Niassa REDD + Program Director, Mozambique

Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)

About the organization

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is a US-based non-governmental organization founded in 1895 that protects wildlife and wilderness by understanding critical issues, creating science-based solutions and promoting conservation actions that benefit nature and the humanity. With more than a century of experience, long-term commitments in dozens of landscapes, presence in more than 60 countries and experience in helping to establish more than 150 protected areas worldwide, WCS has accumulated biological knowledge, cultural understanding and partnerships to ensure that vibrant places, with flora and fauna, thrive together with local communities. Working with local communities and organizations, this knowledge is applied to address issues of management of species, habitats and critical ecosystems to improve the quality of life of rural poor people, whose livelihoods depend on the direct use of natural resources.


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WCS is seeking an experienced Program Director to lead the development of this Jurisdictional REDD+ program. Thus, this position will first be responsible for leading an evaluation of the potential for carbon finance to provide long term sustainable financing to NSR through the cost -effective production of carbon emissions reductions and removals. This will include evaluating and developing a potential project governance approach, evaluating various intervention activities against their net greenhouse gas emissions reductions potential, and determining the financing required for the implementation of such interventions. Following this feasibility assessment, the REDD+ Program Director will be responsible leading the design and implementation of this large scale program.
As the Niassa REDD+ Program Director, the position will be responsible for working with a suite of staff and consultants to contribute the studies and documentation required for the program to be validated against the Verified Carbon Standard. This role will work in close coordination with the Country Director, Niassa Reserve Project Manager Manager, the Stakeholder Engagement Liaison, East Africa Regional Carbon Expert, the Conservation Solutions Team, and a technical consultancy tasked with developing the technical inputs required for a VCS applicable project.


• At least 7 years experience, including at least 3 years of program management experience
• Advanced degree in conservation, community engagement, environmental studies, or other related advanced degree
• At least 5 years experience in budget and financial management
• Demonstrated experience in the convening of networks and multi-stakeholders engagement
• Experience working on field based implementation of avoided deforestation, reforestation, woodlots, or natural regeneration projects
• Demonstrated experience working on REDD+ related programs
• Excellent skills in representation, outreach and partnerships building
• Excellent skills in mediation, communication and animation of multi-stakeholders initiatives
• Excellent written and oral Portuguese fluency required
• Professional level written and oral English fluency required
• Familiarity in Swahili, Yao or Macua would be an advantage, but not required
• Willingness to travel extensively to field sites, enage in field data collection, stakeholder meetings, etc.

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Interested candidates, who meet the above qualifications, should apply by emailing an application letter and CV and the names and contact information of three references to [email protected] by the deadline of 30 September, 2021. Please include "Niassa REDD+ Program Director, Mozambique" in the subject line of your email.
In addition, please note that all candidates must also apply online via the WCS career portal.

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