Zoological Society of London Vacancy: Senior Conservation Biologist - Bogor, West Java

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:
Senior Conservation Biologist

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 Bogor, West Java. 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 : ZSL Country Manager

Key Purpose of the Job
The Senior Conservation Biologist 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
To contribute to at least one of our main activities, these include:
  • Global change effects on species, especially habitat fragmentation, connectivity and species viability 
  • Scaling in biodiversity conservation;
  • Effects of climate change and renewable energies on species;
  • Effects of agriculture development on species conservation; and
  • Monitoring the status and trends in species.
With detail as follow:
  • Provide technical support to project implementation at the landscape level particularly in the effective and quality delivery of conservation related activities; 
  • Assist the other technical specialists in the preparation of research studies and programs related to biodiversity, climate change, etc.;
  • Assist the other technical specialists in the design and prepare field and other research on the environment and the relationships between living organisms;
  • Responsible for developing the capacity building programme of the conservation sector;
  • Undertake the ecological monitoring activities as envisaged in the country programme;
  • Evaluate strategies of land use management benefiting wildlife habitat;
  • Provide technical support to the development, implementation and/or evaluation of the project activities in the focal area;
  • Help the communications and outreach team in identifying and documenting good practices, success stories and lessons learned at different stages of the project in the area of natural resource management;
  • Provide regular inputs and feedback related to biodiversity conservation, ecosystem services evaluation and payments for ecosystem services.
  • Assist relevant project to analyze and present research findings and prepare reports and scientific papers.
  • Provide technical advice to decision and policy-makers.
  • Liaise with government representatives, conservation groups, and landowners on species conservation.
  • Ensure the maintenance of ecological data as a basis for ecosystem management.
  • Perform any others duties as required.
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, Natural Resources Management, Environmental Sciences or any other relevant subject 
  • 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
  • Excellent understanding about habitat analysis, habitat management, translocation
  • Familiar with the most recent biodiversity survey techniques
  • Familiar with basic statistical/technical terms and analytical interpretation
  • Familiar with forest navigation, map reading, able to operate GPS and compass
C. Skills & Abilities
  • Familiar with forest navigation, map reading, able to operate GPS and compass 
  • 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.
  • Willing to work under any circumstances 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.