Communications Assistant


Position : Communications Assistant_Short Term
Program : Indonesia Program
Line manager : Senior Communications Officer
Key internal relations : Program Managers
Location : Bogor, West Java
Period : 6 (six) months


The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is a New York-based international conservation organization currently working in more than 60 countries worldwide. WCS has a distinguished history of scientists exploring and saving wildlife in some of the most remote and wild places remaining on Earth. The Wildlife Conservation Society Indonesia Program (WCS-IP) was founded in the early 1990s and has contributed substantially to the conservation of biodiversity in Indonesia. WCS-IP currently has programs focusing on Sumatra, Sulawesi, Marine and Illegal Wildlife Trade. In order to achieve our overall goal of saving wildlife and wild places in Indonesia, we aim to protect threatened species and their habitat through working with government agencies, civil society organizations, private sector and local communities.

Across Indonesia, WCS focuses on environmental policy, landscape-level conservation, protection of globally threatened key species such as Rhinos, Tigers and Manta Rays, research and monitoring and engagement with government, companies, universities and local communities. Within Sumatra, our program focuses on Gunung Leuser National Park and Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park, which form part of the World Heritage Site, Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra, and Way Kambas National Park. Together, these three sites contain the majority of the remaining populations of Sumatran Rhino in Indonesia, and are very important for Tiger, Elephant and Orangutans. The WCS-IP Sulawesi program focuses on Sulawesi’s unique biodiversity such as Maleos, Anoas and Babirusas, and piloting private land ownership as a conservation intervention, the current terrestrial program of WCS in Sulawesi covered the area of Tangkoko Nature reserve, Bogani Nani Wartabone National Park and Lore Lindu National Park. The WCS-IP Marine program works to support local communities and governments to establish marine protected areas and manage fisheries sustainably, with staff in Aceh, Java, Sulawesi, Nusa Tenggara Barat and Maluku, and new program for turtle conservation in Rote Island, East Nusa Tenggara. Finally, WCS-IP is the leading organization in Indonesia working on strategies to support government to combatting illegal wildlife trade with program name wildlife crime unit (WCU).

Despite the GoI’s strong commitment and efforts in sustainably managing its protected areas, these protected areas face serious threats, including encroachment, poaching, over-fishing, invasive species, illegal logging, and mining, leading to habitat loss and overall ecosystem degradation. WCS-IP opts for an approach, which aims to enhance the management effectiveness of a selected number of protected areas by spearheading and piloting innovative interventions, which can serve as examples of excellence for the national protected areas system. Species – such as Rhinos, Tigers, Manta Rays and Maleo – act as flagships for these efforts. WCS-IP is also exploring new methods of conservation outside of protected areas, such as payment for environmental services, engaging communities in conservation actions, working with companies, etc.

To ensure WCS-IP has effective internal and external communications processes which maintain coherence inside the organization and raises the profile of the organization and its partners externally, a communication officer is needed to advance the WCS-IP conservation agenda through targeted, innovative communications that reach and catalyze change in key constituencies. The Communications Assistant will contribute for building and maintaining a positive profile for WCS-IP work through impactful media and outreach across key external online and offline communications channels; delivering compelling stories and events that reinforce conservation work, while supporting regular and efficient sharing and exchange of information through effective internal communications.

Position Objectives

Scope of Work

The role will involve support for media works, organizing event, develop effective publication materials and maintain digital communication activity. This position will work under the direct supervision of Senior Communication Officer. The activity will include (but not limited to):

Media works :

  • Work with Communications Unit in developing a network of media contacts in Indonesia and WCS’s sites.
  • Draft, edit, and disseminate press release, media statements/ advisories, factsheets, etc.
  • Respond to media queries and liaise with Communication Team/ related programs to answer them.

Publication materials & branding:

  • Contribute in producing communication materials such as videos, infographics, posters, stickers, etc with good copy.
  • Contribute in producing good copywriting and concept for such materials.
  • Provide support for program request in designing and producing WCS souvenir.

Digital Communication Activity

  • Altogether with Communication Unit, develop digital communication strategy and execute the plan.
  • Assist in maintaining WCS website and social media platform (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) through developing editorial plan.
  • Altogether with Communication Unit develop WCS-IP’s blog.


  • Assist in organizing events such as meetings, seminar, workshops, trainings, discussions and public outreach activities.
  • Maintain a library of media coverage, clippings, photo/ video within Indonesia project.
  • Assist in reporting and administrative tasks.
  • Assist in maintaining appropriate communications with WCS key stakeholders and partners, including local and national government agencies, environmental and development NGOs.
  • Other duties as required by the project.


This position will be based in Bogor, West Java, with regular travel to project sites across Indonesia. The ideal candidate will have:

  • At least 1 year of experience in communications activity for NGO, corporates or public relations agency.
  • Graduated from Communication, Sociology, Psychology or any social science undergraduate degree.
  • An ability to communicate clear, consistent messages in a variety of media - including press releases, social media content, newsletters, brochures and guides – and experience in developing and managing such messaging.
  • Good copywriting skills in English and Indonesia.
  • Good interpersonal skills to deal with a diverse group of contacts and ability to be a team player.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in both Indonesian and English are essential.
  • Aptitude in the use of a range of graphic design and visual assets management tools, both on- and off-line.
  • The position is for Indonesian nationals only. WCS encourages people to apply with communications experience in sectors other than the non-governmental and/or conservation sectors. Remuneration will be commensurate with skills and experience and the position comes with full set of employment benefits. WCS is an equally opportunities employer. Please send a covering letter and CV in English to not later than 29 September 2019 stating in the subject line “Communication Assistant_(name)”.Please also include a portfolio of your previous work or links to blogs or galleries online. No correspondence, only short-listed candidates will be notified.