Congo Basin Program Coordinator

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Gabon 🇬🇦


Gabon, Africa


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Since establishing the Africa Program in 2007, The Nature Conservancy’s vision in Africa is to work towards fostering a sustainable future for people and nature, partnering with indigenous communities across 55 million acres on the continent. Our efforts are firmly rooted in people, leveraging scientific and technical expertise as we collaborate with governments and organizations to conserve and enhance Africa’s shared resources in the 9 countries we operate.

TNC’s work in Africa transcends three key pillars: securing ownership rights to lands and resources for indigenous people, strengthening leadership and resource management and helping communities value nature through a holistic appreciation of its benefits while increasing revenue streams for conservation efforts and socio-economic development. Together with our partners, we are witnessing critical milestones in integrated land and fisheries management, ocean and source water protection, energy development, and sustainable food production, working together and strengthening our resolve in tackling global challenges such as climate change, habitat and biodiversity loss that stands to adversely impact the nearly 1.4 billion people that share Africa

The Congo Basin is the second-largest expanse of tropical forest on earth and is also home to an enormous wealth of plant and animal species including threatened animals such as the lowland gorilla, bonobos, and chimpanzees.  Globally, Congo Basin forests represent about 25 percent of the total carbon stored in tropical forests worldwide, mitigating anthropogenic emissions (de Wasseige et al. 2012). To that end, TNC seeks to build and implement a comprehensive strategy in the area, and thus a Congo Basin Program Coordinator to help keep this carbon sink well intact, including through the use of Natural Climate Solutions (NCS).


The Congo Basin Program Coordinator will be a member of TNC’s Tackle Climate Change team in Africa helping deliver on the Conservancy’s Natural Climate Solutions (NCS) goals. The position advances TNC Africa’s conservation work that builds on the success of our forest carbon program in Gabon. They will work with teams and partners to develop TNC’s strategy for the Congo Basin including the scaling forest protection and improved forest management work, freshwater conservation and other community conservation programs. The position will work closely with other teams, including the Freshwater protection teams, the Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IPLC) teams, Policy and Government Relations, Fundraising teams and the Global Natural Climate Solution teams.

Reporting to the Africa NCS director, the position will be located at The Nature Conservancy’s office in Gabon.  No employment visas or assistance is being offered with this position except for the local labour employment requirements.


The Congo Basin Program Coordinator is responsible for assessing, developing, and implementing a Congo Basin-wide strategy across Gabon, the Republic of Congo (RoC), and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). They will work closely across relevant program and strategy teams, as well as Global teams to develop and build stakeholder buy-in on the strategy. They will also work on existing Natural Climate Solutions projects across TNC and work closely with the NCS Director to develop new opportunities for NCS in Africa They will also be involved in developing concepts and proposals for funding the implementation of the strategy. This is a cutting-edge strategy and opportunity to build and implement a strategy for an ecosystem that is critical to TNC and the stability of our climate.


  • Lead the development of Congo Basin strategy with internal and external stakeholders
  • Coordinate NCS strategy and other conservation projects activities across the Congo Basin
  • Identifies NCS projects and opportunities which can be supported through the Africa Forest Carbon Catalyst
  • Represents TNC in the Congo Basin, grows and nurtures trusted relationships with key stakeholders including Government, International Donor Agencies environmental and social NGOs, and Indigenous People’s representatives.
  • Leads and coordinates the implementation of global TNC climate strategies for the Congo Basin, including the Global NCS strategy, the Tropical Forest Commitment Leverage Strategy that seeks to implement forest-related actions post COP-26 to support climate mitigation and adaptation in the Congo Basin, and the Forest and Climate Action Plan.
  • In coordination with the NCS Director, manages the relationships with local and national government institutions and partner organizations. 
  • Ensures that planning and feedback meetings with governmental institutions, other stakeholders, partners, and communities are well-coordinated and outcomes documented.
  • Support to both public and private fundraising initiatives and activities towards growth for the NCS strategy.
  • Ability and willingness to travel frequently and on short notice, sometimes on weekends.


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The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

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