The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is an international non-governmental organization founded in 1961 that works in the field of wilderness preservation and the reduction of human impact on the environment. It was formerly named the World Wildlife Fund, which remains its official name in Canada and the United States.
WWF started operating in Uganda in 1992, as a project coordination office implementing projects for East and South Africa regional program office.
In October 2009, WWF Uganda Country Office (UCO) was established. The office reports to the regional office of Africa and ultimately WWF International.
The legal status of WWF in Uganda was first negotiated in 1992 and later renegotiated under a new hosting agreement with the government of U Uganda in 2014. WWF is now included on the schedule of the Diplomatic Privileges Regulations under Statutory Instrument No.201-1 in Uganda.
Over 80% of our work in Uganda is concentrated in the Albertine Rift Region which is one of WWF’s global priority places.(The African Rift lakes).This is important because it has the highest biodiversity value in Uganda as well as main land Africa. The Abertine Rift is under threat from oil, gas and other development plans.
The specific responsibilities of the NbS Officer include but are not limited to the following;
- Assess and recommend NbS interventions for climate resilience and adaptation in and or around the proposed PA sites;
- Ensure participatory development and implementation of Climate Adaptation NbS interventions in or around selected PAs including but not limited to Agroforestry, natural/assisted restoration, soil and water conservation, among others;
- Support project partners and consultants to ensure timely implementation of site level NbS interventions and activities;
- Promote People (Farm) Integrated Planning approach to increase adoption of gender sensitive Nature Based Climate Adaptation and nature-based livelihoods;
- In collaboration with the Climate Change and NbS Manager, support the development of climate change mitigation and adaptation capacity strengthening initiatives for PA authorities, local governments, Community Led Organizations and other stakeholders;
- Ensure strong relationships with environmental and development NGOs in and around target PAs in the GVL including government Ministries, Departments and Agencies, and share latest thinking on adaptation practices and lessons learned;
- Interact with IISD, WWF nature-based solution (NbS) network and the WWF energy and climate practice to bring in global perspectives to the national and site level context;
- Support the development of funding opportunities for the climate change and NbS work as part of a wider GVL Strategy;
- Monitor and evaluate climate change adaptation interventions with national and local stakeholders in the GVL in line with the WWF standards and guidelines;
- Ensure the development of tools for data collection, monitoring and reporting in close collaboration with the M&E officer;
- Contribute to the project monitoring, evaluation, learning and reporting in compliance with donor requirements.
- A Bachelor’s Degree in forestry; environmental studies, climate change studies; sustainable land use planning and management or a related field. A post graduate qualification in ecosystem—based management, climate change and development, forestry and natural resource management and/or nature—based/green value will be an added advantage;
- At least 3-5 years of work experience in a field related to Natural Resource management, climate change, ecosystem-based adaptation, green and nature—based enterprises, and other related fields;
- Proven practical experiences in nature-based ecosystem-based management and restoration such as agroforestry, restoration, farmer management natural regeneration etc;
- Familiarity with social and environmental safeguarding framework;
- Demonstrated ability to undertake baselines, field-based data collection and monitoring methods;
- Knowledge of relevant computer applications, softwares and team working platforms such as MS Teams, SharePoint, Zoom, Google Docs etc.
- Experience working in a fast-paced, multi-project environment
- Fluency in English and at least one other major language spoken in the GVL (e.g. Runyakitara)
How to apply
Email an application cover letter, Curriculum Vitae and contact details of three (3) referees plus copies of academic qualifications (sent as one PDF document) clearly indicating “NbS Officer, CAPA Initiative” in the subject line to: email@example.com