Program Director Career kenyas at African Wildlife Foundation in Kenya July 2013

Job Title: Program Director Conservation Enterprise, Nairobi
Closing Date: Friday, 27 April 2013

This position will provide the vision and intellectual capital needed to achieve sustainable conservation outcomes through commercial activity.


For more than 50 years, the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) has been an important player in African conservation and sustainable development. As a key strategy for creating sustainable conservation outcomes, AWF regularly engages in social enterprise ventures across all of its African Heartlands. These ventures create partnerships between communities and the private sector, and model how triple bottom line projects should work – profitable business ventures, economic development for communities, and legally binding conservation covenants. Collectively, AWF’s enterprise ventures represent millions of dollars of investment and span a range of sectors including conservation tourism, livestock management, agricultural production and marketing, and fisheries management.


The Program Director will report directly to AWF’s President, and serve as a member of AWF’s senior program leadership team. S/he will form a strategic vision for furthering AWF’s conservation mission through opportunities created by commercial activity. In addition to expanding AWF’s portfolio of successful enterprises in the tourism sector, the Program Director will work to grow AWF’s impact in other critical sectors such as agriculture and livestock. S/he will also play an important role in expanding AWF’s geographic presence. On an annual basis, the Program Director will help to identify conservation goals around which AWF’s efforts will be focused. S/he will ensure that enterprises are designed to be both commercially viable and deliver on AWF’s desired conservation outcomes. The Program Director will oversee AWF’s conservation enterprise team to ensure they are following best practices and delivering excellent enterprise projects within AWF’s conservation landscapes.

This will be a highly visible position and so the Program Director must be seen as a subject-matter expert in the field of social enterprise as applied in the context of African conservation. S/he will have the ability and necessary private sector contacts to identify and develop enterprise opportunities across a variety of geographies and sectors. The Program Director must be a visionary who is able to position AWF as the go-to organization for effective conservation-based social enterprises in Africa.


10+ Years of Experience. MBA or Related Masters. Proven Entrepreneur. Natural Leader. Project Management. Cultural Sensitivity. Financial Acumen. Negotiation Expertise. Business Development. Passion for Conservation. Tourism Experience Preferred. Superb English. French Preferred.


COMPENSATION Highly Competitive
How to apply:


Interested candidates should email a cover letter and CV to: with the subject “PD-CE”. Applications will be kept in strict confidence.

Please use your cover letter to summarize a vision for utilizing social enterprise to further AWF’s mission.

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