Shadow Project Manager (M/F/D)

DR Congo

FZS is currently finalizing a co-management agreement with the Institut Congolais pour le Conservation de Nature (ICCN). FZS will then appoint a Site Director who will assume overall responsibility for the conservation of Lomami National Park (LNP) and be in charge of a team of staff, selected and seconded from current ICCN staff and FZS project staff. The current FZS Lomani Project Managers anticipate their retirement and thus will assume acting roles in the new structure. We are therefore looking for a highly motivated Shadow FZS Project Manager and in due course, subject to ICCN approval and successful performance, the appointee will be promoted to LNP Site Director. Over a 1-2 year period, the appointee will learn, support and gradually assume additional responsibility. Ultimately the post will involve co-ordination and responsibility for all Lomani National Park and FZS operations and budgets. Management themes cover a variety of duties such as law enforcement, community work (including land use planning and sustainable livelihoods) and biodiversity monitoring, all implemented through a team approach.

This is a unique opportunity to take on the helm of delivering a modern conservation approach, putting communities at the heart of a long term vision for a breathtaking and remote landscape, with few prior interventions. Combined with a real and rare possibility of the discovery of many new species of flora and fauna, this is a unique opportunity.

We are therefore looking for a highly motivated and committed individual or couple with complimentary skill sets, who are prepared to make a long term commitment to the Lomani National Park. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make significant conservation impact.





Please include a motivation letter, CV and qualifying certificates in your application.
In your motivation letter please answer the following questions: Also provide your salary expectations and the earliest possible starting date.

Please address to:
Frankfurt Zoological Society
Human Resources Dept.
Bernhard-Grzimek-Allee 1
60316 Frankfurt, Germany


About Lomami National Park

Lomami National Park (LNP), set up in 2016, is the youngest national park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It covers an area of almost 9,000 km2 and is part of a natural landscape covering 40,000 km2 between the rivers Tshuapa, Lomami and Lualaba, also known as TL2. The region is a high biodiversity and relative pristine wilderness area of global importance almost completely covered by dense tropical rainforest, which is home to bonobos, forest elephants, three pangolin species, a brand new species of monkey, as well as important populations of okapi, Congo peafowl and other endemic and rare species. The park was set up with the cooperation of the local communities and there are excellent relationships between the park, project and communities. Whilst the forest is remote and generally intact, commercial bushmeat hunting is the major threat to its integrity. As this is an exciting opportunity to have real impact on the long term conservation of one of the world's few remaining outstanding wild places.

The Diversity of Lomami National Park

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Shadow FZS Project Manager - DR Congo