Marine Policy Senior Coordinator


Position/Jabatan : Marine Policy Senior Coordinator
Program : Marine and Fisheries
Based in/Lokasi : Bogor
Line Manager/Manajer Lini : Marine Cross Cutting Manager


The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Indonesia Program aims to conserve marine resources vital to the protection and sustainability of a wide range of human activities and livelihoods. Consequently, conservation efforts cannot be separated from the management of fisheries or interaction with coastal communities. WCS employs a rigorous science-based approach to build capacity, strengthen management, support policy and regulation development, and inspire community stewardship for the protection and sustainable use of critical marine ecosystems, fisheries and threatened species. To achieve these goals, WCS employs a science to management approach to assisting the Indonesian government to establish and manage marine protected areas (MPAs), manage small-scale fisheries, and conserve sharks and rays in Aceh, North Sulawesi, West Nusa Tenggara, and North Maluku plus several other sites.

WCS Indonesia’s approach is defined by the five core WCS Global components of Protect, Discover, Inspire and Leverage, and Build. This structure was developed as part of WCS 2020 to reflect the importance of combining our scientific research with broader public awareness and direct engagement with decision makers. Success will depend on our ability to leverage the interplay between these themes to create larger policy and protection impacts.

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 is committed to assisting the Government of Indonesia to meet its national and international commitments to MPA establishment and management – including the commitment to achieve 31 million hectares of MPAs by 2030. MPAs benefit both biodiversity and fisheries management by protecting habitats and protecting breeding populations of important marine organisms.

Marine Policy Senior Coordinator

The role will oversee WCS Indonesia’s fisheries and marine policy initiatives to ensure that our conservation programs align with provincial, national and International policies, including customary rules. The WCS Indonesia Marine Program has a firm foundation in working with national government, local government local communities, and customary people. The Marine Policy Sr. Coordinator will support these efforts directly or indirectly in close coordination with the entire marine team and other science-related units in WCS Indonesia and WCS global.


Management and leadership

  • Line manage MPA, fisheries, and species conservation policy coordinators. 
  • Identify links to other partners and programs, including those of government and other donors. 
  • Provide 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.
  • Develop project proposals, by compiling information, documenting lessons from projects, developing future strategies and sharing and discussing ideas and concept notes with the Marine Program Advisor.


  • Lead marine policy team to working closely with Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF) and other ministries/agencies on MPA management, fisheries management, CITES implementation, NPOA for targeted species, strengthen aquatic species conservation. This includes linking the national policies with all provincial level activities, vice versa. 
  • Undertake a review of the policy, regulatory and institutional framework for MPAs, species conservation, and fisheries in Indonesia, at both the national and subnational level, including threats, bottlenecks, underlying causes of problems, weaknesses, and opportunities associated with marine protected areas, including long-term financing and financial sustainability. 
  • Liaise the organization with the BAPPENAS, Ministry of Home Affairs, and Ministry of Finance on planning and budgeting for marine and fisheries sector.  
  • Support the Government of Indonesia engaging and implementing the international initiatives, e.g. SDG, CBD, CITES. This includes working with WCS International Policy team and bridging the Government of Indonesia with the WCS International Policy Team. 
  • 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 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.


Position Requirements and remuneration

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

  • A passion for conservation  
  • High levels of motivation and professionalism  
  • At least 5 - 10 years experience in marine conservation science programs and teams 
  • A MSc (7 years experience) in marine policy, marine science, fisheries, conservation biology or related field. 
  • Proven ability to plan and implement marine conservation science programs and manage associated budgets 
  • 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

Please send a covering letter and CV in English to not later than 6 November 2019 stating in the subject line “Marine Policy Senior Coordinator_(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.