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Community Development Officer Job in Kenya

WWF- The global conservation organization, Kenya Country Office (KCO), is seeking to recruit: Community Development Officer to be based in Mokowe, Lamu District, Kenya

Under the supervision of the Coastal Kenya Programme Coordinator, the Community Development Officer will

  • ensure effective implementation of the Boni-Dodori Livelihoods and Forests Project objectives to the highest standards, especially those relating to the forest-dependent communities’ well-being and in line with WWF Kenya Conservation Action Plan;
  • establishing a working partnership with forest communities, government and non-governmental organizations working in the forest and forest communities;
  • create equitable, adaptive and sustainable use and management regimes for all the forests of the Boni-Dodori ecosystem;
  • work towards reducing the poverty levels among the forest communities; mainstream planning and development processes for the forest community in county, district and national level;
  • monitor, mitigate and reduce effects of real and emerging external threats to forest communities and Boni-Dodori forest ecosystems.
The incumbent must possess:
  • a bachelor degree in Development Studies, Natural Resources Management, Agriculture, Economics or Sociology or equivalent with 5 years experience as a practitioner in community development;
  • proven practical experience in two or more of the following: sustainable livelihood approaches and wellbeing, agriculture and livestock interventions, fisheries interventions, collective resource management, conflict management and resolution, enterprise development and market analysis;
  • experience in monitoring and evaluation of programmes, in particular livelihoods analysis and natural resources monitoring;
  • excellent community development skills, including participatory community assessment and planning techniques, with skills in capacity building of communities and experience of working with livelihoods groups/community-based structures;
  • experience in disaster risk reduction and vulnerability assessment and analysis;
  • a sound understanding of the importance of gender in project work and sensitivity to cultural differences;
  • 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, management, implementation and evaluation as well as experience of working with a diversity of donors;
  • a working knowledge of financial management, especially of projects;
  • excellent verbal and written communications skills in English required;
  • a self-starter, with a good understanding of working with and inspiring others to make things happen is essential;
  • knowledge of Kiswahili, Boni/Aweer and local cultures is an added advantage; and
  • adherence to WWF’s values, which are: Optimistic, Engaging, Determined and Knowledgeable;
Interested candidates who meet the above requirements should email an application letter and CV to the Human Resource Manager, WWF-KCO - not later than 27 April 2012.

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