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Title: Director - Coastal Natural Resources Management Program, Equatorial Guinea
Location: Equatorial Guinea
Job Type: Global Conservation
FLSA: Exempt
Date: 02-05-2013

Job Description:
COASTAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT IN EQUATORIAL GUINEA

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is seeking qualified conservationists for three key positions in a new program in Equatorial Guinea (EG). Sponsored by Noble Energy as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility effort in the country, the program will be implemented by the WCS, in partnership with the Instituto Nacional de Desarrollo Forestal y de Áreas Protegidas (INDEFOR-AP, the government agency responsible for managing Equatorial Guinea's protected areas). The program is currently funded for five years, and WCS expects to secure additional funding to build a long-term program in the country that will play a significant role in its marine conservation efforts along Africa's Congo Basin coast, as well as complement its substantial terrestrial programs in neighboring Cameroon and Gabon.

WCS and INDEFOR-AP will use participatory methods to work with local people living in rural villages located inside Equatorial Guinea's coastal protected areas, to increase yields and labor productivity associated with fishing and farming, and improve conditions of market access. In so doing, the program will seek to construct incentives for conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and natural ecosystems by improving the quality of life of rural people. The three positions described here will be responsible for setting up and implementing the coastal resources management program, and play key supporting roles in building WCS's larger conservation program.

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Position: Director - Coastal Natural Resources Management Program, Equatorial Guinea

Reports to: Director, Marine Program

Coordinates with:Director, Conservation and Quality of Human Life Program Assistant Director, Africa Program

Duties

The EG Coastal Resources Management Program Director is a full-time position, based in the city of Bata, Equatorial Guinea. The Program Director will be responsible for providing overall leadership of the program, including ensuring that (1) work plans and reports are completed in a timely manner, (2) financial administration reflects international standards of transparency and efficiency, (3) communication and coordination with INDEFOR-AP, other government agencies involved in the program, and other non-governmental organizations that support INDEFOR-AP or whose activities are relevant to this program achieving its objectives are appropriately fluid and fulsome. The Program Director will also represent WCS in Equatorial Guinea, ensuring that WCS/New York is kept informed of progress and challenges, and that appropriate support services are provided in a timely way.

Qualifications

The Program Director will be a professional with a degree in a relevant social or natural science, with experience using participatory approaches to lead the design and implementation of conservation and natural resource management programs.

Required qualifications

'Minimum of 5 years experience in a leadership role implementing
field conservation programs in cooperation with government, NGO
and grassroots partners.
'Fluency in written and spoken English and Spanish.
'Demonstrable experience in the application of participatory
methods in the design and implementation of conservation and/or
development programs.

Experience:
Qualifications

The Program Director will be a professional with a degree in a relevant social or natural science, with experience using participatory approaches to lead the design and implementation of conservation and natural resource management programs.

Required qualifications

'Minimum of 5 years experience in a leadership role implementing
field conservation programs in cooperation with government, NGO
and grassroots partners.
'Fluency in written and spoken English and Spanish.
'Demonstrable experience in the application of participatory
methods in the design and implementation of conservation and/or
development programs.

Preferred qualifications

'Demonstrable experience in developing and implementing protected
area management plans
'Demonstrable experience in institutional strengthening of
protected area management authorities
'Fluency in spoken French, in addition to fluent English and
Spanish
'Functional working knowledge of Fang or another relevant African
language
'Advanced degree (MA, MSc, Ph.D.) in a relevant social or natural
science discipline and demonstrable record of academic research
and publication in that discipline

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