Policy and Advocacy Consultant

World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)


Location: Flexible in one of WWF Country Offices in AfricaThe World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)

International through its Africa Office is seeking to hire a consultant to support its policy and advocacy work in Africa.


The WWF Africa Conservation Framework covering the period 2020 – 2025 seeks to move beyond business as usual and provide an opportunity to strengthen co-existence between people and nature. With its two core impact areas and six impact pathways including influential policy advocacy and transformative partnerships, WWF is looking at not only strengthening its policy and advocacy work, it is looking at building effective partnerships to deliver conservation impact at scale. This will include activating its Policy Cabinet, a sort of platform which is to provide strategic direction for policy agenda setting that will purposefully, constructively and proactively leverage policy making processes to promote social and environmental sustainability in Africa.  In the last few years we have seen the increasing interest of stakeholders in both global and national policy issues – the SDGs, the adoption of the new global biodiversity framework, the climate change discussions with the need to focus more on issues such as adaptation, nature based solutions, loss and damage and finance and the process for the development of a new global treaty to end plastic pollution.

A great effort is needed to focus on collective and integrated delivery and implementation of multiple global and regional policies. Africa is critical actor in all these processes and WWF has been a key stakeholder in these different processes. Unfortunately, WWF Africa country offices’ participation remains limited and this, in most cases, is due to inadequate human and financial resources. There is no doubt that from 2023, policy issues especially related to implementation of decisions from the different COPs (UNFCCC, CBD and CITES) will be at the forefront of conservation related conversations both globally and nationally.

Scope of work:

The Consultant is expected to carry out the following tasks:

  1. Carry out a quick scan of the capacity needs in terms of policy engagement in the different WWF Africa country offices (Junior Consultant) – one off activity
  2. Identify and develop key policy and partnerships event calendar in Africa that provides an opportunity for WWF engagement (Junior consultant)
  3. To engage in supporting WWF Africa engagement in some of the identified key policy priorities (COP28, AMCEN, UNEA, etc.) (Coordination role – junior consultant) continuous

In addition to these roles, the Junior consultant will provide support to the following key tasks within the Unit:

  • Support engagement with WWF Africa’s institutional partners including the AfDB, NEPAD Agency, the African Union Commission, the Regional Economic Communities (East African Community, Southern Africa Development Community, Economic Community of Central African States);
  • Provide support for WWF Africa’s communication work in relation to its engagement with those institutional partners, development of Press Releases, feeding websites and triggering interest through social media, and provide the WWF network with regular updates.
  • Provide policy and advocacy support to the host WWF Country Office especially on the implementation of the Kunming-Montreal Biodiversity Agreement adopted at the CBD COP 15 in Montreal in 2022.
  • Perform other duties as requested by the Head of  Policy and Partnerships, Africa


  • This consultancy will be for a fixed duration of 10 months and the consultant is expected to work from one of WWF Country Offices in Africa

Required Qualifications, Skills and Competencies:

  • University undergraduate or graduate in International Relations/Development, Environmental Sciences, Environmental Law or other related fields, public relations.
  • Experience in internship/volunteering with conservation or development organisations.  
  • Strong oral and written communication skills in English, with working knowledge of French
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary environment
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently
  • Adheres to WWF’s values, which are: Courage, Integrity, Respect and Collaboration

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and CV highlighting suitability and potential for this position, with at least two references, to the address recruit-cam@wwfcam.org

Deadline on or before 17 February 2023.
Subject line should read: “Application forJuniorPolicy Consultant”. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.






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