The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) recruits 01 Chief of Party
Location: Epulu, Okapi Wildlife Reserve (OWR), Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
Reports to: Okapi Wildlife Reserve Director
Expected travel: Regular travel to Kinshasa, DRC and to other destinations for meetings as required.
Start date: 01 October 2019
Duration: 5 years (minimum 2 years)
Purpose: The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is seeking candidates for a Chief of Party (CoP) for the anticipated 5-year USAID-funded program entitled “Building effective management and sustainable financing of the Okapi Wildlife Reserve through a Public-Private Partnership” (the ‘USAID Okapi project’).
The goal of this project is to secure and restore the unique biodiversity and forests of the Okapi Wildlife Reserve, through:
The CoP will deliver on the following principal responsibilities in full coordination with, and supported by, the WCS DRC and OWR management teams, and the WCS Central Africa Regional team:
1. Serve as the primary WCS point of contact and authorized representative with USAID in regard to all communications on the USAID Okapi project.
2. Coordinate the implementation, management and administration of the USAID Okapi project:
3. Through the development of robust monitoring and evaluation systems, ensure that all USAID reporting requirements are met to a high standard and on schedule.
4. Ensure that the project is implemented in accordance with:
Created in 1992, the OWR, at more than 13,000km2, is the single largest protected tract of intact lowland tropical forest remaining in the DRC. The OWR harbors one of the largest remaining population of forest elephants and the largest stronghold of okapi in the DRC and the single largest population of the eastern chimpanzee in Africa. The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has been active in the OWR for more than 30 years, supporting its creation, and subsequently working closely with ICCN (Institut Congolaise pour la Conservation de la Nature) – the government agency responsible for protected areas and wildlife – in its management. In December 2018, WCS and ICCN signed a 10-year management agreement that delegated management authority of the OWR to WCS. This mandate is implemented through the OWR Management Unit (RMU), led by the Reserve Director, that is the executive body in charge of all day-to-day management activities and personnel in the OWR.
OWR is situated in the larger Ituri landscape; comprising more than 40,000km2 of contiguous forests, in which WCS is actively building conservation constituencies and supporting sustainable agricultural practices amongst the local communities who depend upon the forest resources for their livelihoods, and on whom the future integrity of the OWR is inextricably linked. The Ituri forests also have a rich cultural heritage and are home to the indigenous Mbuti and Efé peoples.
The Wildlife Conservation Society is an international NGO headquartered at Bronx Zoo in New York City working to save wildlife and wild lands and to meet global challenges in over 50 countries in Africa, Asia, the Americas and the world’s oceans. The Africa Program is the largest of WCS’s field programs, with approximately 1,100 staff in 12 country programs focused across four major regions (Central Africa, Sudano-Sahel, East and Southern Africa, and Madagascar and Western Indian Ocean).
Our MISSION is to save wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education and inspiring people to value nature. Our VISION is a world where wildlife thrives in healthy lands and seas valued by societies that embrace and benefit from the diversity and integrity of life on earth. Our GOAL is to conserve the world’s largest wild places in 16 priority regions, home to more than 50% of the world’s biodiversity. Our VALUES are Respect, Accountability and Transparency, Innovation, Diversity and Inclusion, Collaboration, Integrity.
|Expériences / Formation du candidat||Significant experience of project management.
Knowledge of African conservation issues.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
|Experience||> 10 ans|
|Fonctions||Gestion de projets/programmes|
|Secteurs d’activité||Environnement / Climat|
|Pays||Afrique, RD Congo|
|Comment postuler||Interested candidates, who meet the above qualifications, skills and experience, should apply by emailing a detailed application/cover letter and CV together with the names and contact information of three references to: email@example.com. Please include “Chief of Party Okapi” in the subject line of your email. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews. If you have any queries related to this position please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Date de fin de validité||30/09/2019|