We are looking for a dynamic and committed Park Director to support conservation efforts.
The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has embarked on an ambitious, field-based conservation programme across the Congo Basin. In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), WWF is active in several landscape sites, including the over 60,000 km2 Salonga landscape, encompassing the Salonga National Park (SNP), the second largest tropical forest park in the world, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and a critical refuge for bonobos and forest elephants. In addition to its importance for biodiversity conservation, this humid forest region is a major carbon sink and source of other ecosystem services including water provisioning.
The Salonga program takes an integrated conservation approach with a consortium of NGOs, government, community, and academic partners. Key conservation strategies include: protected area management; community land use planning; law enforcement and species conservation; community-based natural resource management and livelihood improvement mostly through small-scale sustainable agriculture and community forestry.
Effective protected area management is a cornerstone of WWF’s conservation efforts in the DRC, in close partnership with ICCN (Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature, the Protected Areas Authority in DRC). New, creative perspectives and strategies are needed to effectively manage protected areas in this challenging social, economic, cultural, and logistical environment.
WWF and ICCN have signed a new partnership agreement to manage the park and support riverine communities with financial support from KfW, the EU, USAID as well as funding from WWF itself. The Salonga Program is led by a Management Unit under the coordination of the Park Director.
The Management Unit works closely with partners inside and outside of the park to effect real conservation results. The Park Director position supervises WWF and ICCN staff working in biomonitoring/research, finances and administration, infrastructure development, logistics and community development work. Law enforcement activities are solely managed by the ICCN deputy director, supported by an external partner (Chengeta Wildlife) to provide additional expertise and training. The Park Director collaborates with partners inside and outside the park to advance the park objectives, including an independent partner (Jurec) implementing a complaint mechanism and overseeing human rights-based approaches. The Park Director also supervises the project managers for community development work in the buffer zone.
Provides strategic leadership
To achieve conservation results, guided by the shared vision for the Park partnership for protected area management (management plan development, implementation, and adaptive management); law enforcement through ICCN Eco guards; ensuring communities have a voice in Park management, community-based natural resource management; institutional strengthening and training; policies and legislation; regional networking; and project monitoring.
Park oversight and coordination
Park management implementation
Manages the park and its management unit (SNPMU) using a participatory, adaptive management approach. Ensures that management systems are established, and oversees the administration of the management plan and related program/projects. Supervises activities. With support from WWF, ensures that project(s) are in compliance with donor regulations. Illustrative responsibilities include:
Coordination of rural development projects in the buffer zone
With the direct support of the manager of finance and administration, contribute to the development of project budgets for approval, technical and financial reporting, and monitoring of expenditures against budgets for Park activities.
Required skills and competencies:
Duration: 2 years with possibility of extension.
How to apply: Interested candidates should email a cover letter (with at least 3 references) and curriculum vitae to: firstname.lastname@example.org , with the mention: - Salonga National Park Director by January, 31 2022.
Thank you in advance for your interest in this position. Please note that only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted for follow up. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
Female applicants are encouraged. WWF is an equal opportunity employer and committed to having a diverse workforce