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Job advert: Forest & BIODEV Officer – WWF

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WWF Cameroon Seeks Forest & BIODEV Officer for BIODEV30 Program Phase 2 (Contingent on Funding)

WWF, a leading global conservation organization, is seeking a highly motivated Forest & BIODEV Officer to join our Cameroon Country Office for the second phase of the BIODEV30 Program. This is a unique opportunity to contribute to critical initiatives that protect and restore natural habitats, combat wildlife extinction, and promote sustainable production and consumption.

About WWF: WWF is a global network working to create a future where people and nature thrive. We tackle the most pressing environmental challenges, from deforestation and climate change to species loss and pollution. Our diverse team brings together experts in conservation science, policy, advocacy, and more, all united by a passion for safeguarding our planet.

The Position: The Forest & BIODEV Officer will play a pivotal role in the implementation of the BIODEV30 Program’s second phase. This will involve working with local communities, government agencies, and other stakeholders to develop and execute strategies that conserve biodiversity, promote sustainable forest management, and enhance livelihoods.

  • Reports To: Forest & BIODEV Coordinator
  • Location: Yaoundé, Cameroon
  • Duration: Two (02) years

Department Mission:

The imperative to halt biodiversity loss is paramount for ensuring sustainable access to essential ecosystem services that support human well-being and development. The Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, adopted in December 2022, sets ambitious targets for biodiversity conservation, including its integration into economic sectors and the promotion of sustainable production practices.

Building on the success of its first phase, the BIODEV2030 project, now in its second phase (2023-2026), aims to contribute to the implementation of the Kunming-Montreal Agreement by fostering the adoption of production practices that harmonize biodiversity conservation and development. WWF Cameroon, a key participant in this project, seeks a Forest & BIODEV Officer (Technical Assistant) to support these critical efforts.

Position Summary:

The Forest & BIODEV Officer will work closely with the Coordinator to advance the BIODEV2030 project’s objectives. Key responsibilities include:

  • Supporting the implementation of multi-stakeholder dialogues and initiatives that promote sustainable production practices.
  • Conducting research and analysis to inform project strategies and interventions.
  • Developing and delivering training and capacity-building programs for stakeholders.
  • Monitoring and evaluating project progress and impact.
  • Contributing to project reporting and documentation.

Key Responsibilities:

  • BIODEV Program Implementation Support: Collaborate closely with the Forest & BIODEV Coordinator to execute the BIODEV program in Cameroon, focusing on:
    1. Identifying and engaging key stakeholders across sectors for multi-stakeholder dialogue.
    2. Defining clear objectives, operating procedures, and coordination mechanisms for effective dialogue.
    3. Monitoring and ensuring the smooth functioning of the national dialogue forum.
    4. Promoting BIODEV30 achievements at international biodiversity events.
    5. Facilitating the integration of the Kunming-Montreal agreement into national biodiversity strategies.
  • Maintain Strategic Relationships: Foster ongoing communication with the Ministry for the Environment and Nature Protection’s CBD and CC focal points regarding RIO conventions.

Specific Duties:

  • BIODEV30 Initiative Management: Lead the planning, execution, monitoring, and reporting of BIODEV30 initiatives in Cameroon.
  • Project Resource Development: Create terms of reference for workshops, service providers, consultants, and CSOs to support approved activities.
  • Procurement Management: Prepare service and purchase requests aligned with work plans and budgets.
  • Stakeholder Liaison: Maintain consistent communication with the CBD Focal Point and MINEPDED team within the BIODEV30_phase 2 initiative.
  • Representation and Participation: Actively participate in relevant CBD and CC initiatives where WWF Cameroon is involved.
  • Project Proposal Development: Contribute to the development of internal WWF project/program proposals, integrating adaptation, mitigation, and biodiversity loss considerations.


  • Education: Master’s degree in natural resource management, sustainable development, economics, agricultural economics, or a related field.
  • Experience:
    1. Minimum of two years of experience working with public sector stakeholders, CSOs, and the private sector on conservation and/or sustainable management.
    2. Proven project management experience.
    3. Experience in public and private sector policy engagement is a plus.
  • Language Skills: Fluency in both French and English.

Skills and Competencies:

  • Technical Knowledge: Strong understanding of Cameroon’s biodiversity legal and institutional framework.
  • Networking: A network of external relations that expands WWF Cameroon’s current reach.
  • Communication and Organization: Excellent communication and organizational abilities.
  • Teamwork: Collaborative spirit and ability to network within the organization.
  • Proactive Approach: Ability to meet deadlines and achieve results with minimal supervision.

Alignment with WWF Values:

  • Demonstrates high ethical standards and a commitment to transparency and accountability.
  • Embraces and embodies WWF’s core values: Courage, Integrity, Respect, and Collaboration.

Working Relationships

Internal Collaboration: The Forest & BIODEV Officer will be an integral part of a collaborative team, working closely with the BIODEV Coordinator, the B&I Unit, the Communications Officer, the CLT, and other relevant WWF network staff to achieve shared conservation goals.

External Engagement: This role requires active engagement with external stakeholders, including the CBD focal point and their team in Cameroon, government authorities, private sector leaders, civil society organizations (CSOs), and community-based organizations (CBOs), fostering partnerships and building consensus for sustainable forest management and biodiversity conservation.

Job Description Scope: This job description outlines the primary responsibilities of the Forest & BIODEV Officer and reflects the proactive and solution-oriented approach expected of all WWF staff. Additional tasks may be assigned as needed to meet the dynamic needs of our conservation work.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications online through the following link:

Please note: Applications submitted via mobile phone will not be accepted.

Application Deadline: June 23, 2024

Important Note: We appreciate your interest in WWF. Due to the volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for further consideration. If you do not hear from us by [date], please consider your application unsuccessful on this occasion.

WWF is an Equal Opportunity Employer: We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace and encourage applications from qualified individuals from all backgrounds.

Nous vous informons que le WWF Cameroun recrute un “Forest & BIODEV Officer” 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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