Law Enforcement Advisor Okapi Wildlife Reserve, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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.


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WCS is seeking a Law Enforcement Advisor (LE Advisor) to strengthen capacity and provide support to the implementation of effective law enforcement within OWR. The LE Advisor will advise and support the OWR Director, the Assistant Director and the Head of the Law Enforcement on activities and operations to build security and disrupt criminality in OWR. A significant part of the LE Advisor’s work will be building the capacity of the eco guard force. S/he has the drive, ambition and vision to build a LE team that is capable of ensuring the security of the reserve, and disrupt criminality within and surrounding the reserve. The person will be comfortable living and working in a remote conservation area. S/he will be able to operate in a challenging political and working environment.
The position is based permanently on-site at the OWR headquarters in Epulu, Ituri Province.

Overall, the LEA will advise on all aspects related to improved security of the reserve and disrupting criminality within and surrounding the reserve. This will include, among others, to support the OWR Reserve Director and Assistant Director to advise on, guide and mentor i) intelligence collection and analysis, ii) the development of the capacity of OWR law enforcement staff – including training and mentoring, iii) planning and operations.


• An analytical mind that grasps complex political, legal, security and criminal issues such as those facing the effective management of the OWR and finds the most pragmatic, practical and optimum ways to respond to the issues within the context of the reserve
• At least ten years of experience leading, managing, and/or advising on law enforcement operations, ideally in Protected Areas, military and/or policing operations.
• Good understanding of intelligence-led law enforcement
• Proven experience managing a law enforcement monitoring system
• Strong leadership and team building and management experience, including ability to motivate, set objectives, and manage the performance of a multidisciplinary team.
• Demonstrated experience in leading, training and mentoring staff
• The ability to communicate and explain complex processes and ideas effectively and efficiently
• Outstanding organizational and coordination skills
• A commitment to working collegially with all staff, and professionally and diplomatically with all partner organisations – government and non-government.
• Demonstrated experience developing and maintaining partnerships and individual relationships in a complex political environment
• The willingness to gain an understanding of the institutional and legal framework of conservation in DRC, as well as of relevant policy challenges.
• Proven experience in remote areas of the world

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 a detailed CV together with the names and contact information of three references to: [email protected] Please include “Law Enforcement Advisor, OWR” 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: 28 February 2021

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