To effectively develop and manage all aspects of the Reserve. This will include the standard; Park management & Infrastructure, Counter-poaching, Research & Monitoring, Building a Constituency for Conservation, Tourism once in place and, Administration, Human Resources and Finance
Our client is a non-profit organisation that takes total responsibility for the rehabilitation and long-term management of national parks in partnership with governments and local communities.
Our client currently manages more than 12 parks in different African countries
Duties & Responsibilities, KPA:
- To initially construct a basic forward operational base to be equipped with stores, communication equipment, a small workshop accommodation and office space from where the park can be managed.
- To construct an all-weather access road from their existing park to the new park.
- After establishing the protected area boundaries to open a boundary road that corresponds with the actual protected area boundary.
- To open a road network inside the protected area.
- To construct a basic all-weather access road to the interior of the protected area to serve as the logistical backbone to support ranger teams in the wet season.
- To construct sufficient airstrips, including all-weather airstrips, to allow aerial support.
- If necessary, ensure dry season water access for wildlife by enhancing existing waterholes.
Conservation, Research & Monitoring
- To select and train a small ranger team for initial law enforcement operations in the protected area.
- To initially stop nomads from entering the protected area. This will have to be handled sensitively through sensitization rather than by force.
- To put in place a basic rotation schedule to ensure 24/7 presence in the protected area.
- To be involved in the daily patrol deployments from the Control Room in order to be on top of the anti-poaching patrols.
- Once possible to do regular surveillance flights.
- To provide the park manager with a monthly report on the law enforcement effort.
- To initially record all wildlife animals found in the protected area and to create an animal and bird species list.
- To ensure firebreaks are put in place at the end of the wet season to protect the protected area from fires started outside the area.
- To eventually put in place the necessary preparations to receive wildlife from other parks for translocation.
- To monitor the movements of any translocated wildlife through satellite tracking.
- Building a Constituency for Conservation
- Through sensitization meetings inform all nomads upon arrival at the beginning of the dry season of the protected area boundaries and the benefits of having a protected area.
- Through regular community meetings inform the sedentary villagers of the protected area boundaries and the benefits of having a protected area.
- To assist the sedentary villages and the nomads upon their arrival with basic education through a schooling system similar to the elephant school project run by one of the parks.
- After careful consideration, and within the guidelines of the development plan for the Melfi area, provide seasonal water for the nomads outside of the protected area.
- Build and maintain good relations with the local authorities in the area.
- Ensure a motivated staff through team building initiatives and incentives when and where necessary.
- Properly plan the use of shared resources, like earth moving equipment, with the PM.
- Any other duties as requested by the park manager.
- To provide the park manager with a standard format monthly report by the latest the 5th of each month on the activities in the protected area.
- Final employment will take place after the satisfactory completion of a 3-month probation period.
- Proficiency in the French language.
- Park Manager and Management Team in the neighbouring Park.
- Regional law enforcement staff.
- Local authorities
Education & Experience Required:
- Good relationships with all stakeholders.
- Necessary infrastructure in place to manage the park and provide logistics for the law enforcement team.
- Zero nomads entering the park and any poaching activities contained.
- Certain key wildlife species translocated and settled in.
- Local communities buy in to conservation as the best form of land use for the area.
- Motivated staff.
Benefits and Contractual information:
- Able to communicate in French.
- Qualifications in protected area management;
- Experience in protected area management;
- Experience in counter-poaching, preferably military or police background;
- Infrastructure development experience.
- Ability to work in remote area on his/her own – can get along on their own away from other people with the bare minimum. The Park does not have any permanent structures and will continue to be a lonely place until it becomes a National Park and the full unit compliment is employed;
- Practical development experience – the top priority for the FOM is to put in place the necessary infrastructure (roads, airstrips and bases);
- Initiative – self-starter able to get things done and solve problems with minimal oversight;
Park Manager (PM)
The entire Park operation as part of the greater strategy
to be discussed
employment contracts run for 3 years, with the possibility to renew
Emergency evacuation and hospitalization medical insurance, Group life and disability cover for up to 6X annual salary, 21 days leave (excluding max of 4 travel days) for every 100 days worked, 3 return economy class return flights annually to home country (if expat),