WCS South Sudan Country Director

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.


WCS South Sudan Program Strategic Development
• Act as legal representative of WCS in South Sudan.
• Ensure WCS's day to day protected area management and conservation activities.
• Develop and update the South Sudan Country Program Strategic Plan in a manner that addresses WCS Sudano-Sahel Region objectives, while adapting to the social, political and ecological context within South Sudan.
• Provide input to the ongoing evolution of the Sudano-Sahel regional strategic plan and ensure alignment of the South Sudan initiative with the Sudano-Sahel region strategy.
• Foster and maintain an ongoing dialogue and partnership with donors, Government development agencies, foundations and private individuals to mobilize financial resources for WCS South Sudan Protected Areas program development.
• Ensure appropriate and effective communications reflecting WCS positions, including representing WCS in meetings with Government of South Sudan and other partners and ensure continued development of conservation initiatives and partnerships.

WCS South Sudan Program Technical Planning and Management
• Ensure that the WCS South Sudan programs are developed and implemented to address the Sudano-Sahel regional and country strategic orientations. Ensure that they are in harmony with stated Sudano-Sahel Region conservation goals.


• Master’s degree or higher (or equivalent in training and experience) in a discipline related to protected area management, natural resources management, law enforcement and security, or wildlife / conservation biology.
• Minimum of ten years progressively increasing responsibility for protected areas or natural resources management, in developing countries in Africa; proven ability to build capacity and direct initiatives in Park management natural resources management, wildlife law enforcement, conservation biology, conservation advocacy and project management.
• Proven knowledge and experience with government agencies and management of large agency grants (in particular US Government and EU).
• Substantial experience in partner Government relations and knowledge of international conservation policy issues; proven ability to develop and maintain a network of high-level
contacts with government officials, multilateral and bilateral technical and financial partners.
• English language fluency required, familiarity with languages and culture of South Sudan and neighbouring countries in the Region will be an advantage.
• Strong communication skills, both written and verbal, as well as strong analytical skills.
• Demonstrated experience effectively managing staff and team building.
• Proven ability and comfortable with living and working in a multicultural environment in isolated areas, under difficult field conditions.

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] with copy to [email protected] by 28 June 2021 deadline. Please include “South Sudan Country Director” in the subject line of your email.

In addition, please note that all candidates must also apply online via the WCS career portal at: http://www.wcs.org/about-us/careers

WCS is an equal opportunity employer and the organization complies with all employment and labor laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination in hiring and ensures that candidates from all backgrounds are fairly and consistently considered during the recruitment process. We are 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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