WWF – Dzanga Sangha Protected Areas Director

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MAY 2024


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ROLE: DSPA Director

LOCATION: Bayanga - Central African Republic


SUPERVISEE: WWF Project staff as designated

GRADE: C1/55

DURATION OF ASSIGNMENT: 2- years with possibility of extension

© James Morgan / WWF-US



The Dzanga Sangha Protected Areas complex (DSPA) is a 4,450 km2 area, comprising the Dzanga Sangha Dense Forest Special Reserve with its various community use and other zones, and the Dzanga Ndoki National Park. This area is home to spectacular large mammals such as forest elephants, lowland gorillas and chimpanzees, bongo, buffalo, sitatunga, giant forest hogs and as well as a large variety of monkeys and duikers. The area is also home to exceptional diversity in other taxa.

WWF is supporting the Government of CAR to manage DSPA both to conserve its exceptional biodiversity and to promote the sustainable management of natural resources for the well-being of nearby human populations.

The DSPA administration and WWF take a multidisciplinary approach to management of this important area, including developing and managing infrastructure, human and financial resources; conservation through surveillance and anti-poaching activities; income generation via tourism through a primate habituation programme focused on lowland gorillas as well as other tourism activities; and sustainable rural development to take pressure off natural resources and sustain livelihoods.

DSPA is part of the recently inscribed Sangha Tri-National (TNS) World Heritage Site. The TNS is made up of three national parks (Dzanga Ndoki in CAR, Lobeke in Cameroon and Nouabale Ndoki in the Republic of Congo) and their buffer zones. The protected area managers and their key partners work together to manage the TNS.

The conservation department’s mission is to ensure the protection and conservation of DSPA’s biodiversity, and the conservation trackers and porters and implementing antipoaching and law enforcement activities. The department also contributes to planning and implementing transboundary anti-poaching patrols and contributes to the operations of the TNS anti-poaching brigade.

The WWF team based in Bayanga providing support to the DSPA consists of a Principal Technical Advisor (this position), a Technical Advisor for Conservation, a Primate Habituation, Research and Tourism Advisor, a Community Development Technical Advisor as well as different support staff for logistics, finances and administration; WWF also has a national office in Bangui.

The mission of the Department and this position is to ensure overall achievement of the programme objectives.


The DSPA Director is responsible for overall implementation and supervision of WWF field programme in support to the CAR Government for the management of the Dzanga-Sangha Protected Areas (DSPA), consisting of the Dzanga-Sangha Special Dense Forest Reserve and Dzanga-Ndoki National Park and their broader landscape, in its aim to maintain the biodiversity of the south-western forests of the CAR.

© Ronda Simms


Under the supervision of the Country Director, the DSPA Director’s main responsibilities are to:


• Together with the Deputy Director (designated by the CAR Government), other DSPA personnel and DSPA partners, ensure an integrated and effective management of all DSPA components in accordance with DSPA management plan, including the development and implementation of annual work plans and budget.

• Provide technical assistance to the CAR Government in the management of all funds allocated to DSPA, in particular funds from the Sangha Tri-National Trust Fund.


• Promote conservation, ecotourism and specifically gorilla viewing based tourism, co management instruments involving local stakeholders, and local development related to sustainable management of natural resources.

• Lead programme development for DSPA and contribute to the development and implementation of a strategy securing long term funds for DSPA, in collaboration with WWF in the region and beyond, and the Sangha Tri-National Trust Fund.

• Participate in landscape planning and followup implementation for the trans-boundary Sangha Tri-National Landscape (TNS), of which DSPA is part, and, in particular, contribute to fulfilment by TNS of its obligations as a World Heritage Site, in close collaboration with TNS partners.


• Provide guidance and supervision to other WWF Technical Assistants and WWF staff in DSPA to contribute to effective WWF support to conservation, ecotourism, development and research activities in DSPA and ensure that sound practices orient WWF support to the CAR Government.

• Take primary responsibility for the preparation and administrative and financial management of budgets under WWF direct administration. Systematically review the status of project budgets and ensure that annual budget targets are met.

• Following established WWF guidelines, ensure that appropriate administrative and accounting policies and systems are implemented. As necessary, evaluate financial and administrative operations and propose systems for improved effectiveness and efficiency.

© WWF-US / Betty Mclaughlin Meyer



• A minimum MSc in conservation, environmental management or any related field.

• A minimum of eight (8) years of experience in working in conservation or development organizations, especially in a similar biome.

• Demonstrated knowledge of management principles applying to multi-disciplinary and multi-donor programmes.


• Strong managerial and administrative skills and excellent organizational skills.

• Familiarity with WWF and donor funding agencies is an added advantage.

• Strong communication skills, particularly in writing reports and proposals for donor agencies in both French and English.

• Fluency in French and English.

• Ability to live and work in a remote place.

• Adhere to WWF’s values: Courage, Respect, Integrity and Collaboration.

• Demonstrates WWF behaviors in ways of working: Strive for impact, Listen Deeply,

• Collaborate Openly, Innovate Fearlessly.


Internal – The Director DSPA will establish and maintain close working relationships with the personnel in DSPA and TNS. He or she will work closely with the CAR Country Director based in Bangui, to ensure full contribution to and involvement of the CAR Office in regional activities.

External – The DSPA Director will establish and maintain close working relationships with the staff of DSPA and other relevant Car administration, as well as partners in the TNS, including the private sector (logging companies, tourism companies etc.)

© Green Renaissance / WWF-US


All correspondence, at this stage, should be via Oxford HR. To apply for this post, click on the “Apply” button on the job advert page, complete our online application form, and submit your CV and cover letter as two different documents, which should be prepared before applying as they will be considered in the application process. The cover letter should be no more than two pages long and explain why you are interested in this post and how your skills and experience make you a good fit.

The document should be saved in PDF in the following format: Your First Name-Your Last Name-Document Name-Date (mmyy) e.g., Judith-MoussaCV-052024-WWF or Judith-Moussa-CoverLetter-052024-WWF.


Closing Date: 12th June 2024

First Stage Interviews: Between 20th – 30th June 2024

Final Interviews: Between 1st July – 15th July 2024


All candidates will receive an update regarding their application after the closing date. We advise candidates to add the role email to their safe senders list and regularly check their spam folder.


Equality and diversity are at the core of WWF’s values. Staff are expected to work collectively and individually to promote a constructive and sensitive approach to others from a variety of backgrounds, where the work of others is valued and respected.


If you have any queries on any aspect of the appointment process, need additional information, or would like to have an informal discussion, please email at wwf-dspa-director@oxfordhr.com in the first instance.

© Daniël Nelson / WWF Congo


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