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