Job Opportunity at Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Country Director

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, 
WCS has amassed the biological knowledge, cultural understanding and partnerships to ensure that vibrant, wild places and wildlife thrive alongside local communities. Working with local communities and organizations, that knowledge is applied to address species, habitat and ecosystem management issues critical to improving the quality of life of poor rural people whose livelihoods depend on the direct utilization of natural resources.

The Africa Program is the largest of WCS’s field programs, with approximately 1,100 staff in 12 country programs focused across three major regions (Central Africa, Sudano-Sahel, East Africa, Madagascar & Western Indian Ocean (EAMWIO)). The EAMWIO region itself comprises five country programs (Madagascar, Mozambique, Rwanda, Uganda, and Tanzania) as well as the Kenya-Tanzania coastal strip in the western Indian Ocean.

Based in Zanzibar, Tanzania (with frequent travel in Tanzania, East and Southern Africa, and to NY) – Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) seeks to appoint a


The Tanzania Country Director will be responsible for effectively leading and managing the WCS Tanzania Country Program. The Tanzania Country Program is currently supporting work in five landscapes, including Ruaha-Katavi, the Southern Highlands, Tarangire, Zanzibar, and a Marine Program along the coast. Administrative responsibilities include fundraising, financial and personnel management (~150 staff), and liaison with government and donors.

Key responsibilities of this position include but are not limited to:

Lead the WCS country program in Tanzania in consultation with the Africa Program team based in New York.
Act as legal representative of WCS in Tanzania, working with the WCS Office of General Counsel.
Act as political representative of WCS in Tanzania with all government partners including the Tanzania government (particularly TAWA, TANAPA, Wildlife Division, and TAWIRI), and bilateral donors/agencies (e.g., USAID, EU).
Represent the WCS Tanzania Program to donors, the press, the Government of Tanzania, and other internal and external stakeholders.
Develop and manage the WCS Mozambique Country Program budget.
Prepare and implement annual WCS Tanzania Country Program workplans and associated budgets, and approve related project workplans and budgets.
Fundraise from public and private sources for the Tanzania Program in collaboration with other WCS fundraising teams (e.g., Africa Program, Program Development, Global Resources).
Prepare annual country reports for the Tanzania Government, and oversee preparation of reports on projects and for donors, and evaluate on a regular basis progress against strategies and workplans.
Collaborate with other WCS initiatives including but not limited to the WCS Marine Program, Species Program, and Conservation Solutions team.

The Country Director must meet the following functional and experiential criteria:

B.S. in conservation, ecology, or related discipline required, graduate degree preferred.
Extensive experience leading and managing teams required.
Successful experience developing, managing, and overseeing the implementation of conservation programs, preferably in Tanzania.
Proven fundraising experience for conservation from public and private sources, preferably in Tanzania.
Demonstrated capacity in financial planning and management.
A track-record of success in conservation strategy, implementation, and fundraising.
Commitment to WCS’s mission.
English language proficiency required, Swahili language preferred.

How to apply
View the full job description and application instructions on the Vacancies page at and email your application by Friday, 10th September 2021 to


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