AWF CONSERVATION LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT PROGRAM 2017 – 24-month, on-the-job training (Fully Funded to Nairobi, Kenya)

Application Deadline: April 21, 2017:

African Wildlife Foundation CONSERVATION LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT PROGRAM CLMP is a unique and intensive two-year program that seeks to develop high-potential future conservation leaders. Successful candidates will gain real-world experience working in AWF’s various programs, and emerge ready to serve as serious profession-als in African conservation.


Each year, AWF accepts only a small number of trainees (3) into the CLMP so that we can ensure each participant receives adequate coaching and development. As such, the selection process is rigorous. While all are encouraged to apply, ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:
• A master’s degree graduate with studies focused on conservation science, MBA, conservation biology, enterprise development, tourism, marketing, China–Africa relations, project management, conservation,
program design, communications and other related fields.
• At least three full years of experience working on African conservation issues with a serious and proven dedication to Africa and AWF’s mission.
• Superb written and oral skills. Fluency in English is required; fluency in
French or Chinese is a great advantage. Familiarity with other languages relevant to work in Africa (e.g., IsiZulu, Kiswahili, Maa, Fon, etc.) is also a

major plus.
• Willingness to relocate to Nairobi, Kenya, and proceed to long-term assignments at AWF project sites during the program, sometimes in harsh and remote physical conditions.
• A team player with high energy, willingness to learn, and a drive to succeed, and must be able to work with ease within challenging and culturally diverse environments.


CLMP is an intensive program that requires a “two year” commitment by
participants. In addition to invaluable training and experience, AWF offers the following:
•   One round-trip economy class air ticket between participant’s home city and Nairobi;
•   Housing or allowance (for long term stay) in Nairobi  while stationed at AWF’s HQ;
• Housing (appropriate to station location) while stationed in an AWF landscape or country office;

•  Laptop computer for use while participating in CLMP (to remain the property of AWF);
•  A stipend; and •  Individual medical coverage and statutory insurances

The CLMP provides a unique opportunity for participants to learn from practical experience, contributing to AWF’s work while building relationships with col-leagues and the organization’s leadership team. Following is the general schedule that guides the participants’ professional development. Note this schedule may change.

ORIENTATION (3 months)


  • Participants will report to AWF’s headquarters in Nairobi for an in-depth, on-the-job orientation of AWF’s programs, methodologies, and tools from
    current AWF staff.
  • This period includes a series of local field trips to some of AWF’s landscapes for a firsthand introduction to the organization’s projects and philosophies. Working directly with AWF’s staff, participants will engage in short desk assignments intended to produce tangible intellectual output for AWF


  • Following the orientation period, participants will be assigned based on their interests, skillset, AWF need and proven capabilities observed during orientation Participants should expect to cycle through at  least one field assignment during their program.
  • Functioning as regular staff members, participants will work with the landscape teams to push forward AWF’s conservation strategies.


  • At the conclusion of Stage 2 of the program,  associates will reconvene in Nairobi to reflect  on their experiences. Associates are expected to produce a report on AWF’s operations and challenges, and recommend new ideas/strategies/ best practices for AWF’s future work.
  • This report will allow CLMP participants to leave a lasting impact on AWF, and conservation as it is practiced in the context of Africa.
Individuals wishing to be considered for this program must apply by no later than April 15, 2017. A complete application  will include:

•  CLMP Application Datasheet (found at the end of this brochure);
•  Cover letter describing the applicant’s personal link to conservation in Africa, and justification as to why s/he should be selected for the program (not to exceed two pages);
•  Curriculum Vitae (not to exceed two pages);
•  Summary of applicant’s master’s thesis/project and relevancy to AWF’s programs and mission (not to exceed three pages); and
•  A minimum of three professional and/or academic references.
Application materials should be typed and presented in a professional manner.
Applications will only be accepted online only at: For questions regarding CLMP or clarifications on the application process, please send  an email to with the subject line title CLMP.
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only successful applicants will be shortlisted.

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