Job Opportunity: Executive Director, DRC

Position Title: Executive Director, DRC
 
Reports To: Vice-President, Africa Programs, JGI - USA
 
Location of Employment: Goma, DRC 
 
Position Summary: The Executive Director is a full time position assigned to the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).  The JGI DRC office is located in Goma and currently consists of 15 employees.  The Executive Director will supervise this full-time staff, implement the Institute’s strategy in the DRC, and provide oversight of financial, technical, and administrative systems and processes to achieve our desired results across the portfolio.  This portfolio includes but is not limited to landscape scale ecosystem conservation, chimpanzee conservation, community-centered conservation, and environmental education.  The Executive Director will report directly to the Vice President of Africa Programs, JGI United States of America (USA).  
 
Background:
JGI USA initiated the DRC Program in 2005 and began implementing integrated community-centered conservation activities in the Maiko-Tayna-Kahuzi Biega Landscape, an area rich in biodiversity with tremendous chimpanzee conservation potential.  JGI DRC is a locally registered entity that is part of the JGI USA corporate structure.  Currently, JGI DRC is leading the implementation of a 10-year Great Apes Conservation Action Plan for eastern DRC in partnership with multiple stakeholders, including local and regional governments as well as local and international non-governmental partners.
 
Major Responsibilities:
 
  • Provide managerial, strategic, policy, and operational direction and guidance to JGI staff and partners implementing programs in the DRC.
  • Serve as principle liaison to and further professional relationships with:
  • Appropriate national, regional and local government of DRC officials, including but not limited to the Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Planning, , Institute Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN), the regional and district governmental entities for North Kivu, South Kivu and Maniema Province, and other areas with chimpanzee populations in the DRC;
    • Appropriate international donor agencies with conservation and socio-economic development portfolios in the DRC, including but not limited to the U.S. Embassy, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Norwegian Agency for Development (NORAD), Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD), the World Bank, the European Union (EU), and selected agencies of the United Nations, including: UNDP, UNHCR, and UNICEF;
    • International and regional U.S. environmental and animal conservation organizations and other non-governmental organizations (NGOs) implementing biodiversity conservation and socio-economic development programs in DRC such as Wildlife Conservation Society, Flora and Fauna International, UGADEC, Conservation International, Centre de Rehabilitation de Primates de Lwiro, Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project, and World Wildlife Fund; and
    • Foundations, private sector actors with the capacity to contribute to the furtherance of JGI programs in the DRC.
  • Ensure that JGI obtains and maintains all registration and authorizations required to operate its activities in the DRC, which includes managing fiscal control visits initiated by the DRC local tax office.
  • Coordinate all project activities to ensure their successful implementation in accordance with JGI and donor requirements.  Most of these activities will focus on conservation of chimpanzees and socio-economic development of local communities that reduce threats to chimpanzees and their habitats. 
  • Lead and coordinate efforts to ensure the implementation and continued funding of the Great Ape Conservation Action Plan for eastern DRC.
  • Ensure that all programs in the DRC are in compliance with grant, contract, and agreement terms and conditions, including, but not limited to all technical and financial reporting schedules and instructions.
  • Ensure that sub-awardees and subcontractors are in compliance with applicable regulations, corporate policy, and good commercial practice.
  • Lead the development and submission of Annual Operating Plans (budgets and personnel) in accordance with JGI - USA guidance for all JGI activities and programs, in support of the AP Strategy (2013-2023).
  • Report on monthly budget and project performance.
  • Supervise and biannually evaluate the professional and administrative staff in the DRC with full authority to ensure compliance with all JGI strategies, policies, code of conduct, procedures (including security), and guidelines to assure smooth project operations and effective staff performance.
  • Work with JGI USA to develop and submit proposals (e.g., narrative, budgets, and support letters) to international donor agencies, foundations, the private sector and other funding entities for the development, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of existing and new activities in the DRC.
  • In coordination with the Communications and Development team, JGI-USA, develop and implement a communications strategy to raise the profile of chimpanzees in the DRC and bring national attention to the threats they face. 
  • Identify potential funding opportunities to support JGI projects in the DRC.
  • Maintain effective communications with JGI–Africa Programs staff in Uganda, Tanzania, and Republic of Congo to share lessons learned with senior managers in those countries.
  • As requested, represent JGI at regional and international conferences and workshops held in the DRC.
  • Travel within country and internationally, as necessary, to implement JGI goals and objectives in the DRC. 
  • Assist Dr. Jane Goodall and other Jane Goodall Institute staff when visiting the DRC.
 
Qualifications:
 
Education: A graduate degree is preferred, but an undergraduate degree will be considered with at least 8 years of experience.   Successful candidates will have degrees in one or more of the following fields: business management, natural resource management, international development, environment, rural development studies, or wildlife/conservation biology.
 
Experience:
  • A minimum of five (5) years relevant experience (with graduate degree) managing a NGO, company, unit of a company, or experience as a Chief-of-Party or (or Deputy) for an international donor and/or foundation in a developing country context;
  • Work experience in Central Africa and knowledge of Central African environmental and political issues, a plus;
  • Proven cross-functional management experience preferred, with ability to develop high-performing teams;
  • Ability to work under deadline pressures and to manage multitask requirements;
  • Aptitude for program and/or project planning, management, and evaluation;
  • Substantial experience in host government relations, and knowledge of international conservation policy issues ; 
  • Proven ability to develop and maintain a network of high-level contacts with government officials, multi-lateral and bilateral technical and financial partners; demonstrated tact and negotiation skills;
  • Ability to work collaboratively with local and international organizations, the private sector and with bilateral and multilateral economic development funding agencies;
  • Proven knowledge and experience with donor government agencies and management of large agency grants; and
  • Demonstrated mature judgment and integrity.
 
Skills:
  • Professional level proficiency in verbal and written English and French is required (as defined by the US Department of State Foreign Language Institute).  Swahili speaking proficiency a plus; 
  • Proficiency in budget formulation, development, and performance based budgeting;
  • Adeptness at recognizing politically sensitive matters; 
  • Highly entrepreneurial, energetic, and disciplined;
  • Strong executive and resource management skills;
  • Sound analytical, conceptual, and problem solving skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with the capacity to influence without formal authority, and the ability to work with a multi-national team and across organizational boundaries;
  • Strong organizational, leadership, team building/work, and communications skills with attention to detail; 
  • Exceptional diplomatic skills and the ability to reach out to many different audiences, including members of the JGI organization, and the management and staff of multilateral and bilateral donor agencies, nongovernmental organizations, the private sector, as well as members of civil society, and, importantly, communities; and
  • Computer literacy.
 
Application Procedure:
 
Qualified candidates should submit their cover letter, resume and salary requirement to africajobs@janegoodall.org by June 30, 2014.
 
Anticipated start date: July 4, 2014 
 
No phone calls please. Only short listed candidates will be contacted.
 

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