Women in Conservation Leadership Programme

We are delighted to be offering a new Women in Conservation Leadership Programme in partnership with the Tropical Biology Association (TBA).

Women in conservation often face challenges additional to those experienced by men, including gender bias such as presumptions of lower competence and promotion disparities, and sexual harassment. Such barriers can erode an individual’s ability to reach their full potential and to progress into leadership positions. We believe that tackling these challenges and empowering women conservationists in this region is critical for long-term, sustainable and successful conservation of ASAP species.

Through the Women in Conservation Leadership Programme, we will be providing targeted training to build leadership skills for women conservationists conserving ASAP species. The training programme has been specifically tailored for those managing and leading conservation efforts and focuses on practical skills needed to deliver conservation action effectively. The courses will develop core skills used in managing and implementing conservation programmes and leading teams.

The course is aimed for aspiring leaders and those in leadership positions.

The programme will bring together participants from across the region, and will develop a networking and support mechanism for their work beyond the training programme. We will also work with each individual participant to help champion their work and support their efforts.

This course is in partnership with the Tropical Biology Association (TBA)

Training content

This training will consist of three modules, focused on:

1. Project design and proposal development


Designing projects

  • Problem trees and impact statements
  • Project hierarchy, understanding terminology
  • Theory of change for your own conservation project

Measuring impact

  • Approaches to measuring impact
  • Exploring different types of indicators and baselines – and choosing them for your own project
  • Monitoring and evaluation, and adaptive management

Proposal writing

  • Creating a coherent proposal structure
  • Translating project ideas into funding proposals
  • Writing skills for fundraising


2. Fundraising skills


Fundraising strategy

  • Fundraising approaches
  • Designing a fundraising strategy
  • Diversifying funding streams

Developing funding proposals

  • Interpreting different proposal formats and terminology
  • Writing winning proposals
  • Reporting and maintaining funder relationships


  • De-mystifying and writing logframes

Budgeting and resourcing

  • Budgeting
  • Resourcing projects and evaluating “hidden” costs


3. Leadership and communication



  • Exploring characteristics of a conservation leader
  • Gender and leadership
  • Creating collaborations and partnerships

Stakeholder engagement / and gender

  • Gender and conservation
  • Community diversity and stakeholder mapping
  • Integrating social issues into projects (e.g. social safeguards)

Communication skills

  • Communicating to different audiences
  • Presenting results
  • Sharing success stories

Conflict resolution and negotiation

  • Negotiation strategies for successful dispute resolution



The training dates are:

  • 21st – 25th June 2021: Project design and proposal development
  • 26th – 30th July 2021: Fundraising skills
  • 8th – 12th November 2021: Leadership and communication
  • 15th – 18th February 2022: Face-to-face workshop
The training sessions will be held online between 12.30-16.30 Yangon time / 13:00 – 17:00 Bangkok, Hanoi, Jakarta, Phnom Penh, Vientiane time / 14:00 – 18:00 Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Manila time. Each course is a total of 18 hours (including live sessions and offline assignments) spread across the 5 days. You will need to be able to commit to the full sessions for each module as well as approval from your organsiation.

Application process – applications closed

Applications are now closed – thank you to everyone that applied. We will review the applications and respond shortly.

Photo credits from left to right: Wildlife Reserves Singapore/David Tan, Yayasan Kanopia Indonesia, Sam Tippett/EPRC