Country Coordinator, WWF Republic of Congo

Posted on 10 June 2021

LOCATION: Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo
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Mission of the Department:

To ensure the efficient and effective development, implementation and coordination of WWF’s conservation priorities and activities in the Republic of Congo; provide supervision to country support services and program officers/managers; and represent WWF to key partners in the Republic of Congo for the purpose of delivering policy advocacy and conservation impact on issues and places that are key to WWF’s Network Initiatives and global conservation priorities. 

Major Functions:

Oversight of WWF-RoC Country operations fulfilling WWF-RoC’s vision and delivering on the targets set for its Key Performance Indicators in the Republic of Congo. 
Promotes WWF -RoC with external and internal stakeholders by effectively representing the organization in different platforms and towards different audiences and partners.
Ensures that WWF -RoC’s legal and reporting requirements are met and that WWFs policies, procedures, standards, and Code of Ethics are being adhered to.
Leads on WWF -RoC’s participation in global and regional campaigns and policy advocacy initiatives. 
Contributes effectively to WWF Congo Basin’s Regional Management Team. 

Major Duties and Responsibilities

Coordination of WWF Country Operations
Oversight of the management of WWF-RoCs legal presence in respect of MoU’s, agreements, and external engagement with critical stakeholders – government and partners.
Coordinates the activities of the country management team, oversees team members performance vis-à-vis the country and regional strategic and annual plans and the achievement of WWF’s conservation goals and ensures effective information flows between country team staff.
Ensures that WWF-RoC’s country performance is monitored and reported against the WWF Global Goals, the Africa Strategic Conservation framework; the Congo Basin’s Sub-regional Strategic Plan and the country office annual plans, using the appropriate tools and Network Key Performance Indicators, programme quality, quality assurance, and risk management for projects in the Republic of Congo.
In coordination with the Regional Office, oversees the establishment of effective organizational structures, policies, processes, and departmental / office responsibilities, and ensures that these are understood by all senior managers to promote effective teamwork within the office, particularly between technical and operational sections.
Helps to identify and seize opportunities to promote the financial and programmatic growth of WWF’s operations in the Republic of Congo by working with the regional Fundraising and Partnership Director as well as with shareholders and donors.
Leads in WWF’s programme development and resource mobilization for programmes in the Republic of Congo.

Stakeholder Management 
Leads on the development and management of partnerships with national level partners as well as regional and international stakeholders, donors and other key actors of relevance for the Republic of Congo program and represents the organization in a knowledgeable, optimistic, determined and engaged manner.
Ensures effective communication to internal and external stakeholders about WWF-RoC’s conservation work and successes.
Ensuring Adhesion to WWF and donor policies & procedures and country legal frameworks.
Ensures the adherence of the Republic of Congo’s country operations to Network Values, WWF’s global standards, policies and procedures and to local legal requirements.
Actively promotes organizational transparency and adherence to WWF’s Fraud & Corruption Prevention policy.
Coordinates the adequate information of staff working for WWF-RoC about WWF’s Mission and its Global Programme Framework, and are kept abreast of new developments, policies, and procedures as and when they arise.
Ensures that timely and quality technical and financial reporting is being provided to donors, the Regional Office, and all relevant parts of the WWF Network to agreed standards.
Ensures that WWF -RoC cooperates with financial, operational, and programmatic audits, and is implementing audit recommendations in a timely manner.
Ensures the adherence to national legal/statutory requirements and reporting to national authorities.
Effective contribution to the global network and the Congo Basin region strategies.
Coordinate WWF-RoC’s participation in global campaign and advocacy efforts by ensuring the development of sound advocacy strategies, tactics and practice; and lobbying at highest level to advance WWFs conservation goals.
Contributes actively to the Regional Management Team.


Required Qualifications

A post-graduate degree in Business Management, International Relations / Development, Environmental / Conservation Management, or related field of work
Proven track record in successfully coordinating programmes and/or institutions in the field of conservation, natural resource management, international development, and/or other related fields;
At least 8 years professional experience in a leadership role in the development sector, 3-5 years at least in the Republic of Congo.

Required Skills and Competencies

Deep knowledge of the Central Africa region, cultural context  and socio-political environment. 
Works to the highest level of integrity and confidentiality; with an understanding of huam rights and risk based approaches and social policies and safeguards.
Passion for nature conservation and the mission of WWF.
Demonstrated leadership and success in managing multi-disciplinary and multi–cultural teams;
Knowledge of the institutional, legal and policy framework in the Republic of Congo ;
Fluency in French and English.
Excellent leadership abilities and capacity to manage human and financial resources, with experience in leading change and driving the vision of the organization.
Decision making skills with strong business acumen and drive for results.
Proven negotiation and influencing skills, and the capacity to develop and maintain strong relationships at all levels in the business, not-for-profit, scientific and political communities.
Strong diplomatic and communication skills, including an ability to work and communicate effectively with a broad spectrum of individuals (individual donors, business leaders, public figures, WWF staff), within a broad range of cultural environments.
Excellent team management and interpersonal skills.
Identifies with the values of WWF: Courage, Integrity, Respect & Collaboration
Demonstrates WWF behaviours in ways of working: Strive for Impact, Listen Deeply, Collaborate Openly, Innovate Fearlessly
Adheres to WWF’s brand values, which are: Knowledgeable, Optimistic, Determined and Engaging

Working Relationships:

Internal - Interacts with the WWF -RoC CMT and other key management staff on a daily basis, and as required coordinates and interacts with the WWF Congo Basin regional team, WWF donors, WWF International and other WWF Network staff.
External - Interacts with national governmental institutions, non-governmental organisations, academic institutions, the media, donors, specialists / consultants, and other stakeholders.


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Applications deadline: Wednesday 30th of June 2021.
Kindly note work permit restrictions may apply and that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

WWF is an equal opportunity employer and committed to having a diverse workforce.

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