Feb 132018

Organization: African Parks
Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Closing date: 10 Apr 2018

Position: Special Projects Manager / Plans and Coordination Manager

Organization: African Parks Congo

Location: Nagero, Garamba National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Reporting to: Greater Garamba General Manager

Expected start date: May/June 2018

Type of contract: Fixed-term (2-3yrs)


African Parks Congo is the management entity of Garamba National Park, DRC. The NGO is directly affiliated to African Parks Network who is a non-profit organization that takes total responsibility for the rehabilitation and long-term management of national parks in partnership with governments and local communities.

Supervises: All activities through the:

  • Coordination, planning of GNP PMU activities

  • Contribute to strategy and projects design Marketing, media and communication

  • Coordinate donor relationships (shared with General Park Manager and Head of Departments)

  • Protocol: Coordination and organization of events, meetings, official visits, board meetings, etc.

  • Tourism (1 lodge with restaurant and 10 chalets)

Job overview:

  • The Special Project Manager is responsible for the bove-mentioned management unit coordination and duties.

  • He / She ensures the coordination of management unit, and manage APC external relationship

Key functions:

  • Management coordination, Internal Reporting and Administration: Centralize and share all relevant information to and from senior management within APC, supervise planning and deadlines, assist with the compilation of AP annual reports, monthly and weekly reports; 5-Year Business Plans coordination; administrative documents needed for Board Meetings etc.

  • Tourism supervision: Supervise the Tourism department/project and provide support to the lodge manager;

  • Communication, Media and Marketing: GNP Social Media pages; supplying required information for the AP Garamba website; providing necessary information relating to the Park to tourists/journalists/visitors;

  • Donor relationship: Ensures proper communication for donors, supervise and coordinate donor proposal in collaboration with each head of department + donors visibility requirements met

  • Protocol: Organize official visits and supervise logistic for meetings

  • Liaise with Kinshasa APC representative and APN HQ

Capabilities, competencies and experiences required for the position:

  • University degree or equivalent academic background in project management, business administration, economics, tourism management

  • Working experience with institutional donors (EU, USAID, World Bank, etc.) in Africa

  • Working experience in project management with at least one successful work experience in Africa, ideally in Central Africa;

  • Strong willingness to live in a remote setting and with previous experience of living in remote locations, ideally in Central Africa.

  • Ability to prepare clear and concise reports, policy papers;

  • Demonstrated leadership and people management skills.

  • Demonstrable experience managing and working in partnership with other organizations

  • Must be fluent in French and English (written and spoken).

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Computer Literacy.

  • Very good writing skills.

  • Good team player and experience in working in multicultural / multidisciplinary teams under challenging conditions.

  • Ideally, a conservation experience and/or a tourism experience.

Key relationships:

  • General Manager

  • Deputy General Manager

  • Sustainable Development Manager

  • Operations Manager

  • Law Enforcement Manager

  • Finance and Admin Manager

  • Kinshasa Liaison Officer

  • Monitoring and Evaluation Manager

  • Any other African Parks organization

  • Stakeholders and donors

  • Tourists and other visit

How to apply:

Please send your application by email to the address, with the reference RH/GNP/2018/SPM in the subject.

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