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The African Forest Forum (AFF) is an association of individuals who share the pursuit and commitment to the sustainable management, use and conservation of the forest and tree resources of Africa for the betterment of the socio-economic wellbeing of its people and for the stability and improvement of its environment. The purpose of AFF is to provide a platform and create an enabling environment for independent and objective analysis, advocacy and advice on all relevant policy and technical issues pertaining to achieving sustainable management, use and conservation of Africa’s forest and tree resources as part of efforts to reduce poverty, protect the environment and promote economic and social development.


The position

The African Forest Forum is recruiting for the position of a Senior Programme Officer (SPO) to be based at its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, reporting to the Executive Secretary through the Head of Programmes Management Unit (PMU). The SPO shall work on tasks related two projects implemented by AFF on “Strengthening Sustainable Forest Management in Africa” and “African Forests, People and Climate Change”.


About the two projects

The two projects have several components focussing on:

• Managing partnership platforms through which stakeholders identify challenges to sustainable management of forests and trees and co-create solutions;

• Enhancing sustainable management practices to improve resilience of trees and forests to adverse effects of climate change, and up-scale promising approaches that support livelihoods;

• Generating evidence based information to support efforts in forest law enforcement, promotion of good forest governance and fair trade in forest products and services;

• Strengthening the capacity of institutions and individuals to achieve forest compatible development;

• Strengthening Africa’s capacity in regional and international engagements and facilitate mainstreaming of decisions from the same.

• Improving knowledge and capacity of African stakeholders in managing forests and landscapes in the context of climate change.

Informing and contributing to the shaping of policies and initiatives relevant to forests and climate change.

• Collation, synthesis and dissemination of critical information and knowledge to stakeholders through publications in peer reviewed journals, policy briefs, factsheets, working papers and other avenues.


Duties and responsibilities:

The SPO should work closely with the two project leaders on the following:

• Planning and implementation of project activities

• Developing annual plans of work and budgets as well as reports for discussion and approval by the Project Steering and Advisory Committee (PSAC)

• Securing the attainment of project objectives and other deliverables

• Ensuring quality assurance with respect to project outputs

• Identification and securing implementation of project changes and interventions to achieve project outputs

• Facilitating the undertaking of project evaluations and assessment of results.

• Assist the project leaders on any other duties, as well as any other responsibilities as may be directed by the Executive Secretary.


Key competencies and skills:

• Good communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills

• Good leadership qualities especially with respect to planning, organisation, critical thinking and decision making

• Efficient team management skills

• Ability to resolve conflicting situations

• Computer or technical knowledge

• Effective problem-solving skills

• Adaptability and stress tolerance


Qualification and experience:

• Ph.D. in forestry, environment, natural resources management or related area;

• A minimum of 5 years of post Ph. D. experience;

• Must have the capacity and demonstrated experience in the leadership of projects and programmes in forestry;

Must have the capacity and demonstrated experience in application of forest science to the management of natural resources;

• Must be a good team player;

• Excellent written and oral communication skills in either English or French; working knowledge of the other will be an added advantage.


Terms of offer:

AFF and ICRAF are equal opportunity employers and offer a collegial and gender-sensitive working environment, and we strongly encourage applications from qualified women. This position is remunerated on regional terms. The appointment will be for an initial period of two (2) years, subject to a nine (9) months’ probation period.


How to apply

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Applications will be considered until 20th December, 2017, please note that only short-listed applicants meeting the above requirements will be contacted.

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