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Conservation Sector Program Coordinator, Congo Democratic Republic- July 2020

Program of Conservation of Biodiversity and Sustainable Management of Forests Phase IV

Within the framework of the Financial Cooperation between the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Federal Republic of Germany through the German Development Bank (KfW), the realization of the “Program of Conservation of Biodiversity and Sustainable Management of Forests Phase IV “- PBF IV is currently underway, as well as the implementation of a road infrastructure component of the Program. We seek to engage a The Conservation Sector Program Coordinator, Long Term International Expert, Congo Democratic Republic

Posted on:9 Jul, 2020
Application by:29 Jul, 2020
Project status:Ongoing project
Project title: Support to the Biodiversity and Sustainable Forest Management (PBF) Program, Support to ICCN for the management of Phase IV protected areas
Period of project:
10/2019 – 04/2022
Duration of assignment:
18 mois, début 2021 à 04/2022, prolongation possible
Country: Congo (Democratic Republic)
Duty station: Kinshasa
Job code: AFR-COD18KFW021

Since 2008, the German Government has funded the PBF program, a joint program of German technical and financial cooperation, which aims to contribute to the overall objective of conserving biodiversity as well as to poverty reduction and the stabilization of the climate.

Under the management of ICCN, German financial cooperation through KfW provides support for improving the management of the following six protected areas (PAs):

  • Lomami National Park (PNL)
  • Kahuzi-Biega National Park (PNKB)
  • Kundelungu National Park (PNKL)
  • Salonga National Park (PNS)
  • Okapis Wildlife Reserve (RFO)
  • Ngiri Triangle Nature Reserve (RNTN)

Support services to ICCN are carried out at two levels: Assistance to site managers and on-site staff in the implementation of activities within protected areas as well as assistance to DG ICCN for coordinating the implementation of German financial cooperation funding at the six sites, thereby ensuring harmonization of approaches and quality of results.

Job description

The expert’s tasks include, but are not limited to the following activities:

  • The Conservation Sector Program Coordinator advises ICCN in the implementation of the program and act as a liaison between PA sites and the program;
  • Oversee the planning and implementation of PA management measures;
  • Facilitate communication and harmonize the implementation of requirements with the various partners (ICCN, KfW, representatives of NGOs and PPPs, such as WWF or WCS, and donors);
  • Communication with the main technical advisers (CTP) of the different sites and monitoring of activities in the PAs;
  • Follow the procedures for Not Objection Notices;
  • Provide project administration (consultant side) and supervise the team on-site;
  • Assist in the preparation and monitoring of annual audits;
  • The Conservation Sector Program Coordinator supervise short-term experts in their missions in close coordination with the CTP;
  • Support the definition of new job profiles and recruitment;
  • The Conservation Sector Program Coordinator will contribute to the preparation of the ICCN annual report;
  • Contribute to the improvement of the application of the administrative, financial and accounting operating procedures of the General
  • Management, the APs, and partners (such as WWF and WCS);
  • Monitor the impacts of the implementation of environmental and social measures in PAs;
  • Monitor the application of regular training for all national and international staff on the application of the Security Plan established for the Program, and on security risk management.

Qualifications General:

1.  Higher studies in the field of economics, management or finance and/or conservation (university degree, Master in management or economics or comparable diploma in other fields);

2.  Experience as a team leader/coordinator in multidisciplinary teams;

3.  Professional experience of at least five years in the management of complex projects, including three years in developing countries, preferably in the countries of Central Africa;

4.  Excellent command of French and English, both oral and written for report writing. Proficiency in the German language is an advantage.

Specific professional experience:

1.  Good knowledge of the management and monitoring of projects in the management of natural resources (including biodiversity conservation);

2.  Good knowledge in budget management planning as well as in monitoring and evaluation of projects/programs and mastery of related tools;

3.  Experience in contract award procedures in projects co-funded by international cooperation (experience in the contract award procedure for infrastructure is an advantage);

4.  Proven ability to work in a team, coaching capacity and capacity building of organizations;

5.  Experience in cooperation with international NGOs;

6.  Experience in managing international cooperation funds;

7.  Experience with similar projects in sub-Saharan Africa;

8.  Experience working in a multi-stakeholder framework;

9.  Experience with German financial cooperation (KfW) (project management, procedures, reports etc.) or similar international institutions;

10.Proven experience in the management of Protected Areas;11.Experience in assessing environmental and social impacts in relation to the World Bank’s Safeguard Policies;

12.Knowledge of the new performance criteria of the World Bank (Environmental and Social Framework, ESF);

13.Experience working in the context of social impact studies, in particular in the context of the participation of indigenous groups and in the context of resettlement in the DRC / region;

14.Familiarity with the particularities of social planning in relation to protected areas.

Interested candidates are asked to send their CV to Heike Mainusch




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