Earth Skills Network 2017 Business Skills Program for Protected Areas in Africa (Fully Funded)

Application Deadline: 24 February 2017.

Each year, the Earth Skills Network (ESN) provides funded training in:

  • business planning and effective management practices and,
  • personal development of leadership capabilities, with
  • 12 months of mentoring from an ESN corporate member with significant business experience.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • The programme is open to all permanent staff from protected areas, World Heritage sites, protected area agencies and management authorities in Africa.
  • For each selected site, three staff from the site must be available to participate in the full programme.
  • Selected participants must be fluent in English.

About your organisation

  • Permanent Staff from Natural Protected Areas, Protected Area Agencies or Management Authorities in Africa.
  • Site can be marine or terrestrial.
  • The site must have an IUCN Protected Area classification, be a UNESCO World Heritage site, be working towards WHS status or an agency working across a number of sites.
  • The site must have clear (gazetted) boundaries.
  • Management Authority and Approvals Authority must be known.
  • All governance types are eligible for the programme.
  • Depending on governance type, the site must have the relevant senior management approvals to participate in the programme.

About the participants:

  • Three employees from the site must be available to participate in the full programme on the same team.
  • All three employees must have support and sign off from Protected Area senior management.
  • Employees must be fluent in English, as English is the main training language and application materials must be completed in English.
  • No business planning knowledge required but employees must be in a position to benefit from the training e.g. in a job role and at a level of seniority that allows for involvement in management or business planning.
  • If your site has been on the programme before, you are welcome to apply again but please nominate employees who have not already participated.

Residential Training Programme

Where:           Lajuma Research Centre, South Africa

When:             Training 1: 3 – 12 November 2017

Training 2: 14 – 23 November 2017

What:              The Residential Training Programme takes place over ten days and combines business and personal skills development. Business Mentors will work with a team of representatives from your site to cover the various elements of business planning using the Business Planning Toolkit.


  • All costs are covered by the organizers.

What’s Included?

  • Travel between your home base and South Africa for the ten day Residential Training Programme (direct flight, economy class).
  • Nine night’s accommodation at the residential field programme in Lajuma Research Centre, South Africa
  • Meals and drinks for the duration of your stay.
  • Comprehensive medical evacuation insurance for the duration of the ten day Residential Training Programme.
  • All facilitation costs and training materials in the field.

What’s Not Included?

  • Staff salaries – it is fully expected that the staff members attending this training will continue to have their salary fully funded by your organisation.
  • Any miscellaneous expenses (e.g. visa fees, airport transfers, clothing, any other equipment).

Application Procedure:

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Earth Skills Network 2017 Business Skills Program 


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