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Director of Conservation projects

Hiring Organization:
Chimpanzee Conservation Center (CCC)

Date Posted:

Position Description:
The Chimpanzee Conservation Center, a sanctuary located in Guinea-Conakry and accredited by the Pan Africa Sanctuary Alliance (PASA), is opening a position of Director of Conservation Programs.
The CCC is a sanctuary created in 1997 that rescues, rehabilitates and releases (when possible) orphaned chimpanzees who are victims of illegal bushmeat and pet trade trafficking. The CCC is located in the heart of the National Park of Upper Niger (PNHN), which has a large population of wild chimpanzees and a rich biodiversity.
The CCC works with the Guinean Ministry of Environment and is independently managed by the NGO ?Projet Primates Guinée?.
The CCC is currently rehabilitating 63 chimpanzees (from about 10 months to 38 years old) and is monitoring 7 chimpanzees released in the heart of the National Park of Upper Niger.
The Center is also actively working with the National Park of Upper Niger ? authorities to protect its wild chimpanzees and wildlife?s population.
The CCC leads environmental education outreach programs and small community projects that we hope to further develop. These conservation projects are an integral part of our objectives to protect the chimpanzee subspecies Pan troglodytes verus, reclassified in November 2016 as critically endangered by The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

It is within this framework that we are currently recruiting a Director of Conservation Programs in order to develop and coordinate all our programs such as National Park of Upper Niger? protection activities, chimpanzee release site managment, education and sensitization programs and development of local community projects.
Post description: director of conservation programs
The Director of Conservation Programs is responsible for the overall supervision of the conservation activities of the Chimpanzee Conservation Center (CCC). He/She will be responsible for coordinating the activities of environmental awareness, protection of the National Park of Upper Niger and community projects. He/She will be working closely with all teams concerned and their respective representatives. He / she will also actively collaborate with the CCC management team on conservation activities around the release program.
He / she will develop logical frameworks to manage and help raise funding for the different conservation activities. He / She will manage the funding of the various activities and produce reports. He / she will liaise with the authorities at all levels and work closely with the CCC Executive Director (ED).
Roles of the Director of Conservation Programs   :
         Coordination of Conservation Projects (Protection of the HNNP; education and awareness activities; community development; research program in the HNNP) in close collaboration with his/her colleagues in charge of each projects
         Participation with the CCC management team in the supervision of the chimpanzee release program
         Maintenance and development of relations with local, regional and national authorities, as well as with CCC?s partners
         Administrative and financial management of projects under his/her responsibility
         Project development and fundraising with the Executive Director and support organizations
         Team management under his/her responsibility

Experience / skills:
        Higher Diploma in Conservation / Management of Protected Areas
        At least 5 years experience in team management in a protection / conservation project in Africa
        Demonstrated experience in administrative and financial management, including financial and narrative reporting
        Excellent planning and communication skills
        To be able to live and work in difficult conditions
        Ability to build relationships with external partners
        Ability to formalize information for fundraising and reporting
        Managerial capacity
        Team spirit
        Mastery of basic computer tools (Word, Excel)
        Mastery of GPS, camera traps and GSI system
        Speak and write fluently French; good command of written and spoken English
        Ability to write reports in English
Additional Skills: Knowledge of African culture and how Guinean institutions work.

The remuneration is to be discussed according to the experience / skills of the candidate.
The contract is signed with Project Primates Guinée, which legally manages the CCC.

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
The director will receive 8 weeks vacation per year and one round trip flight from Guinea to his/her home country. During his / her stay at the CCC, he/she will have one day off per week.

The living expenses in Guinea (transport, housing, food), within the framework of his/her missions, are taken cared of according to a scale established in advance based on local living costs. He / she will be primarily based in Faranah where the CCC has an house/office but will be required to travel nationally according to the projects needs.

Term of Appointment:
The position is to be filled as soon as possible for 2 years, with a trial period of 3 months.

Application Deadline:
December 20th

To apply   :

 Send your Resume, cover letter and 2 letters of reference from previous employers by December 20, 2018 to the Executive Director Ms. Colin and the management team

More information about the CCC on and Facebook page « chimpanzee conservation center »

Contact Information:
Christelle Colin


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