African Parks is currently seeking a Chief of Party anticipated under a five-year USAID-funded cooperative agreement, Community Based Counter Wildlife Trade in the Mbomou-Uele border region in northeastern DRC and southeastern CAR. This anticipated program is intended to enable and incentivize targeted rural communities to pursue pro-conservation livelihoods and meet basic needs in a secure manner. The project will demonstrate an inclusive approach to community resilience to insecurity, alleviating key threats to biodiversity, the bushmeat and wildlife trade and trafficking, taking into consideration cultural, livelihood and food security.
The Chief of Party will be actively engaged in all aspects of program planning, execution and reporting. S/he will serve as the main point of contact between USAID and African Parks and other implementing partners over the five-year project.
- Chair quarterly meetings of the Project Steering Committee to ensure annual work plans are reviewed, debated and adapted to reflect ever changing situations and feedback, bringing together all implementing partners and technical inputs as needed
- Convene Advisory Group semi-annually and on an ad hoc basis as required
- Brief USAID on CBCWT updates and developments; relay USAID feedback to the larger team
- Liaise with Chief of Party for CRCA to refine joint indicators, coordinate efforts and find ever greater ways in which to leverage off of each other’s’ efforts.
- Co-facilitate start up workshop to confirm parties’ respective roles and responsibilities.
- Liaise with Advisory Group – as a body and with individual members – to seek additional support or technical expertise on issues as they arise.
- Consult on crisis management and overall context analysis
Administrative and financial responsibilities:
- Review CBCWT standard tools and templates, ensuring alignment with USAID award terms.
- Ensure CBCWT activities are carried out in accordance with award rule and regulations and are consistent with African Parks’ and AWF’s policies and procedures.
- Supervise development of project reporting and briefings for submission to USAID and all stakeholders.
- At least ten years of experience in the design and implementation of international development projects;
- At least five years of senior-level project management experience in conflict-affected environments, experience in eastern DRC preferred;
- Adequate experience to oversee the administrative, contracting, financial and logistical aspects of the goals and objectives as described in the application.
- Post-graduate degree in relevant fields such as international development, education, economics, or business;
- Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills, including the ability to build and manage cooperative high-level relationships and motivate subordinates;
- Experience working with vulnerable groups, i.e. inclusive program experience;
- Experience with achieving gender equity in programming;
- Proficient oral and written skills in English and French
- Contingent upon signing of grant agreement with USAID
- Final employment will take place after the satisfactory completion of a 3-month probation period.
Anticipated start date: 1 July 2018
- USAID mission in Kinshasa; US Embassy in Bangui
- Park Manager and Management Teams in Garamba, Chinko, Bili-Uele..
- Other implementing organisations
- USAID CBCWT project team
- Local authorities
- African Parks Head Office
About the Organization
African Parks is a non-profit conservation organisation that takes on the total responsibility for the rehabilitation and long-term management of national parks and protected areas in partnership with governments and local communities. By adopting a business approach to conservation, supported by donor funding, we aim to rehabilitate each park making them ecologically, socially and financially sustainable in the long-term.
Founded in 2000, African Parks currently works in nine countries – Benin, Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda and Zambia – with an annual turnover of $54M. We maintain a strong focus on economic development and poverty alleviation in neighbouring communities, ensuring that they both benefit from the park’s existence and contribute to the long term sustainability of their natural heritage and livelihoods.