WRI Democratic Republic of Congo Country Manager
Reporting to the WRI Africa Director, you will be responsible for overseeing our activities in Democratic Republic of Congo in relation to forest monitoring, forest management and legality, restoration, and land use planning. You will drive programmatic strategy in country, working closely with the Global Forest Director and the Director of the WRI Africa Regional Office. Major responsibilities will include oversight of program implementation, project management, staff management, fundraising, and thought leadership.
The main areas of responsibility include approximately:
- 50% Program and partner management
- 25% Thought leadership and strategy
- 25% Communications and fundraising
Project and Partner Management
- Lead delivery of all WRI programmatic activities in Democratic Republic of Congo (primarily forest-related)
- Develop new programs and partnerships in Democratic Republic of Congo (can be new areas)
- Oversee planning, monitoring project deliverables, priority-setting, and ensuring high-quality, high-impact deliverables across program interventions in Democratic Republic of Congo
- Working with the Global Operations team in DC and Addis Ababa, ensure financial and operational oversight of all WRI programs in Central and West Africa to ensure compliance with WRI policies and procedures and support efficient program delivery
- Monitor program budget performance, expenses and revenue.
- Manage team of 10+ technical and support staff located in Democratic Republic of Congo and effectively work across the WRI matrix including with WRI’s Regional office for Africa
- Ensure coordination, capacity building and career development of WRI's team in Democratic Republic of Congo
Thought leadership and Strategy
- Set the direction for WRI’s program in Democratic Republic of Congo, including definition of priority themes at country and regional levels, definition of research agendas, and development of new programs in line with country or regional needs
- Ensure that WRI’s program in Democratic Republic of Congo supports achievement of the Global Forest Program outcomes as set out in the 2018-2022 strategy
- Contribute to internal WRI strategic planning in relation to development of programs in Africa
Communications and Fundraising
- Lead on fund raising to support WRI’s forest work in Democratic Republic of Congo, and in particular:
- Actively cultivate and manage relationships with existing donors, securing renewals.
- Identify and cultivate new donors to expand the funding base.
- Write fundraising proposals and refine those written by staff.
- Engage with donors, government officials and other partners to communicate WRI’s work and collaborate on strategy.
- Serve as the spokesperson for WRI in Democratic Republic of Congo and ensure compelling and consistent messaging from our work
- Represent WRI in media interviews, speaking events, and workshops
- Minimum of 10 years of relevant experience working in a donor-funded development program context
- Advanced degree in geography, environmental science, natural resource management or significant demonstrated experience in these or related fields
- Professional competency in English and in French
- Proven ability to think holistically and build high-impact strategies in a complex environment, while maintaining attention to details
- Excellent writing, presentation, and interpersonal communication skills
- Excellent interpersonal skills in cross-cultural communication and engagement with diverse constituencies
- Strong understanding of the forest/natural resource sector in Africa (e.g., forest policies and laws, forest management and law enforcement practices, governance and institutional context, forest and land tenure regimes, biodiversity conservation)
- Demonstrable experience with engaging government agencies around forest and land use management challenges
- Proven ability to cultivate and manage relationships with donors and external partners, across private, public and NGO sectors
- Experience managing a high performing team and delivering outcomes
- Willingness to travel up to 20% of time
How to Apply
Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.
WRI’s DRC Program Office seeks to strengthen transparency and accountability of forest sector-decision making by working with government and other institutional partners to develop forest and natural resource information management policies, programs, and systems. WRI is seeking a senior manager to oversee its work in the Democratic Republic of Congo, initially focused on forests, with aspirations to expand into broader land-use issues.
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