TERMS OF REFERENCE
Position: Sustainable Landscape Coordinator
Program: Sustainable Landscape Program
Line manager: Sustainable Landscape Program Manager
Term: One year, with renewal depending on performance
Location: Kota Agung, Lampung Province
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has a distinguished history of experts exploring and saving wildlife in some of the most remote and wild places remaining on Earth. WCS Indonesia Program (WCS-IP) has significantly grown over the last decades, and contributed substantially in supporting the Government of Indonesia (GoI), particularly Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF) in conserving Indonesia’s biodiversity. WCS-IP currently has programs focusing on landscape/seascape conservation, species conservation actions and engaging local communities.
One of WCS-IP’s priority landscapes is the Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park (BBSNP) and its surrounding buffer zone in southern Sumatra. BBSNP provides habitat for the critically endangered Sumatran tiger, rhino and elephant and supports vital ecosystem services for the surrounding communities. The park spans the province of Lampung, South Sumatra, and Bengkulu, which together comprise Indonesia’s principal robusta coffee producing region. The expansion of smallholder coffee farms poses a major threat to the National Park. At the same time farmers face challenges, including ageing coffee trees, limited knowledge of good agricultural practices and poor access to training, inputs, markets and finance, leading to low productivity and profitability.
WCS-IP’s Sustainable Landscape (SL) Program aims to reduce land and forest cover change and improve community livelihoods in priority landscapes, including BBSNP, through partnering with the government, private sector, other civil society organisations, and communities to develop land and forest cover change-free commodity production and supply chains. We are seeking a dynamic and experienced individual to help implement and grow our Sustainable Landscape Program in Indonesia, in particular by developing and implementing the program.
Tasks and Responsibilities
The Sustainable Landscape Coordinator will support WCS-IP’s efforts in supporting the Government to reduce the current and future threats to biodiversity and forest integrity in the landscapes that are 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 BBSNP. More specifically this includes:
Project and Team Management
- Working with Program Manager, develop the project strategy and approach to support the protection of BBSNP and to improve the livelihoods of the communities living in the buffer zone area.
- Working with the Program Manager, develop detailed project implementation plans in line with project log frames and other donor requirements.
- Oversee and provide line management to a team of field staff to ensure the effective delivery of agreed project interventions in a timely manner and to high quality standards.
- Prepare project activity and financial reports in accordance with donor requirements and in a timely manner.
- Oversee the application of strong social and environmental safeguards in project implementation.
- Document lessons learned from project implementation to support adaptive management and to inform the formulation of the SL program strategy.
Analysis and Research
- Analyse the intensity of current and future threats to BBSNP and identify opportunities to address these threats and restore the landscape integrity.
- Oversee the implementation of surveys and focus group discussion to understand socio-economic conditions and challenges of the communities, as part of the scale up process.
- Oversee the implementation of farmer registration and farm mapping.
- Oversee data validation to support the establishment of landscape monitoring system.
- Oversee the implementation of supply chain mapping to inform the development of the farmer incentives and compliance mechanism, including the development of preferential sourcing agreements with companies.
- Support the feasibility study for the establishment of a blended financing mechanism to support landscape interventions, including the development and trial of a farmer financing mechanism.
Coordination, communication and stakeholder engagement
- Ensure strong coordination and communication with the WCS Sumatra program to ensure alignment with and support to the BBSNP Authority.
- Ensure regular communication and coordination with the SL Program and administrative support teams (including Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist and others)
- Establish and maintain good working relationships with the BBSNP Authority and district government agencies
- Ensure the alignment of the project’s strategy, approach and activities with BBSNP Authority program and target, and district government’s development plan.
- Establish and maintain good working relationships with private sector partners in the landscape to secure their support for interventions at the field-level, including the development of preferential sourcing agreements.
- Establish strategic engagement with civil society organisations, research agencies and other relevant actors in the landscape.
- Establish partnerships and opportunities to link 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
- Represent WCS in relevant meetings, workshops and discussion at the local, national and international level, as needed.
Qualifications and Experience
- University Degree in Forestry, Environmental, Agricultural Studies or other related fields.
- Minimum 5 years working in forest conservation and/or development issues, ideally in relation to commodity-driven land and forest cover change and smallholder farmer livelihoods.
- Extensive and proven experience in project and team management.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, the ability to work well in a team and adapt communications and messaging to a range of different audiences
- Excellent analytical skills.
- Demonstrable field experience of working with communities, particularly smallholder farmers, and diverse stakeholders, including the private sector.
- Good knowledge of smallholder agriculture and the coffee sector (production and marketing)
- Willing and able to work and travel to isolated rural areas on a regular basis.
- Capable of working well under pressure and of meeting deadlines on time and to a high standard.
- Excellent networking and engagement skills
- Excellent written and spoken both English and Bahasa Indonesia.
Please send a covering letter and CV in English to email@example.com , stating in the subject line “Sustainable Landscape Coordinator BBS_(name)” no later than 20 October 2021.