WCS - Head of Biomonitoring and Research, North Cameroon

Position: Head of Biomonitoring and Research, North Cameroon.

Supervision: Landscape Director Bouba Ndjidda - Bénoué.

Location : Garoua (North, Cameroon)

Job type:  Full time, open to all nationalities.


Internal collaboration : Collaboration with WCS Bouba Ndjidda - Bénoué (BN-B)  Landscape program departments, WCS Cameroon national office team (Yaoundé), WCS Regional team in Kigali (Rwanda) and other scientific programs of WCS and its partners.


Expected travel : Regular travel in the WCS intervention zone in the North Cameroon region: Benoue and Bouba-Ndjidda national parks and Sena Oura national park in Chad. Possible interventions in other protected areas in the region, such as Faro and Waza national parks. Other occasional trips to Yaoundé.  


WCS's mission is to preserve the world's wildlife and wild places through science, conservation measures, awareness-raising and by encouraging people to respect nature.  


Wildlife Conservation Society works to safeguard wildlife and natural habitats through a rigorous scientific approach, and international environmental education program and the management of the world's largest network of urban wildlife parks.  WCS has been present in Cameroon since 1988, and since then has been working with the government of Cameroon to create several protected areas, training numerous conservationist managers, and doing so in an integrated landscape approach that brings together the key players to protect biodiversity sustainably. The WCS Cameroon program is currently working on three main landscapes: the Takamanda-Mone, Mbam & Djerem and Bouba Ndjidda - Bénoué (PBN-B) landscapes. The latter includes the Bénoué National Park (PNB) Technical Operational Unit (UTO) and the Bouba Ndjidda National Park (PNBN) UTO. The UTOs encompass national parks and Zones d'Intérêts Cynégétiques (ZICs). The PBN-B is also interconnected with the Sena Oura National Park (PNSO) in Chad, via the binational project, BSB Yamoussa, supervised by COMIFAC, thanks to funding from the German Development Cooperation (KfW).  


In the WCS Bouba Ndjidda - Bénoué (BN-B) Landscape , WCS implements activities that support the Cameroonian government through the Ministry of Forests and Wildlife (MINFOF) for conservation, stability and sustainable development in and around the PBN-B. Within this framework, WCS is committed to structuring a Research and Ecological Monitoring (R&EM) department to monitor the evolution of the animal population and its habitat, as well as the pressures and threats they face, and to measure the impacts of landscape UTO management to guide protected area managers in their interventions. WCS is looking for a Research and Ecological Monitoring (R&EM) Department Manager, based in Garoua, with frequent visits to the protected areas (PAs) concerned by the PBN-B and occasionally to other PAs in the region. The success of this position is defined by a strong technical and operational mastery, but also by an increased and shared understanding - as well as a strong adhesion - of the values, mission and objectives of the PB&B, as well as a good knowledge of its target audiences (including the general public, direct and final beneficiaries of the projects, donors and other partners present at territorial and national level).


Interested candidates, who meet the above qualifications, skills and experience, should apply through the application tab below by July 30, 2024, but applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis .


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.


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