Operations Manager – Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park
Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)
About the organization
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is a US non-profit, tax-exempt, private organization established in 1895 that saves wildlife and wild places by understanding critical issues, crafting science-based solutions, and taking conservation actions that benefit nature and humanity. With more than a century of experience, long-term commitments in dozens of landscapes, presence in more than 60 nations, and experience helping to establish over 150 protected areas across the globe, WCS has amassed the biological knowledge, cultural understanding and partnerships to ensure that vibrant, wild places and wildlife thrive alongside local communities. Working with local communities and organizations, that knowledge is applied to address species, habitat and ecosystem management issues critical to improving the quality of life of poor rural people whose livelihoods depend on the direct utilization of natural resources.
We are seeking a Protected Area Operations Manager to support the Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park’s Conservator in coordinating law enforcement operations and developing technology solutions geared towards halting the current and future threats facing the Park and its immediate periphery.
There are several core features to the Park’s existing law enforcement strategy: reconnaissance patrolling, and intervention operations led by rangers; aerial surveillance from the project’s aircraft; a strong emphasis on information collection by the rangers and the Wildlife Crime Unit; and a communications infrastructure and information management system.
The primary role of the Operations Manager is to enhance the effectiveness of these activities through strategic planning, provision of training opportunities and technical assistance, introducing new tools and technology, and ensuring that appropriate procedures are in place. A secondary role is to development projects proposals geared to bring in new technologies, infrastructure and operations systems to support protection activities.
S/he will be directly responsible for a small team of law enforcement assistants (the anti-poaching department’s technical support team) that help run the Park’s command and control center which ensures an effective coordination and monitoring of law enforcement.
Experience of protected area management and/or conservation technologies;
• Able to use a diverse range of ICT tools (cartography, SMART, intelligence tools);
• Previous experience with protected area management highly preferred;
• Experience using field-based technologies, from camera traps to VSAT, is desirable.
• Law enforcement experience not required, though depending on the background, may be advantageous.
Strong technical and logistical management of projects (planning, budgets, implementation, monitoring and evaluation).
• Efficient at coordinating multiple resources to get things done, multi-tasking, problem-solving and solution-oriented.
• A “doer” – someone who is resourceful and hands on.
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
Knowledge of African conservation issues.
• A Master degree (or higher education level) in conservation, natural resource management, or equivalent relevant field experience in African conservation.
• Proven experience of working in Africa, with experience in Central Africa desirable.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Demonstrated competency in writing and editing of reports and other written products;
• Fluency in English and a working proficiency in French language required (though strong candidates with lower French language skills will be considered if they have a basis from which to quickly learn French).
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 “Operations Manager – Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park” in the subject line of your email. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews.
Application Deadline: 31 July 2021 at 2:00pm Congo Brazzaville time.
WCS is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to hiring and supporting a diverse workforce. We are committed to cultivating an inclusive work environment and look for future team members who share that same value.
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