Terms of Reference

Position                 : Project Manager
Based                    : Sumatra with extensive travel to SINTAS project sites
Line Manager       : Program Manager
Duration                : 1 year (with possibility to extent). Start approximately May 2021


SINTAS Indonesia Foundation (SINTAS), founded by well experienced conservation practitioners who have been dedicating their lifetime professional careers in addressing various major conservation issues. SINTAS, means “survive” and stands for Save the Indonesian Nature and Threatened Species, has been established with the realization that the success of conserving the Indonesia natural resources in the long run can only be achieved through a well-rounded leadership of the Indonesian practitioners. SINTAS believes that through its practical vision and missions, it can promote a sustainable development for both the people and the nature following the CBD’s principle of fair and equitable sharing of benefits. SINTAS programs are focus on: (1) Ensuring national leadership in conserving the Indonesian natural resources; (2) put in place sound science interventions to ensure effective natural resources management, and; (3) To establishment of effective stakeholders’ partnership to ensure comprehensive sustainable development.

SINTAS programs focus on site-level conservation in Sumatra and Java, with projected development at cross-provincial and island levels. SINTAS also has activities at the national level to support national governments in the management of protected areas, species conservation, law enforcement, and education as well as community empowerment.

SINTAS, in collaboration with Panthera and Forum Konservasi Leuser, is going to initiative a new project to conserve Sumatran wild cats through an integrated field program in Aceh titled ‘Wild cats at the edge: Conserving threatened felids in human-dominated landscapes in Sumatra. This project is aimed to determine baseline population parameters of Sumatra’s wild cats in protection and production landscapes to mitigate critical threats to their survival. Information obtained from the project will be used to inform effective conservation management plan for endangered wild cat species in human-dominated landscapes. To achieve the project goal, SINTAS is currently seeking a passionate and dedicated young professional to serve as a Project Manager (PM). The PM is obliged to put in place his/her duties and responsibilities within the organization as highest priorities to avoid conflicts of interest


Coordination: synchronizes the overall SINTAS projects to ensure that all project components, including but not limited to, internal resources, business partners, and related parties are integrated and coordinated efficiently and effectively.

Management: manages the overall projects resources to ensure that all project components, including human resources, funding, and equipment, are managed and implemented efficiently, effectively and accountably.

Administration and Reporting: prepares of financial, administrative, and activity reports under his responsibility, along with all relevant supporting documentation, both in Indonesian and English (as needed), oral and written.

Evaluation: establishes KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) of each project. Uses the KPIs to monitors and evaluates the progress of project implementation in timely manner.


  • Understand thoroughly and deeply the background and objectives of SINTAS projects.
  • Build systems and implement project controls, governance, and standards.
  • Manage, evaluate, and monitor the implementation of project activities, communicating with project coordinators to anticipate and resolve problems.
  • Coordinate and use project resources efficiently and effectively.
  • Ensure that all project reports and documentation are prepared and reported on time with high standards according to the background and objectives of the project.
  • Collaborate with Operations Managers, develop and ensure budget allocations for projects efficiently and effectively.
  • Collaborate with FKL and field staff in accordance with the technical and managerial qualifications required by SINTAS projects.
  • Lead, guide, and increase the capacity of project staff under their responsibilities in accordance with the personal qualifications required by the project.
  • Act as an effective contact person with the Government of Indonesia and SINTAS’s strategic partners.
  • Regularly communicate the progress of the projects to the SINTAS Program Manager, partners, and Donors.

Please note that the above TOR constitutes only the main responsibilities and duties of this position. As SINTAS is a flexible organization, staff members are expected to undertake any other tasks that are allocated to them, which are not part of their regular TOR.


This senior position in SINTAS and will be based in Sumatra, with regular travel to project sites. The ideal candidate will have:

  • To promote young conservationist, a maximum of 35 years old by 30 April 2021 is preferable.
  • A Bachelor with 5 years of experience or MSc with 3 years of experience in biology, forestry, natural resources management or conservation related fields. 
  • Highly passionate, self-motivated, and maintain professionalism.
  • Knowledgeable and well-experienced in scientific data analysis, spatial analysis tool and monitoring and reporting tools are preferable.
  • Proven ability to plan and implement conservation science programs and manage associated budgets.
  • Good interpersonal skills to deal with a diverse group of contacts (including government and local stakeholders), and ability to be a team player.  
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in both Indonesian and English are essential.

Please send a cover letter and resume in English, reference letter (minimum 2 persons) and two pages of sample writing to info@sintas.or.id not later than 1 May 2021 with a subject of “PM _( your name)”. Please indicate your expected salary in the cover letter.

Please also include a portfolio of your previous work or links to blogs or galleries online. No correspondence, only short-listed candidates will be notified.