Fisheries Community Officer


TERMS OF REFERENCE

Position : Fisheries Community Officer
Program : Marine
Based in : Field site – Manado office
Line manager : Fisheries Coordinator North Sulawesi, North Sulawesi Manager
Duration of Assignment : One year– with possible extension
Employment Status : Full time, fixed term

Overview

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 both on its terrestrial and marine program. 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. The WCS Indonesia Marine program focuses on the establishment and effective management of MPAs and development of sustainable fisheries, as interlinked strategies to secure and manage Indonesia’s coastal marine resources. WCS commits to assisting the Government of Indonesia to meet its national and international commitments to MPA establishment and management – including the commitment to achieve 20 million hectares of MPAs by 2020. MPAs benefit both biodiversity and fisheries management by protecting habitats and protecting breeding populations of important marine organisms.

WCS has started marine work in Indonesia in 2002 and has expertise in marine and socioeconomic surveying, fisheries science, marine protected area creation and management, marine and fisheries policy, and law enforcement. WCS will continue to support the Government of Indonesia through sustainable fisheries management, decreasing threats to coral reefs and supporting the designation and management of protected areas. WCS also support the engagement of coastal communities in respective sites to actively participating in the fisheries management efforts.

This project aims at conserving Indonesia’s diverse marine ecosystems and important fisheries through creation and improvement of marine protected areas (MPA) and improved management of commercially and ecologically important fisheries. It will benefit the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, fisheries managers in North Sulawesi provinces, and local communities who rely on marine resources. It will address threats of overfishing, destructive fishing, and loss of marine habitats.

Position Objectives

Under the general guidance of WCS Country Director and direct supervision of Fisheries Coordinator, the Community Officer is responsible in providing supports to the day-to-day project implementation activities.

Specific Tasks and Outputs/Deliverables

  • Assist fisheries coordinator in program implementation by working closely with local communities, community leaders, fishers groups, community surveillance groups/POKMASWAS, community-based sanctuary group, fish collectors and other local stakeholders to developing and implementing WCS objectives to achieve sustainable fisheries system 
  • Supervise fisheries enumerators regarding preparation, data collection, and data input, including to control data quality 
  • Assist fisheries coordinator in the establishment of fisher group, private sector association, and other activities to support sustainable fisheries programs, including organise and facilitate meeting (formal and informal) at village and sub-district level  
  • Work together with Program Coordinator on site to develop annual and monthly work plan, including TOR for individual activity 
  • Regularly follow up and monitor project activities in target areas to ensure that the planned activities and outputs are achieved on time, without wasting resources

Administrative

  • Provide general assistance in the implementation of all project planned activities in target areas according to target output; including any kind of activities, i.e. community meetings, seminars, workshops, surveys, etc.  
  • Participate in the project reviews, monitoring and evaluation activities. 
  • Provide monthly, semi-annual, and annual reports as well as activity reports when requested to the respective Supervisor/Manager(s)  
  • Undertake any other duties, as assigned by the Supervisor.

Please note that the above TOR constitutes only the main responsibilities and duties of this position. As WCSIP is a flexible organization, staff members are expected to undertake any other tasks allocated to them but which are not part of their regular TOR.

Requirements

This position will be based in Manado, North Sulawesi, with regular travels to respective villages.

  • Fresh graduate from university specializing in fisheries sciences, social studies, communication, community development or public relations or other relevant fields. Educational training background, formal facilitation skills, or experiences in social voluntary work will be an advantage. 
  • Willing to travel or stay long hours and directly engage and work with local communities. 
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills; high self-motivation, honesty and integrity, transparency, accountability, flexibility, willingness to learn from others, able to work under the pressure and demonstrate good teamwork 
  • Be able to work with minimum supervision 
  • Ability to write report both in English and Bahasa Indonesia
  • Computer literacy in Ms. Office

The position is for Indonesian nationals only. 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 wcsindonesia@wcs.org not later than 24 January 2019 stating in the subject line “Fisheries Community Officer Manado_(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.