Vacancy Announcement "IWT Project Team Leader"

 The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has a distinguished history of scientists exploring and saving wildlife in some of the most remote and wild places remaining on Earth. The Wildlife Conservation Society Indonesia Program (WCS-IP) has significantly grown over the last decades, and contributed substantially in supporting the Government of Indonesia to the conservation of biodiversity in Indonesia, through its copperation with the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF). WCS-IP currently has programs focusing on terrestrial and marine landscape conservation, and mitigation of Illegal Wildlife Trade. Flagship species for these programs include sumatran tigers, sumatran rhinos, elephants, orangutans, manta rays and the maleo in Sulawesi. In order to achieve our overall goal of saving wildlife and wild places in Indonesia, we aim to support the MoEF and its work with civil society organizations, private sectors, and local communities to protect threatened species and their habitat. A key part of the WCS-IP approach is the mitigation of illegal wildlife trade under the Wildlife Trade and Policy Program.

To increase the effort of mitigating IWT through prevention in exit points, WCS supporting MoEF and local NGO in starting a Wildlife Detection Dog (WDD) project. This project aims to support MoEF and their Natural Resources Conservation(BKSDA) agency as well as other related authorities to do preemptive and preventive measures in increasing the detection rate of wildlife smuggling at sea/airports as well as introduce a new approach to support BKSDA in mitigating illegal wildlife smuggling in sea/airports.

WCS is now seeking a candidate for a Project Team Leader for the project, to be based in North Sulawesi who is dynamic, well-organized, hard-working, and a committed team player to provide key technical support to WCS’s Wildlife Trade and Policy Program. The Project Team Leader will work with and assist the Project Coordinator to develop and implement the project with key with key partner; the North Sulawesi’s Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDAE), and in close coordination with local NGOs as well as other relevant partners and agencies in Bitung.

The position will be based in Bitung with regular trips to Manado and other areas if needed to implement the project’s activities, monitoring and reporting. The Detection Dog Team Leader will be directly under the Detection Dog Project Coordinator supervision.


Project reporting

  • Liaise with Tasikoki’s Site Manager to write regular updates on project activities for communication pieces or project reporting purposes. 
  • Record and manage any findings obtained from the inspection using the wildlife detection dogs. 
  • Working closely with the Project Coordinator and WTP Monitoring and Reporting Coordinator to draft and produce quarterly, annual, and other periodic reports as required by donors and ensuring draft reports are in compliance with WCS and donor policies

Project Development and Management

  • Assist Project Coordinator in managing and coordinating project activities with key implementing partners and Programs within WCS organization. 
  • Develop monthly operational advance and its settlement for project implementation in compliance with WCS standard. 
  • Be a member of a joint technical operation team comprises WCS, Tasikoki and government officials to carry-out searches using the wildlife detection dog at deployment sites.  
  • Understood and implement animal welfare principles in the detection dog project. 
  • Assist the Project Coordinator to ensure the detection dog project is implemented in accordance with the stated work plan, budget, and identified achievements. 
  • Provide technical and facilitating support to meetings, seminars, workshops and public outreach activities as required.
  • Assist Project Coordinator and Tasikoki’s Site Manager to ensure WCS’ employee policies and procedures are followed and implemented by the project staff under WCS contract. 
  • Assist Project Coordinator in planning and performing project-related capacity building activities to enhance staff knowledge and skill in accordance with the project goals.
  • Liaise with WTP Database Team to develop and maintain relevant data obtained from project activities for report and study purposes.

Stakeholder engagement and communication

  • Establish and maintain good collaboration with key partners such as North Sulawesi’s BKSDA and AQA, Tasikoki, JAAN, SIFD and other stakeholders during project preparation, implementation, and evaluation. 
  • Provide inputs to foster synergies, cross-learning, and collaboration between stakeholders in implementing the project.
  • Contributing to the team general performance through proposing, attending and actively engage in regular and occasional meetings, conversation and knowledge sharing. 
  • In close coordination with Project Coordinator and the Communications team to develop timely communication pieces, such as press releases, newsletters, news flashes and updates for WCS website and other social media postings, and articles for brochures, leaflets, and printing media. 
  • Contribute in writing, publishing and presenting WTP publications and through scientific paper, briefing and working papers, technical reports and presentations


  • Possess a degree in conservation, forestry, biology, animal husbandry, veterinary medicine and/or related discipline.  
  • Has experience working with NGOs and in collaboration with the government are an advantage. 
  • High interest in wildlife conservation particularly in preventing illegal wildlife trade.
  • Decisive and independent
  • Good judgement, ability to work under pressure 
  • Excellent report writing and presentation skills 
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills in both English and Bahasa Indonesia 
  • Excellent writing skills in both English and Indonesian 
  • Understood the animal welfare principals  
  • Capable to work well under pressure, quickly understand project parameters and capable of meeting deadlines on time 
  • Good interpersonal skills
POSITION:          IWT Project Team Leader
Based in:            Bitung, North Sulawesi
Reports to:          Detection Dog Project Coordinator

For more detailed information about Wildlife Conservation Society – Indonesia Program, the position and how to apply, please visit our website at:

When you are interested on the above position and consider that you possess the necessary qualification, please submit your job application consisting of updated curriculum vitae, expected salary, three professional references and a cover letter explaining your interest towards this work and/or this organization to
Please fill the “subject” column of the e-mails in this format " IWT Project Team Leader_(name of candidate)"

                                                          February 5, 2021

                              No correspondence, only short-listed candidates will be notified