Angola Country Director

The Nature Conservancy

What We Can Achieve Together:

The Country Director will provide strategic direction to the Angola Country Program, manage staff, and lead the development and implementation of the Angola strategy. The position will oversee operations, which include resource mobilization, partner relations, staff supervision, recruitment, escalated problem resolution, and coordination. The Country Director will supervise a team of staff involved in the delivery of conservation programs/projects in the Angola country office and will report to our Program Delivery Director.

We’re Looking for You:

The Country Director serves as the principal contact for government agencies and other strategic partners. They will develop and maintain key partnerships with international, regional, national, and local governmental, multilateral, bilateral, private, and non-governmental organizations that help advance TNC’s conservation objectives in the country and the continent. The Country Director plays a leading role in donor identification and cultivation of partnerships to establish TNC as a major conservation partner in the country. They will also lead implementation of all Angola Conservation Programs, coordinate and support activities while liaising with a range of stakeholders both internally and externally.

Specifically, the Country Director will deliver:

  • Strategic Leadership

    • Develop country strategic plan and ensure its implementation, monitoring, evaluation and learning progress review.
    • Provide TNC leadership with an account of the country impact and targets aligned with the overarching strategic goals.
    • Provide leadership for the establishment and implementation of TNC regional and global strategy projects and initiatives in Angola to ensure they are aligned with and contribute to the country strategic plan.
  • Program Management

    • Provide implementation oversight of all in country programs and projects.
    • Ensure all in country programs and projects are implemented on time and on budget.
    • Provide oversight of in country projects and program adaptation and provide quarterly program reviews and monitoring updates.
    • Develop and monitor country budget in line with allocated funds, in close collaboration with the strategy leads, the project/program leads and the finance team.
    • Provide oversight of in country budget management, including operational costs and risks for budget adjustments.
  • Fundraising

    • Play a key role in fundraising and reporting to donors by working closely with our private and public fundraising teams.
  • Policy & Partnership Management at National Level

    • Provide oversight for policy development towards aligning TNC conservation goals to the development agenda of a country.
    • Manage and monitor relationships with country-specific partners including government, communities, key stakeholders, and implementation partners.
    • Relay feedback from partners to the rest of the organization.
  • People management

    • Be responsible for day-to-day management of all staff in-country.
    • Manage and/or mentor multi-disciplinary administrative and conservation staff and be responsible for performance management, training, and career development.
    • Facilitate effective collaboration and communication across multiple departments and teams in–country using matrix management principles.
    • Make in-country hiring decisions.

What You’ll Bring:

  • BA/BS degree and 10 years’ experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience directing a major program or project of strategic importance, including management/supervision of multi-disciplinary teams and meeting deadlines.
  • Fundraising experience, including identifying donor prospects and donor cultivation
  • Experience working with current trends and practices in conservation in Africa and specifically Angola.
  • Supervisory experience, including motivating, leading, setting objectives, and managing performance.
  • Experience in partnership development with non-profit partners, community groups and/or government agencies.
  • Experience negotiating complex project deals with government and non-government partners.
  • Experience influencing, developing, and implementing conservation policy and plans at the province or country level.
  • Experience with financial management of a large program.
  • Communicating clearly via written, spoken, and graphical means, in English and Portuguese.


  • Multi-lingual and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Over 12 years’ experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Developing practical applications of scientific concepts and technical innovations for conservation purposes.
  • Knowledge of methods and standards of biodiversity information systems and initiatives and experience conceiving and implementing strategic initiatives.
  • Politically savvy.

How to apply

Interested candidates are encouraged to visit our website careers portal login to and search for the Job ID 54378 to apply by May 29, 2024.

Deadline: 29-May-24