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Deputy Director (leading to Director after 12 months)

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Position Description:
CERCOPAN is a conservation and primate rehabilitation NGO operating in Cross River State, South-eastern Nigeria; the location of the oldest and most bio-diverse rainforests in Africa. Our mission is to conserve Nigeria’s rainforests, and in particular its primate inhabitants, through rainforest conservation, community partnerships, education, primate rehabilitation and research. We provide sanctuary for rescued monkeys (victims of the bush-meat trade) of 6 native species, with over 180 individuals currently in captive care as part of a successful Primate Rehabilitation Programme. We house the only captive breeding group of Sclater’s guenons, the only captive male Preuss’s guenon and the largest captive group of Red-capped mangabeys, in the world. We have an annual turnover of approximately £220,000 ($342,000). For full background on the organisation and our programmes please see

CERCOPAN is currently recruiting a Deputy Director to start 1st August 2013, who after successful completion of a 12 month probation period, will assume the role of Director. The Director reports to the Board of Trustees (UK). The position is primarily based at our administrative headquarters in Calabar, which is also the location of our main primate rehabilitation and rescue work. It includes regular travel to our rainforest research and education centre (Rhoko) as well as occasional travel to the major cities. Full detailed description of duties shown below:

Primary Function
Responsible for the overall operational management, development and smooth running of the organisation. This covers many different areas including management of staff, volunteers, training and development, projects and programmes (e.g. education, community, research, primate rehabilitation, ecotourism and forest conservation), house and offices, health and safety, accounting and administration, fundraising, marketing and profile raising, programme and strategic planning and budget projection and management.

- Ensure that areas of CERCOPAN’s programmes progress according to strategic planning and develop according to the objectives and goals of the organisation, working closely with the Rhoko Conservation Manager. These programmes include:
1. Primate Rehabilitation and Captive Breeding,
2. Community Forest Conservation
3. Environmental Education
4. Research
- Develop annual work plan and 6-monthly financial and activity reports for Board of Trustees
- Prepare reports as required by various donors according to their requirements
- Responsible for supervision and management of specific projects, including staff recruitment as necessary.
- Responsible for evaluating and monitoring all CERCOPAN projects

- Line management of Senior staff and Managers under his/her supervision, including annual evaluations, which include discussion of staff development needs
- Recruitment of Senior and Junior staff as required
- Continue development of in-house staff training for CERCOPAN staff

- Identification, facilitation and orientation of short term paying volunteers (1-3 months)
- Facilitation, orientation and management of medium term (6 months) volunteers
- Advertise, interview, recruit and manage long term volunteers, ensure appropriate orientation, health and safety and issue contracts

- Raising funds required for essential operating costs, in addition to funds for specific projects, both in Nigeria and internationally, with assistance from BOT.
- Review and/or write proposals and subsequent reports
- Liaise with relevant international and local donor and partner organizations
- Editing/writing blog, twitter, facebook cause page, monthly newsletter, community newsletter and annual report.
- Expand awareness of CERCOPAN through appropriate media including press, popular magazines, radio and television.

- Responsible for ensuring that general administration of the project runs smoothly, implementing improvements and designing new systems where necessary.
- Responsible for maintaining appropriate financial control systems overall, including monitoring of expenditures against budget and with respect to available financial resources and ensuring that financial and other reports are completed on time
- Responsible for producing Annual Report, including financial
- Responsible for ensuring that the Operations Manual is updated accordingly as required.
- Making recommendations to Board of Trustees on major spending, including staff expansion, volunteer expansion, major capital expenditures

- Represent CERCOPAN at appropriate fora, and maintain cordial relations with colleagues within and outside the organisation, and government bodies of CRS and Nigeria.
- Assist with any and all sectors as required ensuring smooth and efficient operation, and in general, operating as a strong team player in the CERCOPAN organisation.
- Appoint an appropriate deputy in event of their absence, and ensure that person is briefed accordingly
- Contribute to strategic planning decisions

Person profile
This is an extremely rewarding and challenging position, suitable for someone passionate about wildlife conservation who is hoping to commit to a project long-term. The ideal candidate would be a highly organised team-player with a positive outlook, strong work ethic and problem solving approach who will be dedicated to the success of CERCOPAN and the welfare of our primates. They must have excellent English verbal and written communication skills and be a people-person, able to motivate, inspire, and lead others. A proven background in fundraising and project management is vital, as is the ability to multi-task and work under pressure to strict deadlines. Over and above the essential requirements, we are willing to consider applicants who may not currently have the desired skills and experience for the Director position, but have the right attitude and the potential to grow into the role with time, training and mentoring.

- First degree and Masters in conservation, zoology, ecology or other appropriate subject
- A least 2 years of experience in conservation in developing countries
- Cultural sensitivity
- Proven fundraising experience
- Proven leadership/management skills
- Proven project management experience (including budgeting, management of grants and finances)
- Strong English communication skills (written and verbal)
- Excellent computer skills
- Full clean driving licence

- Experience Implementation and reporting on grants using logical frameworks and monitoring and evaluation
- Proven record of building partnerships at institutional and Government level
- Experience with social networking and blogging
- Familiar with Quickbooks or similar financial management programme
- Wildlife rehabilitation/Animal husbandry experience
- Experience working with primates
- Volunteer programme experience
- Proven history of managing organizations or large national projects/programmes, including financial management
- Implementation and reporting on medium scale grants using logical frameworks and monitoring and evaluation
- Proven record of building partnerships
- Experience working in sub-saharan Africa
- Tourism Development experience
- Professional management qualification
- Experience of building partnerships at institutional and Government level
- Wildlife captive care/animal husbandry

Local salary/living allowance in first year. Salary will be reassessed after successful completion of probation and promotion to Director.

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
800 euros per year travel allowance. Accomodatimon, food and in country immigration costs provided.

Term of Appointment:
3 year contract renewable

To apply: send full CV, references and covering letter to:

Contact Information:
Claire Coulson


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