Senior Donor and Grants Coordinator – Lomami Landscape, DRC

DRC, Africa, Employee, full-time, 5-7 years of experience

About the Project

Lomami National Park (PNL), set up in 2016, is the youngest national park in the Democratic Republic of Congo and is relatively undeveloped. The park was set up with the cooperation of the local communities. The region is a high biodiversity and relative pristine wilderness forest area of global importance, home to bonobos, forest elephants, three pangolin species, at least two species of monkey new to science, as well as important populations of okapi, Congo peafowl and other endemic and rare species. FZS has entered a co-management agreement with ICCN (Institute Congolais for Conservation of Nature) which unifies all staff into a single management team under the direction of the ICCN/FZS  Site Director/ Landscape Manager. This is an exciting opportunity to make a real contribution to the long-term conservation of one of the world’s few remaining outstanding wild places.

Your Tasks

  • Working in close support and collaboration with the LNP Site Director/ FZS Lomami Landscape Programme Leader and Head of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation.
  • Participate in development, evaluations and reviews of the strategies and management plans for the LNP and wider Lomami landscape, and identify gaps in financing.
  • Identify appropriate funding opportunities and prepare applications to support programme strategies working with FZS HQ.
  • Where appropriate and in collaboration with the Regional Conservation and Africa Director, establish and build strategic international donor partnerships that will strengthen effectiveness of conservation impact.
  • Ensure Programme compliance with donor requirements and that project plans as well as technical and financial reports are submitted as per FZS, donor and partner requirements.
  • As part of the internal audit team, ensure proper, efficient and transparent use of project funds and expenditure within agreed budgets.
  • Working closely with the department of monitoring, evaluation and learning systems to assess outcome and impact of project activities, feed back into adaptive management, and thus both report back to donors and comply with their requirements.

Your Profile

  • An M.Sc. or higher degree and at least 10 years practical experience in conservation, natural resource management and/or development with natural resource focus preferably in Africa.
  • At least 5-years’ experience managing and complying with bilateral donor’s (e.g. EU, KfW, USAID) procurement regulations, financial reporting requirements, financial audits, and internal as well as external evaluations.
  • Experience developing and maintaining a diversity of donor and international partnerships, ideally including bilateral and philanthropic donors and High Net Worth Individuals.
  • Proven experience in developing project design and fundraising with private, NGO and bilateral donors.
  • Credibility and intellectual stature to gain the trust and collaborate effectively with colleagues, donors, other partners and stakeholders of the protected area.
  • Exceptional bilingual writing, presentation and oral communication skills in both French and English (competency in Swahili and/or German an advantage).
  • Proven team-building skills and experience in an international and cross-cultural team.
  • Ability to travel nationally and internationally on a regular basis.

We Offer

  • Opportunity to contribute towards the protection of an exceptional landscape in Lomami National Park
  • Form part of a dynamic and motivated team, as well as the larger FZS team working to secure outstanding wild places across the globe
  • Flat hierarchy, opportunities for further training
  • Engaging and meaningful work with room for your own ideas
  • Additional benefits include medical insurance, pension contribution, contribution to housing

The position is initially limited to two years with a possible long-term perspective and will be based in Kindu, DRC.

Your Application

​Please send your application in English (as PDF including a motivation letter and CV) together with your salary expectations and the earliest possible starting date using our application platform or via e-mail to

Application Deadline: 11 December 2023

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