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Job title: Africa Great Green Wall Project Officer    


REF:  1191

ELIGIBILITY TO APPLY: External and Internal Candidates

HOURS OF WORK: Full Time (36 hours net)

JOB STATUS: 3 Year Fixed Term Appointment



LOCATION: Millennium Seed Bank, Wakehurst Place, West Sussex.


Kew is the world-leader in plant diversity science, and a major visitor attraction, that shows the importance of plants in all our lives. Kew’s mission is ‘to inspire and deliver science-based plant conservation worldwide, enhancing the quality of life’. 

The Africa Great Green Wall initiative is an African Union’s high profile programme that is supported by mainly EU and FAO, and involved 11 Sahelian countries across the continent from East to West. Building on the Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank long standing well-established partnership with research and conservation institutions in the region, the present GGW model project for the trans-boundaries of Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger has been set up to implement in collaboration with selected communities, the collection and planting of the right species in the right places. Led by the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership, the project aims at restoring degraded land with native species in semi-arid areas of the Sahel. With Kew’s MSB support, the National Tree Seed Centres in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger are now unparalleled repositories of seeds of thousands of species of the regional flora, which will be mobilised to support planting, research and conservation in the region. These comprehensive collections will facilitate a better understanding and management of the well-adapted Sahelian species to be used in the GGW programme.

Working at the heart of this project, you will play a key role in supporting the project manager and coordinating technical activities of a well-established network of contributors in order to deliver this community-based initiative. The programme comprises enabling use of MSB collections of species useful to communities and managing the steadily increasing botanical and conservation activity databases that help monitoring progress and dissemination of comprehensive information.

With a PhD degree in a biological subject or equivalent, you will have good knowledge of tropical seed biology, species eco-physiology and conservation, and of semi-arid floras. You will also need to have experience of carrying out technical training, fieldwork and writing up publishable articles. Excellent organisation and communication skills are needed to be able to deliver workshops and work constructively as part of an international and multi-cultural team.

Benefits include 30 days holiday per year, a choice of defined benefit or stakeholder pension, a flexible benefits scheme as well as a great working environment in both the UK and in Africa.

For full details of the job purpose, accountabilities and essential education, skills and experience for this role please view the Job Profile document.

CLOSING DATE: 23 August 2013 at 10:00 am

INTERVIEW DATE: W/c 2 September 2013

How To Apply

1. Download and read the Job Profile.

Job Description, Person Specification and Additional Information (Word)

2. Complete an Application Form and an Equality and Diversity Form.

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