Vacancy Announcement "Business Development Senior Specialist"

 The Wildlife Conservation Society-Indonesia Program (WCS-IP) has grown significantly over the last few decades and has contributed to supporting the Indonesian Government, particularly the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF) in conserving Indonesia's biodiversity. WCS-IP currently has a program that focuses on landscape/seascape conservation, species conservation actions, and local community engagement.

The WCS-IP’s Sustainable Landscape and Infrastructure Program aims to support MoEF to address land and forest cover change, and improve community livelihoods in priority landscapes through partnering with the government, private sector, other civil society organizations, and communities to develop land and forest cover change-free commodity production and supply chains. In Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park (BBSNP), BBS Sustainable Commodities Partnership or BBS Kemitraan Komoditas Lestari (BBS KEKAL) builds on a shared vision for the landscape, established through a Collective Statement of Intent signed by 16 organizations in April 2018. BBS KEKAL is working with the MoEF to develop a roadmap to address encroachment and restore priority areas, while continued monitoring and patrols in collaboration with the National Park Authority to reduce the risk of future land and forest cover change. BBS KEKAL is supporting farmers to achieve more profitable and resilient livelihoods, and working with companies to fulfil their supply chain commitments.

WCS-IP is currently seeking a dynamic, highly organized and experienced Business Development Senior Specialist. The primary focus of the role is to oversee the development of BBS KEKAL into a commercially viable programme. This includes overseeing the development and implementation of company partnerships, the design and development of the landscape sustainable financing mechanism, including the partnerships required for the delivery of financial products to farmers, and securing investment into the programme/sustainable financing mechanism. This may also include the development of commercially viable alternative income opportunities at the community level. Once this commercially viable program is developed, it might be replicated to other landscape.



  • Development of a strategy for BBS KEKAL towards commercial viability of the programme, including company partnerships and responsible sourcing, and sustainable financing.
  • Strategy delivery including:
  • Overseeing the design and development of the sustainable financing mechanism, including in collaboration with external consultants and delivery partners.
  • Development of the associated business plans to establish the costs, benefits/impacts, and potential revenues of the strategy, including for smallholder farmers, companies and at the landscape level through the sustainable financing mechanism.
  • Facilitating and supporting negotiation of purchase agreements between companies and communities and ensuring inclusion of conservation criteria.
  • Support the WCS-IP teams under the Sustainable Landscapes and Infrastructure Program, including the BBS KEKAL field team, to develop and implement work plans that deliver in line with strategies and business plans.
  • Coordinating research in the areas of conservation finance at the field level (and sector level as needed) to inform strategy development and delivery.
  • Coordinating partnerships/engagements with consultants, as needed.
  • Preparing activity reports as required by WCS, donors, investors and/or stakeholders.
  • Engaging and support the development of other type conservation finance solutions across WCS-IP project sites.


  • Engagement with and management of company partnerships in line with BBS KEKAL strategy.
  • Engagement with and management of partnerships with financial institutions and delivery partners.
  • Development of investor relationships and continued engagement.
  • Direct engagement, and support for the WCS-IP leadership team with government engagement, needed for delivery of BBS KEKAL strategy.


  • BBS KEKAL strategy
  • BBS KEKAL business plan for private sector partners
  • Collaborative agreements with private sector partners
  • Private sector sourcing agreements
  • Design of a sustainable financing mechanism
  • Partnerships and investment for development of sustainable financing mechanism
  • Donor reports



  • Relevant university (MSc/S2) level qualification in agriculture, conservation, sustainable development, business or similar
  • A minimum of 7 years’ experience in business development, agricultural finance, private sector engagement/commodity supply chains, or conservation enterprise
  • Familiarity with private sector and sustainable supply chain initiatives, smallholder finance, impact investment
  • Demonstrable experience in business plan and strategy development
  • Ability to conceptualize and create products and approaches that link programmes with business and conservation interests.
  • Strong interest in promoting sustainable practices within business and finance
  • Experience in preparing materials for corporate and investment audiences
  • Ability to work independently and proactively
  • Good judgment, ability to work under pressure and respond quickly to deadlines
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, to a range of different audiences
  • Excellent networking, diplomacy and engagement skills and strategies, with strong existing networks in relation to commodity supply chains and investors
  • Excellent written and analytical skills
  • Fluency in English
  • Demonstrable experience in developing and managing company partnerships / complex multi-stakeholder partnerships


  • Competitive salary according to WCS’ internal salary scheme
  • Health Insurance, Life Insurance, BPJS Kesehatan, BP Jamsostek, Out-patient Medical Reimbursement

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 application consisting of updated curriculum vitae and a cover letter explaining your interest towards this work and/or this organization to
Please fill the subject column of the e-mail in this format "Business Development Senior Specialist_(name)"

                                                           July 11th, 2023