Zoological Society of London Job Vacancy: Livelihood Manager, Palembang – South Sumatera

Posting Job


July 4, 2019

Expired Job


July 12, 2019




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 Indonesia is based in Bogor, West Java, with existing field projects in Jambi and South Sumatera. We are now looking for:

Livelihood Manager

Terms and Condition

Start Date: July 2019

Duration of Contract: Until March 2020

Work Area: Palembang.

Reporting to: Deputy Project Director

Key Purpose of the Job

Livelihood Manager will responsible to manage livelihood theme of sustainable landscape management in KELOLA Sendang Project and ensure the project implementation in on selected villages to meet with the logical framework targets and maintaining the relationship with local communities, partners and local government.

This position is part of KELOLA Sendang-ZSL Project in South Sumatra.

The KELOLA Sendang-ZSL Project works with the Government of South Sumatra, national and district level governments, communities and the private sector to facilitate, support and establish a pilot of 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, sustainable peatland management and wildfires that contribute to land-based Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions”.

The Livelihood Manager will be based in Palembang.

Responsibility for Resources


  • The Livelihood Manager will report directly to the Deputy Project Director, and indirectly to the Project Director.


  • The post-holder will ensure that operations in Palembang are in compliance with ZSL and the contractual agreement with the UK government.
  • S/he will be responsible for supervising the Community Business Development Specialist, the Community Outreach & Awareness Coordinator and the Community Empowerment Coordinator.

Main duties and key responsibilities

  • Responsible to build relationship with the relevant government institution at sub-national, partners and local communities related with sustainable livelihood in the landscape.
  • Responsible to maintain the communication between the community, village officials and other civil society organization related with livelihood issues and the ZSL.
  • Lead his/her team to implement field activities to achieve the targets in the logical framework of the project.
    • Develop sustainable livelihood model at community and village level to improve livelihood asset, access and income as well as community business development model in the landscape.
  • Creating sustainable income generating through sustainable intensification, certification and best management climate-smart practices to promote market access.
  • Responsible to coordinate the community events including planning team meetings, producing workplan, sourcing resources, contacting volunteers, marketing and promotion, managing the day and feedback and evaluation.
  • Develop models of community awareness and outreach on sustainable landscape through conservation education and socio-cultural approach in the landscape.
  • Developing and maintaining strong working relationships with other local organizations including community groups and businesses, working in partnership to enhance nature conservation and developing opportunities for all people to get involved.
  • Lead the project intervention to develop model of community livelihood such as community-based fire management, agroecology, comunity based peatland management, comunity based conservation and social forestry.
  • Lead project intervention on empowering village governance and village landuse planning and management.
  • Responsible in managing partners (ensure the partners’ activities and deliverables are on schedule and report submission on timely manner).
  • Other general project-related duties as and when required

Building relationships

  • The job requires continued professional internal and external interaction/ communications, both in person and via phone and email, with ZSL colleagues in both the Palembang and Jambi office with local project partners.

Mental Demands

  • The position will require close attention to detail 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, during field trips or when a workshop is being organized for example, some flexibility in working hours may be required.

Working Conditions

  • 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.

Expectations of post 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.

Person Specification

Qualifications & Experience

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline e.g. forestry, biology, natural resource management, or conservation.
  • Minimum 10 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..


  • Understanding about community livelihood strategies.
  • Understanding about wildlife conservation, particularly in Indonesia is an advantage.
  • Knowledge of national and local government policies and regulations.

Skills & Abilities

  • Computer literacy (excellent IT skills); competent in the use of Microsoft Excel, Word, and other MS tools.
  • Able to work independently without supervision but also accustomed to working in a team.
  • Good communications skills – able to express complex information in a simple and succinct manner.
  • Self-starter, pro-active and uses initiative – can work independently and priorities own work load.
  • Preferably a high level of written and spoken English.
  • Good oral, written, presentation and facilitation skills.
  • Flexible and able to work under pressure and often to tight deadlines; including an ability to prioritize jobs.
  • Highly motivated.
  • Willing to work at any circumstances both independently or in a group, such as in remote areas with very limited facilities.Excellent in writing skills and oral communication both in Indonesian and English.
  • 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 July 12, 2019, to indonesia@zsl.org cc’d Lydia.Chandra@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.

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