Appointment Brief

Appointment Brief Wetlands International Programme Director


Wetlands International is seeking a Program Director for the new Mangrove Capital Africa (MCA) programme. The Programme Director will be the lead representative, responsible for the development, implementation and reporting for the programme.

Wetlands International initiated the Mangrove Capital Africa (MCA) programme, funded by the DoB Ecology Foundation, to reduce the degradation of African mangroves, which is still high despite multiple interventions. The programme will combine the work of several Wetlands International offices with partners at national, regional and global level.

The successful candidate will be an experienced manager of complex international and cross-sector programmes in the field of sustainable development, agriculture, environment or natural resource management.


circa €47,000.00 + benefits

Person Specification

Essential Experience:    

  • Extensive experience in developing and implementing complex large scale programmes in a field relevant to sustainable development, environment and natural resource management;
  • Track record of managing donor funded programmes, budget management, reporting and resource mobilisation;
  • Extensive experience in negotiating, influencing and communicating with donors, multi-level counterparts and relevant programme stakeholders;
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in aligning strategy and approaches to achieve results and maximise impact;
  • Ability to work independently as part of multi-cultural teams in an international environment;
  • Proven track record in a senior management position in the NGO sector in West, Central or East Africa;
  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written): bilingual French and English.


  • Working experience of conservation and development projects in coastal environments;
  • Understanding of mangrove ecosystem dynamics.

Qualifications/ Education

  • Advance degree in Environmental Sciences, Sustainable Development or related fields.

Application Instructions

Oxford HR has been retained as an executive search consultancy to assist Wetlands International in finding suitable candidates for this role.

To apply for this post, please download and read the Appointment Brief, then complete our online application form. Please complete the form in sentence case – there is no need to use block capitals.

You will be asked to submit the following information:

  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae (of no more than 2-3 sides of A4)
  • A detailed statement (of no more than 2-sides of A4) explaining why you are interested in this post and giving evidence of how you meet the Person Specification criteria. (Please look at Help for Candidates for hints on how to write a successful statement).

The documents should be saved in Word in the following format:

Your First Name, Your Last Name, Document Name, and Date (yymm) e.g.:

Applications will not be accepted without a completed application form.

Wetlands International

Wetlands International is a global network organisation, with 20 offices that share the name and brand ‘Wetlands International’ and implement a joint ‘Strategic Intent’. The organisation has its head office in Ede-Wageningen (Netherlands), an African regional office based in Dakar and country offices in East and West Africa, among others.