Monday, September 24, 2012

Social officer (maternity cover), Wildlife Wood Project

Zoological Society of London (ZSL)
West and North Africa conservation programme
Social officer (maternity cover), Wildlife Wood Project, Cameroon
September 2012

A position is available, starting as soon as possible, as the social officer for the Zoological Society of London (ZSL)’s Wildlife Wood Project in Cameroon. The Wildlife Wood Project engages the timber industry, Cameroonian government and local communities in sustainable wildlife conservation in the timber production forests of the Congo Basin. The project provides support to build stakeholder capacity for wildlife conservation, develop and implement monitoring and management tools on the ground and engage at the policy level to help create an environment supportive of the project’s long term vision.

The successful candidate will focus on three main areas: S/he will be responsible for leading on all project community engagement activities, including the successful development and implementation of joint antipoaching efforts between local communities and other stakeholders. They will also be responsible for
developing and implementing a long term strategy for engaging with stakeholders at the local and national level to change behaviour in favour of conservation through a social marketing programme. This will be done in close partnership with the London based discovery and learning team. The post holder will also lead on designing and implementing appropriate socio-economic studies to guide project activities and monitor and evaluate outcomes.

This is a 9 month position with the potential for extension. The post will be based in Yaoundé with regular trips to remote field sites in East Cameroon. Some travel within Central Africa may be required.

The post holder should have at least 2 years experience working with rural communities ideally in Africa, experience applying participatory techniques and a postgraduate qualification in social science, education or demonstrated research skills in these fields. Experience in CEPA, social marketing, conservation, community development and/or tropical forestry would be an advantage. The successful candidate must have excellent written and verbal communication skills in both spoken and written French and English.

A base salary of £23,701-£27,743 p.a., plus benefits including, annual return flight from Europe to Cameroon, visa, and insurance under ZSL’s group travel insurance policy will be provided. The position is to start as soon as possible.

Application procedure
Applicants should send their CV (2 page maximum) and a covering letter in English, detailing relevant experience and skills and stating why they want the position, by email to We regret that we will only be able to contact applicants who have been selected for interview.
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