Country Manager

WRI, Brazzaville, Congo

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme ManagementTraining and Capacity Building
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
20th July, 2020

Job Description

Program Overview

WRI’s Republic of Congo Program Office seeks to strengthen transparency and accountability of land-use decision making by working with government and other institutional partners to develop forest and natural resource information management policies, programs, and systems. WRI is seeking a country manager to oversee its work in the Republic of Congo initially focused on forests and land-use planning, with aspirations to expand into broader issues in line with WRI strategies in Africa.

Job Summary

Reporting to the WRI Africa Director, you will be responsible for overseeing WRI’s activities in Republic of Congo with an initial focus on land use planning, forest monitoring, and sustainability and legal compliance in the forest product and agriculture sectors. You will drive programmatic strategy in country, working closely with the WRI Africa Director and the Global Forest Director. Major responsibilities will include oversight of program implementation, project management, staff management, fundraising, and thought leadership.

Job Responsibilities

Project and Partner Management (50%)

  • Lead delivery of all WRI programmatic activities in the Republic of Congo with a primary focus on land use planning and forest monitoring
  • Develop new programs and partnerships in the Republic of Congo aligned with the WRI Africa strategy
  • Oversee planning, monitoring project deliverables, priority-setting, and ensuring high-quality, high-impact deliverables across program interventions in the Republic of Congo
  • Working with the Global Operations team in DC and Addis Ababa to ensure compliance with WRI policies and procedures and support efficient program delivery
  • Monitor program budget performance, expenses and revenue
  • Manage a team of technical and support staff located in the Republic of Congo and effectively work across the WRI matrix including with WRI’s Regional office for Africa
  • Ensure coordination, capacity building and career development of WRI's team in the Republic of Congo

Thought leadership and Strategy (25%)

  • Set the direction for WRI’s program in the Republic of Congo, including definition of priority themes at country and regional levels, definition of research agendas, and development of new programs in line with country or regional needs
  • Ensure that WRI’s program in the Republic of Congo supports achievement of the Global Forest Program outcomes as set out in the 2018-2022 strategy and Africa’s new strategy
  • Contribute to internal WRI strategic planning in relation to development of programs in Africa

Communications and Fundraising (25%)

  • Lead on fund raising to support WRI’s land use planning and forest work in the Republic of Congo
  • Actively develop and maintain relationships with local partners including government agencies, civil society, research institutions, and NGOs
  • Identify and cultivate new donors to expand the funding base
  • Write fundraising proposals and refine those written by staff
  • Engage with donors, government officials and other partners to communicate WRI’s work and collaborate on strategy
  • Serve as the spokesperson for WRI in the Republic of Congo and ensure compelling and consistent messaging from our work
  • Represent WRI in media interviews, speaking events, and workshops

Job Qualifications

  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience working in a donor-funded development program context
  • Advanced degree in geography, environmental science, natural resource management (undergrad degree and additional 2 years of relevant experience) required
  • Professional competency in English and French
  • Proven ability to think holistically and build high-impact strategies in a complex environment, while maintaining attention to details
  • Excellent writing, presentation, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills in cross-cultural communication and engagement with diverse constituencies
  • Strong understanding of the forest/natural resource sector in Central Africa and in the Republic of Congo in particular (e.g., land use planning law and policies, forest policies and laws, forest management and law enforcement practices, governance and institutional context, forest and land tenure regimes, agriculture and biodiversity conservation)
  • Demonstrable experience with engaging government agencies around forest and land use management challenges
  • Proven ability to cultivate and manage relationships with donors and external partners, across private, public and NGO sectors
  • Experience managing a high performing team and delivering outcomes
  • Willingness to travel up to 20% of time


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