Career Level Others
Experience 8 Years +
The Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA) is a conservation and development jewel with a unique vision: to protect its globally significant wildlife populations, share resources across borders, reduce threats from uncoordinated development and greatly enhance the well-being of local communities. This breakthrough initiative, that spans across parts of Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, is home to the world’s largest elephant population, a significant proportion of Africa’s’ large carnivores and the continent’s largest dry-land Miombo woodland block. KAZA’s premise is that conservation can be the main economic driver of the region, resulting in thriving landscapes for people and wildlife.
Our dream is to secure the world’s largest population of elephants while providing a promising future for local people in KAZA. We imagine a thriving landscape in which everyone involved is cooperating to ensure sustainably protected natural resources that offer local communities a world of opportunities for present and future generations. Using a bottom-up approach, this dream requires a paradigm shift of conservation through sustainable development. As part of this we want to further stimulate the economic engine of KAZA: an economy that is based on enhancing the value of natural resources and meeting the sustained growth needs of the local communities. In this wildlife economy, elephants roam freely between safe havens and are recognized as important assets to the landscape and its economic development but at the same time they also pose threats to local peoples. Through an integrated approach focusing on three pillars, namely securing connectivity, water and safe havens, we are combining all necessary elements to deliver on this dream.
The Cuando/Kwando River and its associated wildlife dispersal area that spans from the Angolan highlands, through western Zambia into Namibia and Botswana is of pivotal important linking large protected areas and providing the ecological corridors for wildlife movement – the key to ecological success and the building block for economic development. We are looking for dynamic WWF Project Coordinator for the Wildlife Corridors component of the Dreamfund project.
Role and responsibilities
- Manage the Wildlife Corridors part of the KAZA Dreamfund vision.
- Build trust, inspire and engage all stakeholders in the Kwando and Kafue corridors to promote and develop the role of wildlife as an economic driver.
- Facilitate the development and implementation of a regional transboundary strategic environmental assessment for the Cuando/Kwando River basin.
- Facilitate and promote processes that enhance the flow of benefits to local communities.
- Reduce the threats from human development through the smart use of agro-ecological
principles to improve range/wetland management in the Wildlife Corridors.
- Understand and mitigate human wildlife conflict from increasing wildlife populations.
- Promote the removal of ecological barriers created by veterinary control fences.
- Work closely with the Dreamfund Coordinator and the WWF KAZA Transboundary Lead.
- Maintain clear communication channels with stakeholders and Dreamfund Coordinator.
- Ensuring interest of all stakeholders are taken into account during decision-making and planning, following best practice.
- Development and monitoring of project work plans and delivery against targets.
- Provide reports to the Dreamfund Coordinator and the WWF KAZA Transboundary Lead on program progress.
- Prepare and submit Corridor Component related technical progress reports and annual workplans.
- Overview of the technical and financial progress of the various projects and monitoring on dashboard.
- Ensure effective coordination of project activities between relevant
- Manage grants provided to project partners.
- Carry out additional tasks as assigned by the Dreamfund Coordinator and WWF KAZA Transboundary Lead.
Requred skills and qualifications:
- A tertiary academic education in the area of biology, environmental or social sciences or alike.
- At least 10 years of work experience in nature conservation in the Southern African Region, preferably in a program or project management role.
- Experience in working with local communities.
- Excellent written and oral communications skills. Fluency in English is required. Familiarity with Portuguese would be an advantage.
- Valid driver’s license and extensive 4×4 driving experience.
- Willingness to spend extended periods of time in difficult, remote locations.
- Competent in use of Microsoft package (Word, Excel, PowerPoint);
We are looking for a person who:
- Is a strategic thinker, can set goals and implement a program based on an existing vision and strategy.
- Innovative and entrepreneurial.
- Communicates easily and connects with diverse people sets, including governments, NGOs, private sector, and communities.
- Has experience in addressing audiences and representing an organization.
- Ability to work on own and in isolation.
Place in the organization
The Wildlife Corridors Coordinator will be based in the KAZA region, preferably Katima Mullio in Namibia’s Zambezi Region, and reports to the WWF KAZA Transboundary Lead and the Dreamfund Coordinator.
Information and procedure
If you are interested in this role and fit the above profile, please apply by sending an email and your résumé together with references to mailto:[email protected]
by 31 August, 2020. A pre-employment screening process will be part of the application procedure.
WWF reserves the right to withdraw the advert. Furthermore, if you have not heard within three weeks of the closing date consider your application to be unsuccessful.