Mbe-Komo Basin Program Manager (Gabon)

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
5-7 Years
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable.  One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 72 countries, including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.




The Mbé-Komo Basin Program Manager, Gabon, develops, manages and advances TNC Gabon’s protection, science, stewardship and community relations work in the Mbé-Komo Basin, working with local communities and partners from the private and public sector to create models of sustainable and integrated basin management that benefit nature and people.




The Mbé-Komo Basin Program Manager, Gabon, develops, manages and advances TNC Gabon’s program in the Mbé-Komo Basin, working with partners from local communities and the private and public sector to create models of sustainable and integrated basin management that include key aspects of improved production practices, governance and financial flows to secure habitat protection (biodiversity, water quality and quantity) and communities livelihoods. The Mbé-Komo program of sustainable and integrated basin management can become model to be replicated in other priorities basins in Gabon.

S/he establishes the Conservancy as a major conservation partner within the area of responsibility, defines conservation priorities and long-term strategies, builds strategic, scientific, and technical capacity in the field and develops key partnerships with local communities, public and private organizations to identify and resolve technical issues and to widely communicate solutions and best practices. S/he develops innovative scientific methods, analyses, tools and frameworks to address the natural system needs, engage local community support for local conservation efforts, and negotiate complex and innovative solutions with government agencies and landowners to conserve and protect natural communities.




  • Geographic size and scope is focused on the Mbé-Komo basins, overseeing all components related to integrated basin management, source water protection and community-based conservation.                                                                                   
  •  Programmatic scope requires working in collaboration across many teams within TNC and partners.           
  •  Leads and manages team and project to support and improve conservation efforts.              
  •  Manage multi-disciplinary administrative and professional staff, with responsibility for performance management, training and career development. Establish clear directions and set stretch objectives.
  •  Establish and maintain optimal standards of performance for the program while controlling costs and administering budgets.
  •  Responsible for ensuring that public and private funds are raised to meet program needs.
  •  Builds cooperation from outside parties to accomplish program goals.
  •  May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.
  •  Frequently makes independent decision based on analysis, experience, and context.




  •  BA/BS degree (Bac +4) and 7 years’ experience in conservation practice or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  •  Experience managing complex or multiple projects, including staffing, workloads and finances under deadlines.
  •  Supervisory experience, including motivating, leading, setting objectives and managing performance.
  •  Experience in partnership development with non-profit partners, community groups and/or government agencies.  
  •  Experience negotiating.
  •  Bi-lingual proficiency in French and English.


  •  5-7 years’ experience in natural resource management and conservation, including work with communities stakeholders, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  •  Demonstrated proactive attitude, with experience leading and coordinating conservation field work in Gabon; experience in logistics management for conservation field related work.
  •  Demonstrated experience influencing, developing and implementing conservation policy and plans.
  •  Knowledge of current trends and practices in relevant disciplines and regions.
  •  Knowledge of methods and standards of biodiversity information systems and initiatives or related field.
  •  Communicating clearly via written, spoken, and graphical means in French and English.
  •  Demonstrated experience in fundraising.  
  •  Politically savvy.
  •  Multi-lingual and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.




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