Monday, February 6, 2017



 Tacugama is looking for a Programme Manager to start in early spring 2017.

 The Sanctuary:
 Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary was established in 1995 by the Government of Sierra Leone, through the help of conservationist Bala Amarasekaran to rescue, care for and rehabilitate confiscated pets and orphaned or abandoned wild chimpanzees. It plays a vital role in conserving and protecting chimpanzees in the wild through education, communication and legal enforcement. Tacugama is located 20
 minutes from Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, in West Africa.

 The main focus of the post is to drive the sustainability of the sanctuary’s work to protect chimpanzees and their habitat in Sierra Leone. The Programme Manager will work closely with the Programme Director and will focus primarily on identifying funding opportunities for ongoing conservation, community outreach and education projects as well as the day to day operation of the sanctuary. The
 Programme Manager will coordinate grant applications, proposal development, donor reporting, volunteer recruitment and development of a successful volunteer program. The Programme Manager will deputise for the Programme Director when necessary and work as part of a small management team that also includes the Resident Veterinarian and Conservation Manager.

 The Programme Manager will also coordinate the eco-tourism activities at the sanctuary, plan and carry out events and fundraisers, and connect with local and international partners to promote our eco-tourism activities.

 We are looking for an experienced, self-starting person with enthusiasm, tenacity and a positive and creative approach to their work. Previous experience within conservation is desirable and having an understanding of the need for wildlife and habitat protection with a passion for achieving results would help to successfully deliver this role. The position is not directly affiliated with animal care or management, but rather with the organization as a whole.

 The position is based at the sanctuary, which is located 20 minutes from Freetown, Sierra Leone.
 Detailed information on the sanctuary and our work can be found at

 - Minimum five years at a managerial level
 - Excellent planning and communication skills
 - Extensive experience in successful proposal development and grant writing
 - Programme and project management
 - Budget planning, monitoring and reporting
- Website and social media management
 - Stakeholder liaison
 - Excellent PC and Microsoft Office skills – especially Word and Excel

 A monthly stipend of $1000 is provided.  You will also be provided with an annual return economy plane ticket to Sierra Leone and on-site accommodation. A daily meal (local food) is prepared for all staff.

 Term of Appointment:
 This is a permanent role, with a yearly renewable contract.

 Application Deadline: Ongoing until filled

 To apply:

 Please send a letter of application, your resume/CV, contact information for 3 references, and 2 reference letters to and title your message "Programme Manager Application 2017"

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

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