Make Impact as a Regional Conservation Director for North/Central Africa (remote position) at Frankfurt Zoological Society: Apply!!


About Frankfurt Zoological Society

Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS) is an international nature conservation organization based in Frankfurt, Germany that coordinates projects in 18 countries. We envision a world where wildlife and wild lands are cherished and sustainably protected for their intrinsic and economic value to present and future generations. Our mission is to conserve wildlife and ecosystems focusing on protected areas and outstanding wild places. More than 1,500 colleagues work for FZS conservation projects worldwide, 60 of them at our headquarters in Frankfurt. Our goal is the preservation of wildlife and wilderness. Together we protect biodiversity, the basis of human life. We work where national parks and wilderness areas need our help. Our partners in the projects on site are local communities, nature conservation authorities, national park administrations and other NGOs.

About the role

The FZS Africa Department, in line with the overall FZS global strategy, is committed to doubling its conservation impact by 2030. The position’s objective is to give the Africa department the capacity and put processes in place so this ambitious goal can be reached

FZS is looking for a Regional Conservation Director to assist the Africa Director in implementing the FZS Africa Strategy by investing in, extending and expanding FZS site-based programmes to increase conservation outcomes and impact, whilst ensuring efficiency.


  • Lead and manage Program Managers on site and provide technical advice and management guidance.
  • Support Program Managers in ensuring appropriate investment to deliver effective and efficient conservation management.
  • Ensure project adherence to FZS policies, SOPs and reflecting organizational culture and values.
  • Support development of sustainable financing strategy so that site level operational costs and priority development costs are funded.
  • Contribute to development of policies and standard operating procedures for Africa Department.
  • Identify opportunities for growth in line with FZS strategy.
  • Establish and maintain international networks and partnerships that support FZS strategy and objectives, in collaboration with AD and HQ.
  • Ensure communications and information flow at and between HQ, Africa and site level.

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Skills and Experience/Expectations

  • Master’s degree and at least 10 years’ experience in conservation or natural resource management practice or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • At least 4 years’ senior leadership experience ideally with multi-national and multi-cultural teams.
  • Proven experience in programme strategic development and budget management of at least $ 4 million per annum.
  • Proven experience in developing project design, building relations and fundraising with private, NGO and bilateral donors.
  • Exceptional writing and presentation skills in both French and English required (competency in German and Spanish an advantage).
  • Credibility and intellectual stature to gain the trust and collaborate effectively with colleagues, donors, other partners and stakeholders.
  • Ability to motivate employees and to develop staff into new roles as needed for the organization.
  • Ability to travel nationally and internationally on a regular basis.


Location: DRC (Kinshasa) ideally. Zambia (Lusaka) or Ethiopia (Addis Ababa) may be considered.

Salary and Benefits: Commensurate with the seniority of the position.

Contract length: Two (02) years initial fixed term contract with possible longer-term perspective.

In addition working for FSZ offers candidates:-

  • Opportunity to make a significant contribution to mitigating climate change and biodiversity loss.
  • Chance to drive and shape the expansion of the FZS Africa Programme.
  • Opportunity to travel frequently to some of the most biodiversity rich and exceptional landscapes on Earth.
  • Opportunity to work with a global team of committed and passionate individuals in an organization that encourages entrepreneurship.

How to apply

Closing date: 16th June 2024

Please click on the link here to be redirected to the Red Sea site. As part of the application process kindly submit your CV and a cover letter, preferably in MS Word. All application documents (cover letter and CV) should be submitted in English.

Please name your submitted files with the following reference: FZS_RCD

Please note that the interview dates for this role will be confirmed with you should your application be successful.

Red Sea is committed to meeting the standards set out in its Equality and Diversity recruitment policy; this includes not discriminating under the Equality Act 2010 and building an accurate picture of the makeup of the workforce in encouraging equality and diversity.

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