To be based in Kwale, Mombasa, Kenya
Under the supervision of the Kwale Landscape Project Executant (PE), the Extension Officer’s major functions will be: to support the Kwale PE in facilitating implementation of WWF projects on coastal forests in Kwale, with special focus on biodiversity conservation and integrating local communities’ livelihoods.
This will also include maintaining link between the main players within the landscape forming a hub between the key Districts, Communities, Civil Society Organizations, Private sector traditional/sacred and religious institutions.
He/she will contribute to the implementation of the CKP Action Plan in line with WWF-KCO Country Action Plan (WWF-KCO CAP).
Major duties will include but not limited to:
- assist in preparation, organization and maintaining records of workshops, seminars, meetings;
- assist the PE in answering queries on WWF project in Kwale region,
- assist the PE in supporting community groups (CFAs, Kaya Conservation Groups, village Bank, Kwale County Forest network etc) to achieve their objectives by attending relevant community meetings;
- assist in the preparation of Kwale landscape budgets and work plans to ensure it covers all requirements for the smooth running of the project;
- assist in the preparation of technical reports and other relevant publications;
- serve as a member of in-house teams working to improve all aspects of the CKP;
- monitoring and evaluation of project performance under the direction of the PE;
- maintain and update the filing system.
- a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences, Forestry, Agriculture or related field;
- a minimum of 3 years working experience in environmental conservation or community development;
- excellent verbal and written communications skills in English required, good team player with excellent interpersonal skills; community development skills with skills in capacity building of communities and experience of working with community-based structures;
- experience in monitoring and evaluation of programs,;
- sensitivity to cultural differences;
- ability to work independently and under pressure in a rapidly changing professional environment;
- ability to network and to develop and maintain strong relationships at all levels, both internally and with local communities, government agencies, donors and the NGO/CBO community;
- proven skills in project planning, proposal writing;
- a working knowledge of financial management, especially of projects;
- willingness to travel frequently and at short notice, often in difficult circumstances, and to spend adequate periods of time in the field;
- knowledge of Kiswahili and local cultures is an added advantage;
- a strong vocational interest in nature conservation; and
- adherence to WWF’s values, which are: Optimistic, Engaging, Determined and Knowledgeable;