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Senior Programme Officer Job in Nairobi Kenya

About the organization

The African Forest Forum (AFF) is an association of individuals who share the pursuit and commitment to the sustainable management, use and conservation of the forest and tree resources of Africa for the betterment of the socio-economic wellbeing of its people and for the stability and improvement of its environment.

The purpose of AFF is to provide a platform and create an enabling environment for independent and objective analysis, advocacy and advice on all relevant policy and technical issues pertaining to achieving sustainable management, use and conservation of Africa’s forest and tree resources as part of efforts to reduce poverty, protect the environment and promote economic and social development.

About the position

The African Forest Forum is recruiting for the position of a Senior Programme Officer to be based at its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, or some other location, reporting directly to the Executive Secretary.

Duties and responsibilities

To coordinate and provide leadership in the development of priorities and implementation of activities on:

  • Climate change as it relates to forest resources and livelihoods;
  • The fuel-fibre-food nexus;
  • Forest-water relations.
To articulate the interactions among the three items above.

To represent the AFF, on behalf of the Executive Secretary, on matters relating to the above duties, and on any other matters as directed by the Executive Secretary and the Governing Council of AFF.

To assist the Executive Secretary on any other duties and responsibilities (financial, administrative or technical) as may be directed.

  • Master’s degree in forestry, environment, natural resources management or related area.
  • Minimum of 10 years of post masters experience
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant post-PhD experience
  • Must have the capacity and demonstrated experience in leadership, management and forest science
  • Must be a good team player
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English. Working knowledge of French or Portuguese will be an added advantage.
Terms of offer

The World Agroforestry Centre/AFF is an equal opportunity employer and offers a collegial and gender-sensitive working environment.

We believe that staff diversity promotes excellence and strongly encourage applications from qualified women.

This position is on competitive terms and will be for an initial period of three (3) years, renewable subject to nine (9) months’ probation period, assessment of performance, continued relevance of the position and availability of resources.

How to apply

Applications for the position must include:
  • A cover letter illustrating your suitability for the position against the listed requirements and salary expectations
  • A detailed curriculum vitae
  • The names and addresses of three referees, including telephone, fax numbers and email addresses.
All correspondence should be addressed to the 

Human Resources Unit, 
World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), 
PO Box 30677, Nairobi, Kenya 

OR via email: and should indicate “Application for Senior Programme Officer-AFF” on their application letters and email submissions.

Applications will be considered until 10 February 2012. 

Please note that only short-listed applicants meeting the above requirements will be contacted.

We invite you to learn more about AFF and ICRAF by accessing our web sites: and 

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