Wildlife Conservation Society Job Vacancy: Senior Marine Technical Advisor – Bogor, West Java – Indonesian

Posting Job


November 19, 2018

Expired Job


August 23, 2019




Position: Senior Marine Technical Advisor, WCS Indonesia

Reports to: WCS Indonesia Deputy Country Program Director

Location: Bogor, Indonesia

Country Program/Sector: Global Conservation/Marine

Position Type: Full-Time

Expected travel: As required within the region, occasionally to Asia if/when needed, and to donor/technical meetings as needed/possible)

Organization Background:
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)
is a US non-profit, tax-exempt, private organization established in
1895 that saves wildlife and wild places by understanding critical
issues, crafting science-based solutions, and taking conservation
actions that benefit nature and humanity. With more than a century of
experience, long-term commitments in dozens of landscapes, presence in
more than 60 nations, and experience helping to establish over 150
protected areas across the globe, WCS has amassed the biological
knowledge, cultural understanding and partnerships to ensure that
vibrant, wild places and wildlife thrive alongside local communities.
Working with local communities and organizations, that knowledge is
applied to address species, habitat and ecosystem management issues
critical to improving the quality of life of poor rural people whose
livelihoods depend on the direct utilization of natural resources.

WCS Indonesia Program Overview:
The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Indonesia Marine Program aims to conserve
marine and coastal resources vital to the protection and sustainability
of human livelihoods across the Indonesian archipelago from the Bay of
Bengal through to the heart of the Coral Triangle. WCS employs a
rigorous scientific approach to build capacity, strengthen management
and inspire community stewardship for the protection and sustainable use
of critical marine ecosystems, fisheries and threatened species. This
dynamic and rapidly growing program has three core objectives: (1)
to establish and increase the management effectiveness of 1.3 million hectares of MPAs in
seascapes in Sumatra, Java, Sulawesi, and the Sunda-Banda sea; (2)
sustainable management of coastal fisheries in and around networks of
MPAs; and, (3) conservation of threatened marine species, particularly
sharks and rays, through improving the sustainability of fisheries and
trade, and combatting illegal trade in protected species.

Job Summary:
position will provide the strategic oversight and technical support for
the Marine Program to successfully implement large marine conservation
and coastal fisheries initiatives funded by multiple donors. This role
supports the WCS management team in the development and implementation
of strategic plans and policies. The position reports to the Indonesia
Program Deputy Country Director and works closely with the Indonesia
Marine Program team, in collaboration with the global WCS marine
program. The position advises on all technical aspects of the program,
strategic research activities, and maintains regular communication with
WCS project leads, key donors, funding agencies and NGO partners.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Technical
    oversight of WCS Indonesia’s marine programmatic activities, and
    management of technical assistance across the program.
  • Collaborating
    with staff to maintain an updated vision and strategic plan for WCS’
    marine and coastal work in Indonesia that aligns with the 2017-2023 WCS
    Indonesia Program Strategy.
  • Supporting
    the program teams to ensure effective coordination between programmatic
    activities and the administrative and financial aspects of WCS
    Indonesia Program.
  • Overseeing and supporting proposal development and technical reporting to donors, government agencies, and other WCS offices.
  • Supporting
    the WCS Indonesia Marine Program, through fundraising, engagement with
    private sector, business development and partnership activities.
  • Representing
    the organization to donors, public, other key stakeholders and
    partners; and ensuring excellent working relationships are maintained.
  • Improving the program’s measurement and analysis of project outcomes, and use of scientific results for adaptive management.
  • Supporting
    WCS Indonesia’s contributions to marine scientific research and
    publications and engagement with international scientific institutions.
  • Supporting capacity building of marine program staff and local partners.
  • Proactively
    supporting the development of high quality communication pieces for
    increasing the profile of WCS Indonesia Marine Program and its technical

Specific technical and program development responsibilities will also include:

  • Providing
    technical assistance on MPA design and management, tropical coastal
    fisheries, shark and ray conservation, and/or other appropriate tropical
    marine conservation issues.
  • Supporting
    the marine team to integrate scientific research and results into
    program activities, assess the impact of conservation interventions, and
    contribute to adaptive management interventions, through:
    • Working
      with the team to ensure appropriate and efficient collection, analysis,
      dissemination and publication of field data and results;
    • Enabling better integration of scientific results into adaptive management actions;
    • Publicizing
      WCS Indonesia Marine Program achievements through popular and
      scientific media, publishing project results in scientific journals and
      through presentation at national and international fora; and
    • Ensuring
      national staff have capacity to actively undertake research, contribute
      to scientific publications, and participate in national and
      international scientific fora.

  • Supporting the growth of the shark and ray program in Indonesia.
  • Contributing to performance reviews of marine program staff, and the recruitment of new staff and short-term specialists.

Minimum Requirements:

  • PhD
    or equivalent experience (at least 10 years) and strong record in
    marine and/or coastal conservation, tropical marine ecology or biology,
    or a relevant social science field, including field-based conservation
    and project management experience.
  • Proven ability to achieve successful on-the-ground conservation success in tropical developing countries.
  • Experience
    in equitable community-based and collaborative conservation
    initiatives, MPA design and implementation, sustainable management of
    coastal fisheries, coral reef conservation, and/or marine species
    conservation, with a priority on initiatives that balance conservation
    efforts and human well-being.
  • Demonstrated
    success in publishing scientific articles in peer reviewed journals and
    ability to communicate scientific information to a general audience.
  • Demonstrated experience in dealing with the challenges of field-based tropical conservation.
  • Ability
    to work sensitively and effectively with people of diverse cultures,
    value systems, perspectives and levels of education, and to manage and
    work with staff in these contexts.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills.
  • Professional proficiency in oral and written English. Working knowledge of Indonesian will be an advantage.
  • Proven ability to write fundraising proposals and manage grants and donor reports.
  • Ability
    to build capacity in community-driven natural resource management,
    field research, conservation biology, conservation advocacy, and project
  • Willingness to travel within Indonesia and internationally.
  • Additionally,
    as WCS Indonesia is a flexible organization, staff members are expected
    to undertake any other tasks that are allocated to them but which are
    not part of their regular job description.

Application Process:
candidates, who meet the above qualifications should apply by emailing
an application letter and CV together with salary requirements and the
names and contact information of three references to:
globalrecruitment@wcs.org by December 10th, 2018 deadline. Please include “Senior Marine Technical Advisor, WCS Indonesia in the subject line of your email.
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