African Wildlife Foundation – Senior Officer, Youth Leadership.

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Position Summary

For more than 60 years, the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) has been a key leader in African conservation and sustainable development. AWF has identified large conservation landscapes that are essential to securing the future of Africa’s wildlife. Within these priority landscapes, AWF employs an integrated approach to conservation. As Africa progresses towards the sustainable development agenda, AWF and other conservation organizations in Africa need access to qualified program and technical leaders, well-trained in the conservation culture, methodologies, and ready to take on new challenges and new places.

AWF’s Conservation Leadership & Management Program (CLMP) is one strategy to develop this needed capacity. CLMP is an intensive one-year program that seeks to develop high-potential entry-mid career individuals that have been identified to take up higher leadership roles. Successful candidates will gain real-world experience and will have necessary leadership skills to serve in higher roles.

In addition, Africa boasts a large youth population, many of whom are dedicated in biodiversity conservation. While we have a vibrant youth population committed to biodiversity, they are often not skilled enough to contribute meaningfully to policy processes and there are limited opportunities for them to do so, both at a national and international level. It has also become evident in various meetings of Multilateral Environmental Agreements, including the Convention on Biological Diversity that African countries tend to have smaller delegations of negotiators and hence require both technical and non-technical support throughout the meetings.

There is therefore a greater need to build the capacity of young people, and nurture them to start contributing into policy making processing at different levels and build a succession plan such that in future, they become policy negotiators that are vested in the reality and interest of Africa. To this effect, AWF has establishment the Young African Policy Fellows (YAPF). An initiative that aims to:

  1. Equip African youth with necessary skills to be biodiversity policy negotiators.
  2. Involve African youth in the national and international policy making processes.
  3. Provide necessary support to the African Group of Negotiators on Biodiversity.

To achieve this, AWF is seeking to recruit an experienced individual to help lead the implementation of the Conservation Leadership and Management Programme, the Young African Policy Fellows programme and other Leadership programmes.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

Program Development & Management

  • Provide technical guidance to the implementing partners, identify and address key issues, harmonize technical objectives and approaches, formulate guidelines for the implementation of CLMP, Young African Policy Fellows and any other youth leadership trainings.
  • Coordinate the recruitment and supervision of experts/contract institutions as required to undertake tasks of the implementation of leadership training programmes.
  • Facilitate and train on various courses/modules as necessary
  • Plan the recruitment of trainee candidates each year for the above or other related leadership trainings as needed.
  • Develop workplan and curriculum and deliver on the leaderships trainings as scheduled
  • Coordinate the mentorship element of leadership trainings.
  • Plan and coordinate field trips for leadership trainings.
  • Ensure effective liaison and maintain good communication with relevant stakeholders in the region.
  • With guidance from the Senior Manager, Youth Leadership Program- maintain records on technical and financial aspects of program operation, including monitoring of project activities and their outcomes; as well as minutes, decisions and recommendations of meetings and workshops.

Partnership and Network Building

  • Establish and maintain partnerships that can support all leadership programmes.
  • In collaboration with the HR lead, facilitate external synergies/partnerships for CLMP & the Young African Policy Fellows.

Measuring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL)

  • Work with the AWF M&E global team to ensure that MEAL tools are developed, rolled out and analyzed according to institutional metrics; indicators are tracked; and findings inform the Youth Programming.
  • Coordinate with communications and the Knowledge management department teams so that most significant change stories are documented, filed and disseminated.

Administrative Support

  • Coordinate appointments, documents for signature/approval; monitor and follow up on issues and priorities; incoming correspondence and internal and external queries; draft and handle routine correspondence related to leadership trainings.
  • Set up and record all meetings with the external partners.
  • Perform ad hoc duties and other duties assigned by management.

Rights-based Conservation

Human rights are a guiding principle in the AWF Strategic Vision 2020-2030, embedded in our core principles and core values. AWF’s mission is to ensure that wildlife and wildlands thrive in modern Africa. AWF understands a modern Africa to be an Africa in which human rights are fulfilled and commits to respect, protect, and promote human rights at all times, irrespective of ethnic group, gender, race, sexual orientation, age, or class by adopting a rights-based conservation approach. The role holder will come in to contact with a wide range of stakeholders and will be required to demonstrate commitment to and a good understanding of AWF’s Rights Based Conservation approaches, values and principles.

Requirements
  • At least 5 years working experience in curating, facilitating and overseeing implementation of leadership programmes, preferably in the environmental sector.
  • A Bachelors in environmental sciences, conservation, business or social sciences. Experience in related disciplines (or) significant international experience can be substituted for degree relevance.
  • Extensive experience in the management and the delivery of complex leadership programs at national or regional levels.
  • Strong coordination skills including ability to provide technical guidance, and oversight, build strong teams, develop workplans, and manage budgets and project expenditures.
  • Good multi-cultural and interpersonal skills and experience in networking with partners at all levels (ministry, donors, private sector, NGOs and local community-based organizations).
  • Experience working with or in international organizations
  • Keen interest in Conservation and AWF’s mission
  • Proven written, analytical, presentation and reporting skills and computing skills.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English. Fluency in French is an added advantage.

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