Program Manager

Sahara Conservation Fund
Paris, France
Full time Staff

About the Sahara Conservation Fund

The Sahara Conservation Fund (SCF) is a pioneering international conservation organization working at the forefront of efforts to save the endangered wildlife of the Sahara and the Sahel. SCF’s mission is to conserve the wildlife, habitats and other natural resources of the Sahara and its bordering Sahelian grasslands, with the vision of a Sahara that is well conserved and where ecological processes function naturally, benefiting all inhabitants.

Since its founding in 2004, SCF has been instrumental in the protection and restoration of unique desert antelopes, such as the addax and scimitar-horned oryx, the establishment of one the largest protected areas in the world in Niger, the implementation of a recovery program for the planet’s largest bird, the North African ostrich, and has generally put Saharan wildlife on the global conservation agenda through a combination of field-work, communications, and outreach.

SCF has a growing portfolio of species-focused and landscape management initiatives, including a major new EU-funded project in Chad, and a broadening suite of partnerships. A new strategic plan has been developed, setting ambitious goals for the restoration of key species across the Sahara and Sahel, improving the management of the ecosystems they depend on, as well as amplifying SCF’s role as a leading global voice for the conservation of the region’s unique wildlife.  SCF is looking for an experienced Program Manager to help foster these achievements.

The Role

SCF is looking for an experienced and charismatic Program Manager for its activities in Africa. The Program Manager reports directly to the CEO and is based at SCF’s European office near Paris in France with significant travel/presence in SCF project areas.

S/he will be responsible for the development and guidance of the conservation program, projects and activities and to maintain and foster relationships with partner organisations and government bodies with whom SCF works. S/he is also responsible for the management of and support to program teams, providing them with leadership and coaching, as well as with technical and administrative support.

Person Specification

  • A dynamic and committed conservationist with substantial experience in field-based conservation in Africa
  • Proven skills and experience with community-based and landscape-level conservation and natural resource management initiatives
  • Working knowledge of pastoralism and rangeland management, environmental and social resilience
  • Willing and able to travel and work in offbeat places, with a positive multi-cultural outlook
  • Great team worker, able to both energize and support teams and partners to deliver quality and timely results
  • Right to work in France


  • A conservationist with substantial experience in field-based conservation in Africa.
  • Excellent fluency in French and fluent in English.
Closing date: 
21st August 2019