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  • Posted on: 31 July, 2019 Deadline: Not Specified
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  • African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) is one of the leading international conservation organizations focused solely on the African continent. AWF works to ensure that the wildlife and wild lands thrive in modern Africa. The organization is seeking high-performing individuals to fill the position of Geographic Information System (GIS) Intern based at the AWF Spatial Analysis Laboratory.

    Learning & Development Officer


    Position Summary

    The Learning and Development Officer will be an integral member of the Human Resources Department and will support learning and professional staff development. The position will be responsible for training needs assessments, the creation and delivery of training programs, curricula development, competency mapping, internship management, providing support to the Conservation Management and Leadership Program and on-boarding & induction programs. This position will also support succession planning within the organization. The position aims to design programs that will expand talents and skills across all employees at all levels within an organization. The Learning and Development Officer will fundamentally assist in the organization’s success, by coaching and developing its people.


    • Work with relevant teams and leadership to coordinate the development, delivery and evaluation of staff learning and development programs
    • Contribute to the development and implementation of an annual corporate training plan and budget
    • Develop and facilitate relevant “in-house” training sessions / programs
    • Work with the line manager and others to develop programs that support career progression
    • Assist in the design of a structured internship program and coordinate the program
    • Undertake a competency mapping exercise to identify gaps and make recommendations on how to address the same
    • Coordinate the development, delivery and evaluation of a suite of management and leadership development programs
    • Identify training and development needs within an organization through job analysis, performance management and regular consultation with line managers across the organization
    • Champion, design and expand training and development programmes based on the needs of the organization and individuals
    • Plan and assess the ‘return on investment’ of any training or development programme
    • In collaboration with others in the HR team, develop effective induction programmes for new staff, trainees and Conservation Management Associates
    • Implement and administer regular staff surveys to get feedback on the development programs and discuss plans with managers
    • Contribute to the review of training, internship and CLMP policies and ensure they are aligned to the realities and best practices
    • Formulate individual learning plans
    • Assist in the design and implementation of succession plans
    • Amend and revise programmes as necessary, in order to adapt to changes occurring in the work environment
    • Support the redesign and establishment of an appropriate curricula of the Conservation Management and Leadership Program (CLMP) and in consultation with relevant technical teams coordinate the day to day aspects of the program
    • Research new technologies and methodologies in workplace learning and present this research and recommendations
    • Undertake any other relevant tasks as required


    • Bachelor’s degree in the Human Resources Management, social sciences or related. Masters will be an added advantage
    • Diploma in Human Resources Management
    • Member of the IHRM
    • CHRP certification or proof of ongoing training
    • At least 5+ years relevant experience in training/learning and development
    • Previous work in NGOs highly desired
    • Strong analytical and negotiation skills
    • Innovative and proactive nature of decision making
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills
    • Excellent interpersonal skills
    • Fluency in English. French proficiency is an advantage
    • Ability to manage sensitive and confidential matters with the highest level of professional
    • Ability to work as part of a team in a multicultural environment
    • Willingness to travel, sometimes to remote areas
    • As this position is heavily anchored in AWF’s conservation programs, the successful candidate must have a strong interest in and understanding of conservation

    Regional Director, West and Central Africa



    AWF is seeking a Regional Director for West and Central Africa Programmes to oversee the  implementation of AWF Programmes in DRC, Cameroon, Senegal, Nigeria and Niger as well as any other programmes developed in the region. The successful candidate will have practical experience in protected area management, land use planning, offset programs, working with communities and other stakeholders around protected areas and implementing programmes in Africa. This position will work with the Senior Director for Project Management and Patnerships  to ensure the effective implementation of its programmes in West and Central Africa. The position will report to the Senior Director for Project Management and Patnerships (SDPMP) and will be based in either Nairobi, Kenya or Yaounde, Cameroon. This position will entail at least 60% travel within the region.

    Key Duties and Responsibilities
    • Assist the SDPMD in providing overall leadership, management and accountability for the activities and performance of the AWF Programmes in West and Central Africa.
    • Spearhead AWFs’ efforts to improve the effectiveness of programmes being implemented in West and Central Africa through increasing the capacity of the field teams, providing them with the necessary logistical support and provide ongoing technical guidance to ensure programmes are well managed, are able to deal effectively with challenges and .
    • Represent AWF at meetings, events and field visits within the region
    • Determine which tools/approaches will best facilitate effective and sustainable conservation for targeted landscapes. Provide technical oversight and adaptive management strategies to ensure the effective and timely implementation of recommended tools/approaches.
    • Within W&CA, ensure that activities are consistent with donor expectations, including appropriate reporting and checkpoints, and are realistic and sufficiently detailed to be actionable by implementing staff.
    • Regularly question programmatic assumptions, plans and pace to ensure that AWF remains on a good course in West and Central Africa considering changing operational realities. Encourage similar good-natured analysis throughout the organization.
    • Ensure strong liaison between field teams, country offices (where appropriate) and Nairobi on issues of finance, procurement, administration and fund raising
    • Support the field teams with engagement with bi lateral donors for field visits, budget adjustments and any programme challenges
    • Identify and develop excellent working relationships with major partners and stakeholder groups such as local government, commercial institutions, and communities in Eastern Africa likely resulting in an MOU between major players as required.
    • Participate in the recruitment of staff and with doing regular staff assessments to ensure they are achieving their goals; have the resources they need to carry out their responsibilities and are motivated.
    • Work with the programme management system team to ensure effective implementation of the programme management tracking system and that the system provides useful feedback and support to the field managers.
    • Establish and enforce approval workflows to ensure adequacy and completeness of MOVs.
    • Work with the Knowledge Management team to ensure that AWF strategically expand its conservation footprint in W&CA
    • Represent AWF in relevant forums and meetings regarding Protected Area management and other conservation issues and provide support toward influencing policies that improve protected area management.
    • Increase AWF’s institutional knowledge of protected area management and management strategies, approaches and challenges across West & Central Africa.
    • Formulate AWF positions on various land-related matters.
    • Provide technical input to fundraising proposals as requested.
    • Provide any other relevant support and undertake assignments as needed by AWF
    • Bachelor’s Degree in natural resource management, or other field related to protected area management and project implementation.  Masters preferred
    • 10+ years of direct experience implementing programmes in Africa ensuring timely, efficient and successful implementation.
    • Experience in protected area management in West or Central Africa.
    • Experience working with Governments and Government agencies
    • Experience working with communities.
    • Experience negotiating with private sector operators.
    • Project management experience
    • Familiarity with land policies, trends in land issues in Africa.
    • Familiarity and successful experience with various land conservation mechanisms, such as leases, land use plans, conservancies.
    • Proficiency in both French and English (spoken and written) is required.
    • Outstanding interpersonal skills including the ability to work with a variety of landowners, build coalitions, negotiate, and manage conflict.
    • Excellent communication skills.
    • Ability to produce well written reports, legal documents and agreements.
    • Ability to problem solve in a creative way.
    • Commitment to AWF and its mission

    Method of Application

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