VACANCY: Expert in Biodiversity Restoration

Vacancy Summary

  • Organisation Type: Government / non profit
  • Sector: Agriculture
  • Field of Expertise: Specialist
  • Work Experience: 6-10 years
  • Benefits included: Accommodation, Flights, International insurance, Moving expenses, Schooling, Transport
  • Preferred Candidates: Both international and national jobseekers invited to apply
  • Posted on: Aug 10, 2022
  • Vacancy closing date: Aug 29, 2022

Job Description

Enabel is the Belgian development agency. It implements Belgium’s governmental cooperation. The agency also works for other national and international donors. With its partners in Belgium and abroad, Enabel offers solutions to address pressing global challenges - Climate Change, Urbanisation, Human Mobility, Peace and Security, Economic and Social Inequality - and to promote Global Citizenship. With 2,000 staff, Enabel manages about 170 projects in twenty countries, in Belgium, Africa and the Middle East.
In December 2021, the Swedish Embassy (SIDA) signed a funding agreement with the Ministry of Environment (MoE) /Rwanda Forestry Authority (RFA) for the implementation of the project of “Reducing vulnerability to climate change through enhanced community-based biodiversity conservation in the Eastern Province of Rwanda (COMBIO)” which is focusing on creating biodiversity interconnections of the various ecosystems and landscapes of the whole Eastern Province.
This Project will be aligned and complementary to the TREPA project (funded by the Green Climate Fund, ).
COMBIO will be structured around and aimed at achieving the following outcomes:
Outcome 1: Restored, enhanced, and protected biodiversity for increased climate resilience in productive and protective landscapes.
Outcome 2: Improved livelihood of community through biodiversity-based enterprises and developed value chains.
Outcome 3: Strengthened and coordinated community based knowledge and National monitoring systems for biodiversity conservation.
Enabel, as implementing partner in collaboration with Rwanda Forestry Authority (RFA) and International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), will support the following specific outputs:
Increasing biodiversity in protected natural reserves and community natural sanctuaries;
Developing biodiversity-based enterprises for communities.
Job description
As an International Expert in Biodiversity Restoration, you will be reporting to the Intervention Manager for the COMBIO project and supporting the technical team in the activity implementation of activities of the outputs dedicated to Enabel according to the project proposal, mainly associated with establishment biodiversity sanctuaries and development of nature -based enterprises and value chains.
You contribute to the implementation of the project by taking part in the planning, execution, coordination, and monitoring and evaluation of activities;
You advise on the basis of your technical expertise, in order to achieve performance in accordance with national and international norms and standards;
You organise knowledge building and knowledge management in order to create an inclusive, informed climate of trust within the project;
You contribute to capacity development of partner organisations.
Your profile
Required qualifications
Master’s degree in the fields of biodiversity conservation, ecosystems management, botanical sciences, forestry/agroforestry, environmental management or any other closely related field.
Required experience
At least 5 years of relevant experience in the fields of biodiversity conservation, community ecotourism, forestry/agroforestry, and/or Natural Resource Systems Management;
At least 5 years of proven experience in projects/program implementation;
Proven experience in tree seedlings preparation and sustainable management of forest landscapes using diversified native species;
Experience in working with local communities through participatory approaches (organisation, training, etc);
An international experience (i.e. in the international development sector and outside your country of origin) and more particularly in Rwanda is an asset.
Required skills and knowledge
Good knowledge of aspects of international development (context, challenges, application, partners, functioning…);
Strong analytical and strategic planning skills;
Ability to implement a change process;
Knowledge management and knowledge building;
Good capacity to conceptualize and design action research and surveys;
You are result oriented;
Strong proposal writing skills;
Ability to use new technologies used in the area of expertise;
Considering the working language of Rwanda and the international environment in which you work, excellent knowledge of English is required. Strong notions in French and/or Dutch are an asset.
Applicants are also required to commit to the vision, mission and values of Enabel (
We offer you
An interesting job in an international environment.
A contract of 30 months. You are based in Kigali with frequent field missions over the Eastern Province.
A salary package that comprises the monthly gross salary, in accordance with our salary scales (Class 6), and Enabel expat benefits such as a remoteness, assignment and hardship allowance, (capped) coverage of housing expenses, a moving compensation, an installation compensation, (capped) coverage of school expenses for children accompanying, an insurance package for the whole family, including repatriation insurance, and an annual round-trip flight ticket for each family member.
In case of expatriation without the (dependent) members of the family, up to six additional round-trip flight tickets to the country of origin or another destination (capped in accordance with Enabel rules).
The various amounts vary in function of relevant recognised experience for the function and family composition.
Following this recruitment procedure a shortlist of successful applicants may be constituted which may be sourced in the next three years for similar job openings.
Every person who fulfils the conditions listed in our job advertisements may apply. Enabel is committed to equal opportunities and diversity in its workforce. We do not discriminate on the basis of gender, origin, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability status or any other factor other than competence.
Are you interested?
Apply here at the latest by 29/08/2022 and include your application letter and updated CV.
Only applications submitted via the above link will be considered.