Contract Positions

We currently have an opportunity for a Programme Officer based at the zoo.

Programme Officer for IUCN SSC Asian Wild Cattle Specialist Group; Contract role

Expiry Date: 30 June 2017

Location: Chester Zoo, UK, with requirement for about three months travel pre year

Contract Rate: Monthly contract rate of up to £2,500, before tax. The role is self-employed.

Contract Duration: 9 month contract, which will be renewed for 12 months on an ongoing basis.

IUCN SSC Asian Wild Cattle Specialist Group (AWCSG) is increasing its activities and requires the skills of a Programme Officer to join the group. Chester Zoo will kindly hosting this post in its Field Programmes team.

The Role:

The Programme Officer will be part of a team delivering work that follows the IUCN Captive Breeding Specialist Group’s “One Plan Approach” for conserving Asian wild cattle species. This concerns primarily Banteng and Anoa conservation, using the framework of WAZA’s Global Species Management Planning. The role will also include involvement with other Asian wild cattle species as activities develop, including the Tamaraw, Saola and Wild water buffalo.

This role has responsibility to oversee five areas of work:

  • To develop field conservation projects, as part of the Global Species Management Plans in Indonesia; and elsewhere as programmes develop
  • To manage the relationships with partner zoos in European, North America and Indonesia, including the transfer of expertise from European and American zoos to Indonesian zoos, through training workshops and mentoring partnerships
  • To manage the fundraising aspect of these zoo relationships, and develop other fundraising streams to support delivery of the group’s growing links with field project partners
  • To produce a range of communication materials, including various reports, newsletter, website, Facebook page and articles for various publications, as well as editorial tasks for a scientific AWCSG Newsletter
  • To manage an intern as well as provide administrative support to the Chair of the AWCSG and the network of partners.

For more information about the group please see: www.asianwildcattle.org

The ideal candidate will have:

  • MSc or PhD in biological sciences
  • Experience of field project management - design, implementation and monitoring; including  experience of field research, surveys, population monitoring, and/or protected area management in Asia, in particular in Indonesia
  • Experience of working in zoos or with zoos, ideally on population biology
  • Experience of coordinating effective training programmes
  • Experience of successful fundraising, continuous donor relationship management, and funding report writing
  • Very efficient planning and logistical organisation skills
  • Excellent communication and networking skills
  • Working independently to plan and carry out tasks as well as working with a range of stakeholders is essential
  • Excellent spoken and written English, knowledge of Bahasa Indonesia of advantage
  • Ideally, successful publication in international scientific journals

Hours of work are 40 hours per week, worked Monday to Friday based at Chester Zoo.

This role is a contract post.  The monthly contract rate is up to £2,500, before tax. The role is self-employed. The contractor will be responsible for payment of all income taxes, and there are no contributions to pension, social security or insurance payments. These need to be arranged by the individual.

If you would like to speak to someone about this position, please contact Johanna Rode-Margono j.rodemargono@chesterzoo.org

How to apply

To apply for this position, please provide your current CV and motivation letter stating why you believe you should be considered for the Programme Officer for IUCN SSC Asian Wild Cattle Specialist Group to j.rodemargono@chesterzoo.org

The expiry date for this position is 30 June 2017.