African Wildlife Foundation Senior Community Development Officer Jobs in Ethiopia

African Wildlife Foundation Senior Community Development Officer Jobs in Ethiopia

  • The Senior Community Development Officer (SCDO) will be responsible for overseeing AWF’s community engagement in the Simien Mountains.

  • They will work with different stakeholders, to assist local communities living around Simien Mt. National Park and other adjacent areas including the Geech community who were recently resettled out of the Simien Mountain National Park.

  • The SCDO will help to implement a joint project between EWCA and AWF funded by KfW “Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity in Ethiopia”.

  • This position will be based in Debark with frequent travel to the National Park and report to the Project Chief Technical Advisor.

    Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for community engagement in the Landscape

  • Establish good working relationship with local communities and their leaders including other stakeholders.

  • Support communities to communicate with other stakeholders such as local authorities and with other potential collaborators.

  • Support the establishment and development of community conservation areas and ensure the CCA’s key stakeholders participate in the development of the management plans

  • Support the local communities establish new or adapt existing institutions responsible for the management of the CCAs.

  • Support communities gain access to information, resources and opportunities that are likely to empower them to manage their natural resources more effectively.

  • Work with Park Ecologists to conduct a rapid assessment of threats facing key species conservation and management in community areas bordering the National Park including Human Wildlife Conflicts hotspot mapping

  • Strengthen mitigation of human-wildlife conflicts and work with Community Development Officer and Ecologist assist SMNP team in addressing the most common types of Human-Wildlife Conflicts which include crop raiding, attacks on livestock and disease transmission to livestock & wildlife.

  • Support communities in implementing activities and
    land uses that take place around CCAs that can have a significant impact on the areas and the natural resources have been established to conserve.

  • Work with Community Officer and possible consultants in conducting targeted social economic studies for communities residing around the National Park.

  • Support Community Officer in the implementation of a livelihood strategy for Gich Community.

  • In close collaboration and under guidance from AWF’s communication team at HQ, proactively identify media opportunities and, in close liaison with partners, plan and implement media events including press releases, and report launches.

  • Compile and write technical reports

  • Represent AWF in Community strategic forums in the Landscape


  • Bachelor’s degree in Community Development or Natural Resources Management or related fields. Postgraduate (Masters) in relevant field is added advantage.

  • A minimum of 5 years working experience in community development.

  • Familiarity with dynamic and key issues relating to community-based wildlife conservation in Tanzania

  • Direct experience of Community Development and fieldwork in Ethiopia

  • Ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of stakeholders.

  • Proven ability in project planning, budgeting and writing quality project reports.

  • Fluency in spoken and written English and Amharic. Knowledge of other local languages is an added advantage

  • Willingness to work long hours/weekends when required.

  • Ability to appreciate diversity such as gender.

  • Ability to work independently and or as part of a team

  • Excellent interpersonal skills

  • Ability to take initiative and make sound decisions

  • Computer literacy and ability to work efficiently in word, excel and internet skills

  • Regular travel within the landscape

  • Willingness to spend days out in the field Ability to work under pressure and meeting deadline

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; African Wildlife Foundation Senior Community Development Officer Jobs in Ethiopia

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