AFR100 Associate II, Forests Program

Program Management Nairobi, Kenya

Job Summary

In this role, you will contribute to the AFR100 initiative and coordinate our technical support in six African countries. You will be in a highly collaborative role that involves people and project management, strategy execution, coordination within and across organizations, and fundraising. You will work closely with WRI colleagues based in the US, Kenya, Ethiopia, Malawi, and other countries and with project partners in South Africa and Europe.

This position is remote due to Covid-19, but you will be based at WRI’s office in Nairobi, Kenya once restrictions have lifted.

Job Responsibilities:
Project Management and Fundraising (40%)
  • Fundraise for new awards. Lead donor prospecting and outreach to new potential funders. Coordinate with colleagues to develop proposals for work across multiple partner countries
  • Support teammates to evaluate potential funding opportunities based on alignment with the Restoration Initiative strategy and WRI Africa Vital Landscapes pillar
  • Lead collaborative processes with ~20 colleagues to develop proposals and budgets, clarify individual responsibilities for grant implementation, develop work plans, and have quarterly progress check-ins
  • Co-lead donor stewardship activities including strategy review meetings, embassy visits, participation in events (e.g. webinars), and a quarterly donor newsletter. Support teammates as needed with donor outreach and stewardship
  • Manage portfolio of 6-figure and 7-figure funding awards
  • Ensure timely delivery of activities in six African countries,led by ~20-person team and external consultants where needed
  • Track and communicate results of these activities. Produce project reports for donors
  • Liaise with Restoration Initiative monitoring team to communicate results of restoration monitoring.
Staff Management & Teambuilding (40%)
  • Connect a five-person core team with 20 other Restoration Initiative staff spread across WRI offices to share knowledge and access technical assistance, communications expertise, and administrative and operational support. Connect colleagues with external partners in the AFR100 network
  • Provide ongoing support to help teammates prioritize, delegate, manage workloads, and trouble-shoot as challenges arise
  • Foster a culture of learning, collaboration, and care through regular meetings and check-ins with a five-person core team
  • Ensure two-directional alignment of in-country activities with Restoration Initiative strategy and WRI Africa’s Vital Landscapes pillar
External Relations & Strategy Execution (20%)
  • Represent WRI in the AFR100 Initiative Management Group. Lead WRI’s contributions to AFR100 strategy development and execution
  • Activate new partnerships with grassroots African organizations working to scale up land restoration
  • Coordinate WRI core contributions to the AFR100 including selected workshops, webinars, and research products
  • Support process to define WRI’s communications and influence strategy for AFR100
  • Manage relationships with existing partners in Africa, including the AUDA-NEPAD Agency
Job Qualifications
  • Master's degree (or a bachelor's degree with 2 years of additional work experience)
  • Minimum of 5 years of work experience in forestry, agriculture, environmental management, or related
  • A passion for people management and collaboration
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including strong listening skills
  • An interest in creative problem-solving
  • A demonstrated track record of project management experience
  • Strong organizational skills and a demonstrated ability to prioritize
  • Comfort speaking and writing in English and French
  • Extensive experience working in Africa and/or  knowledge of the African context is essential
  • Ability to travel internationally up to 20% of the time
How to Apply
Please submit a resume and a cover letter (in English) outlining your interest and qualifications for this position. Please note that all candidates invited to interview will be interviewed in both English and French. Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.

Program Overview

WRI’s Global Restoration Initiative works to inspire, enable and implement restoration on degraded landscapes, returning them to economic and environmental productivity. WRI and partners have identified more than 700 million hectares of cleared and degraded forest and agricultural lands suitable for restoration across Africa. Using this data as a foundation, we work to promote restoration of degraded lands back into natural forests, agroforestry systems, or productive agriculture. WRI’s restoration efforts in Africa are part of the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative, AFR100 and part of the WRI Africa “Vital Landscapes” pillar.

WRI Overview

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 in order to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, watersustainable cities, and the ocean. 

We are passionate. We value our diversity of interests, skills and backgrounds. We have a flexible work environment. And we share a common goal to catalyze change that will improve the lives of people. Our shared ideals are at the core of our approach. They include: integrity, innovation, urgency, independence and respect. 

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.  

We have been growing rapidly: our staff has doubled in size over the past 5 years and our operating budget is now $150 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of 1,000+ people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices inAfrica, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexicoand theUnited States as well as a growing presence in other countries and regions.   

WRI is committed to advancing gender and social equity for human well-being in our mission and applies this principle to our organizational and programmatic practices.  

The World Resources Institute ( is an environmental and development research and policy organization that creates solutions to protect the Earth and improve people’s lives. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, it is WRI’s policy to recruit, hire, and provide opportunities for advancement in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, parental status, protected veteran status, or disability. WRI’s global agenda requires a staff that is diverse – with respect to race, gender, cultural, and international background. Diverse perspectives and experience enhance the way WRI selects and approaches issues, as well as the creativity and applicability of WRI's policy research and analysis.