Project Intern – Circular Economy Initiative

Major Function:

WWF is seeking to recruit a Project Intern to support the implementation and research of an effective Circular Economy Initiative programme strategy including proactive engagement with ongoing projects on in WWF-Kenya with a vision of No Plastics in Nature by 2030.

Application deadline: 17th September, 2021

Duties and Responsibilities:

Work in close partnership with plastics circular economy initiative team to develop and implement WWF-Kenya’s plastics circular economy strategy.
Stay updated on the market situation for the plastic circular economy in Kenya. Including collection rates, recycling rates, value chain analysis, laws and regulations, production volumes, prices, trends, etc.
Support in strengthening institutional capacities of stakeholders in the plastic recycling value chain in Coastal Kenya and ensure they are effectively participating in the plastic circular economy. This includes facilitating training of the various stakeholders in plastic recycling value chain in Coastal Kenya including collectors/sorters/recyclers
Develop reports based on specific project implementation outputs.
Support communities to gain access to information, resources, other relevant stakeholders and opportunities that are likely to empower them to promote a plastic circular economy
Remain abreast of topical developments and scientific studies related to plastics circular economy that would promote community participation in improving the plastic value chain
On behalf of WWF-Kenya, establish good working relationships with local communities and their leaders, and endeavour to uphold the reputation of WWF
Maintain/strengthen the institutional linkages already established, with communities at the project site level and support conservation group activities and self-help projects aimed at alleviating poverty
In collaboration with WWF-Kenya Communications Unit, contribute to periodic publications and features on community engagement
Undertake other duties as assigned by the Plastics Circular Economy Initiative Programme Officer and the Coastal Kenya programme Manager
In all activities ensure, and support others to uphold WWF’s social policies

Required Qualifications and Experience

A graduate student OR recent recipient of bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering or Natural Resources or Environmental Management or Project Management or Ecology or any other related field.
At least 3 months to 1-year work experience in natural resource management, waste management, recycling or petrochemical or polymer industry.
Knowledge and experience of working with rural and urban communities and government agencies will be essential
Good analytical and communication skills both verbal and writing, good presentation and interpersonal skills
Creative, innovative, “thinking out of the box” mentality, solution finder
Agile, self-starter with an ability to work autonomously
Team player that thrive in cross-departmental cooperation
High mobility, willingness to travel and open to other cultures
Fluent and elaborate speaker in both English and Kiswahili
Required Skills and Competencies

Basic knowledge of all grades of plastics, their end uses, and market purchase and sale values
Basic understanding of the supply and demand cycles and market influence factors, competitors and trade prices of the plastic value chain
Basic knowledge in the fields of natural resource management, plastic waste, waste hierarchy, sustainable consumption, circular economy and material cycle is an added advantage
Basic knowledge of financial reporting, especially of project tracking and reporting of expenditure
Adaptable, flexible, able to take initiative and prioritize among competing demands
Adherence to WWF Kenya’s core values, which are: Credible, Responsive, Innovative, Determined, Inspiring & Collaborative.
Working Relationships

Internal: Interacts frequently with Programme Managers, Coordinators, Projects Officers, Consultants, researchers and All WWF-Kenya staff

External: Interacts frequently with WWF Regional and International staff, Government ministries, departments and agencies, CSOs, Private sector, Professional bodies, development agencies, other NGOs, INGOs and donors.

This job description covers the main tasks. Other tasks may be assigned as necessary according to organisational needs.

Please apply with your CV and cover letter as one file with the Job Title of Position applied for on the subject line to: to be received no later than 17th September 2021. We will not accept applications without a CV and cover letter.

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