Country Director, Mozambique

Wildlife Conservation Society Published: November 2, 2020
Job Type
Natural Resources/ Restoration / Policy / Program Management /

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~ The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is a US non-profit, tax-exempt, private organization established in 1895 that saves wildlife and wild places by understanding critical issues, crafting science-based solutions, and taking conservation actions that benefit nature and humanity. ~

With more than a century of experience, long-term commitments in dozens of landscapes, presence in more than 60 nations, and experience helping to establish over 150 protected areas across the globe, WCS has amassed the biological knowledge, cultural understanding and partnerships to ensure that vibrant, wild places and wildlife thrive alongside local communities. Working with local communities and organizations, that knowledge is applied to address species, habitat and ecosystem management issues critical to improving the quality of life of poor rural people whose livelihoods depend on the direct utilization of natural resources.

Mozambique Program Overview:

WCS established a country program in Mozambique in 2012 with two primary objectives to increase the protection of Niassa National Reserve, a vast landscape in the north of the country, and improve the conservation status of its elephants through co-manage of the Reserve; and strengthen national-level protected area management by helping to improve policies and reinforcing the government’s ability to implement wildlife crime legislation through strategic engagement with government agencies in Maputo. WCS Mozambique is now seeking a dynamic, experienced individual with background in governance and law enforcement of transnational wildlife crime.

Position Overview & Objectives

The Country Director, Mozambique has strategic leadership of WCS’s Country Program in Mozambique. Establish the program strategy, priorities, and approaches; develop and implement projects; oversee financial and administrative support for various field projects and for the program as a whole; facilitate smooth and efficient communication with the WCS Regional and New York offices; promote and develop team member capacity.

Promote conservation in Mozambique among national government, state government, international agencies, other non-governmental organizations and private sector organisations; and influence policies that promote the long-term persistence of wildlife and wild places in Mozambique.

  • Internal liaison: WCS Eastern Africa, Madagascar and Western Indian Ocean Regional Director; Eastern Africa, Madagascar and Western Indian Ocean Regional Business Manager and Regional Finance Comptroller, Regional HR and all staff
  • Expected travel: Approximately 30%. As required within the country & region, occasionally to the US if/when needed, and to donor/technical meetings as needed/possible.

Principal Responsibilities

  • Establish WCS Mozambique Country Program strategy, priorities, and approaches. Implement and support existing and established projects; develop and implement new projects and country initiatives as appropriate.
  • In collaboration with other relevant WCS staff maintain involvement in the raising of financial support for the program. Develop proposals and participate in fund-raising activities; maintain contact with donors when requested and ensure timely reporting with funding sources. Oversee financial management of the program.​
  • Act as liaison between WCS and the Government of Mozambique, WCS and local partners, WCS and other international agencies active in Mozambique and between WCS-Mozambique and other parts of WCS (regional offices, country programs, regional advisors, conservation solutions, etc).
  • Hire, provide training, and assist staff in their projects; promote conservation/technical capacity building efforts, including in distributed leadership and teamwork, and provide feedback to staff; review and evaluate field reports and project documents. • Develop a network with private sector organisations that are operating businesses in Mozambique and work towards creating shared value collaborations.
  • Coordinate and support all program initiatives while ensuring proper collection, analysis and publication of field data.
  • Oversee the production of reports and other required documents (e.g., workplans, implementation plans, activity reports, and financial reports) for WCS and donors on schedule.
  • Ensure program implementation and outcomes are monitored and regularly evaluated.
  • Develop training and technical assistance support for project personnel and promote an adaptive management approach at site, project and country program level.
  • Attend relevant national, regional and global meetings, workshops, strategy sessions, government events, etc.
  • Promote wildlife conservation in Mozambican National and State government agencies, donors and other non-governmental organizations through meetings, speaking engagements, media interviews, writing, and general communications. Direct international attention to biodiversity conservation priorities in Mozambique, and influence policies that promote their long-term persistence.
  • Provide oversight on project and staff security, logistics and operations. Monitor the status of all field teams and ensure the maintenance and effective allocation of resources and equipment.
  • Contribute to, enlarge and uphold the Society’s policies towards Equal Employment Opportunities for women, minorities, veterans, the handicapped, and other protected groups.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Candidate will hold a Master’s degree and equivalent experience in a field related to the conservation of biological diversity in a Mozambican and regional context.
  • Extensive experience leading and managing teams required.
  • Successful experience developing, managing, and overseeing the implementation of conservation programs, preferably in Africa.
  • Experience in developing and implementing community development projects in Africa.
  • Proven fundraising experience for conservation from public and private sources, preferably in Africa.
  • Demonstrated capacity in financial planning and management.
  • A track-record of success in conservation strategy, implementation, and fundraising.
  • Minimum of ten years’ program management experience in conservation.
  • Ability to foster teamwork within the program.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to work in a range of cultural contexts, and across organizational borders.
  • Significant and diverse fundraising experience.
  • Fluent in both English and Portuguese.
  • Commitment to WCS’s values of respect, accountability and transparency, innovation, diversity and inclusion, collaboration, and integrity.

To Apply

  • Interested candidates, who meet the above qualifications should click "Apply" below to email an application letter and CV by November 15, 2020.
  • Please include “Mozambique Country Director” in the subject line of your email.
  • In addition, please note that all candidates must also apply online via the WCS career portal. 
    • Start date: January 2021
    • Application deadline: 15 November 2020

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