Development Workers (m/f/d) in the field of Forest Environment and Climate in Cameroon

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Job description

The project supports the Ministries of Forestry and Environment in Cameroon in the implementation of their national programs. A key contribution is the consolidation of methodological approaches and models to ensure inclusive, sustainable and climate-sensitive management of Cameroon's environment and forest resources by local actors in selected communities and to contribute to value creation. The program's advisory services are provided at national, regional and local level and are aimed at both ministry staff and representatives of communities, civil society and the private sector.

Your tasks

As part of your service as a development worker, you will take one of the following tasks (up to 4 different vacancies):

  • Jointly, in close cooperation with partners, design and develop inclusive, sustainable and climate sensitive management solutions
  • Assist in developing and implementing capacity building activities of the program
  • Contribute to its impact-oriented monitoring and environmental sensitization/education
  • One development worker to assist local small-scale enterprises and sawmills in introducing innovative technologies in the valorization of industrial waste wood and the respective value chains
  • One development worker to assist local communities, municipalities and interest groups in planning and managing forestry resources on communal land
  • One development worker to improve and implement an adapted ecological survey in the program’s activities
  • One development worker to strengthen the capacity of women, youth and local and indigenous communities to better represent their interests in key decision-making processes about forest resources

Your profile

  • University degree or professional qualification related to wood industry, forestry, biology, ecology, anthropology or any other relevant field of study or similar professional qualification
  • Affinity for change management, combined with initial practical professional experience in the field of development/international cooperation
  • Expertise in forest or protected area management, community-based conservation, and conflict management
  • Experience abroad, ideally in francophone Africa and experience in working in intercultural contexts
  • Sensitivity towards, or (for thematic area Gender & Inclusion) experience with, approaches to gender equality
  • Teamwork and networking skills combined with the talent to think conceptually and analytically
  • Structured work style with a high degree of self-organisation and creativity and strong communication, presentation and facilitation skills
  • Very good knowledge of English and French, knowledge of German is an advantage

Location information

We are pleased to offer you a first impression on topics such as climate, shopping and services, the school situation and health care in Cameroon.

The security situation requires heightened vigilance. Tailored security risk mitigation measures are in place for GIZ staff in country. GIZ staff must adhere to security measures at all times. Please also check the county-specific information provided by the German Federal Foreign Office. GIZ runs a professional security risk management system in the field of deployment. The working environment is subject to special restrictions on the freedom of movement. GIZ does not impose any restrictions on life partners and family members to move with you to the country of deployment. Please note that the general and personal living conditions in the country of assignment may meet with different legal and social acceptance. We gladly support you with our many years of experience.

Further information on country-specific advice from the Federal Foreign Office at

We have several positions to fill in different locations of operation (Yaoundé, Bertoua and Yoko).


GIZ's Development Service is looking forward to applications of candidates with a professional qualification and / or university degree and at least two years of professional experience. In addition you hold the German nationality or the nationality of a member state of the European Union.

Willingness to travel on a regular basis is required.

For general questions from dependent partners about local employment - please contact us at:

Please observe the provisions of the country-specific vaccination regulations for entry and work in the country of assignment - in particular also regarding COVID-19.

Please understand that we can accept and process in principle only applications via our E-recruiting system. Following the confirmation of your succesful application, kindly check your spam / junk mail folder on a regular basis, since some provider classify emails form our recruiting system as spam.

About us

The basis for service as a development worker is the Development Workers Act (EhfG) and a comprehensive package of benefits based on it. This includes, among other things, targeted professional and personal preparation. We offer the opportunity to work in an innovative, globally active development institution. Your competencies are in demand in an interdisciplinary team on site.

GIZ is a signatory of the Diversity Charter. Recognition, appreciation and inclusion of diversity in the company are important to us. All employees shall be valued - regardless of gender and gender identity, nationality, ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, social background, age or sexual orientation.

GIZ would like to increase the proportion of employees with disability, both in Germany and abroad. Applications from persons with disabilities are most welcome.


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