Wildlife Conservation Society

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.

Western Indian Ocean region:

The Western Indian Ocean (WIO) is a socially and biologically diverse region with a 9,000-kilometre coastline that contains some of the world’s most extensive and most climate resilient coral reefs and mangroves that are critical sources of protein, coastal protection, and income to coastal populations, many of whom are poor and marginalised. Real and significant threats related to overexploitation of fisheries, habitat clearing, and pollution are threatening the integrity of the region’s ecosystems, and their ability to provide goods and services to coastal communities.

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has just been awarded a project entitled ‘Creating a network of resilient MPAs in globally significant areas of the Western Indian Ocean’ by the Blue Action Fund (BAF). The expected outcome of the proposed project is that 6040km2 in new, expanded, and existing MPAs and their surrounding sustainable use zones in two climate resilient seascapes of global biodiversity importance are effectively and sustainably managed by NGOs and relevant actors including government, communities and civil society. The project will be implemented in Kenya, Madagascar and Tanzania for a period of 4 years by WCS in partnership with the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA).

Job Summary:

WCS is now seeking a full-time Project Coordinator to lead implementation of the BAF-funded project. Under the supervision of the MWIO Regional Director, the Project Coordinator has the responsibility for the planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting of all activities funded by the BAF. He/she will carry out these responsibilities in close collaboration with the Country Directors and lead marine staff of WCS’s country programs in Kenya, Tanzania and Madagascar. The Project Coordinator will be based in one of the three country program offices involved in the project.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Updating and finalisation of the 4-year project site document / workplan and budget and development of annual workplans and budgets
  • Coordination of implementation of site based activities according to the agreed workplan and budget
  • Technical and financial monitoring of project implementation (workplan and pipeline monitoring)
  • Coordination of technical reporting for site level activities.
  • Leading communications activities related to project.
  • Liaison with project donor and partners throughout project implementation.


Coordination and supervision of project activities according to the agreed workplan and budget

  • Technical and financial planning of activities in collaboration with WCS team members and external partners in line with annual work plans
  • Organisation of regular meetings and calls between key WCS team members and partners to discuss project implementation
  • Supervision of activities implemented on-site including training and support to staff working on the project and field visits to supervise activities and resolve issues as they arise
  • Technical and financial monitoring of implemented activities and adoption of corrective action as needed to ensure adherence to workplan and budget
  • Support to logistical arrangements for smooth implementation of activities including mission planning for staff, and organization of visits of partners
  • Ensuring compliance with all WCS administrative procedures in the accomplishment of the tasks

Coordination of reporting for project activities

  • Coordination and submission of annual technical, financial and impact reporting
  • Coordination of quarterly internal technical and financial reviews to measure financial progress and achievement of milestones
  • Contribution to communications activities and presentation of site

Minimum Requirements:

  • Masters in marine conservation, natural resources management, fisheries, environmental science, or a related field.
  • At least 5 years professional experience in the management of complex development projects in developing country context in the marine conservation or natural resources sectors.
  • Excellent technical and financial project management skills and experience in managing multi-cultural project teams
  • Experience working and living in remote locations in developing countries and ability to deal with basic living conditions
  • Good communication, organization and animation skills
  • Ability to work in a team and in a multidisciplinary setting
  • Ability to travel frequently
  • Experience in the Western Indian Ocean will be an advantage
  • Excellent communication skills in in English and French; knowledge of Malagasy or Swahili will be an advantage

Application Process:

Interested candidates, who meet the above qualifications should apply by emailing an application letter and CV together with salary requirements and the names and contact information of three references to: africaapplications@wcs.org  by the May 16, 2019 deadline. Please include “Project Coordinator, Blue Action Fund (BAF)” in the subject line of your email.

In addition, please note that all candidates must also apply online via the WCS career portal at: http://www.wcs.org/about-us/careers

WCS is an equal opportunity employer and the organization complies with all employment and labor laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination in hiring and ensures that candidates from all backgrounds are fairly and consistently considered during the recruitment process. We are dedicated to hiring and supporting a diverse workforce. We are committed to cultivating an inclusive work environment and look for future team members who share that same value

The organization provides equal employment opportunities for all qualified candidates. The organization does not discriminate for employment based on age, color, disability, gender identify, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by laws and regulations

Please note that only short listed candidates will be contacted for interview.