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Park Director - Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park

Wildlife Conservation Society

Deadline

September 30, 2014

Location

Park headquarters, Bomassa, Congo

Position Type

Full-time

Organization Type

Professional Level

Duties

Reports To: WCS Congo Country Director
Direct Reports: NNNP Conservateur, NNNP Conservation Director, NNNP Research Director, NNNP Finance and Administration Director
Overseen By: Ndoki Foundation Board

Purpose:
The purpose of this position is to ensure the effective protection and conservation of NNNP and its wildlife while helping to develop world-class tourism and to deliver benefits to and maintain good relations with the surrounding community and the Republic of Congo.

The Wildlife Conservation Society is seeking an experienced protected area manager to fill the position of Park Director of Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park (NNNP) in the Republic of Congo.

Nouabalé-Ndoki is the most intact, best-managed protected area in the Congo Basin, with thousands of forest elephants, gorillas, and chimpanzees, critical rainforest habitat, good park facilities, and extraordinary tourism potential. The management of NNNP is securely funded for the next five years by USAID, USFWS, the Sangha Trinational Foundation, and other private and public donors.

WCS and the Government of Congo have established a Congolese public entity to manage Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park, the “Nouabalé-Ndoki Foundation,” comprised of a multi-stakeholder board of directors and a Park Management Unit (PMU). The Park Director is in charge of the PMU including the operation of all departments and management of all park staff.

The Park Director will provide strategic and operational leadership and be responsible for all aspects of park management including ranger deployment and wildlife protection, community liaision, research, tourism development, fundraising and reporting, communications, and capacity building of national staff. The job includes managing senior staff, developing strong relationships with government partners, partner agencies and organizations, as well as managing a significant budget and ensuring program runs smoothly day-to-day.

The Park Director is based in the field, living permanently on-site at the park headquarters, Bomassa. NNNP is more than 4,000 km2, with an expected staff of between 100 - 200 people and an annual budget of more than $2 million.

Responsibilities:

  • Elaboration and implementation of the park’s management plan.
  • Prepares and implements annual work plans and budgets.
  • Recruits and manages all personnel.
  • Assures that all contracts, accords and conventions related to the park are followed.
  • Implements the directives of the park’s board of directors.
  • Financial and operational responsibility of the park, including preparation of a five-year business plan and annual budget.
  • Manages a team that includes a Conservation and Biodiversity Service department, Research and Monitoring department, Community Development department, Logistics Service, and Administration and Finance Unit.
  • Oversees a local staff complement of 100 to 200 full-time employees, including anti-poaching rangers.
  • Liaises with a Board of Directors of the Nouabalé-Ndoki Foundation.
  • Builds and maintains relationships with Government and Community partners, and other key stakeholders of the park.
  • Monthly, quarterly and annual reporting to WCS, donors and the Board of Directors of the Nouabalé-Ndoki Foundation.
  • Oversees all financial management and reporting.
  • Oversees all logistical operations.
  • Oversees all research and conservation activities in the Park.
  • Oversees all community activities, including environmental education initiatives with local schools.
  • Works with the Ndoki Foundation Board, WCS, and other partners to identify tourism development partners and help to develop NNNP into a world-class ecotourism destination.

Qualifications

Person Specification

We are looking for and outstanding leader with proven managerial experience, strong communication skills, and a full understanding of African conservation, development and socio-economic issues. A relevant degree (e.g. biology, political science, law, economics, management, or international relations) is essential, along with a thorough knowledge of multilateral environmental agreements and the issues around wildlife trade management and sustainable development. Fluency in English is essential, ideally combined with fluent French.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • 10-15 years' park management experience, ideally in at least two African countries (preferred).
  • For candidates with a conservation background, at least five years' senior management experience (required).
  • For candidates with a financial or management background, at least five years' senior conservation experience (required).
  • Proven track record in personnel management (required).
  • Proven track record in wildlife management (required).
  • Hands-on management of a remote and large protected area in Africa including developing, improving and overseeing protected area management systems, HR, finance, infrastructure and workshop maintenance, and law enforcement (required).
  • Experience working with government agencies, boards, and other stakeholders on park management support (preferred).
  • Hands-on management of law enforcement operations, ideally with military training and experience (preferred).
  • Implementing a community or natural resource management project (preferred).
  • Experience working with tourism operators (preferred).
  • Developing infrastructure within a remote protected area (preferred).
  • Excellent spoken and written English (required).
  • French language fluency (preferred).
  • If not fluent in French, demonstrated ability to master a foreign language (required).

Application Instructions

For more information and to apply, email your CV and cover letter to the WCS Africa Program at africaapplications@wcs.org and cc mgately@wcs.org. Please explain in the cover letter how your experience will contribute to addressing the threats to Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park and how it will allow you to help put in place long-term systems for the conservation and management of the Park. Include contact information for three references and specify whether we may contact each of these or whether this should await your approval.

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