Application Deadline: Sunday, 31 March 2013
The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is one of the largest independent conservation organizations in the world, active in almost 100 countries. It has been working in the Congo Basin in Central Africa for more than 20 years. Our mission is to stop the environmental degradation in the world and build a future where humans live in harmony with nature.
For our country operations in Gabon, we are looking for a dynamic and committed Country Director who will drive high performance and continuous growth of our Country programme in the Central African State. If you are passionate about delivering conservation impact in one of the world's most bio-diverse places, dedicated to working in partnerships and committed to promoting the development of your organization's human resources and ensuring continuous strengthening of you organization's operations to meet highest standards of accountability, you are our candidate of choice.
• Leads and ensures that the WWF Gabon Country Operations are managed effectively and efficiently in all key areas – Conservation, Finance and Administration, People & Organizational Development, Partnership Development, Fundraising, Advocacy, and Communications – fulfilling WWF Central Africa Regional Programme Office (CARPO)'s vision and delivering on the targets set for its Key Performance Indicators in Gabon;
• Leads on the development and effective implementation of WWF Gabon's country strategy in line with the Central African Regional Programme Office/Green Heart Of Africa (CARPO/GHOA) Strategic Plan;
• Establishes strong partnerships for WWF in Gabon and effectively represents the organization towards internal and external stakeholders;
• Establishes and implements effective internal organizational / management structures and ensures that the related policies and processes are in place and properly implemented;
• Ensures that WWF Gabon's legal and reporting requirements are met and that WWF's policies, procedures, standards and Code of Ethics are being adhered to;
• Contributes to the regional management team and the efficient management of WWF in its Central Africa Region.
What you need:
• Minimum Master's degree in Business Management, International Relations / Development, Environmental /Conservation Management or other related fields;
• At least 10 years professional experience in a leadership role, 3-5 years of which ideally would be in the Central Africa region.
Required Skills and Competencies
• Proven track record in successfully developing, leading, and managing large-scale programmes and/or institutions in the field of conservation, natural resource management, international development, and/or other related fields;
• Demonstrated skills and successes in identifying and accessing resource mobilization opportunities, experience in working with a broad range of donors and managing growth;
• Demonstrated success in managing multi-disciplinary and multi–cultural teams;
• Knowledge of the institutional, legal and policy framework in Gabon and Central Africa;
• Excellent leadership abilities and capacity to manage human and financial resources, with experience in leading change and driving the vision of the organization;
• Decision making skills with strong business acumen and drive for results;
• High level negotiation and influencing skills, and the capacity to develop and maintain strong relationships at all levels in the business, not-for-profit, scientific and political communities;
• Track record of building organizational talent by nurturing performance culture and encouraging empowerment and delegation;
• Strong diplomatic and communication skills, including an ability to work and communicate effectively with a broad spectrum of individuals (individual donors, business leaders, public figures, WWF staff), within a broad range of cultural environments;
• Excellent team management and interpersonal skills;
• Fluency in French and English;
• Must be committed to equal opportunity employment policies and WWFs code of ethics;
• Adheres to WWF's values, which are: Knowledgeable, Optimistic, Determined and Engaging.
Please consult the attached job description for more information on the position.
How to apply?
Email a cover letter and CV to firstname.lastname@example.org,
The subject should read GCPO-CD. Thank you in advance for your interest in this position. Only those who meet the requirements will be contacted. If you have not been contacted six (6) weeks after closing, consider your application unsuccessful.
Female and African nationals applicants are encouraged.
WWF is an equal opportunity employer and committed to having a diverse workforce.