Chief of Party – Okapi Wildlife Reserve

Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)

About the organization

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.


For full listing, please check our WCS Career site:

a) Serve as the primary WCS point of contact and authorized representative with USAID in regard to all communications on the USAID Okapi project.
• Maintain good working relationships with all project participants, stakeholders, beneficiaries and other relevant organizations both in the DRC and in the wider Central Africa region.
• Maintain a strong and responsive relationship with the USAID CARPE (Central Africa Regional Program for the Environment) Director, USAID Agreements Officer and other relevant USAID staff.

b) Coordinate the implementation, management and administration of the USAID Okapi project:
• Coordinate with WCS DRC and OWR management teams to ensure that project objectives are achieved to a high standard and on schedule.
• Oversee and, in some cases, carry out the delivery of the project's technical activities in accordance with the project work plan.
• Ensure that adequate technical assistance is provided to the OWR management team, supervising the recruitment and engagement of technical experts, partners and project staff, as appropriate

c) Through the development of robust monitoring and evaluation systems, ensure that all USAID reporting requirements are met to a high standard and on schedule.


a) Significant experience of project management.
• Experience working in inter-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams and managing several major activities simultaneously.
• Experience managing multilateral/bilateral donor-funded projects, with multiple project partners and diverse project elements. Experience of managing USAID-funded projects preferred.
• Proven ability to achieve project targets and objectives, delivering quality work on tight deadlines.
• Experience of designing and implementing monitoring and evaluation frameworks.

b) Knowledge of African conservation issues.
• A Masters or PhD degree in conservation, natural resource management, or other relevant field experience in African conservation.
• Experience working on conservation projects in field settings preferred.
• Experience working in Central Africa region would be an advantage.

c) Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Demonstrated representational skills, with an ability to maintain favourable public relations.
• Experience of developing and maintaining professional working relationships in a multi-stakeholder environment.
• Demonstrated high-level competency in writing and editing of professional technical reports and other written products.
• Fluency in English and professional competency in French, with Swahili a distinct advantage.
• Highly computer and internet literate.


depends on experience

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

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 protected] 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: [email protected]

Application Deadline: 31 October 2019

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