Landscape Rural Development Manager

Présentation entreprise :

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has embarked on ambitious, field-based conservation programs across the Congo Basin.  In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), WWF is active in several landscape-scale sites, including the over 10 million ha Salonga landscape, which encompassesSalonga National Park (SNP). SNP is the second largest park of humid rainforest in the world. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage site and a critical refuge for bonobos and forest elephants. 


WWF’s landscape program works both in the park and in peripheral community and extractive areas.The program takes an integrated conservation approach with a consortium of NGO, government, community, and academic partners.  Key conservation strategies include: protected area management; land use planning; law enforcement and species conservation; community-based natural resource management, livelihood improvement; and forest certification. 


In 2016, WWF signed a co-management agreement with the national protected area management authority, ICCN ( InstitutCongolais pour la Conservation de la Nature ), to co-manage Salonga National Park. Within this overall context of co-management and landscape-scale conservation, the Salonga Landscape Rural Development Manager will oversee the development and implementation of a rural development strategy in the periphery of SNP. Recognizing that economic development of the rural poor often leads to an increased ability to engage in activities that deplete natural resources, this work will necessitate working closely with the private sector and government departmentsto provide economic and social facilities that encourage movement away from the park.

Contexte et mission :

• Supervision and direction of the development program: 

Under the direct supervision of the Park Manager and in close collaboration with the Conservation Director and the CAFEC Chief of Party,strengthen cooperation between all stakeholders and assume overall coordination of the SalongaLandscape Program outside of Salonga National Park. He/she will provide leadership in the strategic design and development of new and innovative livelihoodprojects according to the agreed strategic development plan. He/she will be responsible for directing the activities in accordance with the project descriptions and provide guidance to the overall program objectives. He/she will take part in national and international discussions to present the progress made and decide the best technical and financial guidelines for conservation focused community and livelihoods activities.

Profil recherché :

IV. Profile

Required qualifications


  • Master's degree in rural development / environment / natural resource management / planning or a relevant field;
  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience in rural development with a focus on broad-scale, integrated conservationin and around protected areas;
  • Experience in Africa is highly desired;
  • Demonstrated experience in multidisciplinary team management.


Required skills and abilities


  • Knowledge and understanding of key issues pertaining to biodiversity conservation, including policy issues such as resource rights;
  • Knowledge in rural development and markets, including community-based natural resource management;
  • Excellent negotiation, consultation and coordination skills;
  • Experience in the preparation and implementation of development plans;
  • Good administrative, financial, human resource managements and project management skills;
  • Excellent oral and written communication abilities in English and French;
  • Capacity to work in difficult and complex situations;
  • Experience working with international development and donor agencies, particularly USAID, European Union and the German Financial Cooperation;
  • Adhere to WWF values: Skills, Optimism, Determination and Commitment.
  • Adhere to WWF behaviors, which are: Strive for impact, Listen deeply, Collaborate openly and innovate fearlessly.

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