AWF Leadership and Management Program (Paid) | Diplomacy Opportunities

AWF CLMP Nairobi Kenya


Each year, Africa Wildlife Foundation (AWF) accepts a small number of trainees into the CLMP so that we can ensure each participant receives adequate coaching and development. As such, the selection process is rigorous. While all are encouraged to apply, ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:
  • A master’s degree graduate with studies focused on conservation science, MBA, conservation biology, enterprise development, tourism,marketing, China–Africa relations, project management, conservation, program design, communications and other related fields.
  • At least three full years of experience working on African conservation issues with a serious and proven dedication to Africa and AWF’s mission.
  • Superb written and oral skills. Fluency in English is required; fluency in French or Chinese is a great advantage. Familiarity with other languages relevant to work in Africa (e.g., IsiZulu, Kiswahili, Maa, Fon, etc.) is also a major plus.
  • Willingness to relocate to Nairobi, Kenya, and proceed to long-termassignments at AWF project sites during the program, sometimes inharsh and remote physical conditions.
  • A team player with high energy, willingness to learn, and a drive tosucceed, and must be able to work with ease within challenging andculturally diverse environments.
CLMP is an intensive program that requires a “two year” commitment by participants. In addition to invaluable training and experience, AWF offers the following:


  • One round-trip economy class air ticket between  participant’s home city and Nairobi;
  • Housing or allowance (for long term stay) in Nairobi while stationed at AWF’s HQ;
  • Housing (appropriate to station location) while stationed in an AWF landscape or country office;
  • Laptop computer for use while participating in CLMP (to remain the property of AWF);
  • A stipend; and•  Individual medical coverage and statutory insurances. 
A complete application will include:
  • CLMP Application Datasheet
  • Cover letter describing the applicant’s personal link to conservation in Africa, and justification as to why s/he should be selected for the program (not to exceed twopages);
  • Curriculum Vitae (not to exceed two pages);
  • Summary of applicant’s master’s thesis/project and relevancy to AWF’s programs and mission (not to exceed three pages); and
  • A minimum of three professional and/or academic references.

Download Application Form here

Individuals wishing to be considered for this program must apply by no later than April 15, 2017.


Application materials should be typed and presented in a professional manner. Applications will only be accepted online only at: For questions regarding CLMP or clarifications on the application process, please send an email to with the subject line title CLMP.
Incomplete applications will not be considered and successful applicants will be shortlisted.