Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
SUMMARY OF REQUEST
The Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program (“Program”) of the Woodland Park Zoo is seeking an interested independent contractor, with demonstrated expertise in program and personnel management and community-based conservation, to support the continued growth and development of the program.
The independent contractor will be based in Lae, Papua New Guinea with substantial time spent working in the remote village communities of Yopno-Uruwa-Som (YUS).
The contract is currently funded for two years. Interested parties must commit for the entire duration of the contract. The contract is expected to last this duration, with the possibility of an extension depending on the needs of the Program at the conclusion of the term and the parties’ mutual consent.
In addition to a competitive compensation, the Program also provides local modern housing, vehicle access, and transportation to/from Papua New Guinea.
Any independent contractor wishing to be considered should please submit a letter of interest and CV by September 6, 2019, at the following email address: Lisa.Dabek@zoo.org. We will accept interest letters until the position is filled.
BACKGROUND OF THE TREE KANGAROO CONSERVATION PROGRAM – PNG
The Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program (TKCP) was established in 1996 as a community-based field conservation program through the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, USA. In 2013, the program registered TKCP-PNG as an independent non-governmental organization in Papua New Guinea (PNG) as the program’s implementing partner. The Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program (TKCP) is the umbrella name for the partnership between Woodland Park Zoo’s TKCP and TKCP-PNG, which fosters wildlife and habitat conservation and supports local community programs in health, education, and livelihoods in Papua New Guinea through global partnerships, land protection, and scientific research.
The TKCP-PNG office is located in Lae, PNG’s “second city” and industrial hub. The Program focuses its work on the Yopno-Uruwa-Som (YUS) landscape on the Huon Peninsula which received the
highest category of land protection when it was declared a “Conservation Area” by the government in 2009. Community-based conservation in PNG is complex due to land tenure and cultural norms. TKCP is considered a model program in PNG and relies on strong leadership. The Lae-based leadership team currently includes six PNG nationals and one international staff member. The field- based staff are all from the local YUS community. www.treekangaroo.org
SCOPE OF WORK TO BE PERFORMED AND STANDARDS TO BE FOLLOWED
The contractor will play an important role in fulfilling all the objectives of the Program and overseeing
the progress of its individual projects. Among other things, the contractor will be responsible for:
This contract position reports directly to the TKCP Director, and will work in close collaboration with the TKCP Program Manager, both based at Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle.
Key responsibilities include:
Program and Personnel Management:
Partnerships, Collaboration, and Networking:
Background should include international work experience particularly related to remote community development and/or protected area management; leadership and management experience; excellent written and oral communication skills (in English); track-record of success in conservation strategy and program management; staff performance management and capacity building; and fiscal responsibility. A graduate degree in international studies, community development, natural resource management, or a suitable combination of education and experience is required.
This contract requires a willingness to live and work in Lae, PNG where the TKCP-PNG office is located. A substantial amount of the work will also take place in very remote outdoor field settings where physical demands can be considerable, so candidates must be in good physical condition and be able to walk distances in a challenging mountainous landscape.
The following must be received by September 6, 2019 or until filled: