Job offer: Forest & BIODEV Coordinator - WWF

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The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Cameroon is looking for a Forest & BIODEV Coordinator for BIODEV30 Programme_Phase 2 (Contingent on funding)

Want to make a positive difference to the future of people and our one shared home, the Earth? Working with WWF could be your opportunity of a lifetime:

All around the world, people are waking up to the deepening crisis of nature loss. A growing realization that nature is our life-support system. And that nobody will be spared from the impacts of its loss. Here at WWF, we are helping to tackle this enormous global challenge.

Our people come from hugely diverse backgrounds and with a variety of expertise, ranging from HR and finance to advocacy and conservation science. We welcome applications from anyone who believes they can help us create a better future for people and wildlife.

What we do:

We are an independent conservation Organization, striving to sustain the natural world for the benefit of people and wildlife. From individuals and communities to business and government, we are part of a growing coalition calling on world leaders to set nature on the path to recovery by 2030. Together, we seek to protect and restore natural habitats, stop the mass extinction of wildlife, and make the way we produce and consume sustainable.

For our Country Office in Cameroon, we are looking for a dynamic and committed «Forest & BIODEV Coordinator » to contribute to the phase 2 of its BIODEV30 Programme.

Reports to: Conservation Director

Location: Yaounde

Duration: Two (02) years

Mission of the Department:

Halting the decline in biodiversity is an urgent imperative if we are to guarantee lasting access to the ecosystem goods and services that underpin the survival and sustainable development of humankind, such as food, fibre, wood, carbon sequestration, water regulation and so on. By adopting the Kunming Montreal Global Framework for Biodiversity in December 2022, the States have affirmed a strong ambition for biodiversity, notably through its integration into all economic sectors and the adoption of

sustainable production practices that preserve nature (links to targets 10, 14, 15, 16, 18 and 19). Launched in 2020 in 16 pilot countries, the first phase of BIODEV2030 project, of which WWF Cameroon was a beneficiary, initiated a dynamic multi-stakeholder dialogue based on science, which mobilized, in each country, all stakeholders in society - States, private sector, civil society organizations, indigenous peoples and local communities, citizens, men, women and young people - around this vital issue, in close collaboration with each National Focal Point (NFP) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). WWF Cameroon has just been officially informed by WWF France that he is eligible for phase 2 of the project, which will run from September 2023 to June 2026, a period of 30 months.

Building on the results of phase I and the dynamics of the multi-stakeholder platforms, the overall objective of phase II of the project (2023-2026) is to contribute to the implementation of the Kunming-Montreal Agreement by promoting the adoption of production practices that reconcile biodiversity and development.

To this end, WWF Cameroon would like to recruit a National Coordinator for the duration of this project, whose main duties will be as follows:

Major functions:

The Forest & BIODEV Coordinator of WWF Cameroon is the technical manager and national focal point for forest-related initiatives and BIODEV30 at WWF-Cameroon. He is responsible for the strategic orientation of the programme, the coordination of the implementation of the WWF CCO strategic plan in its forestry aspects. In this capacity, he will:
  • Manages the implementation of policy strategies, lobbying and advocacy efforts related to forests, identifying and developing funding opportunities, networking with the forestry community of practice, acting as a representative on technical issues in relevant forums and overseeing the effective coordination, planning, management, implementation and monitoring of projects and activities related to forest conservation.
  • Contributes to the establishment of multi-stakeholder dialogue forums to promote the sectoral policy reviews needed to reduce biodiversity loss in Cameroon.
  • Leads the process of identifying a territory with biodiversity issues and the consultation framework for reconciling conservation and development.
  • Develop bankable projects with reduced impact on biodiversity
  • Contributes to the capitalization of BIODEV30 experiences on other sites
  • Promotes the results of BIODEV30 at major international biodiversity events 
  • Facilitates domestication of the implementation of the Kunming-Montreal agreement on the global framework for biodiversity.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Coordinate the planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting of BIODEV30 initiatives in Cameroon.
  • Facilitate exchange visits for internal and external stakeholders
  • Develop terms of reference for workshops, service providers or consultants, civil support organisations (CSOs) to assist in the implementation of approved activities.
  • Prepare requisitions for services and purchases agreed in work plans and budgets. - Contribute to supporting WWF Cameroon's fundraising efforts to secure additional financial resources for the country engagement strategy.
  • Be responsible for WWF's interventions in the forestry sector and monitor new developments and trends in forest management.
  • Carry out any other tasks as assigned.

Required Qualifications
  • Master's degree in natural resource management, sustainable development, economics, agricultural economics or other related field;
  • Minimum of ten (10) years’ experience working with public sector stakeholders, CSOs and the private sector on conservation and/or sustainable management, including significant project management experience;
  • Additional experience of public and private sector policy engagement;
  • Fluency in French and/or English.
Required Skills and Competencies
  • A good overview of the legal and institutional framework for biodiversity in Cameroon;
  • Proven experience in building alliances, initiatives or platforms for change that leverage partners' capabilities;
  • A network of external relations that extends the current reach of WWF Cameroon 
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills;
  • Team spirit and internal organizational networking;
  • Proactive approach to meeting deadlines and achieving results with limited supervision; 
  • An understanding of the importance of working alongside indigenous peoples and local communities to achieve the best conservation results.
WWF’s Values & Behaviors:
  • High ethics and a personal commitment to transparency and accountability; 
  • Aligns and identifies with the core values of the WWF organization: Courage, Integrity, Respect and Collaboration.
Working Relationships

Internal: The Forest & BIODEV Coordinator will work closely with the B&I Unit, the Communications Officer, the CLT and relevant WWF network staff.

External: CBD focal point in Cameroon, public authorities, private sector leaders, CSOs and SOs.

This job description covers the main tasks and conveys the spirit of the sort of tasks that are anticipated proactively from staff. Other tasks may be assigned as necessary according to organizational needs.

How to apply?

Apply through the Link: with a computer (Please do not use a mobile phone)

Deadline for applications: 23rd June 2024.

Thank you in advance for your interest in this position. Please note that only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted for follow up. If you have not been contacted, consider your application unsuccessful.

WWF is an equal opportunity employer and committed to having a diverse workforce.


Nous vous informons que le WWF Cameroun recrute un "Forest & BIODEV Coordinator" basé à Yaoundé pour le Programme BIODEV30_Phase 2:

Les candidats intéressés sont invités à soumettre leur candidature via  au plus tard le dimanche 23 juin 2024.


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