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Cameroon Country Manager, Zoological Society of London

Views 1832 Conservation Jobs Application Deadline: Friday, 01 April 2016


Zoological Society of London (ZSL) are seeking an individual with extensive management experience to lead and drive forward this rapidly expanding country programme. The successful candidate will be ZSL’s representative in Cameroon and be responsible for the effective implementation of ZSL’s conservation work in the country. The post holder will report to ZSL’s West and North Africa Programme Manager in London and oversee all ZSL’s operations in Cameroon. The successful candidate will work closely with colleagues in the North and West Africa team and other ZSL staff to continue our existing activities and expand the scope of our work in Cameroon in order to contribute to ZSL’s overall conservation objectives. The post holder will work to build on achievements to date, strengthen existing partnerships, explore and develop new relationships and secure funding to support the programme.

The key purpose of the job is to ensure that the Cameroon country programme delivers appropriate contributions to achieving ZSL’s mission. The post holder has full line management responsibility for 6 employees who report directly to the post-holder. They will also be responsible for volunteers/interns and contractors as required; this will include conducting performance appraisals, setting objectives and providing support for both professional and personal development.

They will have ultimate responsibility for the full country programme team (currently 13 people) and oversee their management.


  • Financial resources. The post holder has full accountability for ensuring that the country programme’s funds (approximately £600k/yr) are appropriately budgeted and managed through the checking and monitoring of spending, recording of expenditures and reporting, both internally and externally.
  • Confidentiality. The post-holder has access to information about employees in the relevant country, about funding agreement budgets, terms and conditions and occasionally confidential corporate information and is expected to treat all such information in strict confidence.
  • Plant. The post holder is responsible for the appropriate and safe use, maintenance and inventory of all the programme’s equipment and materials, including office and field equipment and capital items such as vehicles and boats. The Cameroon programme currently has two offices (HQ in Yaoundé and a field office in Dizangue), three 4x4 vehicles and one boat.

Main duties and key responsibilities

  • The post holder oversees production and implementation of the country strategy with the relevant Regional Programme Manager team, in the context of ZSL’s overall conservation strategy and in collaboration with other relevant staff. S/he works with a range of other ZSL staff to contribute to the development of a regional strategy and relevant global programme strategies, as necessary.
  • Working with the relevant Programme Management team and other staff as appropriate, the post holder oversees project design, implementation, management and monitoring and evaluation within the country.
  • The post holder is responsible for ensuring that the country programme is appropriately staffed and for the recruitment, safe working, direct or indirect line management and support of the country team.
  • Working closely with the relevant Programme Management team, the post holder is expected to maintain and nurture existing, and develop new, relationships and partnerships with relevant actors in the country, including government authorities, donor agencies, national and international NGOs, private sector and research institutions.
  • In liaison with other appropriate staff at ZSL UK and within the country programme, the post holder develops and maintains effective working relationships with international donors, in order to generate and secure funding for the country programme. In addition, the post holder takes the lead on developing and maintaining relations with any in-country donor bodies including bilateral and multi-lateral organisations.
  • The post holder works closely with the relevant Programme Management team and other staff, both in country and in other ZSL offices, to identify fundraising opportunities and secure funds for the programme, including the preparation of fundraising proposals that are appropriate for both the country and for ZSL’s mission and are aligned with the country strategy.
  • With oversight from the relevant Programme Management team, the post holder leads on the production of financial and technical reports to donors and for ZSL’s internal purposes.
  • The post holder works closely with all relevant departments at ZSL UK to ensure that appropriate financial and other systems are in place to support the operation of the country programme and the management of the projects.
  • Working with appropriate UK-based staff, the post holder should ensure that the country office is established and maintained in line with all relevant in-country legislation.
  • The post holder will ensure that appropriate information and images are supplied for use in ZSL’s website, annual reports, posters and other literature as needed.
  • The post holder will represent ZSL in the media as needed; this may include television, radio and newspaper interviews.
  • The post holder will represent ZSL at national and international conferences and workshops as needed, and will be expected to deliver talks and presentations to a range of audiences.
  • The post holder is responsible for ensuring that all staff from the in-country team follow administrative processes as necessary. In particular that health and safety processes are followed, that all in-country project records are logged accurately in the ZSL Projects Database and that all project reports are completed in a timely fashion.

Building relationships

  • The post holder is expected to nurture and maintain good working relationships with staff in the country programme, the West and North Africa programme management team and to develop good relationships with other staff in ZSL, using tact, sensitivity and diplomacy as appropriate.
  • A significant part of the role is the maintenance of existing, and development of new, relationships and partnerships with relevant stakeholders, including government authorities, donor agencies, embassies, local and international NGOs, private sector actors, research institutions and local communities. This will involve communication and liaison with senior officials from these institutions to communicate the aims and achievements of the programme and ZSL in a professional and engaging fashion to foster collaborations and funding opportunities.
  • The post holder will be ZSL’s primary representative in Cameroon and must therefore ensure a professional representation of the Society and its work.
Mental Demands
  • The post holder is responsible for making key operational decisions. S/he works with the relevant Programme Management team to make strategic decisions. The post-holder will often have to use their initiative and experience to make judgement calls and solve challenging problems to ensure the smooth running of the programme. Self-motivation, the ability to work on one’s own initiative and to solve problems are critical.
Working Conditions
  • This post is office based in Yaoundé, Cameroon however there is a requirement to travel to field sites, ZSL’s UK base, other country offices, conferences and workshops as required. The work will include short periods in field conditions.

Expectations of job holder

· To ensure that the policy for equality of opportunity is adhered to and promoted in all aspects of the post holder’s work.

· To ensure effective quality control and continuous improvement in all aspects of the work and responsibilities attached to this post.

· Demonstrate professionalism towards sensitive and confidential information.

· To comply with and promote Health and Safety policies and procedures and to undertake recommended Health and Safety training as and when necessary.

· To be committed to professional self-development, through participation in in-service training as necessary for the successful carrying out of the job.

· To undertake such other duties as are commensurate with the grade of the post.

NB: This job description is designed to outline a range of main duties that may be encountered. It is not designed to be an exhaustive list of tasks and can be varied in consultation with the post holder in order to reflect changes in the job or the organisation.

Person Specification

All criteria in this person specification are essential unless otherwise stated as desirable.

Qualifications & Experience

  • A degree (BSc or above) in a subject related to conservation/natural resource management or equivalent work experience in a relevant field.
  • Extensive experience in the design, planning, implementation and management of conservation projects.
  • Experience of strategic planning.
  • Prior experience in staff management and development.
  • Proven experience in managing budgets and grants.
  • Proven track record of writing successful fundraising proposals and securing funds from trusts, foundations and institutions.
  • A track record in conservation project development.
  • Proven experience of engaging with a wide range of stakeholders including international, national, governmental and non-governmental organisations.
  • Experience of living and working in developing countries, ideally in the region, is desirable.
  • Understanding and strong experience of working for or with NGOs is desirable.


  • A good understanding of current international and Africa specific biodiversity conservation issues.
  • A good knowledge of and contacts in funding bodies relevant to the work in the country is desirable.
  • A working knowledge of the project cycle and project/programme management tools.

Skills & Abilities

  • Excellent written and spoken English and French.
  • Excellent communication, presentation and interpersonal skills.
  • Must be highly computer literate in particular in MS office packages, specifically Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Strong organisational skills, with an ability to manage competing priorities and delegate effectively.
  • Ability to think strategically and innovatively.
  • Excellent project management skills.
  • Tact and diplomacy.
  • An ability to work well under pressure.
  • Ability to lead and motivate a team.
  • Motivated.
  • Effective networking and people skills.
  • Excellent fund-raising skills, with proven track record of initiating and developing proposals and concepts.
  • Excellent report writing skills.
  • Ability to work under different cultural settings.

Other Requirements

  • The post holder will work normal office hours but there will sometimes be a requirement to work out of office hours or over weekends to meet deadlines, and to travel over weekends.
  • Driver’s license preferred.

 To Apply:

Applicants should apply through ZSL’s website and include a CV (maximum 3 pages) and a covering letter detailing relevant experience and skills and stating why they want the position and can do this by clicking the "Apply for this job online" button below. If you have any queries regarding this position or when applying through the system please contact Human Resources at


Zoological Society of London



Application Deadline

Friday, 01 April 2016

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