Program Coordinator, Forest Governance and Sustainable Agriculture, 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 three major regions (Central Africa, Sudano-Sahel, Eastern Africa, 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.


Full description on website.

The Wildlife Conservation Society is seeking a motivated and highly-organized full-time Project Coordinator to lead implementation of a growing program portfolio focused on forest governance and sustainable agriculture in and around the Okapi Wildlife Reserve in Ituri Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Programs are highly complementary and engage a number of private, technical and government stakeholders. They include i) a USAID-funded program to develop a business case for sustainable cocoa production in Ituri Province, ii) a technical support program to facilitate attribution, governance and operations of Local Community Forest Concessions (CFCLs) in the OWR buffer zone (multiple funding sources); iii) a pre-feasibility REDD program and climate investment plan for the OWR landscape (private donor funding), and iv) a WCS-led technical consortium of partners implementing forest governance, institutional capacity building and sustainable agriculture activities (including cocoa and food crops) as part of the Integrated REDD program in Ituri (funded through CAFI/UNDP).


• Masters in Forest Governance, Sustainable Forest Management, Sustainable Agriculture or a related field.
• At least 5 years professional experience in the management of sustainable development or sustainable forest management projects in a developing country context.
• Demonstrated knowledge of international government donor project management; including USAID rules and reporting requirements
• Excellent technical and project management skills and experience in managing multi-cultural project teams
• Experience working and living in remote locations in developing and high-risk countries
• Ability to work in a team and in a multidisciplinary setting
• Experience in Central Africa will be an advantage
• Excellent communication skills in in English and French; knowledge of Swahili will be an advantage

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

In order to apply for this position and if you meet the above qualifications, skills and experience, you should apply by emailing the below – as attachments - to: [email protected] :
• a detailed application/cover letter in English
• CV in English
• names and contact information of three references
Please include “Okapi Forest Governance Coordinator” in the subject line of your email. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews.
Application Deadline: 30 November 2021
If you have any queries related to this position please contact: [email protected]

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