Position: Rwanda Country Director
Reports to: Regional Director – Eastern Africa and Madagascar
Location: Kigali, Rwanda
Country Program/Sector: Tanzania, Eastern Africa, and Madagascar Region
Start date: 1 June 2019
Position Type: Full-Time
Application deadline: 1 May 2019
Internal liaison: WCS Eastern Africa and Madagascar Regional Director; Africa Program Executive Director; Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Business Manager; Africa Program Director of Program Operations.
Expected travel: Approximately 30%. As required within the region, occasionally to the US if/when needed, and to donor/technical meetings as needed/possible.
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is a US non-profit, tax-exempt, private organization established in 1895 that saves wildlife and wild places by understanding critical issues, crafting science-based solutions, and taking conservation actions that benefit nature and humanity. With more than a century of experience, long-term commitments in dozens of landscapes, presence in more than 60 nations, and experience helping to establish over 150 protected areas across the globe, WCS has amassed the biological knowledge, cultural understanding and partnerships to ensure that vibrant, wild places and wildlife 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 poor rural people whose livelihoods depend on the direct utilization of natural resources.
Rwanda Program Overview:
To effectively lead and manage the WCS Rwanda Country Program, based in the capital Kigali. The primary focus of the Country Program is to work in partnership with the Rwanda Government to protect globally significant biodiversity and the critical natural resource base within and outside of protected areas. This includes a diverse set of actions that span from directly supporting the management of Nyungwe National Park as a cornerstone of WCS’s historical engagement in Rwanda, to helping the Rwanda government accomplish its goal of achieving green, sustainable development by 2050. Additional priorities include insuring close collaboration with the Rwanda Government to support their new initiatives, connecting them with new WCS-launched initiatives, and insuring constructive and mutually beneficial relationships with local communities. Similarly, the Country Director must be able to lead and manage a team of highly motivated staff and sustain the fundraising needed to support the program.
WCS Africa Program is now seeking a dynamic, experienced individual to lead this program.
- Lead the WCS Rwanda country program in consultation with the Eastern Africa and Madagascar Regional Director.
- Act as legal representative of WCS in Rwanda, working with the WCS Office of General Counsel.
- Act as political representative of WCS in Rwanda with all government partners including the Rwanda government (particularly the Rwanda Development Board and the Ministry of the Environment), and bilateral donors/agencies (e.g., USAID, UNDP, AFD).
- Represent the WCS Rwanda Program to donors, the press, the Government of Rwanda, and other internal and external stakeholders.
- Develop and manage the WCS Rwanda Country Program budget.
- Prepare and implement annual WCS Rwanda Country Program workplans and associated budgets, and approve related project workplans and budgets.
- Fundraise from public and private sources for the Rwanda Program in collaboration with other WCS fundraising teams (e.g., Africa Program, Program Development, Global Resources).
- Prepare annual country reports and oversee preparation of reports on projects and for donors, and evaluate on a regular basis progress against strategies and workplans.
- Collaborate with other WCS initiatives including but not limited to the WCS Species Program and Conservation Solutions team.
- Extensive experience leading and managing teams required.
- Successful experience developing, managing, and overseeing the implementation of conservation programs, preferably in Africa.
- Experience in developing and implementing community development projects in Africa.
- Proven fundraising experience for conservation from the public and private sources, preferably in Africa.
- Demonstrated capacity in financial planning and management.
- A track record of success in conservation strategy, implementation, and fundraising.
- Graduate degree in conservation, ecology, or related discipline preferred.
- Commitment to WCS’s mission.
- English language proficiency required, French language preferred.
Interested candidates, who meet the above qualifications should apply by emailing an application letter and CV together with salary requirements and the names and contact information of three references to email@example.com by May 1st, 2019. Please include “Rwanda Country Director” in the subject line of your email.
In addition, please note that all candidates must also apply online via the WCS career portal at: http://www.wcs.org/about-us/careers
WCS is an equal opportunity employer and the organization complies with all employment and labor laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination in hiring and ensures that candidates from all backgrounds are fairly and consistently considered during the recruitment process. We are 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
WCS provides equal employment opportunities for all qualified candidates. WCS does not discriminate for employment based on age, color, disability, gender identify, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by laws and regulations
Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.