The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has been active in the OWR for more than 30 years, supporting its creation, and subsequently working closely with ICCN (Institut Congolaise pour la Conservation de la Nature) – the government agency responsible for protected areas and wildlife - in its management. In December 2018, WCS and ICCN signed a 10-year management agreement that delegates management authority of the OWR to WCS, and which was initiated in September 2019. This mandate is implemented through an OWR Management Unit (RMU) that is the executive body in charge of all day-to-day management activities and personnel in the OWR. The Reserve Director is a WCS-appointed position in charge of the RMU.
Created in 1992, the OWR, at more than 13,000km2, is the single largest protected tract of intact lowland tropical forest remaining in the DRC. The OWR harbors one of the largest remaining populations of forest elephants and the largest stronghold of okapi in the DRC and the single largest population of the eastern chimpanzee in Africa. OWR is situated in the larger Ituri landscape; comprising more than 40,000km2 of contiguous forests, in which WCS is actively building conservation constituencies and supporting sustainable agricultural practices amongst the local communities who depend upon the forest resources for their livelihoods, and on whom the future integrity of the OWR is inextricably linked. The Ituri forests also have a rich cultural heritage and are home to the indigenous Mbuti and Efé peoples.
Based in Epulu, Okapi Wildlife Reserve, Democratic Republic of Congo – Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) seeks to appoint a
DIRECTOR, OKAPI WILDLIFE RESERVE, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
WCS seeks a highly experienced manager in the role of OWR Director who can lead the OWR through the next phase of its management contract.
The Director will provide strategic and operational leadership and be responsible for all aspects of Reserve management including ranger deployment and wildlife protection, community liaison, research, tourism development, fundraising and reporting, communications, M&E, and capacity building of national staff. The job includes staff management and development, establishing and maintaining strong relationships with government partners, including state enforcement agencies, partner agencies and organizations, as well as oversight of a significant budget and ensuring efficient day-to-day program operations.
The Reserve Director is based permanently on-site at the OWR headquarters in Epulu, Ituri Province. The Reserve has a large staff of around 300, working across six Departments.
Candidates will need to clearly demonstrate they have the necessary experience, leadership, communication and diplomatic skills with which to manage such a large and complex project in a challenging and insecure area.
Overall responsibilities for the position include but are not limited to:
The Director, Okapi Wildlife Reserve, Democratic Republic of Congo must meet the following functional and experiential criteria:
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