Camp and Food Systems Manager in Wildlife Conservation Society Kinshasa, Kinshasa, Congo (DRC)

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Job Description

Location: Epulu, Ituri Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Reports To: Head of Logistics – Okapi Wildlife Reserve

Direct Reports: Kitchen Supervisor and Cleaning Supervisor

Start date: September 2022

About Us

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is a private, nonprofit U.S. organization founded in 1895. Its mission is to preserve wildlife and wild places by understanding critical issues, developing science-based solutions, and taking conservation action that benefits nature and humanity. With more than a century of experience, long-term commitments in dozens of landscapes, a presence in more than 60 countries, and experience in creating more than 150 protected areas around the world, WCS has accumulated the biological knowledge, cultural understanding, and partnerships necessary to ensure that wild places and wildlife thrive alongside local communities. Working with local communities and organizations, this knowledge is applied to address species, habitat, and ecosystem management issues that are critical to improving the quality of life for poor rural people whose livelihoods depend on the direct use of natural resources.

Program Summary

Okapi Wildlife Reserve (OWR) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to globally significant wildlife populations, such as those of okapi, elephants, and chimpanzees, and as a Reserve, it provides Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples with opportunities for sustainable natural resource use. The Reserve, however, is faced with threats relating to illicit natural resource exploitation, unsustainable economic development, and in-migration. WCS is currently working in partnership with the Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN) to implement a multi-pronged strategy to protect OWR that covers protected area governance and management systems, community conservation, security and law enforcement, buffer zone land-use management, and building external public support.

About The Role

With a solid funding base, the growing OWR team is working to deliver an ambitious program of conservation interventions across a large and complex landscape. OWR’s Logistics Department is central to the success of this conservation program and its functions include Infrastructure Management, Camp Management, Procurement and Asset Management, and Fleet Management. The Camp and Food Systems Manager will play a vital role in working with the Head of Logistics and other logistics staff to develop and manage the Reserve’s systems of staff food, water and accommodation provision. They will also focus on developing the sustainability of camp management with respect to staff capacity and environmental compliance. This is a unique opportunity for an energetic and adaptive individual to contribute to protecting one of the world’s most biodiverse yet threatened protected areas. In 2-years, success in this role will be defined by: food and water systems managed and developed so they reliably and sustainably meet the needs of relevant staff; accommodation, and office units consistently in an excellent state of cleanliness and function; and OWR Environmental Standards instituted and adhered to by all staff.


Camp food and water systems management

  • Ensure effective management and operation of OWR’s HQ kitchen(s) so that cooking staff are recruited, well-trained and motivated
  • Ensure that meal and water provision meet needs and standards of quality, nutrition and health and safety
  • Identify and implement solutions to enhance kitchen management systems considering aspects such as food availability in local markets, supply chains, nutrition needs, environmental sustainability, and responding to a growth in the number of staff
  • Coordinate with procurement staff to ensure the efficient and timely sourcing of food and other camp management materials both locally and in the wider region (e.g. Bunia, Goma)
  • Develop and support the implementation of solutions to improve the provision and use of food for Reserve field operations and sub-stations (incl. ranger patrols)
  • Establish more sustainable solutions to improving food supplies and nutrition in the local community. This will involve coordinating with the Reserve’s Community Conservation Department in relation to local sourcing and homestead food production, and sourcing from and developing local enterprises.
  • Support the Community Conservation Lead and Communications staff to identify and publicly communicate stories on food-related community projects
  • Coordinate with the Infrastructure Manager on the development of solutions to enhancing the sustainable supply of drinking water

Accommodation and office management

  • Ensure effective management of accommodation units for residents in coordination with OWR management partners
  • Ensure provision of accommodation for visitors based on needs
  • Support on the organization of social events and celebrations held at the OWR HQ that develop staff cohesion and morale
  • Ensure houses and offices are functional, clean, and livable, and coordinate with other staff in the Logistics and Finance/Administration Departments to resolve any issues
  • Work with the Infrastructure Manager to provide inputs on the integration of kitchen and sustainability considerations for new accommodation building designs

Environmental standards implementation

  • Coordinate with the Infrastructure Manager on the implementation and development of sustainable solid-waste management systems
  • Support Reserve management to finalize the existing OWR Environmental Standards (covering aspects such as energy use, water consumption, waste disposal and use of natural resources)
  • Support Reserve departments to ensure implementation and compliance with the OWR Environmental Standards
  • Organize and hold awareness sessions with Reserve staff to build an understanding of environmental compliance requirements and commitment to their adherence

Qualification Requirements

  • University degree in a topic relevant to rural development and logistics
  • A minimum of five years’ experience in food, sustainability, logistics and capacity building
  • Well-developed knowledge of sustainability and nutrition issues
  • Knowledge of issues relating to rural environments in developing countries
  • Proven ability to quickly analyze situations and provide recommendations
  • Experience with training, mentoring and motivating staff and local community members
  • Experience working in challenging and basic field environments
  • Ability to use relevant computer software such as Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Ability to work in French and English, or ability to quickly learn a language
  • Willingness to live in a remote field site with basic amenities
  • Interest in wildlife conservation and environmental issues
  • Dynamic, creative, pro-active and resilient

How to Apply

Interested candidates, who meet the above qualifications, skills and experience, should apply through the application tab below by October 10, 2022 .

WCS is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to hiring and supporting a diverse workforce. We are committed to cultivating an inclusive work environment and look for future team members who share that same value.

Company: Wildlife Conservation Society

Vacancy Type: Full Time 

Job Location:  Kinshasa, Kinshasa, Congo (DRC)

Application Deadline: N/A

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