Wildlife Conservation Society

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), an international conservation NGO with headquarters at Bronx Zoo, New York, USA, currently seeks a new Country Director for our Madagascar Country Program. This permanent position, based in Antananarivo, Madagascar, provides an extraordinary opportunity to contribute to global biodiversity conservation.

WCS has been working in Madagascar for 25 years and currently employs 150 staff in field sites and in the capital city HQ in Antananarivo. The largest program is the Mamabay Landscape / Seascape in the northeast of the country and WCS also has marine intervention sites in the southwest and northwest of Madagascar. The Madagascar program forms an important part of the Madagascar & Western Indian Ocean Region and the Country Director will work closely with the Regional Director to ensure alignment between country program activities and the regional structure.

The Madagascar Country Director is WCS’s legal representative in Madagascar and is responsible for all WCS activities in the country. The Country Director will be responsible for the continued development of the WCS Madagascar Program in alignment with the country program’s 5-year strategic plan and the regional strategy for Madagascar & Western Indian Ocean.

The responsibilities of the Country Director are as follows:

  1. Direct overall strategic and program planning and budgeting processes for the Madagascar Country Program in order to grow and develop the program and contribute materially to conserving Madagascar’s biodiversity.
  2. Ensure the effective functioning of financial, staffing and administrative matters and adequate internal control between the WCS NY HQ, WCS regional program, WCS Madagascar country office and field offices.
  3. Engage with multi-lateral and bi-lateral agencies as well as private individuals and Foundations to mobilize resources in order to implement WCS Madagascar’s priority activities.

Required Qualifications

  • Masters degree or higher in a discipline related to natural resources management, environment or rural development, protected area management, or wildlife / conservation biology.
  • Minimum of ten years progressively increasing responsibility for protected areas or natural resources management, sustainable development or other environment related work in developing countries
  • Proven ability to build capacity and direct initiatives in community-driven natural resources management, oversee field research, conservation biology, conservation advocacy and project management.
  • Proven knowledge and experience with government agencies and management of large agency grants.
  • Proven fundraising record from a diverse range of sources.
  • Substantial experience in partner Government relations and knowledge of international conservation policy issues; proven ability to develop and maintain a network of high-level contacts with government officials, multilateral and bilateral technical and financial partners; demonstrated tact and negotiation skills.
  • Demonstrated experience effectively managing staff
  • Superb English communication skills, both written and oral
  • French fluency (speaking, oral comprehension, written comprehension) including the ability to participate and lead meetings and ability to draft written French
  • Previous work experience in Madagascar will be an advantage.

Applications consisting of a cover letter and CV should be sent before 19 October 2018 to the following address: africaapplications@wcs.org with “Madagascar CD Application” in the subject line.

The full Terms of Reference for the position can be requested at: wcsmad@wcsmad.org