World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, seeks a Salonga Program Coordinator.
Context and Background
The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has embarked on ambitious, field-based conservation programs across the Congo Basin. In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), WWF is active in several landscape-scale sites, including the over 10 million ha Salonga landscape, encompassing Salonga National Park (SNP), the third largest tropical forest park in the world, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and a critical refuge for bonobos and forest elephants. The landscape program also works in peripheral community area. In addition to its importance for biodiversity conservation, this humid forest region is significant for carbon storage and maintaining water supplies. The program takes an integrated conservation approach with a consortium of NGO, government, community, and academic partners. Key conservation strategies include: protected area management; land use planning; law enforcement and species conservation; community-based natural resources management and livelihood improvement, e.g. through sustainable agriculture and forestry.
Effective protected area management is a corner stone of WWF’s conservation efforts in the DRC, in close partnership with ICCN (Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature), the national protected area management authority. New, creative perspectives are needed to effectively manage protected areas in challenging social, economic, cultural, and logistical environments. WWF and ICCN have agreed to implement an innovative form of Public Private Partnership management approach in forms of co-management to professionalise the management of the park while also improving the life standards of communities living in the landscape.
As part of the Salonga Program team, the Salonga Programs Coordinator will be responsible for all technical departments’ coordination of Salonga National Park under the supervision of the Park Director.
Partnerships and Fundraising
Conservation Planning and Administration
In full collaboration with WWF DRC and other WWF’s national offices Communication teams
Required Skills and Competencies
Desired Skills and Competencies
Internal– Works closely with and reports to the Salonga Park Director, Regular interaction with DRC Director of Conservation, Landscape Rural Development Manager, Salonga Administrator, Salonga deputy Director, other program managers in WWF DRC such as from the protected area and the forest and agriculture program as well as with the Salonga Program and Administration Officers in WWF International and National Offices which support the Salonga programme.
External – Works with major DRC conservation donors and other technical partners working in the Salonga Landscape.
How to apply: Interested candidates should send by email a cover letter (with at least 3 references) and curriculum vitae to: firstname.lastname@example.org, with the mention: “Salonga Program Coordinator” until the position is filled.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted
“WWF is an equal opportunity employer and committed to having a diverse workforce”.
Female candidates are strongly encouraged.
As an EOE/AA employer, WWF will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or protected Veteran status. WWF values diversity and inclusion and welcomes diverse candidates to apply.