North Maluku Livelihood Officer


Position/Jabatan : North Maluku Livelihood Officer
Program : Marine (SEA 100%)
Based in/Lokasi : Ternate, North Maluku
Line Manager/Manajer Lini : North Maluku Deputy Project Leader
Duration of Assignment : One year– with possible extension
Employment Status : Full time


The Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS’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 USAID SEA project for the period of 2016 – 2020, 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 MPAs and improved management of commercially and ecologically important fisheries. It will benefit the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, fisheries managers in North Maluku provinces, and local communities who rely on marine resources. It will address threats of overfishing, destructive fishing, and loss of marine habitats.

WCS-IP is currently a sub-contractor for USAID-SEA (Sustainable Ecosystem Advance) which located in North Maluku. To maximize its impact, USAID-SEA needs to encourage people within this area to practice the sustainable fisheries and increase their knowledge on the Marine Protected area as well as increase incentives of marine conservation for local people. In order to ensure that, a Sustainable Practice Officer is needed to advance the WCS-IP & USAID-SEA conservation agenda through targeted, innovative development of incentives and ecotourism that benefit and catalyze change in key constituencies. The Livelihood Officer will be responsible for facilitate development of incentives mechanism to support effective management of MPA as well as providing benefit for the key stakeholders through sustainable tourism, sustainable fisheries or other potential sustainable economic activities.

Position Objectives

The Livelihood Officer will directly report to the North Maluku Deputy Leader and coordinate closely and significantly on daily basis with Coordinator, support(s) as well as on regular basis to Project Leader, Program Manager and advisor(s) of the WCS Indonesia Marine team.

The Livelihood Officer is responsible for providing technical support to SEA Project field team and targeted community group on initiating and enhancing sustainable livelihood that support conservation effort in the area. The role is including but not limited to: develop livelihood concept, implementation roadmap, engagement strategy with community and partners, monitoring activity implementation, development of ToR of activities, documentation of project outputs, development technical report from the field work, assist communication and coordination with partners, and other project related activities. The Officer will be providing these services in an effective and efficient manner to ensure the project target and implementation are maintained in an effective and efficient manner.

General roles

  1. Coordinate with NM Deputy Project Leader and NM Project Leader, Coordinators, field staffs and technical support staff to assess, design and implement sustainable livelihood activities (especially related to sustainable tourism and fisheries), and ensure strong engagement with community and related stakeholders 
  2. Facilitate processes to increase the effectiveness of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), especially those relating to the community engagement and the development of sustainable livelihood for the community within the MPAs and fisheries areas 
  3. Facilitate capacity building activities for the targeted community groups (e.g. Pokdarwis, PKK, etc.) to implement a community-based sustainable livelihood that is in line with and support conservation initiatives and efforts in the area 
  4. Facilitate activities related to the information gathering, assessment and communication in relation to the development of sustainable livelihood within the MPAs and fisheries areas for the community, and to the partnership with relevant stakeholders 
  5. Facilitate the implementation of SEA Project and WCS approaches for institutional strengthening and capacity of the community group, government, academic institution, and other related stakeholders to increase community participation in marine conservation and fisheries management 
  6. Assist communication between the local community and local government on the planning and implementation of sustainable livelihood practices to support the management of marine protected areas and sustainable fisheries management 
  7. Support awareness raising activities by communicating with the community 
  8. Provide supports related to preparation and implementation of training, survey and assessment activities related to sustainable livelihood 
  9. Carry out other relevant tasks given by the supervisor and Program Manager

Specific roles

  1. Facilitate the strengthened capacity building of sustainable livelihood community groups (Pokdarwis, PKK, etc.) to implement a community-based sustainable livelihood in the targeted village to support MPA and sustainable fisheries  
  2. Responsible to ensure community support through a written commitment (e.g. village agreement or other document that fits the local context) 
  3. Responsible to facilitate the development of business plan and SOP for sustainable livelihood activities in the community 
  4. Assess and facilitate the integration of the sustainable livelihood activity within the community with village-owned enterprise (BUMDes) to ensure the ownership and the sustainability of the sustainable livelihood activity within the targeted communities 
  5. Responsible to encourage the contribution of sustainable livelihood for conservation effort to support the sustanability of coastal and marine natural resources that also in line with existing management of MPA and fisheries areas 
  6. Provide support in designing and developing the sustainable financing mechanism for MPA and fisheries management 
  7. Monitor the implementation of sustainable livelihood activities and ensure good communication and coordination with related government agencies and related stakeholders 
  8. Coordinate with coordinators, community officers, field facilitators and fisheries enumerators based on the work mechanism established by WCS; and 
  9. Ensure that all directions given by the Supervisor and Program Manager are carried out properly in order to achieve the goals and objectives of the SEA Project in North Maluku.

Reports and Outputs

  1. Periodic Progress Report
    The Livelihood Officer submits periodic progress reports on activities carried out under his responsibility every month and three months to the supervisor. 
  2. Data and Information
    Help collect data and information (if needed) related to planning and activity implementation of sustainable livelihood to support Marine Protected Area and fisheries management.

General Tasks

  1. Apply and promote WCS’s values on respect, transparency and accountability, innovation, inclusion and diversity, collaboration, and integrity in daily work 
  2. Participate wholeheartedly in the general activities of WCS-IP 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 
  3. Undertake any other duties as assigned by supervisor and line management coordination if required

Please note that the above TOR constitutes only the main responsibilities and duties of this position. As WCS-IP 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 Livelihood Officer will be based in Ternate with regular travel to the SEA project sites. 

  • Have work experience of at least 5 (four) years in the field of community development to local / coastal community and conservation efforts in coastal and marine area 
  • Has a bachelor education background in the fields of social science (community assistance / development, or social work) combined with conservation and / or fisheries work; or having a bachelor education background in fisheries, marine biology, conservation and management of biological resources combined with community development and facilitation works; or other bachelor education that is in harmony with a combination of similar work 
  • Have good ability in communicating verbally or in writing in Indonesian and local languages (or willing to learn it as part of work) • Good interpersonal skills to deal with a diverse group of contacts (including local stakeholders and communities 
  • Able to communicate with broad range of people and finding solutions of problems 
  • Able to operate computers and software (MS Outlook, MS Word, MS Excel and MS Power Point) 
  • Able to work individually and in teams 
  • Have a vision in supporting the conservation of biological resources and sustainable management of natural resources in Indonesia 
  • Have experiences working in eastern Indonesia, especially North Maluku will be an advantage

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 September 13th, 2019 stating in the subject line “North Maluku Livelihood Officer_(name)”. No correspondence as only short-listed candidates will be notified.