Marine Program Community Engagement and Organizational Development Specialist


Position/Jabatan : Community Engagement & Organizational Development Specialist
Program : Marine
Based in/Lokasi : Bogor/Manado/Mataram/Banda Aceh
Line Manager/Manajer Lini : KfW Marine Project Coordinator
 Duration of Assignment : One year– with possible extension
 Employment Status : Full time, fixed term


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 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 various 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.

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. Through KfW funding for the period of 2019 – 2025, within these area of expertise, 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.

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 West Nusa Tenggara, North Sulawesi and Aceh 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 general supervision of the WCS Indonesia Country Director, the Community Engagement & Organizational Development Specialist will directly report to the KfW Marine Program Coordinator and coordinate closely and significantly on daily basis with other Program Manager(s) and Advisor(s) of the WCS Indonesia Marine team.

The Specialist key role in general is to lead and coordinate on community development, community group organizational development, and sustainable livelihood issues (e.g. for community tourism development). Other main responsibilities will include developing and managing relationships with provincial and national government partners, NGO partners, and private sector partners.

Specific Tasks/Output Deliverables

  • Lead the direct engagement with the local communities (e.g. local community group, community surveillance groups/POKMASWAS, community based sanctuary group, community leaders, village leaders, panglima laot) and Marine and Fisheries Agency (Dinas Kelautan dan Perikanan) as main partners for MPA management and fisheries management in all three provinces where WCS applied KfW project funding. Support these local community groups in conducting their main duty to survey and monitor for violations of fisheries and MPA regulations and work closely with local authority/law enforcement agencies, including build their organizational capacities; programmatic, technical and its management.  
  • Lead the institutional strengthening program for local community to increase their capacity related access to local and national governments program and development. 
  • Providing advice and direct assistance to community and government/managers to monitor MPAs and fisheries indicators (e.g. coral cover, mangrove, seagrass, fish populations/biomass, and community awareness, target conservation).  
  • Complete a Process Framework in the first few months of KfW Project implementation as project guideline on community engagement. 
  • Coordinate and be responsible for the project’s Knowledge Management and Communications.  
  • Coordinate the project communication on its impacts and results to multiple audiences, but especially to Indonesian government partners (e.g., MMAF), BMUB/KfW, and other direct project partners—specifically, the communities with which it works most closely, as well as with NGO and private sector stakeholders.  
  • Communicate the results MPA activities to multiple audiences, but especially to communities, local governments and GoI partners (e.g., MMAF), leading academic institutions in the country, and other conservation NGOs in the country and region trying to improve the management of MPAs for biodiversity conservation and more sustainable fishing practices 
  • Lead the coordination to work with community leaders and local government agencies to design and implement a series of communication products that very clearly describe the purpose and rules associated with new and existing MPAs, and with any local changes in fisheries policies, practices and enforcement. In so doing, the project seeks to serve its primary audience—to ensure that the people most directly and frequently involved with the marine resources around them feel as fully informed and included as is possible. 
  • Facilitate the measures to establish conflict resolution mechanism that will involve creation of an understandable and transparent consultative process that is culturally appropriate and readily accessible, and at no cost and without retribution to the party that originated the issue or concern, in accordance with IFC guidelines. 
  • Facilitate the project communication with community leaders and local government agencies to design and implement a series of communication products that very clearly describe the purpose and rules associated with new and existing MPAs in the project implementation sites, and with any local changes in fisheries policies, practices and enforcement.  
  • During project life, provide technical and facilitating support to meetings, seminars, workshops and management bodies and formally represent WCS as necessary in such meetings, workshops and conferences. 
  • Provide inputs to document lessons learned from project implementation and develop briefing notes for the Country/Deputy Director to improve implementation and coordination of project activities, support decision-making processes and knowledge management. 
  • Working together with WCS Grant & Budget Management, liaise and communicate all project concern related to organizational development areas to subgrantee(s), etc. Be directly involved in the capacity building effort made to project beneficiaries/other parties as the needs arise.  
  • Working together with WCS Communication team, deliver regular updates on the project activities, including news flashes and updates for WCS-IP website and other social media postings, annual reports, and articles for brochures, leaflets, and printing media. 
  • Undertake any other duties, as assigned by the direct supervisor and/or Marine Program Managers.

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

Position Requirements

  • The Specialist will be based in Bogor/Manado/Mataram/Banda Aceh with regular travel to the KfW project sites.  
  • At least 5 years experience in community engagement, organization development areas and programs.  
  • A PhD (2 years experience) or MSc (5 years experience) in marine science, fisheries, conservation biology or related field. 
  • Good interpersonal skills to deal with a diverse group of contacts, and ability to be a team player. 
  • Able to work in multi-culture work environment and able to lead multi background staff member.  
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in both Indonesian and English are essential.

The position is for Indonesian nationals only. WCS encourages people to apply with management 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 9 February 2019 stating in the subject line “Marine Program Community Engagement and Organizational Development Specialist_(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.