Community Liaison Officer Job Careers – African Wildlife Foundation (AWF)

Organisation: African Wildlife Foundation (AWF)
Duty Station: Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda
About AWF:
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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