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Biodiversity Conservation Specialist Africa-based 

About the Organization Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources.

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Biodiversity Conservation Specialist - Africa-based.

Effective with the release of this position announcement, Winrock International is recruiting applicants for the Africa-based position of Biodiversity Conservation Specialist. The responsibilities, duties, and qualifications are described in the attached position description. Position is contingent upon receipt of donor funding.


Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources. Winrock matches innovative approaches in agriculture, natural resources management, clean energy, and leadership development with the unique needs of its partners. By linking local individuals and communities with new ideas and technology, Winrock is increasing long-term productivity, equity, and responsible resource management to benefit the poor and disadvantaged of the world.


The salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits.


Applicants should go to to the Jobs link and submit a current resume and cover letter, referencing 'Biodiversity Conservation Specialist, Africa.' Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

Winrock thanks all applicants for their interest; however, only candidates who meet all requisite criteria and are short listed will be contacted.


Position Title: Biodiversity Conservation Specialist

LOCATION: Various, Africa-based

Department: Forestry and Natural Resource Management Unit

Reports to: Chief of Party (COP)/Project Director (PD)


Winrock is seeking Biodiversity Conservation Specialist candidates for anticipated upcoming environment-focused projects in Africa. Position is contingent upon receipt of donor funding.


  • Contribute to program technical direction and activity implementation in consultation with the COP/PD;

  • Build on and identify successful practices in achieving biodiversity conservation and play an active role in policy, strategic thinking, and knowledge sharing to promote their use and institutionalization nationally;

  • Foster an enabling environment for civil society and government collaboration, including organizing and tracking meetings with key stakeholders;

  • Facilitate ongoing relationship building with relevant government agencies and other local stakeholders;

  • Represent the program team at meetings and conferences as needed;

  • Communicate and coordinate with program staff on technical questions related to biodiversity conservation, work planning and program implementation;

  • Provide management oversight to a range of program staff focused on biodiversity conservation;

  • Work closely with local NGO partners, providing technical oversight;

  • Visit program sites regularly to assure program progress towards activity objectives and goals;

  • Support annual work plan and progress report preparation, and monitor implementation;

  • Monitor program implementation plan with attention to deliverables;

  • Address and proactively identify problems and challenges, and adapt to evolving institutional, financial, and political realities on the ground;

  • Support legislative measures to implement relevant policies;

  • Carry out other tasks as assigned by the COP/PD and Winrock.


Skills, Knowledge, and Experience:

  • Advanced Degree in Conservation Biology, Ecology, Forestry, Natural Resource Management or related field.

  • 5 years of relevant experience working on biodiversity conservation, regional experience is a plus.
  • Knowledge of managing and improving biodiversity conservation activities, protected area management, and/or wildlife laws and policies.
  • Strong understanding of political practices, legal frameworks, regulations, and procedures governing land use, as well as an appreciation for and initiatives to address current challenges.
  • Experience working with relevant Ministries and government officials.
  • Ability to build and maintain strong and effective relationships across multiple stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated leadership and experience on multi-disciplinary teams and in various international settings is a plus.

  • Exceptional communication skills, including writing.

  • Fluency in oral and written English, French and/or Portuguese is desired.

EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and sexual orientation), national origin, caste, tribe, age (40 or older), disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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