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Senior Policy Officer

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National Capital District, Papua New Guinea

Non Government Organisations (NGOs)


Senior Policy Officer


Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is seeking a dynamic, experienced individual with a knowledge of environmental laws and policies in Papua New Guinea to lead policy engagement with government and non-governmental partners to further WCS’s work towards marine and forest conservation in country. The position requires strong policy development expertise, extensive knowledge of government agencies involved in natural resource management in Papua New Guinea, and a genuine commitment to the mission of WCS. The position is based in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.


Position: Senior Policy Officer, Papua New Guinea

Reports to: WCS Papua New Guinea Country Program Director

Location: Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Start date: April 1, 2018

Contract: Full-time position


Founded in 1895 as the New York Zoological Society, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. WCS is the longest established international non-government conservation organisation within Papua New Guinea (PNG). At key and representative landscapes and seascapes, from the country’s coral islands to its forested highlands, WCS works with local communities and provincial, national and international partners, to sustainably manage and conserve the biodiversity and cultural values of PNG’s wildlife and wild places. The WCS Papua New Guinea program employs 28 full time staff as well as 56 part-time community facilitators based at project sites. Offices include our headquarters in Goroka, and field offices in New Ireland and Manus. We implement and administer a large number of projects funded by government and private donors, focusing on climate change adaptation and mitigation, forest and coral reef protection, species conservation, and sustainable harvesting of both terrestrial and marine resources. As our vision highlights “Gutpela sindaun, gutpela bus, gutpela solwara (Empowered people with healthy forests and seas)”, working with local communities is at the forefront of WCS’s approach as we believe the involvement of local people is essential for the long-term success of any conservation project in the country. Conservation science is another pillar of WCS’s approach. It underpins all aspects of WCS’s work, from studying the ecology of key species to landscape- and seascape-level analyses of conservation priorities.

The primary objective of this position to provide government liaison and policy support to the WCS PNG program. It will involve strengthening government support for WCS projects and influencing policy development by promoting WCS projects results. The position is based in the capital city of Port Moresby and it will involve representing WCS PNG at meetings and regular interaction with individuals, organisations and government institutions related to conservation, natural resources and climate change. The position also requires travel within PNG, especially to WCS field sites.


  • Proactively consider and develop means to protect PNG’s seas and forests through awareness raising, legal avenues and policy development.
  • Contributing to the development of an updated strategy for WCS' policy work in PNG that identifies goals, objectives and programs of work for each objective.
  • Lead the implementation of WCS PNG policy strategy.
  • Provide strategic advice and prepare high quality analysis, briefings, reports and correspondence on environmental legal and policy issues.
  • Provide legal and policy support in the implementation of the WCS PNG projects (such as reviewing the current legal and policy framework and propose roadmap for the development of marine zoning plans and protected areas, facilitate legal assistance and training to communities related to natural resources management and establishment of community based organization etc.)
  • Support the WCS PNG program in building strategic informal and formal alliances and maintaining strong and productive working relationships and with PNG government officials and other key stakeholders across the environmental sector.
  • Inform policy makers of WCS’ work and promote WCS PNG program results and lessons learned to relevant government bodies and other key stakeholders.
  • Leverage WCS PNG expertise and experience to influence national policies and commitments that will benefit conservation and sustainable use of wildlife in PNG and impact WCS's work in the field.
  • Contribute to fundraising activities (such as proposal writing and maintaining good working relationships with donors).
  • Represent WCS at meetings, committees and technical working groups held in Port Moresby
  • Participate in a range of forums in order to ensure effective coordination of WCS PNG program with other environmental projects, programs and initiatives in PNG.
  • Proactively support the development of high quality communication pieces for increasing the profile of WCS PNG program and its technical activities.

Qualifications and requirements

  • Advanced university degree in environmental science or law or policy
  • 5+ years’ experience in environmental policy analysis and development in PNG
  • Experience of working with Government officials
  • Extensive knowledge of PNG legal and policy systems for natural resource management and governance
  • Experience in working on REDD+ is an advantage
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent communication, diplomacy and inter-personal skills
  • Ability to influence and negotiate with diverse stakeholders to achieve policy outcomes
  • Ability to produce and effectively communicate detailed and comprehensive reports, policy options and recommendations on complex issues
  • Ability to work effectively with a decentralized group of colleagues
  • Experience in organizing effective meetings and ensuring follow-up
  • Fluency in written and spoken Tok Pisin and English.
  • Effective “roll up the sleeves” work ethic, with attention to detail. 

  • Genuine commitment to the mission of WCS

Application process

Please send a CV and letter of interest to with the subject line: Senior Policy Officer. Application accepted until February 4, 2018. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews.

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Wildlife Conservation Society

Founded in 1895 as the New York Zoological Society, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to ...
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