Marine Program Communication Officer


TERMS OF REFERENCE

Position : Communication Officer
Program : Marine
Based in : Bogor 
Line manager : Communications Manager/Marine Program 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.

WCS Indonesia Marine 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 scientific approach to build capacity, strengthen management 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-based approach to assisting the Indonesian government to establish and manage marine protected areas (MPAs), manage small-scale fisheries, and protect sharks and rays in Aceh, North Sulawesi, West Nusa Tenggara, and North Maluku plus several other seascapes and sites.

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 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. The basis of all of our work is scientific data. Our teams of marine biologists, fisheries scientists, and socioeconomic specialists inform project design with baseline surveys. Regular monitoring of resources informs all subsequent decision making

Position Objectives

Under the general guidance of WCS Country Director and direct supervision of Communication Manager and Marine Program Manager(s), the Communication officer responsible in providing support to the development and implementation of a WCS Marine program communications strategy and broader public awareness campaigns on marine-thematic work of WCS. This position will bring about changes in awareness and attitudes and drive behavior change in key target audiences. This position will also ensure WCS Marine’s program progress and achievement in various seascapes WCS focuses on within Indonesia can be broadly disseminated and well-known by public.

Specific Tasks and Outputs/Deliverables

To participate wholeheartedly in the general activities of WCS Indonesia Program particularly events and activities that require the full support and participation of all staff members, whether or not the focus of any particular event or activity has any bearing on the job description and assigned project objectives and activities.

Outreach

  • With the Marine Program Managers, develop and translate the MPA & sustainable fisheries campaign strategy. The strategy will include agreed timetable and budgets, target audience, outcomes, integration and alignment with WCS Indonesia Program communication strategy. 
  • Involve in any designing and implementing the survey knowledge, attitude, practice on the Marine Protected Area (MPA) and sustainable fisheries issues. 
  • Actively engage with local community, government and selected champions to maximize the success of the campaign.

Communications

  • Produce communication materials periodically such as story from the field, success stories or/and newsletter.  
  • Lead the production of publication materials to our wider audience, such as but not limited to thematic infographics, articles, sticker, poster, leaflet/ booklet, based on input from WCS Marine and Indonesia Program senior technical staff. 
  • The officer also need to engage with WCS’s Global Communications Team and international media organisations and consultants to raise international awareness of the work of WCS and its partners within Indonesia

Media Relations

  • Work with the WCS Indonesia Communication Team & Marine Program Managers/Coordinators in developing a network of media contacts in various sites/seacapes in Indonesia.  
  • Establish and maintain contacts with national and international media, including traditional news agencies and internet media companies (e.g. Facebook, Google) 
  • Draft press releases, press briefings, press statements, media and campaign Q&As, and media messages, placing articles in the appropriate media  
  • Work with Communication Team to manage stories that potential to be on WCS-IP website and social media 
  • Collaborate with the media by organizing project site visits, facilitate photo coverage and TV footage and utilizing both web-based and traditional media as appropriate, monitor and evaluate the use and effectiveness of media materials.  
  • 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 that are allocated to them but which are not part of their regular TOR.

Requirements

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

  • Graduate 12 + 3 years of university, specializing in communication, marketing, or public relations. • Experience working in a non-profit environment or as part of a social responsibility team in a corporate environment
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills (oral & written) 
  • Knowledge of English and Bahasa Indonesia required (oral & written) 
  • Self-starter and adaptable to work in various scenarios and locations 
  • Willingness to travel within and outside of Indonesia 
  • Able to work with teams within NGOs, media, and external partners 
  • Build relationships with organizations to effect change 
  • Be results oriented 
  • Works effectively in engaging volunteers in community actions 
  • Excellent media relationships and contacts in Indonesia 
  • Creative and able to translate and communicate complex information into clear and sharp messages

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 wcsindonesia@wcs.org not later than 9 February 2019 stating in the subject line “Marine Program Communication Officer_(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.