Programme Officer, IUCN SSC Asian Elephant Specialist Group (AsESG)

Job Category :
IUCN SSC Asian Elephant Specialist Group (AsESG)
Location :
Based at Wildlife Trust of India HQ, National Capital Region, India
Start date :
April 2022
Work Percentage :
Pay :
The pay will be commensurate to experience and will be an Indian rupee salary in line with the existing pay scales of leading Indian wildlife conservation NGOs.
Closing date for Applications :
1st March 2022

We are looking for a passionate, experienced and dynamic person as Program Officer- IUCN SSC Asian Elephant Specialist Group (AsESG)

The IUCN SSC Asian Elephant Specialist Group (AsESG) is a global network of specialists studying, managing, monitoring, and conserving Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) across their 13 Range States in Asia. The overall aim of the AsESG is to promote the long-term conservation of Asia’s elephants and, where possible, recover populations to viable levels; provide sound scientific and technical advice to aid decision-making and conservation actions; and build the capacity of Asian Elephant Range States to manage the species and the challenges it faces. The office of the Chair- AsESG is based at Wildlife Trust of India, National Capital Region, India.

Scope of Work

The Program Officer (PO) will assist the Chair of AsESG as the Officer responsible for the day to day administrative work and technical coordination of the activities related to the AsESG Chair office. The PO is expected to liaise and maintain regular exchange within and amongst the membership of AsESG, governmental, non-governmental agencies, donor organizations and their counterparts on issues related to Asian elephant conservation and management. The Chair may assign the PO additional tasks as and when the need arises.

Specific Responsibilities


Support to the AsESG membership and its ongoing activities


Respond to all technical queries made to the AsESG Secretariat from within and beyond the membership, or direct them as appropriate


Liaise with the Chairs/ Vice Chair/ Deputy Chair/conveners of the various AsESG working groups/task forces in planning calls, meetings & workshops to ensure active participation of the membership in these groups. In addition, help the working groups/task forces in compiling and synthesizing information on conservation and status of Asian Elephants across the Range Countries and make it available via the web.


Assist the Chair/ Vice Chair in organizing and conduct of the AsESG meetings at regular intervals.


Assist the Chair in drafting and implementation of ASESG work-plan.


Assist the Chair is submission of work-plan and update to SSC Data system, MIKE (CITES) system, etc


Fundraising and reporting


Assist the Chair is collating information on budget needs for regular conduct of the various activities of AsESG and work with the Chair and Vice Chair and membership to produce a three-year fund raising strategy for AsESG and draft funding proposals


Assist the Chair in maintaining an oversight on income and expenditure and ensure timely reporting against the same.




Oversee the write-up of the proceedings of the AsESG meetings, the minutes of the formal AsESG meetings (e.g. various meetings of the membership and Working Groups) and any other technical outputs from the meetings


Write and submit regular reports to Species, the Newsletter of the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC). Also work with the membership, other IUCN specialist groups and key partners on delivering technical documentation to policy audiences, including CITES


Set up, oversee and control the quality of the technical content of the AsESG website.


Submit an Annual Report on the functioning and activities of AsESG to the membership.


Assist the Editor Gajah in getting quality manuscripts for the Journal.

Qualification and Experience

Master’s degree or its equivalent in Environment, biodiversity conservation, Wildlife, Social Sciences or equivalent subject.



A minimum of 3-5 years of experience of working for wildlife conservation/ project coordination/ communications/ liaising with Government and Non Governmental agencies.


Experience and knowledge in the field of elephant conservation.

Functional competencies


Ability to write technical reports, proposals and plans in English


Good interpersonal and communication skills


Financial management capabilities

Language requirements
Fluency in written and spoken English is essential. Fluency in any of the range state languages and proven competence at public speaking would be an advantage.

Other requirements
If the applicant is not a citizen of India, they should meet all the requirements to get the VISA document and work permits to work in India.

To apply, send us your CV/resume to


The Asian Elephant Specialist Group (AsESG) is a global network of specialists concerned with the study, monitoring, management, and conservation of Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) in its 13 range states