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Senior Program Officer

Key Responsibilities

Reporting to the Project Director, Congo Landscape with matrix reporting to the Technical Director, Climate Change Strategy, this position will be responsible for providing technical assistance to AWF’s DRC program office and field missions in the design, evaluation, and implementation of forestry, and climate change activities and managing projects and activities focused on forest management, and conservation, and climate change.

In particular, the incumbent will be AWF’s Central African’ representative to work with the technical teams implementing key projects that relate to work with forests, and climate change issues, projects, and programs.

In the area of forestry, and climate change, together with the AWF Technical Director of Climate Change Strategy, the incumbent will provide AWF Congo team with technical leadership and assistance, strategic planning and program management, expert policy and technical advice, collaboration with other projects within the Congo region, particularly field missions and other offices, and dissemination of relevant information within AWF and its partners.

This position will be based in Kinshasa, DRC but should be able to work across the DRC as well as other countries in the Congo River Basin region. The role will entail occasional travel.

The successful candidate will;

  • Have at least a Master’s degree in Forestry, Climate Change, Natural Resource Management or other relevant field with demonstrated experience in forestry and climate change.
  • Have experience integrating the ecological, economic, and social aspects of forest, biodiversity, and climate change management programs in tropical forest environments is required, as is expertise in forest conservation, forest-related aspects of global climate change, and climate change adaptation and mitigation.
  • Have an understanding of the role of foreign aid in promoting the sustainable use of forest resources, mitigating and adapting to climate change, and balancing economic development needs with conservation objectives is critical.
  • Have demonstrated experience in climate change and the conservation of tropical forests in developing countries, in Africa.
  • Have demonstrated ability to work effectively, both independently and as a member of a team, with a wide variety of individuals, groups, environmental institutions, and technical organizations.
  • Have the ability to work effectively under pressure to carry out specific, results-oriented given constraints in time, information, and logistical support.
  • Have excellent communication skills, including the ability to clearly articulate forestry issues, both in writing and orally.
  • Ability to develop both technical and general audience materials to inform or advocate is highly desirable.
  • Ability to communicate in both English and French is essential.

    How to apply:

    If you are interested in this position, please send a cover letter and your detailed CV indicating daytime telephone numbers, address and names of three referees with subject "SOP-FCC", to jobs [at]

    Only shortlisted candidates shall be contacted.

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