Conservation Manager

The Zoological Society of London is an international wildlife conservation organization with a focus on science-based and pragmatic solutions. ZSL has been active in Indonesia for about 10 years, with a particular focus on the overlap between industrial development and biodiversity conservation. ZSL Indonesia is based in Bogor, West Java, with existing field projects in Jambi and South Sumatera. We are now looking for:

Conservation Manager

Terms and Condition
Start Date : March, 2018
Duration of Contract : One year fix- term Contract, with potential to extend
Work Area : Palembang.
Reporting to : Deputy Project Director (Interim)

Key Purpose of the Job
Conservation Manager will manage the relationships with all government agencies and land managers in the landscape, assisting and advising in preparation of adaptive management plans, creation of new programs, and implementation of proposed actions to support biodiversity conservation in the pilot landscape area.

This position is part of UKCCU/NICFI Project staffing in South Sumatra.

The UKCCU/NICFI Project works with the Government of South Sumatra, national and district level governments, communities and the private sector to facilitate and support the government, private sector and local communities, to establish and pilot the sustainable landscape management partnership approach in the Sembilang-Dangku landscape of South Sumatra. The proposed impact of this project is to achieve “Inclusive economic growth and community prosperity, biodiversity conservation, forest protection and restoration, and the ending of deforestation, peatland drainage and wildfires that contribute to land-based Greenhouse Gas emissions”.

The Conservation Manager will be based in Palembang.

Responsibility for Resources

People
The Conservation Manager will report directly to the Deputy Project Director, and indirectly to the Project Director.

Responsibilities
The post-holder will ensure that operations in Palembang are in compliance with ZSL and the contractual agreement with the UK government.
S/he will be responsible for supervising the Restoration Officer and Biodiversity Monitoring Officer.

Main duties and key responsibilities
1. Responsible to build good relationships with all government agency/institutions related to the project’s scope of activity.
2. Help to ensure the government’s commitment to participate in the implementation of UKCCU Project.
3. In coordination with other relevant managers and the Deputy Project Director, undertake planning and completing integrated landscape management planning support to the South Sumatra government.
4. Communicates and works effectively with other team members and partners to provide technical support.
5. Builds trust with government/institutions by working together to achieve project goals Develop a work program in coordination with government agencies that will advance project goals.
6. Supervise subordinates who will be working with public sector agencies to develop landscape monitoring processes.
7. Establish and maintain contact with government agency at national and sub-national that affect natural resources issues.
8. Responsible in managing partners (ensure the partners’ activities and deliverables are on schedule and report submission on timely manner).
9. Lead the project intervention on conservation and restoration in the landscape.
10.Perform any other project related as required.

Building relationships
• The job requires continued professional internal and external interaction/ communications, both in person and via phone and email, with ZSL colleagues in both the Palembang and Jambi office with local project partners.

Mental Demands
• This post will be mentally demanding often requiring the ability to make quick decisions in unanticipated situations, finding solutions and deciding upon the best strategy.

Flexibility
• This post will be based primarily in the office.
• Flexibility is important; the flexibility to work extended hours, weekends and holidays may be necessary.

Working Conditions
• This post is based in Palembang, South Sumatra.
• A substantial proportion of the post-holder’s time will be spent in field conditions whether this is for training or projects implementation purposes.

Expectations of post holder
• To ensure that the ZSL policy for equal opportunities is adhered to and promoted in all aspects of the post holder’s work.
• To ensure effective quality control and continuous improvement in all aspects of the work and responsibilities attached to this post.
• Demonstrate professionalism towards handling sensitive and confidential information.
• To comply with and promote ZSL’s Health and Safety policies and procedures and to undertake recommended Health and Safety training as and when necessary.
• To be committed to professional self-development, through participation in in-service training as necessary for carrying out the job successfully.
• To undertake such other duties as are commensurate with the objectives and grade of the post.

Person Specification

Qualifications & Experience
• Minimum Master degree in a related discipline e.g. forestry, biology, natural resource management, or conservation.
• Minimum 10 years’ successful experience working in similar position with an international NGO.
• Strong leadership and interpersonal skills, financial and organizational development skills, strong coaching skills and excellent analytical and financial planning skills.
• Strong analytical and interpretative problem solving skills.
• Minimum 7 years’ previous experience as an effective supervisor.
• Self-motivated and resourceful, with the proven ability to multi-task and operate successfully under tight deadlines and time pressures.
• Strong written and verbal communication skills.
• Previous work (directly or indirectly) with Government of Indonesia Institutions would also be a strong advantage.

Knowledge
• Understanding about wildlife conservation, particularly in Indonesia is an advantage.
• Knowledge of national and local government policies and regulations.

Skills & Abilities
• Good level of competence in MS Office.
• Good level of data reporting and analytics competencies (content knowledge).
• Good communications and negotiation skills.
• Self starter, pro-active and uses initiative – can work independently and prioritize own work load.
• Preferably a high level of written and spoken English
• Flexible and able to work under pressure and often to tight deadlines; including an ability to prioritize jobs.
• Highly motivated.
• Willing to work at any circumstances both independently or in a group, such as in remote areas with very limited facilities.
• Able to deal with tight schedule and unscheduled tasks,and target oriented.
• Willing to travel extensively across the project sites in Indonesia.

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The Zoological Society of London is
an international wildlife conservation organization with a focus on
science-based and pragmatic solutions. ZSL has been active in Indonesia for
about 10 years, with a particular focus on the overlap between industrial
development and biodiversity conservation. ZSL’s Indonesia is based in Bogor,
West Java, with existing field projects in Jambi and South
Sumatera.

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