Selamatkan Yaki – Job Description

Field Project Coordinator (FPC) 2016

The Selamatkan Yaki conservation programme is seeking to develop our field project team to fulfil our aim of reducing the threats to Macaca nigra and their habitat. To this end, an opening has emerged for a Field Project Coordinator (FPC), the core responsibilities of whom will be supporting the planning and monitoring of our ongoing conservation activities and the development of an alternative livelihood strategy (ALS). The role will be based in North Sulawesi, Indonesia working directly with the current team and other stakeholders.

The ideal candidate will be experienced and knowledgeable in multiple disciplines of conservation, strategy development and project implementation, field work and research coordination, data entry and analysis and possess strong communication skills.

Duration of contract: 12 months from starting date; with potential to extend subject to business need and funding availability Intended starting date: As soon as possible, following completion of Indonesian permit process

Probation period: 3 months
Location: Manado, Northern Sulawesi, Indonesia; travelling within the region will be necessary.
Salary: High local rate; Dependent on experience
Benefits: 20 days annual leave, plus Indonesian public holidays, all logistical support including international and domestic flights, insurance and all research permit administration
Hours of work: Variable depending on job requirements, but expected to be around 40hr week over at least 5 days a week

Reporting to: Selamatkan Yaki Programme Manager
Working with: Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust staff; researchers and students, as well as collaborators (e.g. Sam Ratulangi University, other NGOs etc.) and stakeholders (e.g. local villagers, government officials etc.).

The Field Project Coordinator (FPC) will work directly with the Programme Manager (PM) and project leaders for the systematic establishment of new biodiversity monitoring and ALS projects and additional co-development and monitoring of the Protected Area Management (PAM) project and “EARS” (Education and Awareness Raising Strategy) project. Their main responsibilities will include strategic conservation planning and monitoring, organisation of programme data within a publication strategy and procurement of additional funds for continuation of projects beyond the current period of support.

The FPC is expected to act independently and communicate strongly with other stakeholders
and partners. Several key project elements will be planned and initiated throughout 2016.

These will need to be carefully prepared, implemented and assessed in line with the programme Framework For Action integrated within our Species Conservation Action Plan for Macaca nigra.

The FPC will also work closely with the project leaders to analyse data and produce outputs for the programme, including media and peer-reviewed journal article publication.

  • Establishment and management of new projects (Biodiversity monitoring, ALS);
  • Oversee field data organisation and publication plans;
  • Analysis and formulation of data using relevant statistical analyses;
  • Procurement of funds for overall programme and individual programme operations;
  • Supporting role in the maintenance and strategies of existing projects (PAM, EARS);
  • Source and purchase equipment necessary for daily and project activities;
  • Maintain detailed and accurate records of specific project activities and individual
  • project cashflow projections;
  • Attendance at stakeholder meetings, seminars etc.
Primary 2016 implementation:
1. Coordination of Species Action Plan
Following results of a multi-stakeholder workshop in Manado, April 2013, a Framework for Action has been developed as part of the M. nigra Species Action Plan. This document forms the basis for future conservation priority setting within the context of current and proposed threats to the species. The FPC will ensure that the programme operations are aligning within the SAP strategy, as well as the individual project frameworks, utilising adaptive management principles where necessary.

2. Development of Alternative Livelihood Strategy (ALS)
In line with the PAM and EARS projects, SY aims to undertake cost-benefit, SWOT and market analyses to assess suitability of proposed alternative livelihood approaches, based upon sound evidence from relevant case studies. This will be integrated into a broader project currently in operation for enhancing the financial sustainability of protected areas, collaborative governance and threat reduction through providing alternatives to exploitative behaviour.

3. M. nigra population monitoring project
The FPC will finalize guidelines and methodologies for biodiversity and ecosystem health
monitoring of the existing condition of threatened species, threats, habitat and wildlife trade. A variety of methods will be adopted to obtain simple yet accurate baseline data on the distribution and viability of the population of M. nigra and other key indicator species in the area.

This will be coordinated through a Monitoring Advisory Group, which the FPC will take a leading role in updating and maintaining communications between all members.

4. Joint publication and analyses of data from past and new projects
Monitoring of the current projects is essential to assess conservation success and adapt to
changing circumstance. The FPC will analyse current and incoming data and manage the
dissemination of findings to all relevant stakeholders and the broader conservation community.

This will be directed within a longer-term publication plan to ensure sufficient scientific output from the programme.

Required skills and characteristics:
  • Enthusiastic, dedicated and a proven track record in conservation;
  • Able to work independently as well as motivate and lead a team;
  • Strong communication skills;
  • Able to write, speak and present with a high level of proficiency in English
  • Proven logistical coordination capabilities;
  • Excellent administrative skills including project planning, report writing, budgeting and good working knowledge of associated IT programmes (including all relevant Microsoft
  • Office programs, preferably ARC GIS and accounting or conservation management software);
  • Familiar with conservation issues relating to Sulawesi (or Indonesia);
  • Relevant science-based Masters degree or PhD;
  • Flexible and able to work in a dynamic environment.
Desirable skills and characteristics:
  • Fluent in Bahasa Indonesian;
  • Understand theoretical background to conservation management;
  • Proficient in grant writing and fundraising;
  • Full, clean driving licence;
  • Experience working in Sulawesi, or other area in Indonesia;
  • Experience in undertaking and supervising research under field conditions.
Please send a CV and covering letter to by Monday 22nd February 2015. Interviews will be held within two weeks of the application deadline and may be conducted remotely via the internet.