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Offer: African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) Conservation Management Training Program - Application deadline: April 30, 2013


Conservation Management Training Program

AWF is currently pursuing a growth agenda, looking to more than 25 conservation landscapes in which to expand its program operations. To recruit and develop the talent needed for this this growth, AWF created the Conservation Management Training Program (CMTP). CMTP participants have the opportunity to propel their careers forward by working under the direct mentorship of AWF’s various program leaders.

Program Structure

CMTP is not an internship. It is a serious and competitive position where, over the course of two years, participants will gain real-world working experience and knowledge in their chosen fields of expertise. Comprised into three sections, the program structure of CMTP is as follows:

1: Three-month orientation taking place in and around Nairobi. Participants will be thoroughly oriented to AWF’s landscapes, staff, methodologies, and programs. They will then be provided with some defined initial assignments, to be implemented under the watchful eye of the Nairobi program team.

2: An 18-month period working within various departments of AWF. Assignments may include mentorship under one of AWF’s senior program team, and/or field assignment in one or more AWF project site. Participants will be sent where they will be best able to contribute both to AWF’s immediate programmatic goals as well as their own career aspirations.

3: Final three-month period in Nairobi for reflection and documentation. Intellectual capital will be added to AWF’s collective, and program participants will be receive career planning assistance and (ideally) a long-term placement.

Candidate Qualifications

To be considered a candidate for CMTP, the following qualifications are required:

Candidate is a recent master’s degree graduate (within the last three years the CMTP start date) with studies focused on conservation science, environmental economics and policy, climate change, social entrepreneurship, conservation program design, and other related fields.
Candidate must have at least one year experience working on African conservation issues with a serious and proven dedication to Africa and AWF’s mission.
Candidate will have superb written and oral skills. Fluency in English is required; fluency in French is a great advantage. Familiarity with other languages relevant to work in Africa (e.g. IsiZulu, Kiswahili, Maa, Fon, etc.) is also a major plus.
Candidate must be willing to re-locate to Nairobi, Kenya and proceed to at least one long-term assignment at an AWF Heartland project site during the tenure of the program.
Candidate must be a team player with high energy, a willingness to learn, a drive to succeed and can work with ease within challenging and culturally diverse environments.

The deadline for application for CMTP is April 30, 2013.

The program start date will be August 5, 2013 in Nairobi, Kenya.



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