Assistant Manager

  • Education and Nature Reserve Programs
  • Tchimpounga, Congo

Assistant Manager

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. 

Requirements

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


Education and Outreach

  • Provide management support and supervision to JGI Congo’s Education and Outreach team including the development and implementation of work-plans;
  • Assist the Education and Outreach team with the writing of reports, provision of photographs and other written and visual outputs;
  • With support from other JGI chapters, identify and pursue potential financial supporters of JGI’s Education and Outreach activities.

Conservation Research    

  • Support the Executive Director with the development and implementation of conservation research projects in the Tchimpounga Nature Reserve and Conkouati Douli National Park and elsewhere as required;
  • Support external researchers with the implementation of pre-agreed and approved research projects at JGI Congo sites;

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;
  • With support from other JGI chapters, identify and pursue potential financial supporters of JGI’s Eco-Guard activities;
  • Oversight and management of basic tourism activities at TNR sites where required. 

Detection Dog Team

  • Provide administrative and logistical support to the JGI supported Detection Dog Team housed at TNR including the development and implementation of deployment plans;
  •  Provide supervision and oversight of Detection Dog welfare and training;
  • Assist with the development and production of Detection Dog Team performance and monitoring plans and reports including use of the SMART system;   
  • With support from other JGI chapters, identify and pursue potential financial supporters of JGI’s Detection Dog Team activities. 

General 

  • 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. 

 

  • Experience of managing or working alongside staff in a multicultural environment;
  • Prior experience of education or other conservation related project implementation in Africa, preferable involving education and/or law enforcement;
  • The ability to manage with limited communication including minimal access to telephone and internet connectivity;
  • Fluent French language skills a must;
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English using written and verbal skills, desirable.
  • The ability to maintain a positive attitude toward physically and mentally challenging work in remote and basic conditions;
  • Proactivity, a good sense of humor, self-reliance, and adventurous team spirit; 
  • Excellent social and communication skills and the ability to live and work alongside a multicultural team 

Please note: The position will be based in the Tchimpounga Nature Reserve with travel to other JGI sites as agreed and subject to requirement. 

 

All JGI sites are in remote and challenging locations but offer basic accommodation and other amenities.  The role will require a high level of physical fitness and mobility. 

 

This paid position with basic benefits will be for an initial 12 month period starting February 2019 with the option of a second year. 

 

Please apply online through the Careers Page of our website: www.janegoodall.org by 31December 2018.