Policy, Advocacy and Partnerships Consultant

World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)


Location: FlexibleThe World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) International through its Africa Office is seeking to hire a consultant to support its policy, advocacy and partnerships engagement 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 a critical actor in all these processes and WWF has been a key stakeholder in the 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 consultancy is expected to deliver the following deliverables:

  1. Review the WWF Africa Conservation Framework and other relevant WWF documents to identify key policy & partnerships issues based on global and regional policy dynamics
  2. Based on the identified policy & partnerships issues, develop a policy & partnerships priority action and engagement plan for 2023 and 2024
  3. Based on the policy, advocacy and partnerships priorities and engagement plan as well as the identified key policy, advocacy and partnerships issues, develop a policy, advocacy and partnerships strategic framework
  4. Support leaders in WWF ROA to establish a WWF Africa Policy Cabinet to integrate global, regional, and national policy and advocacy efforts

Expected deliverables:

  • A detailed narrative report on findings from the country offices’ policy capacity needs scan
  • A brief report on key recommendations from the review of the Africa Conservation Framework and other relevant WWF documents to identify policy issues for future engagement
  • A structure and plan, including the governance, membership, mechanism, staffing and fundraising, for an African Policy Cabinet
  • An action plan for engagement on policy & partnerships and calendar of policy and partnerships events for 2023 and 2024.


​Consultancy is for 35 days for a maximum period of three months. 

Required Skills and Qualifications:

  • Experience in development studies, policy, international relations, economics, and environmental sciences or policies;
  • Experience on global and regional policy processes and dynamics
  • Experience in working with African development and policy institutions;
  • Experience in formulating strategies and management plans;
  • Knowledge of WWF Global Goals, structure, organisation, and operations particularly in Africa;
  • Ability to work with and within multidisciplinary and multi-cultural team;
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines.
  • Ability to analyze and synthesize large volumes of complex information and communicate them clearly and concisely
  • French language proficiency (desired)
  • A University undergraduate or graduate degree in International Relations/Development, Environmental Sciences, Environmental Law or other related fields, public relations.
  • Experience with conservation or development organisations.  

 Required Skills and Competencies:

  • Strong oral and written communication skills in English. 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 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 forSeniorPolicy Consultant”. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.





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