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Afghanistan Country Director, WCS Asia Program

Wildlife Conservation Society
Afghanistan (AF)
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Oct 20, 2019

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Afghanistan Country Director, WCS Asia Program





Afghanistan Country Director, WCS Asia Program


Global Conservation Program, WCS Afghanistan

Reports to:

Regional Director, Inner Asia


Kabul, Afghanistan

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is an international conservation NGO headquartered at the Bronx Zoo in New York City working to save wildlife and wild lands and to meet global conservation challenges in over 60 countries in Africa, Asia, and the Americas. 

WCS began working in Afghanistan in 2004 and opened a full country program in 2006. With a staff of over 50 full-time national and international experts, the program has helped to draft many of Afghanistan’s environmental laws and regulations; trained thousands of Afghan community members, rangers, and government staff in natural resource management; built new community governance institutions; performed ground-breaking studies on a suite of wildlife including snow leopards and Marco Polo sheep; implemented cutting-edge disease, rangeland management, and conflict mitigation projects in their two key landscapes (Wakhan and Bamyan); and helped design and support management in Afghanistan’s first and second official protected areas, Band-e-Amir National Park (2009) and Wakhan National Park (2014). WCS is committed long-term to helping the people of Afghanistan build their capacity to protect their unique wildlife and wild landscapes.

Position Objectives

The WCS Afghanistan Country Director will be responsible for planning and supporting implementation of conservation projects and activities; managing and overseeing staff and program finances; fundraising and grant oversight; coordination with government and non-government partners; and providing vision and leadership for the WCS Program in Afghanistan.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Ensure program adheres to and achieves outputs and outcomes that directly support overall organizational strategy (e.g. WCS 2020) and country program strategy toward conservation of wildlife and wild places.
  • Coordinate and support all program initiatives while ensuring proper collection, analysis and publication of field data.
  • Hire, train, and supervise program staff; promote teamwork and provide feedback to staff.
  • Oversee financial management of the program.
  • Produce reports and other required documents (e.g., work plans, implementation plans, quarterly and annual reports, budget reports) for WCS, government partners and donors on schedule.
  • Work with WCS New York to identify opportunities for further funding for conservation work in Afghanistan
  • Work with WCS colleagues, the Afghan government, and international agencies to promote biodiversity conservation and influence policy in Afghanistan through attendance at conservation events, written outputs, interviews, and general communication. Direct international attention to important sites and species for conservation, and influence policies promoting their conservation.
  • Ensure that reports and other materials are accessible to the international community through publications, web sites, etc.
  • Ensure program implementation and outcomes are monitored and regularly evaluated. Ensure training and technical assistance to project personnel in implementing the framework and in promoting an adaptive management approach at site and project level
  • Provide oversight on project security, logistics and operations. Monitor the status of all field teams and ensure the maintenance and effective allocation of resources and equipment.


  • Candidate will hold a Ph.D. or a Master’s degree and equivalent experience in a field related to the conservation of biological diversity, preferably in an Asian context.
  • Minimum of ten years’ program management experience in conservation
  • Ability to foster teamwork within the program
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work in a range of cultural contexts
  • Significant and diverse fundraising experience
  • Commitment to WCS’s values of respect, accountability and transparency, innovation, diversity and inclusion, collaboration, and integrity.


Interested candidates, who meet the above qualifications, should apply by sending an application letter and CV together with the names and contact information of three references to  Please include “Afghanistan Country Director” in the subject line of your email. Candidates must also apply online via the WCS career portal at:  

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews.  The job will be filled when a suitable applicant is found, so interested applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.


The Wildlife Conservation Society, founded in 1895, has the clear mission to save wildlife and wild places across the globe. Our story began in the early 1900s when we successfully helped the American bison recover on the Western Plains. Today, we protect many of the world’s iconic creatures here and abroad, including gorillas in the Congo, tigers in India, wolverines in the Yellowstone Rockies, and ocean giants in our world’s amazing seascapes.

Since our founding, we have forged the power of our global conservation work and the management of our five parks in New York City to create the world’s most comprehensive conservation organization. We currently manage about 500 conservation projects in more than 60 countries; and educate millions of visitors at our five living institutions in New York City on important issues affecting our planet. Our parks include: the Bronx Zoo, New York Aquarium, Central Park ZooProspect Park Zoo, and Queens Zoo.

With a commitment to protect 50 percent of the world’s biodiversity, we address four of the biggest issues facing wildlife and wild places: climate change; natural resource exploitation; the connection between wildlife health and human health; and the sustainable development of human livelihoods. While taking on these issues, we work across 5.8 million square kilometers (3.6 million square miles), both land and sea, protecting 40 percent of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity and 55 percent of its marine biodiversity.

The WCS parks in New York City welcome 4 million visitors each year, and educate millions of schoolchildren on science and conservation issues.

Our history, dating back to ensuring the survival of the American bison, inspires our work each day. We hope our work in turn inspires millions to take action to protect the natural resources that are so important to all life on our fragile Earth.

Our mission statement

WCS saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature.

Our vision

WCS envisions a world where wildlife thrives in healthy lands and seas, valued by societies that embrace and benefit from the diversity and integrity of life on earth.

WCS Trustees & Senior Management

WCS’s staff and Board of Trustees work together as stewards of conservation around the globe and of cultural life in New York.

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