Terms of Reference
Position : Sulu-Sulawesi Sea Project Coordinator (Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines).
Reports to : WCS Regional Marine Technical Advisor
Location : Any of the above listed country program offices will be considered for the right candidate.
Coordinates with : Regional Director, Coral Reef Conservation Director, Global Marine Program staff, Regional Technical Advisors, Country/Deputy Directors, Regional Grants Manager, Country Programme Marine Staff
About Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)
WCS stands for wildlife and wild places. As the world’s premier wildlife conservation organization, WCS has a long track record of achieving innovative, impactful results at scale. We run programs spanning the entire ocean and more than 3 million biologically critical square miles in nearly 60 countries. We build on a unique foundation: Our reach is global; we discover through best-in-class science; we protect through work on the ground with local and indigenous people; we inspire through our world-class zoos, aquarium, and education programs; and we leverage our resources through partnerships and powerful policy influence. Our 4,000 diverse, passionately committed team members in New York City and around the world work collectively to achieve our conservation mission.
WCS is leading a multi-country project identify and protect climate-resilient reefs throughout the Sulu-Sulawesi Sea and develop sustainable financing for effective management of protected and conserved areas and build resilience against the impacts of climate change. The project will be implemented by WCS in Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines.
WCS is seeking a full-time Project Coordinator to lead the implementation of this project and provide support to other related regional marine activities on an ad-hoc basis. Under the supervision of the Southeast Asia Regional Director, the Project Coordinator will work across all aspects of project planning, delivery and direct data collection, reporting, and evaluations of activities funded by Trafigura. The Coordinator will be responsible for the project’s monitoring and evaluation framework, including tracking project Key Performance Indicators and their means of verification; leading the planning and implementation of coral reef monitoring activities, and will conduct semi-annual reviews, analyze project data, develop project reports, and provide feedback to support adaptive management. They will also ensure that monitoring and evaluation is coordinated and aligned with WCS global coral reef monitoring strategies and technologies to ensure efficient, robust, and credible impact measurement.
The Project Coordinator will be assigned to carry out these responsibilities in close collaboration with the Country Directors and lead marine staff in Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines, and the Program Coordination Unit in Indonesia. The Project Coordinator will also work to ensure that grant outputs align with other ongoing efforts and projects in the region and provide support to these projects as needed.
- Develop a two-year project work plan with associated budget
- Coordinate the implementation of site based activities according to the agreed workplan and budget
- Contribute technical expertise on ecological monitoring of corals / fish / bleaching
- Coordinate regular country- and regional-level meetings as required
- Supervise activity implementation, including training and support to staff working on the project. Conduct field visits to supervise activities and resolve issues as they arise
- Support capacity-building activities across staff, partners, and community, when applicable
- Develop routine tracking tools for project staff to document key metrics. Track and maintain a high standard of monitoring and evaluation of Key Performance Indicators
- Analyze project data
- Coordinate technical reporting for country- and regional-level activities, ensuring the timely submission of Intermediate (six-monthly), Annual, and Final Project Execution reports.
- Contribute to the communication of project outputs, ensuring that staff follow grant branding and communication guidelines
Qualifications and Experience
- Committed to the mission of the Wildlife Conservation Society
- Bachelor’s degree in marine science related discipline is required. Master’s level degree is preferred. Experience can be considered instead of formal education, on a case-by-case basis.
- A minimum of 10 years’ experience in project management and/or coral reef monitoring in the context of marine conservation or natural resource management,
- Thorough knowledge and experience in coral reef science and Marine Protected Area development/management
- Ability to work independently with willingness to travel to remote areas
- Excellent communication skills (oral and written) in English. Knowledge of regionally spoken languages is an advantage.
- Experience in data analysis using statistics software (required) and MERMAID (preferred)
- Strong computer skills (MS Office, MS Excel and MS PowerPoint or similar applications)
- Extensive coral reef monitoring experience within the region
- Experience managing multi-cultural project teams
- Previous experience of working with an international NGO
- SCUBA certifications
Workspace conditions and environtment
- Periodic need to work overlapping hours with teams located in different time zones.
Interested candidates, who meet the above qualifications, should apply by sending an application letter and CV together with the names and contact information of three references, current salary, and expected salary to HR WCS Indonesia Program at firstname.lastname@example.org and Yulia Sudjatmiko at email@example.com by midnight on the 16th February, 2024. Please include the “Sulu-Sulawesi Sea Project Coordinator” in the subject line of your email. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews. The job will be filled when a suitable applicant is found, so interested applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
WCS is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to hiring and supporting a diverse workforce. We are committed to cultivating an inclusive work environment and look for future team members who share that same value.