[Coral-List] WCS PNG Marine Coordinator -- UPGRADED position

Liz Lauck llauck at wcs.org
Mon Nov 14 15:14:28 EST 2005

UPGRADED Position Description

for the Wildlife Conservation Society’s
Papua New Guinea Marine Program Coordinator Position

UPDATED 14 November 2005


The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) recently launched a marine
conservation program in Papua New Guinea, focusing on research to improve
the management of coastal marine ecosystems, with a particular emphasis on
coral reefs. The WCS Marine Program operates from a base in Kavieng, New
Ireland, and presently consists of a team of social scientists and
administrative staff. The program primarily focuses on:  i) Training and
capacity building in marine conservation, ii) Research into traditional
management, and iii) Improving the sustainability of coral harvesting for
betel-nut lime production in Manus.

The WCS PNG Marine Program Coordinator will be responsible for the daily
management of the WCS PNG Marine Program. S/he will report directly to the
Marine Program Director based in NY and will coordinate closely with the WCS
PNG Country Program Directors and Marine Program Team Leaders in the region.
The primary responsibilities of the Program Coordinator will be to manage
and assist the PNG Marine Program staff, to lead in the design and
implementation of program activities, to oversee the collection, management
and analysis of data, and to serve as liaison between the project and
entities including national and local government agencies, partner
organizations, stakeholder groups, and WCS’s administration based in NY.
S/he will also be responsible for writing up and disseminating project
results to local communities, governmental and non-governmental agencies,
funding agencies, and, together with the regional coordinator, publishing
and presenting the results in international scientific forums. Additional
responsibilities will include assisting in the development and operation of
workplans and budgets, identifying, seeking and obtaining sources of
funding, and reporting to granting bodies on the work undertaken. Although
this position will be largely based in Kavieng, a considerable proportion of
time each year will be spent working at remote field locations in New
Ireland and Manus, and attending meetings in Port Moresby.

The WCS PNG Marine Program Coordinator position is full-time, one-year fixed
term position with benefits, with the possibility of renewal.  Travel from
the applicant’s place of residence to Kavieng and back again will be paid
for by WCS. Other expenses will negotiated.   Qualifications include a PhD
in marine biology or a related field or equivalent experience, experience
living or working in Melanesia, demonstrated experience managing staff, and
experience raising funds and managing grant projects.

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), founded in 1895 as the New York
Zoological Society, is an internationally recognized organization dedicated
to preserving the Earth's wildlife and ecosystems. WCS currently oversees a
portfolio of more than 300 conservation projects in 53 countries in Asia,
Africa, Latin America, and North America.  WCS works with national
governments, universities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and
dedicated individuals to increase understanding and awareness of the
importance of wildlife though the establishment and strengthening of
protected areas, conducting scientific research, strengthening national
governmental organizations and NGO capacity, and training the next
generation of conservation professionals.

WCS is an equal opportunity employer.

TO APPLY:  Please send CV and cover letter to marineprogram at wcs.org with
“PNG Marine Coordinator” in the subject line by December 1, 2005.

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