Job Title: Community Liaison Officer
Organisation: African Wildlife Foundation (AWF)
Duty Station: Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda
The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), founded in 1961 as the African Wildlife Leadership Foundation, is an international conservation organization that focuses on critically important landscapes in Africa. When founded in 1961, the purpose was to train Africans to maintain game reserves professionally, ensuring an adequate supply of game for hunters on safari. Later, the mandate evolved to supporting western scientists in studies of protected animals in their natural habitat. More recently, the focus has been on developing sustainable systems that benefit both animals and local human communities.
About Biodiversity Program:
The Uganda Biodiversity Program is designed to address threats to Uganda’s biodiversity. The program uses conservation enterprises together with conservation education tools to provide communities with opportunities to develop economic services that will enhance communities’ appreciation of Uganda’s natural resources, thereby protecting ecosystems while promoting broader, sustainable economic development. In Murchison, the Program specifically supports UWA’s ecological monitoring and works with communities to address problem animal conflicts and improve household incomes.
Job Summary: The Community Liaison Officer works as an integral member of the Uganda Biodiversity Program team and will be responsible for planning and execution of conservation science strategies within the Murchison Falls National Park area. The incumbent will be working with AWF’s Uganda program team, the Program Officer will ensure successful implementation of Uganda Biodiversity Program activities in the Murchison Falls area.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
- Offer technical assistance to selected landowners in the former Aswa Lolim wildlife reserve in managing wildlife on their land through development of a conservancy
- Support selected land owners improving their livestock production
- Offer support to selected farmers in improving production of chili for problem animal control and income generation
- Assist in and support the preparation and submission of Annual Work Plans guided by baseline and field information and in collaboration with stakeholders for approval
- The incumbent will provide program monitoring and management oversight in the implementation of Work Plans/ Business Plans
- Work closely with the local government, chili farmers, land owners to organize and conduct community sensitization meetings to mobilize and promote understanding of the Program activities and outputs at different levels of implementation in target villages
- Serve as a key liaison between the Uganda Biodiversity Program and all stakeholders in the Murchison Falls area
- Perform any other tasks as may reasonably be required by the Chief of Party
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
- The ideal candidate for the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) Community Liaison Officer job opportunity must hold a Bachelor’s degree in veterinary medicine, agriculture or enterprise development
- A minimum of three years’ experience working in the rural economy in agricultural production, enterprise development or veterinary development
- Previous experience in engaging partners and other stakeholders in natural resource management planning, agricultural production and/or livestock extension
- Prior experience and competence in implementing participatory techniques for mobilizing rural communities
- Field experience in planning, field extension services, implementation and monitoring programmes is preferable
- Prior experience in USAID programs an added advantage
- Excellent verbal and written communications skills
- Demonstrated knowledge and practice in livestock and/or agricultural extension and planning
- Outstanding technical skills in at least one area of ecology and conservation, animal husbandry or agricultural extension
- Ability to work both as part of a team and independently • Respect for communities, other organizations and stakeholders
- Ability to communicate effectively and to network strategically with a wide group of partners
- Have proficiency in using computer, especially MS Office, and internet skills.
- Proven ability to multi-task and meet deadlines.
- Ability to fulfill mandatory AWF operations and financial procedures.
- Keen interest in and understanding of conservation.
- Knowledge in GIS applications and use is an added advantage
- Fluency in oral and written English
How to Apply:
All candidates who so wish to join the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) in the aforementioned capacity should Apply Online uploading a cover letter and updated resume at the web link below.
Deadline: Friday, 12th August, 2016
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