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Position: Country Director
Institution: Wildlife Conservation Society
Department: Global Conservation
Location: Quito, Ecuador
Duties: The Ecuador Country Director manages all WCS activities in the country, ensuring the organization significantly and effectively contributes to the long-term conservation of the country’s outstanding biodiversity. He or she will report to WCS’s Regional Director. As part of the senior team of the Global Priority Region, he or she is expected to help shape the regional strategy and engage in programs that extend beyond national borders. The Director will advance the overarching strategic vision of the Ecuador program and lead its implementation using a results-based approach. He or she must have the capacity to strategize based on a thorough analysis of technical and political risks and opportunities
Requirements: Master’s degree in Natural Science, Social Science or Specialties related. • Excellent knowledge of conservation issues and sociopolitical context of Ecuador. • At least 5 years of experience in a field related to biodiversity conservation (preferably in Ecuador). • At least 5 years of management experience in conservation programs. • At least 5 years of proven results and experience working in or with Ecuadorian government institutions, NGOs, and local communities. • At least 5 years of diverse fundraising experience. • Ability to manage and inspire a team, to build capacities within the team, and to mentor
   
Text: Country Director Ecuador Location Ecuador Job Type Global Conservation Full-Time Department GLOBAL CONSERVATION Job Description The Wildlife Conservation Society saves wildlife and wild lands through careful science, international conservation, education, and the management of the world’s largest system of urban wildlife parks. These activities change attitudes toward nature and help people imagine wildlife and humans living in sustainable interaction on both a local and a global scale. WCS is committed to this work because we believe it essential to the integrity of life on Earth. WCS has contributed to the conservation of biodiversity in Ecuador for over 15 years, and currently supports various national efforts on critical themes, including effectiveness of the national protected areas system, enhanced municipal land zoning and planning, environmental mitigation, and wildlife traffic. WCS concentrates on the ground efforts in a landscape that comprises the Yasuní Biosphere Reserve (YBR) in the Ecuadorian Amazon and Llanganates National Park (LLNP) in the Andean region. Both YBR and LLNP contain large representations of undisturbed lowland tropical forests (YBR), Andean forests and páramo grasslands (LLNP), which are critical for the conservation of key wildlife species and ecosystems in Ecuador. The landscape spans over a 6000-meter altitudinal gradient and includes numerous peasant communities and indigenous territories of multiple nationalities, and multiple local governments or provinces. Job Opportunity: : Country Director Ecuador Location: Quito, Ecuador Reports to: Andes, Amazon, Orinoco Regional Director Position Summary: The Ecuador Country Director manages all WCS activities in the country, ensuring the organization significantly and effectively contributes to the long-term conservation of the country’s outstanding biodiversity. He or she will report to WCS’s AAO Regional Director. As part of the senior team of the AAO Global Priority Region, he or she is expected to help shape the regional strategy and engage in programs that extend beyond national borders. The Director will advance the overarching strategic vision of the Ecuador program and lead its implementation using a results-based approach. He or she must have: the capacity to strategize based on a thorough analysis of technical and political risks and opportunities; the ability and experience to foster relationships and alliances with the government, local communities, grassroots organizations and other civil society entities; and, the leadership to manage a multidisciplinary team. The Ecuador Country Director will be based in Quito, with significant travel time between cities, in the field, visiting WCS’s headquarters, and representing the program regionally. Key Responsibilities: In consultation and coordination with the Andes, Amazon, Orinoco Regional Director, the Ecuador Country Director will: • Build and update the strategic vision for WCS’s work in Ecuador. • Promote wildlife conservation in Ecuador, direct international attention to conservation of important sites and species in Ecuador, and represent WCS in national and international forums and key venues. • Maintain, strengthen, and establish new partnerships with governmental entities, key civil society partners, and private donors and entities. • Develop projects and initiatives that generate conservation impact at meaningful scales. • Serve as the legal representative of WCS Ecuador, and ensure the Ecuador program complies with all rules, regulations and best practices issued by the Ecuadorian government and governing bodies of WCS. • Oversee the implementation of current projects and initiatives, and ensure appropriate overall and specific budget execution. • Provide conservation leadership, promote teamwork, and provide feedback to staff. • Serve as a member of the Andes, Amazon, Orinoco regional team, helping to shape the regional strategy, promoting cross-border collaborations within regional initiatives such as Amazon Waters, and facilitating learning and cross- pollination between programs. Specifically, the Director will: • Keep all relevant departments of WCS informed about developments in the WCS Ecuador Program, and the political and conservation context of the country. • Develop innovative funding mechanisms, and fundraise for the program from bilateral and multilateral cooperation agencies, foundations, and private donors and entities. Oversee preparation of funding proposals in coordination with other relevant departments in WCS. • Establish a control, monitoring, and evaluation system that ensures high quality and efficient implementation of strategic plans, and general and project specific implementation plans and budgets. Oversee the production of reports and other required documents, including WCS internal reports and reports to donors or partners. • Supervise the financial management of the program, including accepting overall fiduciary responsibility. Work with the Financial Manager, Project Directors, and New York office to develop and stay within an annual budget and work plan. • Assess and update the organizational structure to ensure its pertinence, including regular review of positions and job descriptions, line management, performance evaluations, merit salary increases, internal coordination policies, communication policies, etc. Establish internal policies that foster staff motivation, high-quality performance, and a harmonic organizational culture. • Manage and mentor staff, including: overseeing recruiting and professional development, supporting senior staff in their responsibilities and projects, and providing both formal and informal evaluation and advice. • Contribute to, enlarge, and uphold WCS’s policies towards Equal Employment Opportunities for women, minorities, the handicapped, and other protected groups Qualification Requirements Experience and Skills: • Master’s degree in Natural Science, Social Science or Specialties related, Ph.D. preferred • Excellent knowledge of conservation issues and sociopolitical context of Ecuador • At least 5 years of experience in a field related to biodiversity conservation (preferably in Ecuador) • At least 5 years of management experience in conservation programs • At least 5 years of proven results and experience working in or with Ecuadorian government institutions, NGOs, and local communities • At least 5 years of diverse fundraising experience • Ability to manage and inspire a team, to build capacities within the team, and to mentor • Ability to foster teamwork and build capacity within the program • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills • Excellent organizational skills • Analytical thinking and decisive judgment • Drive for results • Ability to work in a range of cultural contexts • Willingness to travel • Excellent spoken and written English and Spanish language skills Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Specific vision abilities require by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and abilities to adjust focus Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions WCS is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from diversity candidates.
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