Country Representative

  • Full Time
  • Kathmandu
  • Applications have closed

Website Zoological Society of London


Position: ZSL Nepal Country Representative (Permanent/Full-time)

Salary: Competitive local terms and conditions (please enquire for full benefits package)
Location: Main base Kathmandu, ZSL Nepal with regular travel across Nepal to project sites.

Overview of the Role

Our work in Nepal couldn’t be more urgent. We are looking for a leader who shares this passion and commitment. Our Country Representative will bring together and drive our conservation strategy in Nepal, setting overall direction and leading a motivated team, ensuring accountability for meeting our ambitions and maintaining alignment with ZSL’s overarching priorities.

Key Responsibilities

You will be responsible for ensuring that ZSL maximises our impact on the issues that most matter to it. In particular you will:

  • Be responsible for all work that takes place for ZSL in Nepal, including responsibility of the delivery of work as ZSLs in-country representative to government and non-government partners
  • Leadership, management, and development of the ZSL Nepal team comprising with over two dozen staff
  • Maintain and expand ZSL presence and project partnerships in country by increasing our influence through fundraising opportunity, media and communications, and external engagement

Please click here for a full Candidate Pack.

The ideal candidate will:

Knowledge and skills

  • Substantial knowledge of relevant technical specialisms achieved through academic qualifications or equivalent by experience
  • Developed knowledge of the requirements of donor compliance and financial management
  • Excellent skills in developing partnerships, fundraising, donor strategies, and international relations
  • Proven skills in the coaching, development and management of effective and motivated teams, including distance management
  • Excellent English written and verbal communication skills
  • Solid understanding of the global development sphere with specific reference to conservation issues in Nepal and South Asia


  • Proven experience of a leadership role and responsibilities in a conservation-led organisation, including the management of a country-office or comparable environment
  • Significant experience of working in a role that focussed on national policy and technical areas including biodiversity, human-wildlife conflict, illegal wildlife trade, climate change, policy and/or community engagement
  • Demonstrated experience in developing, implementing and evaluating strategic plans and policy
  • Experience working with government and with donors/government aid agencies is essential
  • Experience of leading diplomatic communications, including through media and external representation opportunities to influence decision-makers, stakeholders and donors.

Our ZSL team is a local entity in Nepal, and a Nepalese leader is preferred as this role is not available as an international contract. We strongly encourage applications from all local backgrounds and celebrate the value of having a team of employees with diverse skills and experiences.

About Us

We’re ZSL, an international conservation charity. Through our unrivalled animal experts in our two zoos (London Zoo and Whipsnade Zoo), the work of our pioneering scientists, our dedicated conservationists, our purpose is to inspire, inform and empower people to stop wild animals going extinct. Our vision is a world where wildlife thrives and we’re working every day to achieve this. From investigating the health threats facing animals, to helping people and wildlife live alongside each other, we are committed to bringing wildlife back from the brink of extinction.

What do we offer?

At ZSL, we are proud of our approach to employee benefits. Our benefits include:

  • Our vision and purpose – you’ll work alongside colleagues who are passionate about science-led conservation, knowing that you will help us to inspire, inform and empower people to stop wildlife going extinct
  • Holidays – 19 days paid annual leave during each 12-month period worked, plus national and public holidays as per the Labor Act of Nepal.
  • Wellbeing – Accidental insurance for staff and medical insurance for staff (including family members)

To Apply

All correspondence should be via ZSL as we are not accepting applications via recruitment agencies for this position.

To apply for this position, please apply directly on our website by completing our online application form and submit your CV and supporting statement. The supporting statement should be no more than two pages long and explain why you are interested in this role and how your skills and experience make you a good fit.

Closing date for applications: Midnight (23:59 BST) on 30th July 2023

Provisional interview date: Week commencing 7th August 2023

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