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Programme Assistant - Conservation Networks and Forums

The East African Wildlife Society Nairobi


The East African Wild Life Society (EAWLS) prides itself as the voice of conservation in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda for 60 years. We are one of the oldest membership-based, public benefit conservation organisation in East Africa having been established in 1961 through a merger of the Kenyan and Tanzanian Wildlife Societies (both formed in 1956) and wildlife lovers from Uganda. We strive to promote the protection of our natural heritage, threatened species and habitats through policy advocacy, conservation education and conservation programmes.

We take a lead role in facilitating and contributing to the formulation and implementation of policies and laws on natural resource management with a view to safeguarding ecosystems and the biodiversity therein for the socio-economic welfare of the people of East Africa. We focus our conservation programmes on four main thematic areas: Wildlife, Forests, Wetlands and Marine Life.

To complement our conservation agenda, we host Kenya Forest Working Group (KFWG) and Kenya Wetlands Forum (KWF), which provide vital avenues to deliver on our core mandate of environmental advocacy.

The East African Wild Life Society (EAWLS) seeks to recruit an innovative, creative and proactive individual to coordinate the activities Kenya Forest Working Group (KFWG) and Kenya Wetlands Forum (KWF) as well as support the implementation of various conservation projects and programmes. Reporting to Programmes Manager and working closely with Head of Policy & Advocacy, Programmes staff and EAWLS Communications team;


Tasks and Responsibilities

  1. Coordinate the activities of KFWG and KWF on research, advocacy, capacity building and networking;
  2. Actively work towards building a relationship between policy makers, opinion formers, relevant institutions, Civil Society Organizations and other relevant partners for promoting KFWG and KWF agenda;
  3. Supporting the completion and implementation of the KFWG and KWF Strategic Plans;
  4. Update and revise the KFWG and KWF work plans based on formal platforms discussions and periodically report on platforms activities against the work plans;
  5. Media monitoring for opportunities relevant to KFWG and KWF and communicating identified opportunities to members regularly
  6. Ensure that periodic meetings are convened and record and circulate minutes of the meetings;
  7. Processing membership applications, and regularly updating the forums membership databases and mailing lists;
  8. Supporting drafting of concept papers and proposals to fundraise for the forums’ activities;
  9. Supporting the implementation of projects grants under the forums
  10. Initiating and supporting the implementation of environmental advocacy campaigns on contemporary issues on wetlands and forests;
  11. Keeping track of natural resource conservation-related issues and sending regular updates to members;
  12. Maintain constant communication with platforms members to ensure synergies between their individual organization activities and those of the two platforms;
  13. Representing EAWLS in forums’ official occasions and functions, including workshops & conferences to ensure EAWLS’ work is recognised and to develop key partnerships;
  14. Providing fresh and regular content for EAWLS’ and forums’ websites and social media platforms;
  15. Tracking ongoing conservation policy processes at county and national levels to enable EAWLS to proactively engage in the processes;
  16. Prepare all forums’ documentation including lessons learnt, project reports, information briefs, policy briefs, and Opinion Editorials among others;
  17. Undertaking other duties as may be assigned by your supervisor.

Bachelors Degree

  • The applicant must possess at least Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies, Forestry, Agroforestry, Natural Resource Management, Climate Change, Fisheries and Aquatic Science and any other relevant courses

More Details on Experience

  • Over two years’ relevant experience in coordinating consortium, forums, working groups and project management.
  • Knowledgeable on contemporary issues in the natural resource sector with biasness to forestry and wetlands sub-sectors. Background and prior experience on climate change related projects/programmes is highly desirable.
  • Demonstrable knowledge and experience in policy processes.
  • Commitment to organisational and legal compliance, and responsible management of donor funds
  • Capability in writing policy briefs, reports, commissioning policy reports and lobbying decisionmakers is desirable;
  • Motivated and inspired to take concrete actions for the conservation and sustainable use of natural resources;

More Details on Skills

  • Team player, with ability to seek out views of others and build positive working relationships
  • Highly organised and able to engage multiple stakeholders including the private sector, donors, governments, non-state actors and the general public;
  • Conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results;
  • Good oral and written communications skills and demonstrated research abilities and interest;
  • Creative, innovative, aggressive and keen on details;
  • Internet proficiency especially on e-platforms for webinars such as miro, zoom, etc as well as proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint) is desirable;

Terms And Conditions

How to apply

  • Applications, consisting of a covering letter explaining why you feel you should be considered for this post, a full CV (tailored to the role) and contact details for at least two referees should be sent as single
    pdf document to [email protected] .
  • Please mark your application Programme Assistant – Conservation Networks and Forums
  • The closing date for applications is 24th September 2021. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The East African Wild Life Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not charge for any application or recruitment.