especially Excel, Word, and Outlook.
  • Well-developed file managements skills on GoogleDrive
  • Experience with formal financial reporting administrative procedures.
  • Ability to work on tight deadlines.
  • Ability to work with a diverse team of women and men from around the world.
  • Treating all people fairly and consistently and with dignity and respect.

Applicants are requested to send a cover letter, CV, and the contact information for two references to

Please include the code for the position to which you are applying in the subject field of your email,
and on the cover letter. The application deadline is April 15, 2024. The initial contract for this
position will be for one year, and renewal for up to one and half years in total.