African Parks, in partnership with the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, signed a 20-year agreement to manage Matusadona National Park on 1st November 2019. The Matusadona Conservation Trust has such been established in Zimbabwe as the legal entity managing this Park.
The Matusadona National Park is part of an ecologically diverse landscape in the Zambezian biome. At 1,470 km2, this stunning and unique landscape presents enormous potential for both wildlife and tourism. It is flanked by the Ume and Sanyati rivers, with 700-metre-high hills descending to its northern boundary on the shores of Lake Kariba. Mixed woodlands and scrublands cover the slopes and ridges of the escarpment, the plateaus and the plains, and a forest of trees semi-submerged by the lake stretches the length of the shoreline. The park harbours more than 240 bird species, important woodlands and wildlife including elephant, lion and buffalo. However, decades of poaching coupled with insufficient management resources has contributed to its decline. Elephant numbers have been drastically reduced and the once abundant population of black rhinos and certain other species have largely been eliminated.
FIELD OPERATIONS MANAGER
Reporting to the Park Manager, the primary purpose of the role will be to:
- To manage and/or oversee all internal park operations, including infrastructure development & maintenance, fleet (vehicle / aircraft / boats / etc) management, logistics, law enforcement, and conservation activities.
- Develop and implement an integrated Operations plan & budget aligned with the park strategy, 5-year business plan, and annual activity plan:
- Monitor and revise the plan as required
- Oversee all infrastructure development projects and maintenance programmes:
- Ensure effective budget management and cost control;
- Ensure adherence to procurement procedures (tenders, contracts);
- Ensure contractors/general staff execute all projects according to contracted terms. Matusadona National Park
- Ensure a proper functioning radio and communications system.
- Oversee fleet management (vehicles / aircraft / boats / etc):
- Ensure all relevant licenses / permits for all in place;
- Ensure fleet serviced, maintained according to a preventative maintenance schedule and operated to reduce cost and risk;
- Ensure fleet management team adequately equipped;
- Promote culture of safety in fleet management team;
- Ensure fleet specifications meet park requirements and plan for replacements accordingly;
- Ensure adequate stocks of spares, fuel and oil including the logistical arrangements thereof.
- Oversee all logistics, procurement, and stock control activities:
- Source suppliers & negotiate prices and terms;
- Ensure effective stock control and storage management system in place;
- Oversee infrastructure and fleet management procurement;
- Oversee transport and/or storage of deliveries to the park.
- Oversee Law Enforcement (LE) activities:
- Oversee the Parks Law Enforcement Manager
- Ensure necessary logistical support in place to enable LE function;
- Ensure LE team adequately equipped and all materials are regularly upgraded according to AP SOP’s;
- Ensure LE team adequately trained with external refresher, advanced and in house training.
- Oversee park conservation activities:
- Coordinate wildlife translocation projects;
- Oversee animal monitoring and tracking activities;
- Coordinate use of park aircraft for conservation, LE and other field operations;
- Provide field support to research partners, film crews, etc.
- Ensure all Operations activities conducted in accordance with African Parks policies and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s);
- Ensure the Operations teams adequately resourced (financial, people, equipment, etc) to effectively meet their day-to-day operational requirements;
- Support and advise department heads to resolve challenges;
- Provide coaching to department heads.
- Build a strong values based team culture in the Operations function;
- Provide accurate and meaningful reports on all park operations activities to the Park Manager.
- Relevant tertiary qualification, for park operations / conservation / wildlife management or equivalent experience.
- 5-10 years working experience preferably in Protected Area Management, Construction, Logistics and Project management
- Pilot’s license is an advantage and if not held the FOM should be willing if able to do one.
- Experience in non-profit and/or parastatal organizations an advantage
- Knowledge and experience working in a rural, remote and multi-cultural environment;
- Fluent in English, written and spoken with strong report writing skills; Shona and/or Tonga would be an advantage.
- Good communication skills – both upstream and downstream.
- Strong financial management skills and ability to budget effectively.
- Strong project management skills managing several teams at once with limited resources.
- Stakeholder relationship management skills – both towards local communities, tourism and business stakeholders and government partners.
- Strong interpersonal skills
- Strong team leadership skills
- Results oriented
- Highly resilient – must be able to work in remote and challenging environments
- Adaptable to a complex working environment with multiple pressure points.
To apply, please email your CV and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org by 20th April 2020.
Should you not hear back from us within 2 weeks after closing date, please take it that your application was unsuccessful.