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Director Africa Programme

An outstanding opportunity exists to join Frankfurt Zoological Society. We are hiring a highly motivated and result-oriented conservation professional to lead our Africa Programme.

The Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS) is an internationally operating conservation organisation based in Germany that has been supporting conservation projects in Africa, South America, South East Asia and Europe for many decades. Following its mission to conserve wildlife and ecosystems focusing on protected areas and outstanding wild places, FZS concentrates its work on:

Involvement of local communities in the management and sustainable use of natural resources

About the FZS Africa Programme

The mission of the Africa Programme is to maximise FZS’s conservation impact by safeguarding large wilderness areas of high biodiversity, for both their intrinsic value and their contribution to the social and economic well-being of present and future generations.

The heart of the programme lies in Tanzania’s Serengeti, where FZS’s renowned Director, Bernhard Grzimek, began working in the late 1950s and where he filmed the 1960 Academy Award winning documentary “Serengeti Shall Not Die,” thus introducing Serengeti to a global audience. 


The FZS projects are field based, long-term, guided by science and built on partnerships with governmental conservation agencies. The Africa Programme compromises around 70% of FZS’ global budget. Flexible core funding, large third-party grants and individual donations comprise a diverse and growing financial base. The programme focuses primarily on ensuring its eight project sites in five countries are centers of excellence and innovation, including the development of new models of protected area support. An ongoing focus is combatting the drastic poaching crisis for elephants and rhinos. 

Job Description

Role: The purpose of the position is to ensure maximum biodiversity conservation impact and high operational performance by the development and effective implementation of the FZS Africa Strategy in line with the overall mission and vision of the FZS. 

Location:  Currently the FZS Africa Regional Office (ARO) is based in Arusha, Tanzania but the location is flexible. The position requires frequent travel to project sites throughout Africa (located in D.R. Congo, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe) and 4 visits/year to FZS HQ (Frankfurt) and/or FZS-US (Washington DC).


Position in the organisation:


Responsible for:

Job Requirements


Education and Experience

How to Apply

Please send your CV and a letter of interest in PDF format to jobs@fzs.org. The letter should summarize how your profile aligns with the key experience and skills required by this role and include your salary expectations and your earliest possible starting date.

Please address to:

Frankfurt Zoological Society
Human Resources Dept.
Bernhard-Grzimek-Allee 1
60316 Frankfurt, Germany

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