Thursday, September 11, 2014

TAF Africa Program Director Gabon/Rep. of Congo

TAF Africa Program Director Gabon/Rep. of Congo

Company        The Aspinall Foundation (TAF)
Job category        Project Management /Great Apes Reintroduction and Monitoring
Location        Batéké Plateaux National Park (BPNP) – Republic of Gabon, and Lesio Louna Reserve, Republic of Congo – Brazzaville.

Project background        TAF has been working in Gabon/Rep. of Congo since 1997, funding and managing 2 western lowland gorilla rehabilitation and reintroduction projects in la Réserve Naturelle des gorilles de Lesio-Louna (RNGLL), Rep. Congo (Brazzaville), and the Batéké Plateau National Park (BPNP) (Projet Protection des Gorilles [PPG Gabon/Congo]), and has been working in close collaboration with the Gabonese and Congolese Governments to ensure the protection of these 2 protected areas. The main actions to achieve this objective are:                                               
1. Law enforcement against illegal bushmeat trade;
2. Management of a gorilla reintroduction program at both sites
3. Monitoring surveys of wildlife and human pressure.                 
Position description        The holder of this job will be the overall Program Director for TAF in Gabon and Congo.  He/she will supervise all PPG activities within BPNP and RNGLL, in collaboration with the Gabonese National Park Agency, Congolese Ministry of Sustainable Development, Forestry Economy and the Environment of the Republic of Congo, and project staff.  This will include supervision of PPG staff (both expat and nationals) at different field sites, to ensure proper monitoring of gorillas.   The Program Director will report to the TAF Director of Overseas Projects, based in the UK. The successful candidate will be part of the conservation team and have the following responsibilities: work-planning; staff and camp management; financial and technical reporting; gorilla health monitoring (with field vet); staff capacity building; and all other necessary operations.

Skills required        The successful candidate should hold at least a Master’s degree in ecology or related field, with at least 10 years of experience in Africa (preferably working with gorillas). Ideally this includes project management experience (staff supervision, work-planning and reporting, etc.) with an emphasis on conservation.  The successful candidate should be able to work in a multicultural and multinational environment while occasionally living in isolated field camps.

Language        The candidate must be fluent in French and English.
Starting date        As soon as possible.
Closing date        1st October 2014
Salary        Negotiable depending on experience (not to exceed ₤40,000 per year).
Others advantages        10.000,00 XAF per day (food rations),    
Housing provided in Franceville Gabon and accommodation in RNGLL, Rep. of Congo, Health Insurance, 6 weeks of vacation per year,  One economy ticket  Libreville – (home country),  to represent two single tickets, one for the beginning and one for the termination of this contract, and one return economy ticket Libreville –  (home country) per twelve month period (annual leave).Period of contract        Three month trial period which either party can terminate without notice. If the trial period is successful, then the contract will be prolonged to complete a period of two years. This contract will be renewable each two years.                                                       
Contact        Amos Courage, 
The Aspinall Foundation Overseas Projects Director
Port Lympne Reserve, Nr Hythe,
Kent, CT21 4PD, UK

 TAF Africa Program Director Rep. of Congo and Gabon

Overview of The Aspinall Foundation projects in Gabon and Congo

The Aspinall Foundation, a British charity founded by the late John Aspinall, in cooperation with the governments of the Republic of Congo (since 1987) and of Gabon (since 1998), set up the Projet Protection des Gorilles (PPG) for the overall goal to work with local partners for the conservation of indigenous endangered species in general, and of gorillas in particular.

To achieve this goal, PPG is involved in several distinct but related activities in the two range countries:

•        The reduction of the trade in orphan gorillas, and consequently the illegal bush-meat trade, by repression (facilitating confiscation of illegally held gorillas by the national governments) and by prevention (information, awareness, education).
•        The rehabilitation of confiscated orphan gorillas into a natural forest habitat, for the conservation and individual welfare of these ‘ambassadors’ of their species.
•        The reintroduction of gorillas into protected areas within the former range of the species.
•        The management of these areas for the restoration and the protection of their natural resources.
•        The promotion of local, national and international awareness of the threats facing the species.
•        The development of sustainable conservation-minded activities which provide economic benefits on a local and national scale.

TAF fund and manage a western lowland gorilla reintroduction project in the Batéké Plateau National Park, Projet Protection des Gorilles (PPG Gabon) and has been working in close collaboration with the Gabonese Government to ensure the protection of the national park since its creation in 2002. TAF are also responsible for the management of the “Reserve Naturelle des Gorilles de Lesio-Louna” (RNGLL) in collaboration with the Congolese government - situated northwest of Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, the “Projet Lésio-Louna” (PLL) is  a western lowland gorilla reintroduction and protected area management project.

The tasks of the TAF Africa Program Director Rep. of Congo and Gabon are:

• Assist Project Field Coordinators in the development, design, organization and implementation of their work plans.
• Collaborate with the respective government agencies, ANPN (Gabon) and MEF (Congo), both at the national level in Libreville/Brazzaville, and particularly with the appointed Conservators, to assist with design and implementation of the law enforcement program. Collaborate with the conservator to design, organize and implement ongoing biological and socioeconomic monitoring programs in and around the protected areas, to provide monitoring data that will allow for adaptive management of both sites.
• Ensure development of effective management of the Projects in collaboration with the national staff, regional and local authorities. Specific duties will include assistance in the preparation of regular activity reports, work plans and budgets, organization of project logistics, procurement of necessary equipment, and responsibility for accounting.
• Recruitment, training, and management of staff.  This will include annual reviews of staff performance, and responsibility for managing employee grievances and implementing disciplinary procedures in instances of poor conduct or poor performance/capability as required implementing the activities outlined in the Project’s overall objectives).
• Explore and pursue strategic legal agreements with government bodies and other parties necessary to achieve the project’s objectives.


• Ensure timely accounting and reporting on all expenditures and monitor overall budget management with the UK-based TAF director of overseas projects.
• Coordinate logistics at the Project base camps and satellite bases (ecoguard posts, research camps, etc.).
• Assure open and regular communication with the TAF director of overseas projects concerning program activities, donor ideas or contacts, and other related administration issues.
• Arrange project purchasing, logistics, monthly payroll, and other administrative activities in collaboration with the Administrative Assistant.
• Ensure thorough and regular inventories of existing Project equipment and infrastructure.
• Prepare project budget proposals for each of the project components and annual budget proposals for the TAF director of overseas projects and identify and secure supplemental funding sources for the Project activities where appropriate.
• Ensure fulfillment of reporting and administrative requirements with the TAF UK office.
• Management and monitoring of staff absence including holiday, sick leave, maternity/paternity leave etc.

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