The Wildlife Conservation Society – Indonesia Program (WCS-IP) is seeking for a qualified candidate to fill the position of Program Manager Wildlife + with the following terms:

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PROGRAM MANAGER WILDLIFE +

WILDLIFE CONSERVATION SOCIETY – INDONESIA PROGRAM
 
Background
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has a distinguished history of scientists exploring and saving wildlife in some of the most remote and wild places remaining on Earth. WCS has long recognized that successful conservation requires a long-term commitment to individuals and places. Such a commitment has defined the culture and style of the Global Conservation Program, including the Indonesia Program.

The Wildlife Conservation Society Indonesia Program (WCS-IP) has significantly grown over the last decades, and contributed substantially to the conservation of biodiversity in Indonesia. We currently work in several landscapes in Sumatra and Sulawesi where we aim at protecting threatened species and their habitat. In order to achieve our overall goal of saving wildlife and wild places, the WCS-IP programs are strongly supported and backed up by field activities that aim to halt illegal wildlife trade, reduce and mitigate human-wildlife conflicts, and monitor and sustain the health of wildlife.

Illegal wildlife trade is a vast, international, and multi-million dollar commercial enterprise Across Indonesia, key species including tiger, rhino, elephant, orangutan, birds, bears, orchids, fish, turtles, pangolins, coral, snakes, sharks and more are being hunted and traded in large volumes. While Indonesia comprises a legal environment that supports the control of wildlife trade, its effective implementation has many barriers. WCS aims to support the removal of these barriers, and to remove the threat to Indonesian biodiversity caused by both the legal and illegal over-exploitation of wildlife.

Human-Wildlife conflicts in the landscapes where WCS-IP works have increased over the last decennia as human populations continue to expand into the wilderness areas. These have resulted into negative impacts on people and their resources as well as wildlife species and their habitat. Through a number of interventions, WCS-IP aims to mitigate the human-wildlife conflicts and ensure a sustainable co-existence between people and wildlife.

Recent outbreaks of avian flue and other epidemics amongst the human population show that humans and wildlife are intimately connected. Studies have shown that due to the increase in interaction between humans and wildlife, species such as tigers are increasingly affected by a number of diseases, including canine distemper. Furthermore, the human-wildlife conflicts in the landscapes often result in wounded and sick animals, which need urgent veterinary help. Recognizing the complex link between human, domestic animals and wildlife health, WCS aims to address these issues through research, monitoring, policy advice as well as direct support in the field.

To increase the effectiveness of our conservation interventions and strengthen the role WCS-IP in curbing wildlife trade, mitigating human wildlife conflicts, and sustaining healthy wildlife populations, WCS-IP has decided to establish a new unit, called Wildlife +. WCS-IP is looking for a strong and motivated Program Manager to lead and expand this newly established unit in line with WCS-IP Strategic Plan. The Program Manager will be required to plan, manage and monitor all projects under the unit. The work will cover both field interventions as well as on policy development. The work will include but will not be limited to managing Wildlife Crime Units and Wildlife Response Units in the WCS-IP landscapes, compiling and analyzing data regarding wildlife trade, conflict, and health to identify patterns, developing strategies for monitoring wildlife health, as well as developing innovative interventions to address the above issues.

The position will be based in Bogor, with regular trips to the field to provide direct technical advice, monitoring and oversight to the projects. The Program Manager will work under the general supervision of the Director and Deputy Director for Program Development of the WCS-IP, as well as work closely together with other colleagues in the office as a team. Depending on the scope of the projects, the Program Manager will be supported by program officers and assistants in Bogor and project officers in the field. The position will be available for a period of one year from May 1, 2012, with possibility of extension depending on available funding.

The Program Manager will be responsible to oversee the responsibilities and activities of this program by:

Wildlife Trade
  • Developing strategies and designing methodologies to investigate, compile data on, and curb illegal wildlife poaching and trade through maintaining a network of informants, conducting market observations, assisting in law enforcement operations, providing legal and policy advice, and other conducting other relevant actions.
  • Selecting relevant project staff and partners, and providing them with training and close supervision to ensure that deliverables under the program are achieved.
  • Providing oversight in the implementation of activities and interventions aimed at curbing wildlife trade. These will include but is not limited to market observations, investigative activities, assistance to law enforcement operations, as well as providing legal and policy advice to key stakeholders.
  • Analyzing and interpreting wildlife trade data, and translating the data into improved conservation interventions and policies, which can be adopted by partners and key-stakeholders.
Human Wildlife Conflict
  • Developing site and species-specific strategies and designing methodologies to investigate, compile data on, and mitigate human-wildlife conflicts through maintaining a network of informants, conducting routine patrolling in target areas, establishing mitigation activities at community level, providing legal and policy advice, and implementing other relevant actions.
  • Selecting relevant project staff and partners, and providing them with training and close supervision to ensure that deliverables under the program are achieved.
  • Providing oversight in the implementation of activities and interventions aimed at mitigating human-wildlife conflict. This will include but is not limited to investigative activities, community-based mitigation activities, patrolling, assistance to law enforcement operations, as well as providing legal and policy advice to key stakeholders.
  • Analyzing and interpreting wildlife conflict data, and translating the data into improved conservation interventions, mitigation activities and policies, which can be adopted by partners and key-stakeholders.
Wildlife Health
  • Providing perspectives and foresight on wildlife health and disease issues in WCS priority landscapes.
  • Developing site and species-specific strategies and designing methodologies to investigate and compile data on wildlife health issues through conducting health surveillance (disease ecology, diagnostics, epidemiology, pathology, toxicology), reporting and response, and developing and implementing relevant wildlife disease management policies and actions.
  • Selecting relevant project staff and partners, and provide close supervision to ensure that deliverables under the program are achieved.
  • Providing oversight in the implementation of activities and interventions aimed at reducing and mitigating diseases amongst wildlife populations. This will include but is not limited to investigative and surveillance activities, mitigation activities, assistance to health operations, as well as providing policy advice to key stakeholders.
  • Analyzing and interpreting wildlife health data, and translating the data into improved conservation interventions, mitigation activities and policies, which can be adopted by partners and key-stakeholders.
Program and project Management
  • Providing technical support to the Program Officers and Project teams, and oversight and backstopping to all project activities, as well as other counterparts in the area of project management, including planning, implementation, and assuming quality control through monitoring, and evaluation.
  • Leading and coordinating the implementation and administration of all projects under this program, including oversight in developing of operational and M&E plans, and ensuring that approved workplans and activities are undertaken in a timey manner in line with budgetary means, as well as adapt the objectives, strategies, workplans and budgets as circumstances dictate, ensuring that annual, mid-term and end-of-project targets will be met.
  • Support the Program officers in recruiting, managing and supervising field staff in close coordination with HR Manager, including development of Terms of Reference, individual workplans and conducting performance evaluations, planning and monitoring work and travel schedules.
  • Selecting, managing and supervising partners and sub-contractors to implement activities and produce deliverables in timely fashion, including developing Terms of Reference, providing assistance in their selection and recruitment process, coordinating sub-contractor work, and monitor and evaluate their deliverables, and ensure that they are submitted in a timely manner.
  • Preparing activity reports and assisting in preparing financial reports as required by donors and/or stakeholders, in Indonesian or English, written or verbal, as well as submit monthly technical report to the Deputy Director for Program development.
  • Providing capacity building and technical support to Program team, including program officers, program assistants, project officers, and other project staff to ensure that the projects are effective and achieve targets.
  • Documenting lessons learned from project implementation and develop briefing notes for Deputy Director for Program Development for improving implementation and coordination of project activities, support decision-making processes and knowledge management within WCS-IP.
Stakeholder Engagement and Communication
  • Liaising and establishing good working relationships and/or strategic partnerships with key stakeholders such as local government, forestry department, academia, NGOs, private sector, donors and others to ensure the successful coordination, implementation and follow-up of project activities, as well as the mobilization of additional resources to the projects.
  • Provide technical and facilitating support to meetings, seminars, workshops and public outreach activities as required and formally represent WCS as necessary in such meetings, workshops and conferences.
  • Writing regular updates on the project activities, including news flashes and updates for WCSIP website and other social media postings, and articles for brochures, leaflets, and printing media.
  • Writing and publishing research findings and scientific papers in close coordination with line supervisor on a regular basis in scientific journals, policy papers and technical report.
Project Development
  • Providing inputs regarding the vision and strategy for WCS Indonesia. Participate as a member of WCS-IP to plan, implement, monitor, and periodically update WCS’ strategic approach to conservation in Indonesia.
  • Developing project proposals, by compiling information, documenting lessons from projects, developing future strategies and sharing and discussing ideas and concept notes with Deputy Director for Program Development.
Others
  • Undertake any other duties, as assigned by the Deputy Director for Program Development and Director of WCS-IP.
Job Requirements

Qualifications
  • The postholder should preferably have a postgraduate qualification in biology, ecological science, social science or a related discipline.
Experience
  • Strong background in wildlife trade, human-wildlife conflict and wildlife health, including collecting and analyzing data and developing appropriate interventions.
  • At least 10 years working experience with 5 years in managerial level.
  •  Proven track record of program management, including project development, implementation and backstopping, staff supervision and budget oversight.
Competencies
  • Strong managerial capacities, as well as strategic technical and intellectual skills in wildlife trade, human-wildlife conflict and wildlife health.
  • Leadership, results-orientation, team-building.
  • Strong facilitation, coordination, networking and negotiation skills.
  • Good analytical and planning skills; ability to set forecasts and refine/review them in the light of experience and further analysis.
  • Strong sense for innovation and new approaches to conservation.
  • Decisiveness and independence.
  • good judgement, ability to work under pressure.
  • Ability to maintain financial and technical control of projects in the field.
  • Good report writing and presentation skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • MS Office, as well as database and other analytical software.
  • Excellent writing skills in both English and Indonesian.
Please note that the above TOR constitutes only the main responsibilities and duties of this position. As WCS-IP 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 TOR.

Apply by email to the Admin & HR Manager – WCS Indonesia Program at recruitment@wcsip.org. Your application should include a short covering letter, an up-to-date CV, and three professional references.

Deadline: 27 April 2012.

No correspondence, only short-listed candidates will be notified.