Regional Forests and Climate Change Lead, Central Africa

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.


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• Assist the Central Africa Regional Director in the development and implementation of a WCS strategy for climate and forest protection in the Congo Basin that capitalizes upon WCS strengths and field conservation priorities and links them to existing and emerging opportunities for enhanced financing.
• Provide up to date analysis of national, regional and international policy development on forests and climate change in the Congo Basin and analyse opportunities for WCS to support government partners
• Remain current on climate financing opportunities (national, regional, biltaral and multilateral) and identify areas of strategic alignment with WCS priorities
• Provide technical support to field projects on program development, proposal preparation and implementation of forest/climate projects – including but not limited to projects addressing protected area management, market-facing REDD+ and other carbon financing mechanisms, ecosystem services, commodities and agroforestry, land tenure and governance.
• Identify and build strong partnerships from amongst the public, private and NGO sector that align and enhance WCS strategic priorities
• Provide technical coordination and proposal development support for large climate financing opportunities in Central Africa


• An advanced degree in conservation, environmental studies or related field
• At least 5 years’ experience of large, multi-stakeholder project management
• Demonstrated experience working on nature-based solutions to climate change including REDD+ and other performance-based payment systems in a global context
• Demonstrated experience in program development for large multi-lateral climate financing mechanisms
• Demonstrated experience of Congo-Basin climate financing context, with specific reference to CAFI
• Experience working on field-based implementation of avoided deforestation, sustainable agriculture, forest governance or other climate-relevant projects.
• Experience of private sector engagement on climate change mitigation measures an advantage
• Excellent written and oral language skills are required in English and French
• Excellent skills in representation, communications and partnerships building
• Willingness and availability to travel around the region, and internationally as needed

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 CV together with the names and contact information of three references to: [email protected] Please include “Central Africa Climate/Forest Lead” 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: 15 April 2021

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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