Zoological Society of London Vacancy: Biophysical and Data Manager - Palembang, Indonesian

The Zoological Society of London is an international wildlife conservation organization with a focus on science-based and pragmatic solutions. ZSL has been active in Indonesia for about 10 years, with a particular focus on the overlap between industrial development and biodiversity conservation. ZSL’s Indonesia is based in Bogor, West Java, with existing field projects in Jambi and South Sumatera.

We are now looking for: 

Biophysical and Data Manager 

Terms and Condition
Start Date : March, 2016
Duration of Contract : One year fix- term Contract, with potential to extend
Work Area : This post is office based in ZSL’s office in Palembang, South Sumatra. However, travel to field sites and other ZSL offices will be required.
Hours of Work : Monday to Friday from 09.00 am up to 05.00 pm
Reporting to : Sumsel Project Deputy Director

Key Purpose of the Job
The Biophysical and Data Manager will support the UKCCU Project to plan, oversee and implements activities relating to the conservation, their habitat and sustainable management practice to prevent species extinction and repair damage to ecosystems. He/she will be involved in building partnerships between government agencies, conservation groups, universities, and private landowners. 

This position oversees the UKCCU/NICFI Project in South Sumatra
The UKCCU/NICFI Project works with the Government of South Sumatra, national and district level governments, communities and the private sector to facilitate and support the government, private sector and local communities, to establish and pilot the sustainable landscape management partnership approach in the Sembilang - Dangku landscape of South Sumatra. The proposed impact of this project is to achieve “Inclusive economic growth and community prosperity, biodiversity conservation, forest protection and restoration, and the ending of deforestation, peatland drainage and wildfires that reduces land-based GHG emissions”.

Main Responsibilities
The postholder will ensure that operations in Palembang are compliant with ZSL and the contractual agreement with the UK government.

A high level of confidentiality will be required and overall responsibility for the database software sits with this positon. 

Main duties and key responsibilities
  • Responsible for the management and supervision of field teams and daily biophysical data collection on  Biological (flora and fauna), physical (soil, water quality, weather) data through surveys and rapid assessments as well as other measurements using data logging/recording devices 
  • Coordinate with other managers and staff who work in relation to bio-physical data collection and analysis;
  • With other relevant staff, developing and agreeing appropriate standard protocol and format for data collection for data management purposes;
  • Participate in discussion with other project teams to design methodology and protocols for bio-physical data  collection;
  • Working closely with local officials to obtain relevant local/district documentations (e.g. permit etc.) for the surveys
  • Monitor and coordinate processing of soil and other samples for analysis in the ZSL Laboratory; ensuring proper sample labelling and packing as per protocols;
  • In charge of data-checking, quality control and ensuring transmission of high quality biophysical data into appropriate data storage devices;
  • Develop workplans for his/her team to undertake data collection, storage and analysis.  This will include conducting performance development reviews for the direct reports.
  • Prepare weekly plans, weekly performance reports and field work budgets for the Biophysical team and submit to the Project Deputy Director for approval
  • Quickly report regularly on work progress, challenges and incidents to the Country Director, and ensure the   biophysical team submits financial returns for all the advanced funds on time.
  • Carry out other assignment as necessary.
Building Relationships
The job requires continued professional internal and external interaction/ communications, both in person and via phone and email

Mental Demands
The position will require close attention to detail and therefore concentration on the work in hand – precision and accuracy being vital attributes.

The position will be relatively routine in terms of day-to-day tasks during office hours – however sometimes e.g. during field trips or when a workshop is being organized the next day, some flexibility in working hours may be required.

Expectations of Job Holder
  • To ensure that the policy for equality of opportunity is adhered to and promoted in all aspects of the post holder’s work. 
  • To ensure effective quality control and continuous improvement in all aspects of the work and responsibilities attached to this post.
  • Demonstrate professionalism towards sensitive and confidential information.
  • To comply with and promote Health and Safety policies and procedures and to undertake recommended Health and Safety training as and when necessary.
  • To be committed to professional self-development, through participation in in-service training as necessary for the successful carrying out of the job.
  • To undertake such other duties as are commensurate with the grade of the post.
NB:  This job description is designed to outline a range of main duties that may be encountered by the post holder in this role.  It is not designed to be an exhaustive list of tasks and can be altered accordingly in consultation with the post holder in order to reflect changes in the job or the organisation’s requirements. 

Person Specification

A. Qualifications & Experience
  • Minimum master degree in Forestry, Biology or other natural science 
  • Minimum 7 years’ successful experience working in similar position with an international NGO
  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills, financial and organizational development skills, strong coaching skills and excellent analytical and financial planning skills
  • Strong analytical and interpretative problem solving skills
  • Self-motivated and resourceful, with the proven ability to multi-task and operate successfully under tight deadlines and time pressures
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Previous work (directly or indirectly) with Government of Indonesia Institutions would also be a strong advantage.
B. Knowledge
  • Understanding about wildlife conservation, particularly in Indonesia is an advantage 
  • Knowledge of national and local government policies and regulations
C. Skills & Abilities
  • Excellent understanding of the GIS knowledge 
  • Good level of competence in MS Office
  • Good level of data reporting and analytics competencies (content knowledge)
  • Excellent knowledge of analysis software (e.g SPSS)
  • Good communications and negotiation skills
  • Self-starter, pro-active and uses initiative - can work independently and prioritize own work load;
  • Preferably a high level of written and spoken English;
  • Flexible and able to work under pressure and often to tight deadlines; including an ability to prioritize jobs;
  • Highly motivated.
  • Able to use initiative and work both independently or in a group, such as in remote areas with very limited facilities.
  • Able to deal with tight schedule and unscheduled tasks, and target oriented
  • Willing to travel extensively across the project sites in Indonesia
Application procedures Please submit your application and curriculum vitae in English, relevant experience, past salary history, two referees not later than February 12, 2015, to indonesia@zsl.org, placing the job title in the subject line and label your CV with your name. Only short listed candidates will be notified.

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.