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15/02/2023

Deputy Director – Mbam Djerem National Park, Cameroon

Location: Mbakaou (Headquarters of Mbam Djerem National Park) Cameroon

Reports to: Mbam Djerem National Park Director

Start Date: February 2023

Position type: 2-years fixed-term contract, renewable

Organizational Context

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is a US non-profit organization founded in 1895. Its mission is to preserve wildlife and wilderness by understanding critical problems, developing scientific solutions and taking conservation actions that benefit nature and humanity. With more than a century of experience, long-term commitments in dozens of landscapes, a presence in more than 60 countries, and experience in the creation of more than 150 protected areas around the world, WCS has accumulated the biological knowledge, cultural understanding and partnerships needed to ensure that wild places and animal species 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 rural people whose livelihoods depend on the direct use of natural resources.

WCS Cameroon Program Overview  

WCS first began working in Cameroon in 1988 and established the Cameroon Biodiversity Program in 1993 to coordinate activities across sites in the country and had since then been involved in the creation and management of quite important number of protected areas across the country including Mbam and djerem National Park

Created in 2000, the Mbam Djerem National Park covers about 4,200 sq km of the transition zone between the dense humid forest of the south and the drier savannas of the north. Since 2003, WCS has been working alongside the Government of Cameroon through the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife (MINFOF) on a joint project to secure the biodiversity, ecosystem services and ecological processes of the Mbam & Djerem National Park through strengthened protected area management and enhanced social well-being of its peripheral communities. Project activities focus on:

  • Strengthening capacity for effective and efficient wildlife law enforcement;
  • Raising awareness and conservation cooperation with local stakeholders;
  • Promoting environmentally sound income generating activities;
  • Enhancing ecological and socioeconomic research and monitoring;
  • Developing sustainable funding mechanism through innovative initiatives.

Position Summary 

The Mbam Djerem Deputy Director will assist the Director in the overall management, project proposal development, implementation, monitoring and reporting of project activities in the Mbam and Djerem Landscape.

Summary of responsibilities

  • Assist the Project Director with supervision, implementation, monitoring and reporting of project activities in accordance with grant requirements and agreed deadlines.
  • Assist with the supervision and management of administrative, technical personnel and all daily paid workers.
  • Support and oversee the implementation of law enforcement activities, socioeconomic activities, research and monitoring initiatives, and community-based organizations, including women’s groups, targeted by the projects.
  • Coordinate the organization of project workshops, meetings, and virtual discussions.
  • In collaboration with various project component heads, produce technical and financial reports, as well as new project proposals.

Qualifications and experience required

  • A Master or any equivalent qualification in biodiversity conservation and natural resources management field or related field is desired
  • A minimum of 4 years’ experience working in project management in Central Africa
  • Experience with biodiversity, socio-economic survey design and implementation
  • Willing to work in rural areas and travel extensively in often remote areas
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in French and highly proficient in English
  • Experience in overseeing financial and technical reporting of project activities
  • Experience in proposal writing and budgeting
  • Ability to work under pressure and deliver on time
  • Aptitude to work constructively in multi-cultural situations, and maintain a high level of self-motivation

Qualification Requirements

Desirable

  • Experience in managing personnel
  • Ability to design and undertake ecological and socio-economic monitoring projects
  • Practical experience with natural resource management, protected area management and REDD+ initiatives
  • Experience in collaborative management and coordination with partner organizations, local administration, and traditional authorities

Terms and conditions 

  • This is a nationally/internationally recruited position. WCS offers competitive remuneration in local currency commensurate with skills and experience.
  • The initial appointment will be for two (2) years, inclusive of a six-month probationary period according to the local labor law, with the possibility of extension contingent upon performance, continued relevance of the position and available resources.
  • The duty station will be in Mbakaou (30 Km South Tibati), WCS Mbam Djerem Project office.

How to apply

Interested candidates, who meet the above qualifications, skills and experience, should apply through this link by January 15, 2023.

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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