Division Head – Wild Lands
Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) invites applications from accomplished individuals with at least 10 years of experience to take overall charge of its Wild Land Division.
Who we’re looking for
As our Division Head – Wild Lands, your principal responsibility is to plan, develop, build up, and supervise the Programme by coordinating all the activities of the Wild Lands vertical. You will also be responsible for coordination between WTI and its regional partners, and to liaise with government (MoEFCC, SFDs, other ministries- National Highways, Mines, Railways, Power, etc), local communities and other stakeholders to protect and secure the high priority wildlife habitats and corridors. You will also be responsible for successful implementation and supervision of project objectives, outcomes and outputs and managing budget.
Before applying, please ensure that you meet our requirements:
Qualifications and skills
- Postgraduate degree from a recognised Indian or a foreign University in Wildlife/ Zoology/ Environmental Sciences/ Social Sciences with subjects of Wildlife Management, Forest and Biodiversity Conservation, and people’s participation.
- D in relevant topic is desirable
- Must have past experience working with an NGO
- Should have worked on ground for at least 10 years in India or abroad in the wildlife landscape(s) with major stakeholders like, government, state forest department (SFD), local communities, and local civil society for conservation of an important species of wildlife, or its habitat, and/or corridor.
- Should be well versed with Acts, rules, regulations and guidelines of protection and conservation of wildlife in India.
- Should be excellent in report writing, documentation and preparing and making presentations before experts and varied audience.
- Should have successful experience of mobilising financial resources from government, corporate sector, and charities.
Broad responsibilities include
- Monitor the emerging threats to wildlife habitats outside Protected Area network (especially elephants and tigers) and prepare a road map for mitigating/addressing the critical issues affecting conservation of the endangered species.
- Periodically identify ground-truth and update the status of wildlife corridors in India, map them and prepare conservation plan for protecting and securing the individual corridors.
- Engage with MoEFCC, State Forest Departments and other line Departments, local community and other stakeholders to protect and secure the priority habitat/ corridors at policy and ground level.
- Plan and undertake the restoration of degraded/fragmented habitat/corridor in identified landscape and its monitoring as per laid protocol.
- Collaborate with other NGOs/Conservation Organizations/Institutes to secure and protect corridors and/or wildlife habitat outside PA.
- Update Standard Operating Procedure (SoP) for habitat/corridor securement, land purchase, rehabilitation of people and construction work and habitat restoration.
- Develope concept/proposal for securing priority corridors and habitats outside PAs in consultation with team and PI.
- Prepare Project Implementation Plans (PIPs) related to the projects in consultation with team and PI/Co-PI for sign off by ED.
- Ensure the delivery of all outcomes and outputs of projects falling within the region as per timelines given in respective PIPs.
- Lead and manage team’s working in various landscapes for securing/protecting identified wildlife corridor(s)/habitat(s) in a landscape and ensure that the objective of the project is achieved through holistic planning and conservation initiatives. Also devise strategy and methodology for achieving the project impact in consultation with Heads of various skill sets and subject experts within and outside the organisation.
- Ensure that project team members provide the required data, photographs, reports and periodic updates on project activities.
- Analyze project data/information and prepare project and donor reports.
- Generate manuscripts for publication in peer reviewed journals and WTI series.
- Prepare monitoring protocol for the project activities and ensure that activities stipulated are met in terms of quality and quantity.
- Manage all aspects of the project budget, including approving cash flow of the field team functionaries, scrutinizing and endorsing the submission of statement of accounts to Finance/HQ.
- Review performance (qualitative and quantitative) of whole team as per the norms along with PI/Co-PI.
- Monitor and supervise the progress of implementation of the project(s) from WTI, HQ using electronic communication techniques, like, teleconferencing, Skype, phones, email.
- Visit field regularly to assess progress of implementation of the project(s), and make course corrections to ensure timely completion of the project(s) wherever required in consultation with the PI/Co-PI.
- Prepare and put up regular briefs for the PI/CoPI on progress of implementation of the project(s), and bring any problem faced by the project(s) to their notice for resolution of the same.
Other roles and responsibilities
- Identify required manpower and arrange capacity building of the team to ensure that the conservation plans are successfully implemented.
- Forge partnerships and associations with Governments, NGOs, institutions and media in various landscapes and network with them to see that the organisation’s interests are safeguarded.
- Provide inputs for regular update of website.
- Prepare and make presentation for donors and other officials when requested.
- Work closely with the Communications Coordinator and to act as an on-site contact for Communications and Fund Raising. Also provide information on Wild Lands activities to help promote WTI’s role in protection of critical wildlife habitats and corridors nationally and developing opportunities with Communications for fund raising to maximize expertise and branding of WTI.