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Wildlife Conservation Society - Indonesia Program is seeking a good candidate for these job opportunity:


Position/Jabatan : Deputy Program Manager for Marine Science
Program : Marine and Fisheries
Based in/Lokasi : Bogor
Line Manager/Manajer Lini : Marine Cross Cutting Manager


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 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.

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.

Deputy Program Manager for Science

The role will oversee WCS Indonesia’s fisheries and marine science initiatives to ensure that our conservation programs are informed by sound data and grounded in the latest scientific principles and engage with international initiatives on fisheries and marine sciences, including socio-economics studies. The WCS Indonesia Marine Program has a firm foundation in coral reef ecological monitoring, and as the program has grown this work has expanded to socio-economic monitoring and fisheries science. The marine program now employs a wide range of scientific techniques ranging from underwater marine surveys, advanced statistics and modeling for fisheries, DNA analysis, spatial analysis, social science and more. The Marine Science Deputy Program Manager 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 and provide overall leadership to a small team of coral, fisheries and socio-economic marine scientists, as well as project-based consultants. 
  • Provide leadership on developing and implementing the Marine Science Unit strategy and ensure the use of an applied scientific research approach that is in line with the wider WCS Indonesia Marine Program strategy. 
  • Oversee the WCS Indonesia Marine Program database and coordinate with WCS Marine Knowledge Management staff to develop and implement data management protocols. 
  • Coordinate with the WCS Marine Knowledge Management staff on marine program science communications, such as producing high-quality reports, participation in conference and symposium and the preparation of associated materials. 
  • Oversee the management of project grants, ensuring that all outputs are met in a timely and high-quality manner. Develop project proposals, by compiling information, documenting lessons learned from our projects, developing future strategies and sharing and discussing ideas and concept notes with the Marine Program Advisors. 
  • Oversee the compilation of the Marine Science Unit’s inputs into donor reports, ensuring quality control.


  • Provide high level technical support and inputs into the design, coordination, and implementation of WCS ecological, fisheries, and socio-economic monitoring programs including annual and inter-annual work planning. 
  • Develop research partnerships within WCS’s global network and externally, both in Indonesia and internationally. 
  • Contribute to WCS Indonesia Program’s Research Fellowship Program with the WCS Indonesia Science Unit. 
  • Identify opportunities and coordinate trainings and capacity building for science staff in consultation with WCS Indonesia Science Unit. 
  • Provide technical and facilitating support to meetings, seminars, workshops and management bodies and formally represent WCS as necessary in such meetings, workshops and conferences. 
  • Write and publish research findings and scientific papers in close coordination with line supervisor on a regular basis, including for policy papers and technical reports.  
  • Contribute to WCS global analyses and scientific paper writing in multiple country collaborative projects. 
  • 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. 
  • 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 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  
  • Excellent knowledge of marine and fisheries issues in Indonesia and beyond 
  • At least 5 - 10 years experience in marine conservation science programs and teams 
  • A PhD (5 years experience) or MSc (10 years experience) in marine science, fisheries, conservation biology or related field
  • Proven track record of scientific publications 
  • Proven ability to plan and implement marine conservation science programs and manage donor 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

Please send a covering letter and CV in English to no late than 27 February 2020, stating in the subject line “Deputy Manager for Marine Science_(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.