- Park headquarters, Bomassa, Congo
- Position Type
- Organization Type
- Professional Level
- Non-Competitive Eligibility
- Advanced Degree Required
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
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.
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.
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Additional Application Materials:
For more information and to apply, email your CV and cover letter to the WCS Africa Program at firstname.lastname@example.org and cc email@example.com. 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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