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Land Conservation Director

  • Posted on Wednesday, January 8, 2014
  • Flexible

AWF is currently seeking for a high performing Land Conservation Director (LCD) with practical on-the-ground experience conserving and managing land in Africa. Reporting to the Vice President Conservation Strategy, this position will lead AWF’s land and habitat conservation program. The LCD will work to increase the amount of land under conservation and to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of management systems for conservation land in Africa.

Key Responsibilities

  • Help AWF increase conservation land through the establishment of conservation areas that may include conservancies, management agreements, and protected areas; draft the required legals instruments needed to formalize protection, and provide ongoing techincal guidance to ensure such instruments are stewarded through to execution.
  • Determine which tools/approaches will best facilitate effective and sustinable conservation for targeted landscapes. Provide technical oversight and adaptive management strategies to ensure the effective and timely implementation of recommended tools/approaches.
  • Establish AWF’s tools and systems around management of conservation properties across a variety of land uses, such as wildlife conservancies, protected areas, livestock and wildlife ranches.
  • Oversee the recruitment and supervision property managers for conservation properties managed directly by AWF . Ensure that properties are managed effectively from a conservation standpoint, while protecting AWF from risk by limiting legal liabilities, maintaining proper insurances, and ensuring ongoing compliance with statutory requirements. Oversee financial management of properties, bringing in technical expertise as necessary, to ensuring that potential economic benefits are maximized, consistent with AWF’s conservation goals.
  • Work with partners to ensure effective and efficient conservation management and ensure proper management systems are in place for other conservation properties of interest to AWF but not managed directly by AWF.
  • Represent AWF in relevant forums and meetings regarding land conservation issues, and provide support toward influencing land related policies.
  • Increase AWF’s institutional knowledge of land protection and management strategies, approaches and challenges across East, West, and Southern Africa.
  • Formulate AWF positions on various land-related matters.
  • Provide technical land management and conservation input to fundraising proposals as requested.



  • MSc, JD or PhD in natural resource management, law, busines or other field related to land conservation. 
  • 8+ years of direct experience in land conservation in Africa
  • Experience overseeing management of a conservancy, conservation ranch or other relevant conservation land.
  • Experience negotiating land transactions for conservation purposes
  • Experience working with landowners, communities and private sector operators.
  • Experience implementing a portfolio of projects, ensuring timely, efficient and successful implementation.
  • Familiarity with land policies, and trends in land issues in Africa and successful experience with various land conservation mechanisms, such as leases, land use plans, conservancies.
  • Proficiency in both English (spoken and written) is required, French is a plus.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills including the ability to work with a variety of landowners, build coalitions, negotiate, and manage conflict.
  • Ability to produce well written reports, legal documents and agreements.
  • Ability to creatively solve problems.
  • Commitment to AWF and its mission.


Only candidates that have direct experience protecting and/ or managing land will be considered

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