Opportunity: Law Enforcement/Conservation Tech Technical Advisor

WCS Congo is now accepting applications for a Law Enforcement & Conservation Technology Technical Advisor. This position will support the Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park in coordinating law enforcement operations and developing technology solutions geared towards halting the current and future threats facing the Park and its immediate periphery.

Apply by 30 April 2021 at 10 AM Congo time. 

Date published: 2021/04/26

Law Enforcement and Conservation Technology Technical Advisor- RoC

Location: Bomassa, Nouabale-Ndoki National Park HQ, Republic of Congo

Reports To: Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park Director

Republic of Congo Program Overview

Over the past 25 years WCS Congo has been the government’s principle conservation partner, assisting the Ministry of Forest Economy (MEF) in managing wildlife and its habitat in several of the country’s national parks, reserves, and protected area buffer zones. Within these sites WCS is developing and implementing actions for effective wildlife protection; community based natural resource management; ecological monitoring; scientific research; and environmental education. The program is the largest in WCS’s global portfolio and reports to the Regional Program for Central Africa and Gulf of Guinea.

The Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park (NNNP) covers more than 4,000 square kilometers of intact contiguous lowland rainforest in northern Republic of Congo. The forest is part of the larger Sangha Tri-National Forest Landscape inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The region is a stronghold for important populations of large mammals, including forest elephants, western lowland gorillas, and chimpanzees. The park also contains forest clearings that offer a window into the lives of shy forest wildlife, creating fantastic opportunities for tourism development and conservation science.

Created in 1993, the NNNP and its buffer zone have benefited from more than 25 years of collaborative management between the Congolese Government and WCS to emerge as one of the most successful protected areas for the conservation of wildlife in Central Africa. In October 2014, WCS signed a Public Private Partnership (PPP) with the Ministry for Forest Economy (MEF), for the long-term management and financing of NNNP, creating the Nouabale-Ndoki Foundation as the Park management entity under a 25-year agreement.

Job Summary

We are seeking a Law Enforcement & Conservation Technology Technical Advisor to support the Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park in coordinating law enforcement operations and developing technology solutions geared towards halting the current and future threats facing the Park and its immediate periphery.

There are several core features to the Park’s existing law enforcement strategy: reconnaissance patrolling, and intervention operations led by rangers; aerial surveillance from the project’s aircraft; a strong emphasis on information collection by the rangers and the Wildlife Crime Unit; and a communications infrastructure and information management system.

Working closely with the Park Director and the Head of Anti-Poaching, the primary role of the Technical Advisor is to enhance the effectiveness of these activities through strategic planning, provision of training opportunities and technical assistance, introducing new tools and technology, and ensuring that standard operating procedures are in place. A secondary role is development and reporting on project proposals geared to bring in new technologies or infrastructure to support the law enforcement operations.

She or he will be directly responsible for a small team of law enforcement assistants (the anti-poaching department’s technical support team) that help run the Park’s command and control center which ensures an effective coordination and monitoring of law enforcement.

Major Responsibilities

The Technical Advisor will deliver on the following principal responsibilities in full coordination with, and supported by, the NNNP management team and the WCS Congo team:

• Manage the anti-poaching department’s technical support team, which includes the Control Room operators, the patrol analyst (SMART focal point) and the NNNP wildlife crime analyst.
• Work in close collaboration with the Park’s Conservator, Sector Wardens and the technical support team to develop and implement a law enforcement strategy able to counter the evolving threats to the Park.
• Support the Park’s Conservator in aspects of human resources within the anti-poaching department – including ranger recruitment and career development opportunities
• Plan, organise and support ranger-training programs with NNNP’s in-house trainer.
• Liaise with other Law Enforcement Technical Advisors operating across the landscape including those based in Tri-National Sangha – a protected area network comprising of three adjoining National Parks (Inc. NNNP).
• Oversee the development of NNNP’s new LAB HQ in the southern sector of the park: - installation and operation of control room, improvement of living quarters for rangers, logistical arrangements, construction of training quarters.
• Ensure that the Park’s ranger team is well equipped for patrolling activities and put in place a procurement plan to ensure that the ranger kit stocks are sufficient to replace faulty or worn items.
• Oversee the implementation of coordinated LE monitoring and evaluation systems (SMART, EarthRanger), and develop SOPs for their effective use.
• Ensure the Park’s communications systems are well maintained and operational – this includes satellite trackers, Digital HF NVIS radios and Internet systems.
• Assist the Park’s Logistics department in the planning and development of infrastructure projects relating to law enforcement.
• Work with management teams to develop annual work plans and fundraising proposals to fundraise for activities and development improving the effectiveness of the Park’s law enforcement activities.

Qualification Requirements

a)    Experience of law enforcement, protected area management and/or conservation technologies;

  • Able to use a diverse range of ICT tools (cartography, SMART, intelligence tools);
  • Previous experience with telecommunications including VSAT, radios and other networks, as well as diverse technologies (camera trapping, remote sensing, electrical engineering);
  •  Law enforcement experience not required, though depending on the background, may be advantageous.

b)    Strong technical and logistical management of projects (planning, budgets, implementation, monitoring and evaluation).

  • Efficient at coordinating multiple resources to get things done, multi-tasking, problem-solving and solution-oriented.  
  • A “doer” – someone who is resourceful and hands on.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skill

c)    Knowledge of African conservation issues.

  • A Master degree (or higher education level) in conservation, natural resource management, or equivalent relevant field experience in African conservation.
  • Proven experience of working in Africa, with experience of Central Africa highly preferred.

d)    Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Demonstrated competency in writing and editing of reports and other written products;
  • Fluency in French and English language required (though strong candidates with lower language skills will be considered if they have a basis from which to quickly learn French). 
  • Proven ability and comfortable with living and working in a multicultural environment in isolated areas, under difficult field conditions.

Apply Now

Interested candidates, who meet the above qualifications, skills and experience, should apply by emailing a detailed application/cover letter and CV together with the names and contact information of three references to [email protected] 

Please include “Technical Advisor – Law Enforcement and Conservation Technology” in the subject line of your email. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews. 

Application Deadline: 30 April 2021, at 10 AM Congo time

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