Landscape Rural Development Manager
"Landscape Rural Development Manager"
WWF-DRC is seeking an experienced and qualified Landscape Rural Development Manager who will oversee the development and implementation of a rural development strategy in the periphery of Salonga National Park.
He/she will work closely with the Park Manager in the Salonga National Park.
The position will involve the oversight of administrative, logistical and technical staff within the program, and require the Salonga Landscape Rural Development Manager to be in regular contact with consortium partners on the ground. The position will also have significant responsibilities as regards coordination and compliance, including work planning and reporting, for key donors supporting the Salonga Landscape.
Office base: Monkoto, Democratic Republic of Congo
Duration of contract:One year with renewal possibility
I. Main duties:
The Salonga Landscape Rural Development Manager (SLRDM) will have a broad expertise in the planning of large-scale landscapes and rural development,and will be expected to help design and promote a vision for the development of the landscape that has the protection of natural resources at its core. He/she will work closely with the Park Manager and will have primary responsibility for overseeing the coordination of landscape activities outside of Salonga National Park.
He/She shall work with WWF colleagues, including the CAFEC Chief of Party and the WWF Conservation Director, and landscape consortium partners to develop community-based forest management plans and alternative livelihood opportunities, including options linked to the development of palm oil, rubber and cacao using best practices. The position will require establishing strong relationships with provincial governments to develop and implement a shared vision that encourages local employment and includes primary health and educational opportunities for employees recruited from priority areas around the Park.
The position will involve the oversight of administrative, logistical and technical staff within the program, and require the SLRDM to be in regular contact with consortium partners on the ground. The position will also have significant responsibilities as regards coordination and compliance, including work planning and reporting, for key donors supporting the Salonga Landscape.
II. Main tasks and responsibilities:
• Supervision and direction of the development program:
Under the direct supervision of the Park Manager and in close collaboration with the Conservation Director and the CAFEC Chief of Party, strengthen cooperation between all stakeholders and assume overall coordination of the SalongaLandscape Program outside of Salonga National Park. He/she will provide leadership in the strategic design and development of new and innovative livelihood projects according to the agreed strategic development plan. He/she will be responsible for directing the activities in accordance with the project descriptions and provide guidance to the overall program objectives. He/she will take part in national and international discussions to present the progress made and decide the best technical and financial guidelines for conservation focused community and livelihoods activities.
• Technical coordination:
Develop operational plans, budgets and contractual arrangements for activities under WWF direct responsibility and coordinate with partners to ensure the necessary synergies in their implementation. The main areas of technical interventionin Salonga's program are: the management of the periphery of the protected area and consistency with the implementation of its General Management Plan (PGG); the implementation of rural development activities with technical partners; community management of natural resources and integration in REDD+. Additionally, the SLRDM will engage with international and national NGOs and organizations to implement activities on a large scale.
• Management of human and financial resources:
With the direct support of the Human Resources Office and the Finance Department of WWF DRC, the successful candidate will provide technical supervision of the employees of its program and its financial management. He/she will particularly be responsible for ensuring the established procedures for financial partners and WWF, the justification of expenditures, review of financial reporting, budget planning etc., are adhered to. This is to ensure that budgets are approved and expenses justified.
• Strengthening Partnerships:
The candidate will build and maintain a strategic partnership with stakeholders in the landscape in order to develop sustainable community management of natural resources that do not negatively impact on the security of the Park; he/she will also support conflict resolution and cooperation among stakeholders of the landscape through the organization of meetings.
Required Qualifications, Skills and Competencies:
- Master's degree in rural development / environment / natural resource management / planning or a relevant field;
- Minimum of 10 years’ experience in rural development with a focus on broad-scale, integrated conservation in and around protected areas;
- Experience in Africa is highly desired;
- Demonstrated experience in multidisciplinary team management.
- Knowledge and understanding of key issues pertaining to biodiversity conservation, including policy issues such as resource rights;
- Knowledge in rural development and markets, including community-based natural resource management;
- Excellent negotiation, consultation and coordination skills;
- Experience in the preparation and implementation of development plans;
- Good administrative, financial, human resource managements and project management skills;
- Excellent oral and written communication abilities in English and French;
- Capacity to work in difficult and complex situations;
- Experience working with international development and donor agencies, particularly USAID, European Union and the German Financial Cooperation;
- Adhere to WWF values: Skills, Optimism, Determination and Commitment.
- Adhere to WWF Behaviors: Strive for impact, Listen deeply, Collaborate openly and innovate fearlessly.
How to apply: Interested candidates should email a cover letter (with at least 3 references) and curriculum vitae to: firstname.lastname@example.org , with the mention: - Landscape Rural Development Manager by August, 12 2020.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted
“WWF is an equal opportunity employer and committed to having a diverse workforce”.Female candidates are strongly encouraged.
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