Volunteer for WWF Forest Programme_APPLICATION CLOSED | WWF

Volunteer for WWF Forest Programme_APPLICATION CLOSED

Posted on 15 September 2017
WWF has an opening through its Youth Volunteer Internship Programme for a Tanzanian volunteer/intern for a 6-month assignment with the WWF Tanzania. Please note this opening is addressed to local candidates.

Location: WWF Tanzania (based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania)
Assignment dates: 01 October 2017 31 March 2018
Age Category: 19-27 years
  1. Background to the programme:
As of July 2016, WWF-Tanzania took a responsibility to host and lead the Eastern Africa Sustainable Forest Programme in partnership with WWF offices in Uganda, Kenya, Mozambique and Madagascar. The strategy for this regional programme runs from 2015-2020, and cover ecosystems in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Madagascar and Mozambique. The programme aims to reduce illegal and unsustainable logging and trade of timber and to increase investment in locally controlled and sustainably managed forests and ensuring benefits flow to local people. The priority landscapes within countries for the programme include Ruvuma (led by WWF-Tanzania), Coastal Kenya (led by WWF-Kenya), COMATSA (led by WWF-Madagascar) and Albertine Rift (led by WWF-Uganda).
For the last three years, WWF-Tanzania has been working closely with WWF-Namibia and its local partners to help build business approach for local controlled forestry enterprises (though CBFM) in the Ruvuma landscape. The specific areas of cooperation have included technical support in business planning, negotiation skills and value chain assessments. This Fiscal Year’s (FY) cooperation is meant to take the partnership further by not only continuing the technical support to Tanzania but also extending the support to WWF-Madagascar. The partnership will aim to take forward the recommendations from discussions in early 2018 of regional programme’s forest focal points, mission by WWF-Namibia team to Tanzania and aspirations by the programme as per updated strategy (2015-2020). WWF’s regional forest programme stands to benefit from Namibia where WWF has been working with Namibian partners to advance community business institutional mechanisms and supporting financing options in NTFPs/INPP for cosmetics and pharmaceutical). It is against this backdrop that the programme is seeking to recruit an intern for the period of 6 to 10 months to support evolution of community forest work in Tanzania and Madagascar.
  1. Major Duties and Responsibilities:
  •  Support the WWF-TCO Regional and National Programme Coordinators to deliver the regional and Tanzania forest strategies.
  • To support evolution of CBFM in Southern Tanzania by working closely with WWF-TCO local parterns
  • To work closely with WWF-Namibia experts on business planning and NTFPs particularly in logistical support, follow-up on interviews at country level and preparing reports among others
  • To support development of an action plan to unlock 2-3 INPs products in two pilot villages in Tanzania. This action plan will build on the initial investigation towards identifying potential Indigenous Natural Plant Products (INPP) for further commercialization in the Village Land Forest Reserves (VLFR) in the villages of Machemba and Sauti-Moja in the Tunduru District, southern Tanzania.
  • To support preparation of the Ruvuma landscape forest investment forum in partnership with WWF’s partners – MCDI and MJUMITA.
  • To support current plant identification of the priority species for NTFPs
  • To find pricing information (e.g. price of cashew at processing factory in Tunduru) and other priority NTFPs
  • To follow-up on status of ABS (Access and Benefit Sharing) legislation and other legislation related to INPPs
  • To find and develop list of potential private sector currently engaged in harvesting, processing and selling of INPPs/NTFPs related products i.e. INPP actors, laboratories, and manufacturers etc
  • To support development of database for the current list of potential species in Tunduru
  • To support inventory exercise for the INPPs/NTFPs in potential VLFRs
  • To support development of agricultural calendar related to harvesting periods of INPPs/NTFPs
  • Develop strategic alliances with forestry related business and industry;
  1. Profile:
Required Qualifications and Experience
  • Degree or higher in the field of business, forestry or relevant environmental sciences
  • The interest to work with private sector on cosmetics and/or pharmaceutical industry will be an added advantage
  • The candidate should also have good English and Swahili knowledge (writing and oral)
  1. Required Skills and Competencies
  • Good technical and organizational skills essential
  • Ability to open doors and build relationships of confidence with contacts in government, business, civil society and the donor community
  • Interest in writing proposals and fundraising
  • Negotiation and lobbying skills
  • Ability to work in multi-cultural settings
  • Willingness to travel extensively including to extremely remote locations
  • Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills in English; Kiswahili
 How to apply?

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