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Classroom Africa is African Wildlife Foundation’s (AWF) education program that seeks to improve educational outcomes for children in schools based in communities within or adjacent to critical wildlife habitats. By improving access to quality education, AWF promotes greater participation in, and support for, conservation efforts among surrounding communities and nurtures Africa’s future conservation leaders.
Since its inception in 2013, Classroom Africa has focused on building world class primary schools in rural areas and has achieved remarkable success in six primary schools across landscapes: Zambia-1, Tanzania-1, DR Congo-1, Ethiopia-1, and Uganda-2.
Infrastructure development in schools is a critical foundation for quality education, but delivering improved educational outcomes must also include: teacher professional development, community sensitization, mentorship and support to co-curricular initiatives that include conservation education. Further, promoting a sustainable model that aims to build a sense of ongoing community ownership towards conservation education programs is key to attain this. These prompted Classroom Africa to come up with its new three-year strategy (2020-2023) dubbed “Classroom Africa V2.0”
In line with AWF’s 2020-2030 Strategic Vision, Classroom Africa v2.0 aims to;
i. Inspire, identify and nurture future leaders through provision of a quality education
ii. Promote awareness through conservation education to support sustainable conservancies and protected areas
iii. Support efforts to reduce community engagement in illegal wildlife trade (IWT) by stimulating a change in perception in children at an early age
Within this new strategy, Classroom Africa will aim at reaching an average of 2,650 children annually in the 5 countries mentioned above and in addition to close to 11,900 annually from the new focal landscapes in Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Cameroon- with access to an education that inspires conservation.
To contribute to this, Classroom Africa will support conservation education program, teachers and school committee training and provision/improvement of additional school resources that promote both increased access and sustainability.
To support the above, AWF seeks to hire a conservation education officer to be based in the Tsavo- Mkomazi Office in Voi and roam around the countries with CA’s programs in Africa.
· Support all school-based conservation education interventions across the landscapes
· Work closely with the line manager to prepare quarterly work plans for all conservation education projects and activities of the different landscapes
· Support and guide school communities in planning, prioritizing and implementing natural resources management activities based on the AWF Strategy for the landscape
· Contribute to the development and implementation of land use plans by mobilizing school communities and ensuring children’s voices are heard in the processes
· Establish good working relationships with local communities, the Ministry of Education and other conservation stakeholders in the landscapes
· Ensure a Right Based Approach to AWF programmatic interventions within the landscape in relation to communities
· Conduct awareness training and educational activities which assist communities in supporting AWF’s conservation efforts in the community
· As needed, support data collection for targeted schools and school communities residing around Protected Areas.
· Submit reports on the different donors across landscapes in consultation with the line manager and partners across the landscapes
· Participate in the generation of media articles in collaboration with the line manager and field communications manager in accordance with the AWF Communication guidelines and policies
· Any other relevant duties as assigned by line manager
· Bachelor’s Degree in Community Development or Natural Resources Management or any conservation-related field.
· A minimum of 5 years working experience in community based natural resource conservation
· Familiarity with dynamic and key issues relating to community-based wildlife conservation in Africa
· Direct experience of conservation and fieldwork in Kenya
· Ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of stakeholders
· Ability to work within a multicultural and multi-ethnic setting
· Fluency in spoken and written English. French is an added advantage
· Computer literacy and ability to work efficiently in word, excel, PowerPoint and internet skills
· Willingness to work long hours when required, regular travel within a number of countries in Africa and occasionally over weekends
· Good oral, presentation and written communication skills
· Good interpersonal skills
· Ability to appreciate diversity such as gender, race and ethnic tribe
· Ability to work under extreme pressure and meet deadlines with minimal supervision.