Marine Program Sustainable MPA Financing Specialist


Position/Jabatan : Sustainable MPA Financing 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 Sustainable MPA Financing 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 facilitate project main stakeholders to determine specific mechanisms for sustainable financing of MPAs and fisheries management in their areas. 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 and facilitate the project main stakeholders, using sharing investment approach to determine opportunities and specific mechanisms for sustainable financing of MPAs and fisheries management in their areas, i.e. identifying external sources available for local communities to participate in MPA management (e.g. community business unit, village fund, village business unit, corporate social responsibility); international (or national) seafood industry stakeholders through certification or preferential purchasing of better-managed fisheries, etc.  
  • Provide analysis on identifying various steps in developing a business plan and subsequent means to covering any identified MPA financing gaps; prepare a review the various methods of reducing costs, optimizing current revenues or developing new sources of revenue for MPAs as initital reference to project main-stakeholders.  
  • Provide facilitation to the project in building the capacity of local communities to manage government funds responsibly and to prioritize using them for resource management activities. 
  • Involve in the engagement with the local Marine and Fisheries Agency (Dinas Kelautan dan Perikanan) as a main partner for MPA management and fisheries management in all three provinces, including MMAF for national MPAs where WCS applied KfW project fundings and other key stakeholders (local community group, community leaders, etc, i.e. North Sulawesi and West Nusa Tenggara formal local community surveillance groups (POKMASWAS). 
  • Work with WCS Indonesia Senior Marine Managers, Advisor(s) and Coordinators, as well as Communication Department in WCS to continue build awareness within the Ministry of Marine Affairs (MMAF) and Dinas Kelautan dan Perikanan in each province on the utility of MPAs and sustainable fisheries management so that they invest more of their budgets into these mechanisms. 
  • Support the coordination and 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.  
  • Support the Communication 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 
  • Support the project 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. 
  • 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, in particular related to MPA Financing best practises and develop briefing notes for the Country/Deputy Director. 
  • 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 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 Sustainable MPA Financing 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.