[Coral-List] Position Opening: WCS Marine Program

Liz Lauck llauck at wcs.org
Mon Sep 12 16:05:58 EDT 2005

Wildlife Conservation Society
Papua New Guinea Marine Program Coordinator Position
September 12, 2005

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) seeks a Program Coordinator for its
Marine Program in Papua New Guinea.  WCS initiated a marine conservation
program in Papua New Guinea in 2001, focusing on science-based approaches to
improving 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 currently consists of a team of ecologists, 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.  Duties include managing and
assisting PNG Marine Program staff in conducting ongoing project activities;
leading in the design and implementation of program activities; overseeing
the collection, management, and analysis of data; serving as liaison between
the project and partner organizations, including national and local
government agencies, other NGOs, communities and stakeholder groups, and WCS
’s administrative team based in New York; and writing up and disseminating
project results to local communities, governmental and non-governmental
agencies, and, in collaboration with other WCS staff, publishing and
presenting results in international scientific fora.  Additional
responsibilities include assisting in the development and execution of
workplans and budgets; identifying, seeking and obtaining sources of
funding; and reporting to granting bodies on the work undertaken.

This position will be largely based in Kavieng, New Ireland province, and 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

The successful candidate will possess the following qualifications:

·	Thorough understanding of the scientific underpinnings of marine
conservation and experience in working closely with rural communities,
government agencies and non-government organizations in conservation and
resource management
·	Experience in the implementation of community based resource management
projects including scientific and technical input – both ecological and
socioeconomic and understanding of resource management issues in Melanesia
·	Experience managing logistics and leading field teams in remote locations
as well as extensive diving experience conducting surveys / resource
·	Excellent species level identification for Indo-Pacific reef fish,
invertebrates and corals
·	Ability to interact positively with community members government officials
and members of the NGO community through sensitive consultation and
consensual decision making and to implement projects in a complex cultural,
social and political environment
·	Proven organizational, financial and program management skills and
experience writing project grants and reports to funders
·	Self-motivation and an ability to work with minimal supervision
·	Familiarity with PNG and fluency in PNG Tok pisin (desirable)
·	Ph.D. or Masters degree in the broad area of environmental science,
natural science or natural resource management is essential, particularly
studies relating to marine ecosystems

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 travel expenses will negotiated.

Please send resume and salary requirements via email to:
marineprogram at wcs.org with subject heading: PNG Program Coordinator. Your
resume must be written in English (in Word format) and be attached to your
email. Deadline: October 14, 2005.

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