Operations Manager, Okapi Wildlife Reserve, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

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.


- Ensure all purchasing and procurement for the OWR comply with Standard Operating Procedures and WCS Policies
- Establish and supervise the implementation of management and inventory systems for equipment and consumables (food and fuel)
- Prepare quarterly purchase plans
- Supervise all construction projects
- Coordinate and approve all transportation, movements and use of fleet by OWR personnel, partners and visitors, in accordance with security protocols
- Oversee maintenance and management of the air strip, roads and access points
- Ensure all internet and communications system (VSAT, HF, VHF, GPS tracking devices) are functional at all times and utilised in accordance with established procedures
- Ensure all permits, licences and authorisations for aviation and telecommunications are up to date
- Oversee any importation of OWR equipment into the DRC and, in coordination with the WCS office in Kinshasa, ensure necessary custom exemptions are obtained
- Oversee the management and maintenance of the OWR dispensary
- Supervise the OWR garage and the smooth functioning of all generators, water and electricty supplies
- Evaluate, build, mentor and manage national capacity to meet the needs of the Operations Unit
- Direct supervision of all staff in the Operations Unit
- Develop and disseminate procedures and policies as necessary, and as agreed with the Reserve Director, on the utilisation of equipment and infrastructure


- University degree in management, engineering or a related field
- At least 10 years of experience in Africa in construction, fleet management and logistics
- Excellent organizational skills with a practical hands-on attitude to work
- Proven experience of working with international organizations or private sector
- Good written and oral communications
- Good IT skills with experience in specific inventory systems and software an advantage
- Fluency in French and English (with Swahili preferred)
- Proven experience of working in a multicultural environment

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Please see full job description details on our WCS Career site here: https://sjobs.brassring.com/TGnewUI/Search/Home/Home?partnerid=25965&siteid=5168#jobDetails=465363_5168

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 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 December 2019

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