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Job Title                    : One Health Research Assistant
Job Grade                 : Band 2 – Class PC
Base                            : Bogor, West Java, with possible travel to project sites
Duration                   : 1 year

BACKGROUND

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.

WCS-IP is currently working closely with Direktorat Konservasi Keanekaragaman Hayati Spesies dan Genetik (Dit. KKHSG), MoEF, supporting meetings and provision of experts to conduct scientific studies related to the protection and sustainable use of species related to One Health Initiative. This activity will address the urgent need to simultaneously prioritize the interlinked health of people, animals, and the environment while recognizing that intact and functioning ecosystems are the foundation for the health and wellbeing of all.

To support this program, and working collaboratively with the global health theme, the One Health Research Assistant will perform a variety of tasks, under the supervision of the Wildlife Trade and Policy Program Manager and in close collaboration with the Science Unit coordinator. These tasks cover three main areas: (i) Policy analysis and research support; (ii) Stakeholder engagement; and (iii) Program management.

RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Policy Analysis and Research Support

  • Assist in the assessment and documentation of the lessons learned and replicability of a One Health approach across Indonesia and the region, including applicable policies, laws, and regulations both at national and local level. This includes conducting data collection and literature review to support policy analysis and research activities.
  • Assist in wildlife disease surveillance and investigation capacity building measures in government agencies through training workshops and “on-the-job” training opportunities. Support the Science and Technology Unit to conduct and publish an analysis of spatio-temporal patterns of zoonotic disease outbreaks and impacts in Indonesia.
  • Facilitate coordination within WCS-IP, particularly with the thematic Program Managers, (Forest, Marine, Right and Communities) and provide technical assistance to their site-based One Health activities, as requested.
  • Work with the WCS global One Health Thematic team to develop active and/or passive disease surveillance protocols designed to detect and validate reported wildlife morbidity/mortality events and support the establishment of a wildlife bio-surveillance network to record, analyze and report such events to network partners.
  • Assist WCS-IP for participation in national, regional, and international meetings, workshops, conferences, and discussions (such as CITES and CBD, OH, wildlife health and Planetary Health meetings) to present the WCS-IP work on One Health, identify key areas for future WCS-IP support, such as Emerging Infectious Disease (EID) to address and working groups or initiatives to join, and provide recommendations to support the Government of Indonesia’s position.
  • Work with the Communications Unit to develop a One Health communication strategy, including Op-Eds and an advocacy campaign strategy, to support policy reforms.

2. Stakeholder and internal engagement

  • Assist in establishing and maintaining good working relationships and/or strategic partnerships with key stakeholders such as with national government, FAO, OIE, WHO, UNEP and IUCN, academia, NGOs, etc.
  • Provide technical and facilitating support to meetings, seminars, workshops, and public outreach activities related to One Health aspect as required.
  • Represent WCS-IP at major meetings nationally with key stakeholders and partners including regularly scheduled meetings with the WCS Global Health Theme to harmonize activities and external communications with the WCS wide ‘One Health in Action’ and subsequent strategies.

3. Program Management

  • Support project management to ensure the work plans are undertaken in a timely manner as well as support in the budget management.
  • Provide inputs to the design of a WCS-IP One Health strategy (including its vision, objectives, activities, and M&E indicators) and support the development of concept note and project proposals.
  • Prepare activity reports as required by WCS-IP, donors and/or government partners on project activities, in Indonesian or English.
  • Assist the organization of donor, government, and consultant visits to project sites, such as preparation of missions, and accompany them in the field, as needed.

Qualifications and experience required

  • The post holder should have a degree in environmental health, ecological science, forestry, biology, social sciences and/or a related discipline.
  • Background knowledge of One Health, disease surveillance networks, outbreak response, and epidemiological tools used to monitor wildlife health, preferably with field-based experience and wildlife species and trade issues.
  • Having knowledge of and/or experience in project management skills including workflow and budget planning, prioritizing tasks across multiple project components, and delivering high-quality products (e.g. concept notes, proposals and reports) within the set deadline.
  • Excellent English skills, both in writing and speaking.
  • Excellent computer skills (Ms. Office)
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to effectively interact with people in a multidisciplinary and multicultural environment.
  • Good diplomatic skills in maintaining communication with government and key partners.
  • Willingness to travel, particularly to field sites.
  • Interest in wildlife and conservation and a commitment to the mission of WCS.

The position is for Indonesian nationals only. WCS encourages people to apply with communications 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 idrecruitment@wcs.org stating in the subject line “One Health Research Assistant_(name)” at the latest on June 14th, 2022 No correspondence as only short-listed candidates will be notified.