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The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. Working in 72 countries, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners.
Africa’s wild lands and waters are home to incredible numbers and diversity of species living close to people. For most rural Africans, connection to place takes on unique meaning—more so than anywhere else on Earth because their daily existence depends on the productivity of their natural resources.
These people are undoubtedly among the most vulnerable on Earth. A continuing threat is their lack of control over the communal lands and waters they depend on for survival. And as the people struggle, so too does the wildlife that relies on the same resources. Therefore, our work in Africa is focused on perfecting the best examples of community-led conservation across the continent’s vast shared lands and waters.
Through our place-based projects in northern Kenya, northern and western Tanzania, western Zambia, Namibia, Gabon and the West Indian Ocean , we have the opportunity to protect more than 37 million acres of land, freshwater and marine habitat by building local institutions and cultivating a culture of conservation that also provides tangible benefits to people.
The Africa Region is among the most dynamic at The Nature Conservancy, having grown over the past ten years from a few staff in the United States to 70 staff spread across six African countries and the US. To accelerate its ambitious agenda, the Africa Region seeks a Regional Managing Director (RMD). As the most senior official of the Africa Region, with a current operating budget of USD 23 million, the RMD will lead a growing team of 70 staff comprised of passionate conservationists committed to achieving the Conservancy’s mission in Africa. Additionally, the RMD will work with an engaged board of trustees on the Africa Trustee Council. The RMD will report to the Executive Vice President for Africa, Europe and India, who previously held the RMD post. This position offers the outstanding candidate an opportunity to be a senior leader of the largest, most successful conservation organization in the world, and one of the 20 largest charities in the US.
We can only achieve our ambitious goals by valuing and advancing diversity and inclusion—in our work and in our workplace. For conservation to succeed, we must engage local communities, listen to all voices, value new ways of thinking and getting work done, and acknowledge that we can’t succeed on our own. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion drives us to engage deeply, facilitate partnerships and support broad leadership. We encourage you to learn more at: https://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/africa
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Kelley E. Morsman, Executive Recruiter
The Nature Conservancy, 4245 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 100
Arlington, VA 22203