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Position : Sustainable Landscape Coordinator
Program : Sustainable Landscapes Program
Line manager : Deputy Program Manager
Term : One year, with renewal depending on performance
Location : Singkil, Aceh Province
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) works in over 60 countries to save wildlife and wild places through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. WCS has worked in Indonesia for over 20 years supporting the Ministry of Environment and Forestry in conserving Indonesia’s biodiversity in several priority landscapes. WCS works closely with relevant government agencies, local communities, schools and universities, and the private sector. Further details of our program are available at https://indonesia.wcs.org and about WCS’s global work at https://www.wcs.org.
One of WCS-IP’s priority landscapes is in Aceh and includes Singkil Wildlife Reserve (SWR). The Reserve is a large intact peatland area in Aceh province and provides critical habitat for the Sumatran orangutan and contains vast quantities of carbon. Expansion of oil palm plantations is rapidly occurring in the surrounding area and this may expand into SWR.
WCS-IP operates a Sustainable Landscape Program that aims to reduce deforestation threats and improve community livelihoods in priority landscapes, including SWR, through partnering with the government, private sector, other civil society organisations, and communities to develop deforestation-free commodity production and supply chains.
We are seeking a dynamic and experienced individual to help implement and grow our Sustainable Landscape Program in Aceh, in particular through developing and implementing a landscape partnership and activities in and around SWR.
Tasks and Responsibilities
The Sustainable Landscape Coordinator will support WCS-IP’s efforts to reduce the current and future threats to biodiversity and forest integrity that is driven by the unsustainable production of agricultural commodities. The Sustainable Landscape Coordinator will deliver relevant project interventions including build strategic partnerships that have a measurable impact on reducing these threats in the Leuser Ecosystem, particularly in the SWR, with close coordination and communication with the Leuser Landscape Manager and Aceh Program Manager. More specifically this includes:
Program strategy development
- Analyse the intensity of current and future threats to SWR and identify opportunities to address these threats and restore the landscape integrity.
- Support strategic engagement with private sector companies, civil society organisations, and government agencies in the landscape.
- Support the Deputy Program Manager and Program Manager in designing interventions in the landscape drawing on stakeholder engagement, threats and opportunities and upon lessons learned from project implementation.
- Represent WCS in relevant meetings, workshops and discussion at the local and national level, as needed.
- Working with the Deputy Program Manager, develop detailed project implementation plans in line with project logical framework and other donor requirements.
- Coordinate field staff to develop detailed work plans in line with the project objectives and implementation plans.
- Oversee field staff in the delivery of agreed project interventions in a timely manner and with high quality standards.
- Prepare project activity and financial reports in accordance with donor requirements and in a timely manner.
- Lead the design and implementation of further research on the oil palm supply chain in the landscape.
- Oversee the application of social and environmental safeguards in project implementation.
- Document lessons learned from the implementation of the project to inform the formulation of program strategy.
Stakeholder engagement and communication
- Establish and maintain good working relationships with the Aceh Natural Resource Conservation Agency (BKSDA Aceh), Aceh Peat Management Agency, as well as relevant provincial and district government agencies.
- Establish and maintain good working relationships with private sector and other civil society organization partners in the landscape to secure their support for interventions at the field-level.
- Establish partnerships and opportunities to link the community-level interventions with the broader local and provincial government development program.
- Provide technical and facilitating support to meetings, training and public outreach activities to present the WCS project to stakeholders.
- Support writing, publishing and presenting high quality research findings and providing data to support communication of project and key impacts and findings through websites, social and print media.
Qualifications and Experience
- University Degree in Forestry, Environmental, and Agricultural Studies
- Minimum 5 years working in forest conservation and development issues, ideally in relation to commodity-driven deforestation and smallholder farmer livelihoods
- Excellent analytical skills and extensive experience in project and team management
- Demonstrable field experience of working with communities, particularly smallholders farmers, and diverse stakeholders, including the private sector.
- Proven understanding of the palm oil sector, as well as other commodities.
- Capable to work well under pressure and capable of meeting deadlines on time with high standard
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to adapt communications and messaging to a range of different audiences
- Excellent networking and engagement skills
- Excellent written and spoken both English and Bahasa Indonesia.
WCS is an equal opportunity employer and the organization complies with all employment and labor laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination in hiring and ensures that candidates from all backgrounds are fairly and consistently considered during the recruitment process.
Please send a covering letter and CV in English to email@example.com no later than 24 March 2021, stating in the subject line “Sustainable Landscape Coordinator_(name)”
No correspondence, only short-listed candidates will be notified.