JOB SEARCH RESULT:
For our client who is active in nature conservation we are looking for a Head of Internal Control.
To review all internal processes, systems and policies and make recommendations and actively assist in implementing procedures to ensure the risks to the National Park are maximally mitigated.
Main Duties & Responsibilities
• Reviews and appraises the soundness, effectiveness, and proper application of accounting and financial controls, compliance procedures and controls throughout the Park.
• Conducts and directs ongoing reviews of organization controls, operating procedures, and compliance with policies and regulations
• Assesses the adequacy and extent of programs designed to safeguard organization assets
• Compiles and issues reports detailing conclusions and providing recommendations for improvements
• Recommends employee training and modifications to procedures as needed
• Analyses and concludes on effectiveness and efficiency of control environment
• Identifies control gaps and opportunities for improvement
• Identify areas of strengths and weaknesses and engage in continuous education and staff development re best practices
• Reports risk management issues and internal controls deficiencies identified directly to management and provides recommendations for improving the organisation's operations
Skills, Experience and Attributes:
• Educated to degree level in a related field or equivalent
• At least 10 years’ experience in accounting, finance, auditing or Business Management in a rapidly growing business
• Experience in writing internal policies and procedures and process evaluation and documentation
• A demonstrated knowledge of internal controls
• Strong organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
• Strong analytical skills. Detail oriented and ability to work and interpret figures and other financial information
• Native French speaker, fluent in English
• Strong written and oral communication skills.
• Ability to address issues and effect change
• Capable of working independently, under pressure in demanding field conditions. Very regular traveling required throughout the Park’s main locations.
Terms of the contract
• Competitive international salary
• 2 year initial contract with a three-month trial period
• 30 working days per annum of paid holiday plus 1 return flight each year
• Medical cover
Chipembele Wildlife Education Trust in Zambia is seeking an enthusiastic and innovative
Conservation Education Manager with experience as a conservation educator and proven project
management skills. Chipembele is a charitable trust that operates in the rural development of
Mfuwe, adjacent to South Luangwa National Park and primarily provides conservation education to
local schools and communities. See www.chipembele.org. The vacancy of Conservation Education
Manager will become available on 1st February 2017.
The Manager is responsible for Chipembele’s Conservation Education Outreach Programme which
encompasses 17 local schools and their surrounding communities. S/he teaches lessons and
organises activities in conservation clubs in the local schools every afternoon of the school calendar.
Camping expeditions, workshops and excursions are scheduled for the school holidays. S/he works
closely with the Senior Conservation Educator and is responsible for managing and training a team of
4 Community Conservation Educators who work in 4 different zones in the area. In addition, the
Manager supervises a small team of administrators, domestic staff and ad hoc volunteers.
Accommodation, a classroom and offices are located in the grounds of the local secondary school, so
the position is suited to someone genuinely wanting to work in the heart of an energetic rural
The position is challenging, complex and fairly demanding but can be great fun and very rewarding.
· Minimum B.Sc. (Masters preferable) in an appropriate field, e.g. natural sciences /
conservation / environment / natural resources management, etc. Other tertiary
qualifications are acceptable (e.g. B.Ed.) if the candidate has relevant experience in and
knowledge of African wildlife and conservation.
· Fluent English (oral and written)
· Strong communication skills, particularly report writing.
· Excellent administrative, organisational, computing & financial management skills.
· Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to relate well to people of all ages, ethnic
backgrounds and employment/community status.
· Experience of teaching, facilitating, training and curriculum development.
· Experience of project and staff management.
· Knowledge of African wildlife and conservation issues.
· Current valid driver’s licence. Experience of driving 4 wheel drive vehicles and driving off
road at times in difficult terrain would be an advantage.
Other Skills/ Experience
· Experience of working within a rural African community, preferably for an NGO.
· Experience of youth camps/bush craft/outdoor youth activities for our student Nature Nights
· The work is centred in the local schools and would suit someone with a mature personality who is
capable of and happy with working largely unsupervised.
· Flexibility and willingness to work beyond office hours whenever necessary.
· Innovation and creativity in expanding and improving the programme.
· Annual salary.
· Free (basic) furnished accommodation.
· Personal use of 4-wheel drive car.
· 30 days paid annual leave per year.
Period of contract
There will be an initial 3 month probationary period which either party can terminate without notice. If the
trial period is successful, then a contract will be offered for a further 21 months, making a total of 2 years. The
contract will thereafter be renewable every 2 years. Someone who is looking for a long term commitment to
the project and the organisation is highly sought after.
Closing date for applications
31st October 2016
All applications that fulfil the above criteria will be answered. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by
Skype or by telephone if Skype is unavailable.
Chipembele is an equal opportunities employer. Applications from women and from African
nationals, particularly Zambians, are encouraged.
Kadima’s Pride of Africa is a private initiative of André Kadima. André is the owner of several hotels and restaurants in Kinshasa. Recently he rehabilitated the Parc de la Nsele (taken over from president Mobutu). Now is creating his own animal park: a park in between a zoo and a game reserve.
Kadima’s Pride of Africa is located 60 kms north of Kinshasa and has a surface 100 hectares. It has a large gated savanna area where zebras, buffalos, giraffes, ostriches walk freely around. Visitors have the possibility to drive in this area and meet the animals. Natural habitats that respect the needs of animals while following international zoo standards will be constructed for chimpanzee, baboon and mangabey, crocodiles, snakes, crowned crane and Congo peacock. The whole area will be decorated by flower gardens. On top of the hill a hotel will be built. Around the hotel there will be a playing ground for children, conference hall and restaurant.
Furthermore, an education and cultural centre will be established in which young and old people will learn about the wonderful animal and botanical world. The aim is to raise awareness about the conservation of flora and fauna in Congo and Africa. Pictures and stuffed animals can be admired. Regularly nature films will be shown.
The Director directs the overall strategic planning, park and zoo operations, capital programming, public programming, development and marketing and communication strategies for the organization. S/He works on financial planning and budgeting strategy to ensure a strong stable organization. S/He is responsible for fostering relationships with donors at all levels, park users, and senior Congolese governmental officials. S/He directly supervises area managers and provides leadership to all levels of the organization. As administrator of the park, he/she is directly responsible for all day-to-day operations and strategic matters concerning all aspects of park and zoo maintenance, animal care, operations, communications and management.
MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES AND TASKS
The Director is responsible for the following key areas including, strategy development and execution; conditions of the park/operational; sales and marketing; fundraising; relationship with the Congolese authorities; animal care and housing, financial and overall management; capacity building of local staff.
SPECIFICATIONS (MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS)
Bachelor of Economics or in Biology, Ecology, or Wildlife management.
Ten years of senior management experience (preferably with a conservation and environmental stewardship organization).
Strong written and oral communication skills in English and French.
Experience in coaching and managing staff, setting and achieving strategic objectives, and managing a budget.
Experience in leading the development of programs and services.
The selected candidate will possess a powerful commitment/passion for zoo rehabilitation and propagation, public education about conservancy, and environmental stewardship
Capacity to excel in teamwork and to deal productively with a wide range of stakeholders.
Strong organizational and project planning skills
High level of integrity, team player, flexible, diplomatic and high resistance to stress.
Qualified applicants should have a CV (English or French) and a motivation letter in French.
Deadline for applications is 15 November 2016.