Communications Officer (Project financed by the European Union for the Rehabilitation of Upemba National Park)
Frankfurt Zoological Society
Location: Democratic Republic of Congo
Last Date: November 22, 2010
Project financed by the European
Union for the Rehabilitation of Upemba National Park in the Province of Katanga,
Democratic Republic of Congo.
opportunity is available for a PR or Media studies graduate with a keen interest
in Africa to develop the profile of a newly established
conservation project in one of the most remote and challenging parts of the
Democratic Republic of Congo. The position will be based at the project camp in
Lusinga Ranger Station, Upemba National Park, Katanga. Basic accommodation will
be provided by the project, but there is no access to schooling and limited
access to healthcare, although use of the project aircraft will be provided in
case of emergencies. This is an incredible opportunity for someone with a sense
of adventure, looking for a challenge, who would also like to make a significant
contribution to the rehabilitation and conservation of one of Congo’s most
spectacular National Parks.
Description of Offer
Place of work:
Upemba National Park, but travel to other project sites within country may be
Country of work: Democratic Republic of Congo
Closing date: 22nd November 2010
Zoological Society stands for a world in which biodiversity values are
recognised and maintained, in order to ensure a high quality of life for current
and future generations.
Within this context, our mission is to protect the natural diversity of
species in important ecosystems across the globe – in partnership with and for
maintains long-term conservation programmes in Africa, Latin America, Asia and
Europe. All programmes focus on:
Capacity building for effective ecosystem management
Strengthening protected area operations in key ecosystems
Development of policies, plans and awareness to support
effective ecosystem management
Development of monitoring and research to increase
understanding of ecosystem processes
Involvement of local communities in the management and
sustainable use of natural resources
Development of sustainable financing of ecosystem management.
Africa Programme is the Society’s largest and oldest. The Programme works in
seven African focal countries: Tanzania, Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo,
Ethiopia, Zimbabwe and Zambia. FZS’ first overseas conservation activities were
launched in Tanzania more than half a century ago. Tanzania remains the major
focus of our conservation efforts, with the flagship being the Serengeti
ecosystem, in which the FZS Africa Regional Office is situated. For more
information on the Society, please visit our website at
FZS in the DRC
has supported biodiversity conservation in the Democratic Republic of Congo
since the 1950s and has recently been asked by the Congolese government to help
rehabilitate Upemba National Park with funding from the European Union.
Park is located between Latitude 9°5’ and 8°45’ South and Longitude 25°50’ and
27°10’ East. At the time of its creation on the 15th May 1939 the park had a
surface area of 17,730km2 and was the largest park in Africa. In July 1975, the
limits were revised and today the integral park has an area of 10,000km2 with an
annex of a further 3,000km2.
This is a new
project that will be operating in a park that has historically received very
little international support, and it will be the first time ever that an
international NGO is based within the park borders. Living conditions are basic
and stability in country varies daily. The project aims to develop a park
management plan, providing anti-poaching training and field equipment for park
rangers, build critical park infrastructure and reintroduce wildlife into newly
secured areas within the park.
projects in the Congo have only recently begun implementing exposure through
media and other relations. The Communications Officer is expected to help
jump-start these activities with a hard-working, self-driven approach. The
Communications Officer is expected to take the lead on developing the website
and proactively encouraging rangers and project staff to contribute photos and
information on a regular basis. The Communications Officer must be well
organized and flexible, and comfortable working in a multicultural environment
and meeting tight deadlines.
Assist in developing the FZS DRC website featuring Upemba National Park
Write and edit the daily blog entries to boost readership, generate back
links, improve blog ranking and encourage online donations.
Create and manage innovative web-based campaigns to generate publicity and
funds for Upemba’s Wildlife Rangers.
Produce digital media content in Upemba National Park for the website and
other sources (eg donors); digital media will be a key component of the FZS
Manage digital media relationship with partners to boost visibility of Upemba;
this includes managing a large digital media database.
Overall management of blog to boost profile of Upemba Rangers online,
including involvement in website development and functionalities.
Produce additional promotional/information materials for FZS and Upemba
Maintain FZS DRC PR and interlink and support HQ PR
Organize film crews and all media personnel visiting the project
write and edit internal and external reports for HQ, donors and project
Manage the FZS/DRC photo and video database and make photos and updates
available for the FZS Gorilla newsletter and other publications
and experience – required:
Native English or
French with proficiency in the other language;
blogging and social networking;
writing Press Releases and working with journalists
working on a team;
Abilty to work in
demanding field conditions;
during times of high risk when partial or total evacuation may be necessary
and experience – desired:
An interest in
film and video editing
Terms of contract
with a three-month trial period.
Six weeks of paid
holiday per annum
Air travel from
home base to DRC at the start of contract, and return flight at the end of
Degree or equivalent
should include a letter of interest in English stating your availability, an
up-to-date CV, and the names and addresses of three referees.
If you have any
portfolio that displays your work experience in this field, please provide
reference/access to that material.
The letter of
interest should include answers to the following questions:
What led you to
apply for this position?
What is the
single most important technical ability that you would bring to this job?
you to apply for a job in such a challenging environment?
What are your
three most important personal characteristics that will help you succeed in
Candidates should send this information to the following mail address:
firstname.lastname@example.org - closing date is
22nd November 2010.
selected will be contacted.
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