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Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)


This is a Full-time position in Uganda posted March 22, 2022.

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# Job Description

Position: Greater Virunga Landscape GVL Coordinator
Reports to: WWF Country Director in Uganda with a dotted line to the Country
Director in DRC and Director of the International Gorilla Conservation
Programme IGCP
Grade: TBD
Location: WWF Uganda Country Office with frequent travel to Rwanda and DRC

Mission of the Programme:
The Greater Virunga Landscape GVL is one of the most biodiverse places on
Earth. It is an interconnected set of protected areas that contains more
terrestrial vertebrate species and more endemic and threatened vertebrate
species than any other site in Africa. The landscape’s diverse mosaic of
ancient tropical forests, ice-capped mountains, active volcanoes, savannah,
swamps and wetlands provide habitats for important populations of African
elephant, buffalo, okapi and the largest concentration of hippo globally. It
is also the only place on Earth where 20 primate species coexist, including
the entirety of the world’s remaining mountain gorilla population. It contains
three World Heritage Sites, one Ramsar Site, and one Man and Biosphere Reserve
The GVL also has immense socio-economic value. A large and growing human
population depends on the GVL’s rich natural capital, which also contributes
significantly to sustainable national and regional economic growth. Forest
products are a key income source, supplemented by income from small-scale
agriculture and fishenes and increasingly tourism. The GVL’s forested and
mountainous nature makes it a transboundary water tower for the entire region,
providing millions of people with fresh water for drinking and farming as well
as being the highest and most permanent source of the River Nile. Lake George
and Lake Edward within GVL are two of Africa’s most productive lakes and form
important fisheries as well as being home to very high levels of endemic fish
There are multiple pressures on the GVL, including the pressure for additional
agricultural land and freshwater resources from the growing rural population,
the impact of armed conflict in Eastern DRC, unsustainable poaching and
illegal trade in timber and wildlife products, and the pressure from
extractive industries and infrastructure development. At the same time, the
biogeography of the GVL renders it, and the people living within it, highly
vulnerable to the impacts of climate change
In response, both government agencies and NGOs have been active in
conservation and livelihood initiatives over several decades, both within and
outside the Protected Areas. This effort has achieved some significant
successes, including the recovery of large mammal populations in many areas
and through exemplary collaboration, the Increase in mountain gorilla numbers.
We seek to build on these successes in the face of ever-increasing pressures
and challenges, which have been brought even more sharply into focus by the
global coronavirus pandemic. The pandemic has resulted in the abrupt loss of
tourism income, which previously funded much of the conservation work and
supported many local community livelihoods, and underlined the importance of
developing new, alternative, bold and innovative approaches. WWF seeks to
establish a coalition of interdisciplinary NGOs working in the GVL that make
an explicit commitment to coordinate with one another, aligning to co-develop
an overarching GVL strategy and shared vision that strengthens existing
mechanisms for strategic, transboundary and collaborative management through
government, nongoverment and private partnerships. Our aims in doing this are
that impact will be amplified, resources will be used more efficiently, and
new opportunities can be more effectively leveraged. By facilitating a
coalition-led strategy development process during a 1-2-year inception period,
we intend to enable bottom-up development of a people-centred, transboundary
landscape initiative that will embrace integrated and holistic approaches, as
well as learning and sharing of experience. Building on the breadth of
existing work, the proposed transboundary landscape strategy will be high-
level, but informed by a robust process, with focus on agreeing coalition
principles, action and implementation including clear roles and

Major Functions:
The Greater Virunga Landscape Coordinator is being sought to lead coalition
building and the design and implementation of a GVL strategy. Through the
Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration GVTC, the governments of DRC,
Uganda and Rwanda have already demonstrated commitment to, and developed
platforms for the strategic, transboundary and collaborative management of the
natural resources of the GVL for long term economic development in the three
countries. An NGO coalition can potentially provide enhanced support to
Government institutions, whilst also effectively holding them to account.
This role is being recruited by WWF but with the ultimate aspiration that the
role will support, and be supported by, an interdisciplinary coalition of NGOs
working in collaboration within the GVL Operational arrangements may change
and evolve as the coalition develops

Specific tasks:
• In close collaboration with the WWF GVL working group which includes
representation of relevant WWF Network technical expertise, responsible for
identifying potential interdisciplinary GVL coalition members and then
supporting relationship building and ongoing relationship management with
these organisations forming the ‘GVL coalition’.
• In close collaboration with the GVL coalition, drawing from the WWF GVL
working group as needed, and building on best practice for multi-stakeholder
processes, responsible for designing and upholding GVL coalition principles.
This will include, but not limited to, ensuring that environmental and social
safeguards are built into all stages of planning.
Responsible for facilitating GVL coalition members WWF and non-WWF to co-
develop an overarching, transboundary GVL strategy and shared vision that is
people-centred and strengthens existing mechanisms for strategic, transboundar
and collaborative management. This will be high-level, but informed by a
robust process, with focus on implementing coalition principles and agreeing
action and implementation, including clear roles and responsibilities. This
process is supported by secured consultancy support and the technical
expertise of the WWF GVL working group
• In close collaboration with the WWF GVL working group, support WWF country
offices within the GVL to review strategic plans and, as necessary, respond/
adapt to the agreed GVL strategy and coalition principles, including
identifying opportunities for transboundary collaboration between WWF offices.
In time, the aspiration is that this responsibility will expand to supporting
other GVL coalition members also
• Provide technical support as needed to WWF and IGCP implementing teams to
develop and implement those work plans and annual budgets that are in
alignment with the agreed GVL strategy. In time, the aspiration is that this
responsibility will expand to supporting other GVL coalition members also
• Support GVL coalition members and associated implementing teams to develop,
grow and maintain effective partnerships beyond the GVL coalition with a
wide range of stakeholders, including governments, private sector and local
communities. There is a particular focus on ensuring effective and appropriate
transboundary work and so working with transboundary organisations, and in
particular the Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration GVTC, will be key
Effectively represent the GVL coalition in internal and external platforms,
meetings fora etc. to build increased understanding, interest and commitment
to the GVL: positively influence decision making and ensure that knowledge and
learning from this programme is effectively shared.
• In close collaboration with the WWF GVL working group and WWF network
fundraising teams, responsible for securing funds to support the GVL coalition
coordination function and supporting fundraising for implementation of
activities in line with the agreed transboundary GVL strategy. Over time,
responsible for supporting multiple GVL coalition members to jointly develop
and secure resources for projects / programmes implemented by two or more
coalition partners working in partnership.
• Maintain an overview of all relevant projects, programmes and initiatives
being undertaken by the GVL coalition, identify key gaps and potential niches
and assist relevant coalition member staff to address these, for example
through improved habitat and species connectivity, participatory land-use and
governance planning, nature-based enterprises, transboundary collaboration,
human wildlife conflict mitigation, policy engagement etc.
• Undertake such other duties as appropriate and as may be directed and agreed
by his/her line manager.

Profile Required Qualifications
• A postgraduate qualification MSc or PhD in a relevant discipline e.g.
natural sciences, social sciences, conservation biology, landscape ecology,
economics, conservation planning or related field.
• At least 10 years working experience in wildlife conservation and socio-
economic issues in Africa, preferably in an NGO context, with a proven track
record in the design and implementation of large-scale programmes, preferably
transboundary and within Africa
At least 10 years experience of working on complex programmes with multiple
and diverse implementation partners and stakeholders – including high level
political engagement, community livelihood initiatives – with cross-cutting
themes and multiple objectives
• At least 10 years’ experience in programme development and management,
including preparing and managing sizeable and complex budgets, technical and
financial reporting, matrix working programme monitoring and evaluation and
ensuring compliance with donor requirements for implementation

Required Skills and Competences
• Excellent strategic thinking, programme management and planning skills
• Excellent written English and communication skills
• Ability to develop, interpret and manage budgets and financial reporting
• Outstanding interpersonal skills including the ability to build coalitions,
negotiate, manage conflict with high level diplomacy, solve problems and
overcome obstacles
• Familiar with protocols associated with working in Africa, ideally East
• Excellent written, presentation and communication skills. WWF’s operating
language is English, but fluency in both English and French is highly
desirable for this role.
• Proficiency in Swahili is desirable
• Visionary and results focused leadership approach with a thorough
understanding of programme management disciplines,
• Demonstrated ability to drive multi-stakeholder engagement processes
including stakeholder workshops, and to build capacity of multiple
stakeholders to engage in landscape planning and management
Recognises, respects and builds on the skills and perspectives of communities,
partner organizations and the private sector
• Demonstrated ability to engage with technical experts including academics,
• understand and fill knowledge gaps, establish new research as necessary, and
use science, including social science, knowledge to inform programme design
and monitoring:
• Awareness and experience of implementing landscape-level conservation
approaches-ideally trans-boundary – which support both biodiversity
conservation and social development
• Demonstrated ability of effectively working with communities to support
sustainable natural resource management and improved wellbeing
• Experience in ensuring environmental and social safeguarding
• Adherence to WWF’s values, which are: Passionate & Optimistic, Challenging &
Inspiring, Credible & Accountable, Persevering & Delivering Results
• Exemplification of WWF’s key behaviors: Strive for Impact, Listen Deepl
Collaborate Openly, and Innovate Fearlessly.

Working Relationships:
Internal: Interacts and closely works with the WWF Country Director in Uganda,
the programme teams and the entire administrative staff in Uganda Country
External: Interacts with the WWF Country Director in DRC and Director of the
Interational Gorilla Conservation Programme IGCP, WWF GVL working group.
which includes representation of relevant WWF network technical expertise. As
the GVL coalition forms, this role will work in close collaboration with all
GVL coalition members
This job description covers the main tasks and conveys the spirit of the sort
of tasks that are anticipated proactively from staff. Other tasks may be
assigned as necessary according to organizational needs.

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Email:: [email protected] OR [email protected]

Application letters, detailed Curriculum Vitae including names, email
addresses and telephone contact details of three 3 referees, plus copies of
academic qualifications sent as one document addressed to the People Culture
and Administration Manager should be emailed to: [ [email protected]
]mailto:[email protected] not later than April 04th, 2022 Please
quote the position title in the email subject line and remember to fill the
Google form for the respective role as no applications will be processed
without the respective Google form filled. You can access the Google form via
the following link: [
] Thank you in advance for your interest
in this position. Please note that only candidates under serious consideration
will be contacted for follow up. If you have not been contacted six 6 weeks
after the closing date, consider your application unsuccessful. WWF is an
equal opportunity employer and committed to having a diverse workforce.
Qualified Female applicants are encouraged to apply

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