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World Resources Institute: Engagement Associate AFR100, Global Restoration Initiative

Program Overview:

The Global Restoration Initiative (Restoration) is part of the Forests Program at WRI and works to inform, enable and invest in action to restore vitality to degraded and deforested landscapes around the globe. Following commitments by governments to restore more than 210 million hectares of degraded land worldwide, the initiative is now focused on supporting the people restoring landscapes.

Job highlight:

In this role, you will support the design and implementation of the second phase of the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative (AFR100). You will work directly within the AFR100 Secretariat at the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD) in South Africa and serve as the key liaison between AUDA-NEPAD, WRI and other relevant AFR100 Partners, as necessary. You will engage with AFR100 Country Focal Points (the political leaders of the initiative), the Great Green Wall Secretariat (housed at the African Union Commission) as well as other relevant Partner Initiatives and help organize engagement at key international events to accelerate AFR100’s goals of bringing 100 million hectares of land under restoration by 2030. You will also work directly with WRI’s AFR100 team, supporting targeted outreach and engagement on key efforts such as the Land Accelerator Africa, TerraFund for AFR100, the Restoration Policy Accelerator, and WRI’s restoration monitoring work.

What you will do:

Engagement & Research (75%)

  • Coordinate WRI’s daily engagement with the AFR100 Secretariat, ensuring regular and timely communication between WRI and AUDA-NEPAD
  • Keep an updated database of AFR100 Country Focal Points, ensuring that they are regularly informed about, and are contributing to the initiative’s activities
  • Mobilize select AFR100 government Focal Points to take a leadership role in the second phase of AFR100 and provide up-to-date content to AUDA-NEPAD and WRI
  • Build a strong connection between the Great Green Wall (GGW) and AFR100, support the establishment of an MoU with GGW and ensure cohesion and coordination in messaging
  • Build government buy-in in key countries and support the development of AFR100 registries, a system of technical assistance and financing requests for African government agencies
  • Maintain the list of AFR100 Financial and Technical Partners, liaising on behalf of the Secretariat to ensure that information on partners is accurate and up-to-date and shepherding the process of adding new partners
  • Engage key African audiences around WRI’s current AFR100 programs, like the Land Accelerator Africa and TerraFund for AFR100, and upcoming initiatives, like the Restoration Policy Accelerator and monitoring accelerator
  • Organize and support the planning of key international summits and gatherings related to AFR100, e.g., the AFR100 Annual Partnership Meeting and UNFCCC COP and other similar events, representing and advocating for the AFR100 initiative
  • Contribute to AFR100 research products.

Program Management (25%)

  • Mobilize the AFR100 team at AUDA-NEPAD to achieve the vision of AFR100 Phase II
  • Contribute to grant reporting for grants with joint AUDA-NEPAD/WRI deliverables and progress assessments related to AFR100
  • Support the development of joint AUDA-NEPAD/WRI communications products targeted to key audiences 

What you will need:

  • Master’s degree in Environmental Studies, Forestry, Political Science, or related fields
  • Minimum of six years of relevant full-time work experience
  • Experience working across several countries in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Experience in research, writing, editing, and oral communication
  • Experience working in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams
  • Written and oral fluency in English and French
  • Authorization to work in South Africa.
  • Experience working directly with the African Union, United Nations, and senior staff in the national ministries of African countries preferred
  • Experience working in Africa’s landscape restoration/sustainable land management sector preferred. 

Opportunity summary:

Location: Midrand, South Africa

This role is a one-year contract, with the possibility of renewal, and involves up to 25% travel mainly across the continent with a few possible trips outside. Only candidates that can be physically based at the AFR100 Secretariat in Midrand, South Africa will be considered.

Start date: Upon mutual agreement with candidate.

Type of Contract: Fixed-term contract (renewable)

Length of Contract: 1 year

Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors.

How to Apply:

Please submit a resume with cover letter by 7 July 2022. Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.

 About Us:

Founded in 1982, World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, nonprofit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity, and human well-being. We are working to address seven critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities, and the ocean. WRI has a global staff of over 1,800 people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices in Africa, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Colombia and the United States, as well as a growing presence in other countries and regions.

The foundation of our work is delivering high-quality research, data, maps, and analysis to solve the world’s greatest environment and international development challenges and improve people’s lives. We work with leaders in government, business, and civil society to drive ambitious action and create change on the ground. Equally important, we bring together partners to develop breakthrough ideas and scale-up solutions for far-reaching, enduring impact.



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