Programme Associate

  • Full Time
  • Banke
  • Applications have closed

Website Zoological Society of London


Programme Associate

Contract: Fixed term contract (with possibility of extension)
LOCATION: ZSL West Nepal Office, Kohalpur, Banke

ALL DEPARTMENTS: International field programmes
BUSINESS AREA: Global Conservation and Field Programmes

Overview of the role: 

The Programme Associate (PA) will support Field/ Programme Officer (FPO/PO) in the implementation of programme and projects in Banke Bardia Shukla Complex (BBSC).

Key responsibilities: 

  •  Support PO in the preparation of field implementation plan for ongoing programmes and projects in the BBS complex.
  • Support FPO and PO to collect data on wildlife movement and dispersals, status of Human Wildlife Conflict (HWC) and preparing plans to mitigate HWC along with community perceptions and awareness level.
  • Prepare documentation on best practices from previous projects and based on the results provide recommendations on interventions of best livelihood schemes adopted.
  •  Visit and consult with local communities on the proposed interventions to reflect and adapt the planned interventions to fit the local context.
  • With guidance from PO and FPO, carry out surveys to compare the baseline data, data after interventions and set key performance indicators in line with the overall objective throughout the project period.
  • Regularly visit the project implementation site and collect data from the field to feed into monthly reports along with quarterly, half yearly and annual report in compliance with the project needs.
  •  With guidance from FPO/PO and in consultation with Human Wildlife Coexistence champions (HWCx) prepare a clear and concise plan with set targets and timeline for HWCx to implement in the field.
  •  Actively participate in meeting held at community levels and report on the progress.
  •  Support PO/FPO to finalise HWC mitigation and livelihood restoration plan.
  •  Provide technical support in implementing project activities to relevant stakeholders including support in forming community groups, acting as mediator for interventions planned at community level.


Person specification:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline (Environment science/management, forestry, wildlife, natural resource management or other relevant discipline)
  •  Minimum of 2 years of experience with a good track record in programme and project implementation and/or management
  •  Basic knowledge and skills in biodiversity conservation and sustainable livelihood programmes
  • Good socio-economic research and facilitation skills
  • Basic understanding of the socio-political context of Nepal, specifically of the western lowland region
  • Familiarity with the relevant policies and laws regarding communities’ use of natural resources, tenure system, forestry, and wildlife conservation motivators
  • Excellent English proficiency in oral and written communication, including a demonstrated track record in content creation and ability to communicate effectively.
  •  Proficiency in both written and spoken Nepali language is required

We strongly encourage applications from all backgrounds and celebrate the value of having a team of employees with diverse skills, experiences, and heritage. We are committed to ensuring our teams can bring their authentic selves to work without fear of discrimination. ZSL has active equality networks for our staff with lived experience and those who provide active allyship in Race and Culture, Team Pride, Disability Network, and Menopause Network, complemented by our strategic EDI Steering Group.


We’re ZSL, an international conservation charity. Through our unrivalled animal experts in our two zoos (London Zoo and Whipsnade Zoo), the work of our pioneering scientists, our dedicated conservationists, our purpose is to inspire, inform and empower people to stop wild animals going extinct. Our vision is a world where wildlife thrives and we’re working every day to achieve this. From investigating the health threats facing animals, to helping people and wildlife live alongside each other, we are committed to bringing wildlife back from the brink of extinction.

What do we offer?

At ZSL, we are proud of our approach to employee benefits. Our benefits include:

  • Our vision and purpose – you’ll work alongside colleagues who are passionate about science-led conservation, knowing that you will help us to inspire, inform and empower people to stop wildlife going extinct
  • Holidays – 19 days paid annual leave during each 12-month period worked, plus national and public holidays as per the Labor Act of Nepal.
  • Wellbeing – Accidental insurance for staff and medical insurance for staff (including family members)
  • Maternity leave and paternity leave available as per Labor act of Nepal.

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