Overview of Role
The Selamatkan Yaki conservation programme is developing its field project team to fulfil the aim of reducing the threats to the Sulawesi crested black macaques (Macaca nigra) and their habitat. The Programme Manager (will work directly with the Management Team (Programme Director (PD) Programme Supervisor (PS) and Projects Coordinator (PC)) and Team Leaders (TLs) to support the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of all conservation and research activities. Their main responsibilities will include the management of ongoing projects, strategic conservation planning for the programme, leveraging and overseeing funding and co production of scientific output They will be responsible for evaluating and reporting on ongoing population monitoring, education and wildlife trade strategy projects.

The PM is expected to act independently and communicate strongly with team members, other stakeholders and partners in both English and Bahasa Indonesia. The PM will assess progress of the projects towards strategic goals based upon progress reports from the Projects Coordinator ( The PM will also work closely with the TLs to analyse data and disseminate results of the projects. The ideal candidate will have experience working abroad (preferably Indonesia), possess strong communication skills and proven competencies in designing, implementing and coordinating conservation and research projects.

[Full details of the contractual arrangement are stated in the employment contract]
Duration of contract 12 months from 1 st July 2021; with potential to extend subject to programme need and funding availability ideally seeking 24 month contract agreement
Location Manado, Northern Sulawesi, Indonesia; travelling within the region will be necessary
Salary: Rp15.000.000 per calendar month
Probation period: 3 month probation trial period on reduced rate (Rp13.500.000 month)
Benefits: 20 days annual leave (for full 12 month contract period), plus Indonesian public holidays; all logistical
support including international and domestic flights, insurance, and all working permit administration costs; annual 5% stipend increase; comprehensive health insurance package; personal vehicle maintenance
Hours of work: Variable depending on job requirements, but expected to be around 40hr week over at least 5
days a week.
Reporting to: Selamatkan Yaki Programme Director; SY Advisory Committee; SY Foundation Board.
Working with: SY management team researchers and students, as well as collaborators (e.g. Sam Ratulangi University, the Wild Planet Trust, other NGOs etc.) and other key stakeholders (e.g. local communities, government officials etc.)

Core Responsibilities as PM:

  • Liaising with PC for updates from TLs and field activities;
  • Working with PS to ensure wellbeing and needs of all team members is considered at all times;
  • Leading authorisation of conservation activities in the field;
  • Proposing to PD, Foundation for any significant alterations in programme direction/ scope/ activities to be implemented;
  • Strengthening relations with universities and other relevant institutions;
  • Representing SY internationally, where appropriate and not already directly related to PD role;
  • Strategic evaluation: together with management team checking monthly evaluation from each working unit reflects overall programme and SRAK (Strategic Action Plan)-level strategy;
  • Monthly updates: completing progress and planning form for PD and major donors;
  • Team meetings: prepare agenda, lead discussion and introduce agenda items (project level activities to be addressed by PC);
  • Support the procurement of funds for project operations;
  • Maintain detailed and accurate records of expenditures and project budgets;
  • Communicate and liaise with stakeholders both day to day and in meetings, seminars and events (where not already led by PS);

Additional research responsibilities:

  • Oversee continuation of the regional-scale monitoring project for M. nigra and its threats;
  • Continue to implement a long-term wildlife trade mitigation plan for M. nigra;
  • Support the evaluation and development of the education and awareness raising strategy;
  • Develop a project to update population estimates and local attitudes of M. nigra in its non-native range of Bacan Island, South Halmahera, and inform conservation approaches for this area;
  • Enhance a Socio-Ecological Systems approach by collating ongoing social research results with biodiversity monitoring data;
  • Coordinate scientific outputs, including publication of articles.

Candidate Eligibility

  • Required skills and characteristics
  • Possess undergraduate degree in Wildlife Conservation, Zoology or related subject;
  • Significant experience of working in wildlife conservation or similar field;
  • Motivated and independent worker;
  • Proven experience and ability to lead and motivate others;
  • Ability to communicate effectively with people from a variety of cultures and backgrounds;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English;
  • Ability to speak or willingness to learn Bahasa Indonesia;
  • Initiative and attention to detail;
  • Flexible and able to work in a dynamic environment;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel and Word.

Desirable skills and characteristics

  • Possess a Masters, or higher, in Wildlife Conservation, Zoology or related subject;
  • One or more publications in peer-reviewed journals;
  • Possess a full, clean driver’s license;
  • Experience working in a developing country, preferably with a small NGO or research team and/or in Indonesia;
  • Ability to write grant proposals;
  • Experience working with a broad range of stakeholders;
  • Proficiency in project management tools and software;
  • Experience of using spatial and statistical software i.e. ArcGIS, R, SPSS.

If you feel you meet the eligibility above and are interested in applying for this role, please send a cover letter and CV to: info@selamatkanyaki.ngo.

About Selamatkan Yaki

We are Selamatkan Yaki (Indonesian for ‘Save the Sulawesi crested black macaques’), a research, conservation and education programme focused on a charismatic black macaque species, known as the yaki (Macaca nigra).

Sadly, these endemic primates have had massive population declines, with estimates as high as 80% within the last 40 years and are now Critically Endangered according to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, and even appear on the Top 25 most endangered primates list. Read more about the yaki and their threats here.

Through the collaboration between national and international stakeholders, we have built a solid foundation for the conservation of this unique species. These include local communities, NGOs, the tourism industry, the media, scientists, politicians and government officials amongst others. Raising awareness and fostering positive attitudes towards wildlife represents the first steps towards positive behavioural change, the central motivation of our programme. This includes sharing information and local knowledge with local communities, government bodies and universities in the form of participatory events, conservation forums, distribution of education materials and creating ambassadors for the yaki – role models for social change. The species is steadily becoming recognised with pride as a valuable flagship, highlighting the diversity of the flora and fauna in North Sulawesi.

Established in 2007 by the Wildlife Planet Trust in the United Kingdom and the Pacific Institute in Indonesia, Selamatkan Yaki is focused on preserving a self-sustaining population of yaki across its range, thus conserving sympatric biodiversity. Working closely with partners both in the field and abroad has led to the identification of the threats which the current population of M. nigra is facing. The results of this collaborative effort have been essential to the production of a Species Action Plan, an evidence-based strategy for the conservation of the species and which all of our long-term strategies are based upon. Our holistic programme comprises research, education, protected area management and sustainable development including sustainable livelihood approaches.