Program Management of the Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program in Papua New Guinea

The Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program
Papua New Guinea
May 24, 2017
Jun 23, 2017
Job Level
Senior level
Employment Type
Salary Type


The Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program (“Program”) of the Woodland Park Zoo is seeking an interested independent contractor, with a demonstrated professional facility in program management and research, to provide independent services that will support the operational management and strategic development of the Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program. The independent contractor will be based Lae, Papua New Guinea with work in remote village communities of Yopno-Uruwa-Som (YUS).

The contract is currently funded for three and a half years. The contract is anticipated to last this duration, with a possibility for an extension depending on the status of the Program at the conclusion of the term and the parties’ mutual consent.

Given the location, the Program also provides access to local housing and transportation in Papua New Guinea.

Any independent contractor wishing to be considered, submit a letter of interest and CV on or before June 23rd, 2017, at the following email address:


The Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program (TKCP) was established in 1996 as a 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 livelihoods in Papua New Guinea through global partnerships, land protection, and scientific research. The TKCP-PNG office is in Lae, PNG and focuses its work on the Yopno-Uruwa-Som (YUS) landscape on the Huon Peninsula.


Certain aspects of the Program’s development and management will be filled by the selected independent contractor. The contractor will play an important role in fulfilling the research and other objectives of the Program and overseeing the progress of its projects. Among other things, the contractor will be responsible for providing the following services:

  • Provide services related to the operational management and strategic development of the Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program-PNG, based in Lae, Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea (PNG).
  • Continue to build the systems and programs of the in-country organization. Manage and provide support and guidance to staff.
  • Consult with the local Yopno-Uruwa-Som (YUS) community and PNG Government to successfully manage the YUS Conservation Area,
  • Facilitate research and monitoring as part of the Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program
  • Support community activities and research in livelihoods, education, and health.
  • Work with TKCP Director and Board of Directors to provide input for developing an annual budget for TKCP-PNG.
  • Advise and assist in implementing regional outreach and public relations efforts; provide information for outreach efforts internationally.
  • Coordinate with TKCP-PNG and US-based staff on strategic planning, communications, budgeting, grants management (financial and programmatic), and fundraising.
  • Serve as acting lead contact in PNG for UNDP/GEF grant project implementation, financial tracking, and reporting.
  • Ensure appropriate financial systems for TKCP-PNG: budget management, appropriate spending projections, and proper accounting and bookkeeping, including maintaining accurate and timely financial records.
  • Advise and ensure appropriate implementation of institution-building for TKCP-PNG and capacity building for TKCP-PNG staff.
  • Advise and ensure appropriate representation of TKCP in-region: (e.g.) attend conferences, meetings, and workshops
  • Collaborate with other consultants, government agencies and NGO partners in achieving TKCP goals. Take active role in developing relationships between TKCP staff and its partners in region.
  • Provide guidance and support to YUS Conservation Organization (landowner organization).
  • Communicate with US-based Director of TKCP to provide updates on the Program.


Background should include international work experience; management and leadership experience; written and oral communication; track-record of success in conservation strategy and implementation; financial management; and graduate degree in conservation, international studies, community development, natural resource management, or related discipline.

Some of the work takes place in outdoor field settings where physical demands can be considerable.

The following must be received by due date June 23, 2017:

  1. Cover Letter – The cover letter should state interest, experience and qualifications.
  2. CV
  3. References: Please include at least 3 references