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Workshop Manager Vacancy

The Chinko Project is looking for an experienced Workshop and Infrastructure Manager to join our team in the Central African Republic. The position requires both technical and managerial skills. You will be responsible for the management and the smooth running oversight of the workshop of the garage, including the maintenance of all vehicles, tractors, generators and other machinery on site.. The position requires excellent management and training skills, as you will be leading and training teams of skilled and unskilled workers of up to 50 people. You will be leading by example, not afraid of pulling up your sleeves and getting your hands dirty, while doing the necessary repairs and training the local workforce. 

The Chinko Project is managing a 17,600Km2 nature reserve in the south eastern part of the Central African Republic. You will be living on site in a remote camp on the reserve. The accommodation is basic, but with regular internet access, running water and electricity.

The project has a varied fleet of vehicles  which includes: Toyota Landcruisers, Caterpillar bull, dozers, Scania trucks, tractors, graders as well as a range of small plant and generators. These machines require on-going maintenance due to poor roads and the difficult terrain. Overall responsibility is supervisory and managerial, with achieving a fully functional, cost effective program that can function under the supervision of the existing local staff.

Key responsibilities

  • Taking operational responsibility of the workshop facility, including preparation of annual budgets
  • Ensuring and training technical staff to achieve required standard of excellence
  • Implement best practice systems for the workshop facility eg. 5S, ISO
  • Implement maintenance schedules for the fleet and machinery
  • Ensuring timeous repair and delivery of vehicles to the project operations team
  • Ensuring the implementation of systems to ensure cost containment while working in collaboration with the Finance Department
  • Implementing stock control systems eg InFLow and management of the minimum and maximum stock levels
  • Planning the technical requirements and procurement of the correct equipment required to successfully implement the project
  • Oversight of all financial management and reporting
  • Oversight and supervision of the purshasing and ordering of stock  
  • Monthly, quarterly and annual reporting


  • Management skills and in particular technical experience in light and heavy diesel engines
  • Proven ability to manage a large workshop in a remote location 
  • Being able to plan well in advance and, at the same time, adapt to ever-changing circumstances
  • Ability to communicate in English, French and/or Sango

Additional skills

  • Senior management experience managing a workshop
  • Experience of managing and maintaning earth moving machinery, as well as rural road construction, would be considered a significant benefit.
  • Business background, if possible familiarity or experience with businesses  such as  conservation management, mining and development

We offer

  • 2 year contract with possibility of extension. (Three months’ duty – three weeks off, rotation schedule).
  • Evacuation and medical insurance.
  • All expenses paid, including housing, meals, visa, transport, etc.
  • Competitive salary.

How to apply

Send your CV and cover letter to Recruitment on rolling basis and the position will be filled once we have the right candidate. 

About Chinko Project

The Chinko Project sustainably manages a nature reserve in the heart of Africa – one of the last pristine mosaics of wooded savannah and tropical lowland rainforest deep within the Central African Republic. This project goes beyond conservation, it represents hope for stability and governance in one of the poorest regions on earth with an endless history of corruption, depletion of natural resources and military conflicts.

We are passionate about Central Africa – for both its wildlife and people – and believe there is a way for both to coexist. The Chinko Project, as a governing body, supports local communities, protects the ecosystem, and maintains economic value through tourism – providing the key to a sustainable future for this thriving ecosystem. More information on:

Chinko Project is a proud member of African Parks


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