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  • Posted: Sep 8, 2021
    Deadline: Sep 17, 2021
  • The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is an international non-governmental organization founded in 1961, working in the field of the wilderness preservation, and the reduction of humanity's footprint on the environment. It was formerly named the World Wildlife Fund, which remains its official name in Canada and the United States.
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    Project Intern: Amboseli-Chyulu Sub-Landscape

    Position period: 6 months
    Reports to: Amboseli-Chyulu Sub-Landscape Coordinator
    Supervises: None 
    Location: Loitokitok sub-county, Kajiado County


    The intern will support effective coordination, management and implementation of the IKI-Large-scale Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) in Africa. The project aims to restore 25,000 hectares covering Loitokitok Forest Reserve, agricultural areas and rangelands within the sub-county. The project will be implemented in close collaboration with government departments, Civil Society Organisations, private sector and other stakeholders.


    • Responsible for assisting coordination of project activities on daily basis
    • Assist in data collection and entry
    • Assist in planning and running project meetings by providing logistical support
    • Ensure the tree nursery is well managed by closely working with KFS and CFA teams
    • Assist in documentation of restoration work through data capture and storage
    • Assist in community mobilization through correspondence and field visits
    • Provide support in project monitoring and evaluation
    • Assist in tree species identification and labelling whenever required
    • Assist to organize and execute landscape restoration activities
    • Perform any other duties as may be assigned by the Line Manger


    Key Skills/ Competencies 

    • Data collection, analytical skills including use of Microsoft Office packages
    • Good interpersonal skills with the ability to work with diverse teams
    • Ability to work independently and effectively under pressure of strict deadlines. 
    • Background and expertise in Environmental and Natural Resource sciences

    Qualification and Experience

    • At least a diploma in Environmental or Natural Resource sciences. A diploma in a related area of study will also be considered.
    • Experience in working  with the community in Loitokitok subcounty

     Working Relationships 

    Internal: Interacts frequently with theme leaders, Coordinators/ Managers, Projects Officers, Consultants, researchers and All WWF-Kenya staff 
    External: Interacts frequently with WWF sub-landscape staff, county government departments and other agencies, conservation officials in the county, development agencies, CBOs and NGOs in the Amboseli-Chyulu sub-landscape.
     This job description covers the main tasks. Other tasks may be assigned as necessary according to organisational needs.

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    Project Intern – Circular Economy Initiative

    Reports to: Programme Officer – Circular Economy Initiative
    Location: Ukunda, Kwale County, Kenya
    Duration: 4 months

    Position Summary: 

    Plastic waste is choking our planet – polluting the air, water, and soil. As this crisis spreads to every corner of the globe, WWF is leading the charge to help reimagine how we source, design, dispose of, and reuse the plastic materials communities most depend upon. WWF is fighting for a world with no plastic in nature by 2030. The initiative works under the three pillars of promoting business innovation, supporting cities’ transition to plastic smart cities and working with governments to develop policies that promote a plastic circular economy.
    It’s a world where people and nature thrive together. Join us.

    Major Function:

    Support the implementation and research of an effective Circular Economy Initiative programme strategy including proactive engagement with ongoing projects on  in WWF-Kenya with a vision of No Plastics in Nature by 2030

    Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Work in close partnership with plastics circular economy initiative team to develop and implement WWF-Kenya’s plastics circular economy strategy
    • Stay updated on the market situation for the plastic circular economy in Kenya. Including collection rates, recycling rates, value chain analysis, laws and regulations, production volumes, prices, trends, etc
    • Support in strengthening institutional capacities of stakeholders in the plastic recycling value chain in Coastal Kenya and ensure they are effectively participating in the plastic circular economy. This includes facilitating training of the various stakeholders in plastic recycling value chain in Coastal Kenya including collectors/sorters/recyclers
    • Develop reports based on specific project implementation outputs.
    • Support communities to gain access to information, resources, other relevant stakeholders and opportunities that are likely to empower them to promote a plastic circular economy
    • Remain abreast of topical developments and scientific studies related to plastics circular economy that would promote community participation in improving the plastic value chain
    • On behalf of WWF-Kenya, establish good working relationships with local communities and their leaders, and endeavour to uphold the reputation of WWF
    • Maintain/strengthen the institutional linkages already established, with communities at the project site level and support conservation group activities and self-help projects aimed at alleviating poverty
    • In collaboration with WWF-Kenya Communications Unit, contribute to periodic publications and features on community engagement
    • Undertake other duties as assigned by the Plastics Circular Economy Initiative Programme Officer and the Coastal Kenya programme Manager
    • In all activities ensure, and support others to uphold WWF’s social policies


    Required Qualifications and Experience

    • A graduate student OR recent recipient of bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering or Natural Resources or Environmental Management or Project Management or Ecology or any other related field. 
    • At least 3 months to 1-year work experience in natural resource management, waste management, recycling or petrochemical or polymer industry.
    • Knowledge and experience of working with rural and urban communities and government agencies will be essential
    • Good analytical and communication skills both verbal and writing, good presentation and interpersonal skills
    • Creative, innovative, “thinking out of the box” mentality, solution finder
    • Agile, self-starter with an ability to work autonomously
    • Team player that thrive in cross-departmental cooperation
    • High mobility, willingness to travel and open to other cultures
    • Fluent and elaborate speaker in both English and Kiswahili

    Required Skills and Competencies

    • Basic knowledge of all grades of plastics, their end uses, and market purchase and sale values
    • Basic understanding of the supply and demand cycles and market influence factors, competitors and trade prices of the plastic value chain
    • Basic knowledge in the fields of natural resource management, plastic waste, waste hierarchy, sustainable consumption, circular economy and material cycle is an added advantage
    • Basic knowledge of financial reporting, especially of project tracking and reporting of expenditure
    • Adaptable, flexible, able to take initiative and prioritize among competing demands
    • Adherence to WWF Kenya’s core values, which are: Credible, Responsive, Innovative, Determined, Inspiring & Collaborative.

    Working Relationships

    Internal:  Interacts frequently with Programme Managers, Coordinators, Projects Officers, Consultants, researchers and All WWF-Kenya staff
    External: Interacts frequently with WWF Regional and International staff, Government ministries, departments and agencies, CSOs, Private sector, Professional bodies, development agencies, other NGOs, INGOs and donors.
    This job description covers the main tasks. Other tasks may be assigned as necessary according to organisational needs.

    Method of Application

    Please apply with your CV and cover letter as one file with the Job Title of Position applied for on the subject line to: [email protected] to be received no later than 17th September 2021. We will not accept applications without a CV and cover letter.

    • Work permit restrictions may apply.
    • WWF is an equal opportunity employer and committed to having a diverse workforce

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