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Project Coordinator - Lesio Louna Reserve Congo (Protection des Gorilles)

Reference   (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors Nature Conservation, Ecology, GIS
Salary (Minimum)
Salary (Maximum)
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Mid Level
Deadline 30/08/2022
Company Name The Aspinall Foundation
Contact Name Sophia Fagan
Telephone 01303234171
Email animal.records@aspinallfoundation.org
Website Further Details / Applications
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ToR Coordinator, Projet Lesio-Louna (PLL), Congo-Brazzaville

Réserve Lesio-Louna: Objectives, Activities

The Lesio-Louna Reserve was created the 31/12/99 by presidential decree. It is a Congolese government reserve and a Congolese government text. The Reserve was expanded through another presidential decree on 20/07/2009. The main aims of the Lesio-Louna Reserve are given as:

-          To assure the reintroduction (“réinsertion”) of orphan gorillas, captive-bred gorillas and other wildilife;

-          To protect the gorillas and the ecosystem of the reserve;

-          To organise and promote education, training, outreach, and biodiversity research;

-          To promote and develop, in collaboration with appropriate services, tourism (“de vision”);

-          To organise, with local community participation, an integrated system of natural resource protection in the reserve. 

Projet Lesio-Louna (PLL) management structure

The Projet Lesio-Louna is a collaborative project between the Ministry of Forest Economy of the Congolese government (MEF-Congo) and The Aspinall Foundation, for the management of the Lesio-Louna Reserve (RNGLL). The project Coordination team consists of representatives of both partners, usually comprising a Reserve Manager (“Conservateur”) and one or two Assistants (“Conservateur Adjoints”) from MEF-Congo, and a Coordinator and Administrator from Aspinall. Project staff are employed by the different partners depending on their roles in the project. 

Responsibilities of PLL Coordinator

-          Supervision and management of Aspinall-Congo staff (administrative and field staff)

-          Transmission of official letters to MEF and validation of time sheets and PALF payslips

-          Maintain and develop cooperation with TAF partners in Congo (MEF,ACFAP, EU and others)

-          Programme project activities in collaboration with TAF UK management team

-          Liaise with other NGOs inside and outside the country

-          Coordinate a wildlife management plan in general, and in particular for the gorillas of the reserve, before and after their reintroduction, and ensuring the welfare of the gorillas under the care of the project.

-           Improve wildlife monitoring with camera-traps in the RNGLL, including a particular emphasis on the habitat of Bouvier's red colobus and other endangered wildlife in the region in accordance with ongoing projects (currently including IUCN-SOS and BIOPAMA projects).

-          Improve overall monitoring of the reserve including the most remote areas

-          Develop of a management plan for the RNGLL

-          After agreement with TAF’s Director of overseas projects, prepare steering committees in accordance with the memorandum of understanding with MEF

-          In collaboration with the Administrator, respond to concerns about project at a local level and notify the Director of overseas projects

-          Update websites with the support of the Administrator

-          Establish and supervise a maintenance schedule for project vehicles, boats, buildings and other equipment

-          Write grant proposals as agreed with TAF's Director of Overseas Projects

-          Ensure appropriate training and supervision of all staff

-          Report to TAF's Overseas Projects Director on project progress (monthly and annual reports, plus regular WhatsApp communication)

-          Report to MEF-Congo and ACFAP if necessary and as agreed with TAF's Overseas Projects Director

Reporting to TAF Director of Overseas Projects   


Applicants must be fluent in French and high level of spoken and written English. 

Location of work

Most of the time will be spent in the Lesio-Louna Reserve, based at the Abio II camp but with time also at other field camps in the Reserve, and on camping missions. Some work will need to be undertaken in the capital city of Brazzaville.


Accommodation will be provided in the Lesio-Louna Reserve, and in Brazzaville when necessary.


Paid annual leave of absence will be granted during the period of the contract or pro rata on the basis of completed calendar months. Details to be discussed with applicant.


Medical insurance and evacuation cover will be provided.

Length of contract

The contract is for a period of two years from date of signing. 


Salary to be discussed dependent on experience. 

Rations/ Benefits

Perdiem allowance to be discussed with the applicant / one return flight ticket per 12-month period 


Sophia Fagan


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