Assistant Manager Nature Reserve Programs

  • Africa Programs
  • Tchimpounga, Congo

Assistant Manager Nature Reserve Programs

Job description

Founded in 1977, the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) USA is an international non-governmental organization that continues Dr. Jane Goodall’s pioneering work on chimpanzee behavior and conservation. Its mission is to understand and protect chimpanzees, other apes, and their habitats, and to work towards creating an informed and compassionate citizenry who will help to create a better world for people, other animals and our shared environment. The breadth of JGI’s mission reflects Dr. Goodall’s personal philosophy that the survival of all species, whether chimpanzee or human, depends upon the collaboration of all people.


In 2012, JGI formally adopted an ambitious 30-year goal to protect Africa’s wild chimpanzee populations across the range of their natural habitats. In reaching this goal, JGI will capitalize on its considerable strengths and experience gained from working throughout the chimpanzee range, which includes more than 50 years of chimpanzee behavioral research; nearly three decades of developing people and community-centered conservation strategies; expertise in geospatial technology to innovatively map and monitor human and chimpanzee use of forest resources; and its global environmental and humanitarian youth program – Roots & Shoots.

JGI Congo manages the Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center Africa’s largest chimpanzee sanctuary, established in 1992 through a cooperative agreement between JGI and the Government of Congo – Ministère de l’Economie Forestière (MEF). In 2010 the JGI worked with the Congolese government to expand the Tchimpounga Nature Reserve where the Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center (“sanctuary”) is located to 129,000 acres. The expansion included annexing three islands (Tchindzoulou, Ngombe and Tchibebe) on the Kouilou River for the purposes of providing a more natural, forest based experience.

JGI Congo also runs a range of education and awareness projects and a project that rescues, rehabilitates and releases Mandrills.


Job Purpose

Reporting directly to the JGI Congo Executive Director, the Assistant Manager Nature Reserve Programs (ENRP) will be responsible for supporting the Awareness and Law Enforcement activities in the Tchimpounga Nature Reserve, Conkouati Douli National Park and elsewhere as required.

Duties and responsibilities

Tchimpounga Nature Reserve

• Provide administrative and logistical support to the MEF Conservateurs of TNR and CDNP with the deployment of JGI supported Eco-Guards;

• Support the development and production of Eco Guard performance and monitoring plans and reports including use of the SMART system;

• Manage the strategy of the Eco-Guards, organising its patrols in order to protect the Reserve from any illegal activities;

• Manage the budget of Tchimpounga Nature Reserve for supporting logistically the job of the Eco-Guards;

• Provide logistical support to the research projects carried out in Tchimpounga Nature Reserve;

Detection Dogs Programs

• Provide administrative and logistical support to the JGI supported Detection Dog Team including the development and implementation of deployment plans in Tchimpounga Nature Reserve, Conkouati Douli National Park and elsewhere as required.;

• Provide supervision and oversight of Detection Dog welfare and training using the android application “Survey 123”;


• Support the Country Coordinator and Executive Director with hosting site visits by other JGI staff, Congolese partners (including Government officials), funding partners and individual donors;

• Other related tasks as identified and agreed with the Executive Director, JGI Congo.