Call for Application, Communication Officer

The Environment and Rural Development Foundation (ERuDeF) is a non-profit Cameroonian conservation organization established in 1999. ERuDeF has been working for over two decades across Cameroon and has significantly contributed towards restoring fragile eco-systems, regeneration of forest through plantation and agroforestry, conservation of biodiversity through wildlife habitat protection and protected area management, promoting environmental education, as well as empowering rural communities through innovative economics and livelihood development programs.

The Chief Executive Officer is seeking the services of three (03) highly qualified communication officers respectively in charge of (i) public relation, corporate marketing and branding, (ii) broadcast, documentary and photography and (iii) print, online and social media to join the communication team. These are full-time positions and the prospective candidates will work in the division of communication and will perform the followings;

  • Communicating for all programs in ERuDeF i.e., covering events, workshops and programs of the organization to create articles, news/media pieces documentaries which will be added to the organization’s repertoire;
  • Creating, curating and managing on a daily basis the organization’s branding efforts by developing relevant content topics to reach target customers, clients and potential funders;
  • Search Engine Optimization for all its websites in coordination with the Brand Manager; translating concepts, ideas and documents into appealing and encouraging online content and info graphics which will increase web traffic and maintain desired search engine results;
  • Liaising with all Senior Program Officers to analyse performance for all marketing and sensitizing efforts; identify areas of high use and areas that require promotion and/or further development in each project landscape;
  • Creating, reviewing and editing content assigned for both offline and online publications;
  • Assisting in the planning and execution of communication campaigns and events.

Required skills and qualifications

  • MSc/MA in communication/ digital marketing/ journalism from any recognized University, past work experience and a steady track record;
  • Knowledge of Microsoft office and video editing skills and advanced knowledge on media metrics and social media analytics;
  •  One to two years of progressive experience in a digital role where candidate demonstrated excellent brand building strategies which led to a quantifiable increase in exposure of the organization;
  • Advanced knowledge in English language, French language is an advantage;
  • Excellent attention to details;
  • Excellent judgement and corporate language when communicating with/selecting content to disseminate to the community;
  • Ready to undergo training in environmental science, biology, botany/plant science, earth science, ecology, geology, geography and land management is considered a plus.

Composition of Application File: All application files should consist of; a curriculum vitae, copies of relevant certificates, attestation of service if available, medical certificate not older than three months, photocopy of national identity card, two passport size photographs and a motivation letter addressed to the Director of Administration and Human Resource, ERuDeF P.O. Box 189 Buea, Southwest Cameroon.

Remuneration: The pay package for this position is very encouraging and negotiable based on experience  and track record from previous positions.

Location of Position: The prospective candidate will be expected to work at ERuDeF Head Office Buea and travel nation-wide.

Mode of Application: All application files are expected to be deposited at the ERuDeF Head Office Buea or by e-mail to or Applications are opened until positions are filled.

ERuDeF is an equal opportunity employer regardless of age, gender, religion and ethnic origin.

Terms of Reference for a Consultancy Service on the Mid-Term Review of the Mount Bamboutos Initiative (MBI) Project in Cameroon

Project Title: “Landscapes and Livelihoods: Participatory Restoration of the Mount Bamboutos Ecosystem” in Cameroon

1. Introduction

The International
Tree Foundation
(ITF) and the Environment and Rural Development Foundation (ERuDeF) seek the services of a
skilled consultant to undertake a mid-term external review of their three-year project, funded by Darwin
The overall aim of the project is to restore the biodiversity and ecosystem functions of
the mount Bamboutos ecosystem, while securing the livelihoods of the local and
indigenous communities.
The project started in
April 2018 and is implemented
in nine (09) villages around the Mount Bamboutos
aiming to reach a total of 1500
project participants both
directly and indirectly. The first phase of the project will come to an end in September
however, due
to plans to expand and scale-up
the project to two five-year phases, a mid-term review of the
first half of the project is

1.1 About ERuDeF

ERuDeF is the leading Cameroonian conservation
organisation, founded in 1999. ERuDeF has part of her mission to conserve
biodiversity and restore fragile environments through research, training,
education and community engagement.

ERuDeF has 20 years of expertise in biodiversity
conservation; landscape restoration; agroforestry and agricultural development;
sustainable forest management; livelihood and economic development, and
conservation finance.

1.2 About ITF

ITF is a UK based
organisation that works with communities in Africa and the UK to carry out
sustainable community forestry projects which protect, regenerate and cultivate
trees and forests to conserve habitats rich in biodiversity and to enhance
human and environmental well-being.

1.3 Project Description

The Mount Bamboutos Initiative (MBI) is a
project for the restoration of the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functions of
Mount Bamboutos in Western Cameroon, through the planting of 15 million trees
in 15 years. It is a joint initiative of the Environment and Rural Development
Foundation (ERuDeF), Cameroon and the International Tree Foundation (ITF), UK
in collaboration with the government of Cameroon. The Mount Bamboutos ecosystem
by 1960 was one of the most biodiversity rich mountains in continental Africa
with the presence of gorillas, chimpanzees, antelopes, elephants, birds,
amphibians and butterflies. Additionally, the 2740 m high mountain conferred to
this ecosystem a high degree of endemism and restricted ranges to many of the
globally threatened species found there. Fifty-seven years down the lane, due
to an exaggerated anthropogenic pressure, this once one of the richest mountain
biodiversity hotspots in Africa and the second highest water tower in Cameroon
has nearly been completely degraded with many of the species going to local

Due to massive deforestation (that has led to
the disappearance of the Mt. Bamboutos Forest Reserve created in the 1900),
intensive and uncontrolled farming in low and high-altitude areas, the natural
vegetation has declined, the springs located on the mountain side have dried
up, and the soil erosion is worsening. These have led to unregulated land uses,
land use conflicts, severe poverty, unregulated use of natural resources, water
crises and food insecurity.

The project therefore seeks to restore the
biodiversity and ecosystem functions of Mount Bamboutos, while securing the
livelihoods of the local and indigenous communities. The project has six major
components: governance, forest landscape restoration, livelihood development,
research and development, biodiversity and sustainable finance.

Three community-based organizations (CBOs) are
involved in the delivery of the project, with one coming from each of the five
administrative districts in the project area. We have:

Menoua: Green Impact, who have replaced Groupement D’Appui pour le
Developpement Durable (GADD)

Lebialem: Operation Green Space (OGS)

Mezam: Community Assistance In Development (COMAID)

research component of the project is conducted by the Cameroon Mountains
University Network (CaMUN) which includes individual researchers, universities
and other research institutions.

2. Project Review Period

period under review is from project start date, that is, July 2018 to November

3. Review Stakeholders

The results of this review
are primarily intended for internal use by ITF and ERUDEF to inform future
improvements to the project and to transfer learning across the project area.
Results and findings will also be shared with the funders, Darwin Initiative
and TreeSisters. Relevant results and lessons learned will be shared with other
stakeholders, including farmers, village forest management committee members,
traditional authorities, relevant government agencies and other actors within
the landscape.

4. Purpose of the Review

The objectives of the Mid Term Review are to review the project’s:

  1. Relevance – the extent to which
    the objectives are consistent with local communities’ needs and priorities.
  2. Participation – the extent to which local communities and institutions are
    actively engaged and participating in the project.
  3. Effectiveness – the extent to which
    the targeted project objectives are being achieved (or are expected to be
  4. Efficiency – how economically
    resources/inputs are being converted into results.
  5. Sustainability – the extent to which
    the benefits are likely to continue after the project
  6. Impact – the long-term
    effects that the project is likely to produce (directly, indirectly,
    intended and unintended).
  7. Adaptive Capacity -the extent to which the project applies strong adaptive management
    practice to ensure continued relevance, strong performance, and learning.

The review should assess the above in relation to two central broad

I. What changes / outcomes /
achievements have taken place?

II. How have these changes / outcomes / achievements been brought

In relation to this, the review should consider the following

  • How are community members
    involved in the project?
  • How are local community
    institutors involved in the project?
  • What have been the
    unintended and unexpected outcomes of the project activities?
  • Who are benefitting (number
    of men, women, youth), in what ways?
  • Have any changes been
    achieved in relation to policy / practice / attitudes of decision makers /
    policy makers etc. in the countries where the project is working?
  • To what extent has the achievement of the changes / outcomes been
    influenced by external / other factors?
  • To what extent are changes attributable to the project activities?
  • How accurate is the ‘theory of change’ that was articulated near the
    beginning of the project? Is it effective, where were the gaps, how should it
    be adapted and improved for the future?
  • What are the most effective approaches used by ERuDeF and ITF to bring
    about change?
  • What is working, what is not working, and why?
  • What overall lessons are being learned?
  • How are relationships between partners helping or hindering the
    ‘delivery of changes / outcomes’? How can these relationships be improved?
  • How effective are the project’s monitoring, management, learning and
    financial systems? How can these be improved?
  • Is the project delivering ‘value for money’?
  • How readily is project learning transferable to international knowledge

5. Provide Recommendations for Continued Project Interventions and Scale-up

Learning from this review will feed into plans for expansion and scale-up
of this project. Learning will also be applied to inform other projects and
programmes across the network. The review should therefore be strongly focused
on recommendations for improvement relating to the central questions outlined
above, and in particular – if and how activities could be adapted to better
meet the needs of the target communities.

6. Methodology

The review should consist of the following:

(a) Review of project documentation: Review of archived material related to the
project. This could include, but is not restricted to: annual and quarterly
reports, communications between ITF, ERuDeF and partners, the original project
proposal document, the basic ‘theory of change’, all relevant project data
stored in ERuDeF’s system, data collection tools, training materials etc. this
information will be provided to the reviewer by ERuDeF and ITF. Any other
relevant statistics and secondary sources should also be reviewed by the consultant.
The review process requires the Consultant to plan a field visit to some of the
project villages to meet with some project participants.

(b) Development of a review approach and data
collection tools / methods:

This should include:

  • Detailed time line and work
  • Outline of any proposed
    changes to the scope of the review
  • Key interview questions
  • Proposed sampling framework
  • List of stakeholders to be
    consulted, and
  • Development of associated data collection and review tools (in addition
    to the tool already developed to assess Outcome 4, as mentioned above)

ITF and ERuDeF welcome the use of mixed methods, particularly participatory
review methods that engage youth, women, men and other participating stakeholders.

Sample size: Based on a target of 1,330 participants over 3 years, a sample size of
approximately 250 participants is required for this review. However, the exact
sampling framework is to be proposed by the consultant. The proposed approach
should be submitted to ERuDeF and ITF for approval prior to the fieldwork.

Stakeholders to be consulted: The consultant should plan to include the
following groups of stakeholders in the review:

  • Direct project participants
  • ERuDeF implementing staff
  • Relevant ITF staff
  • Volunteer Mentors
  • Wider stakeholders (ERuDeF will advise at review design stage) – for example
    traditional leaders, local government representatives, municipal council staff,

(c) Participate in a briefing meeting with ERuDeF, with participation
from ITF (possibly on skype):
This should take place immediately prior to the fieldwork.

(d) Field visits: Field visits will take place in Femmock in Bafou North, Mekoup and Balekeu
in Bangang, Bawa in Babadjou, Menka in Pinyin clan, Formenji in Bamumbu, Mba-muock
in Fossimondi and M’muockmbie, where ERuDeF operations are focused, and should
include the agreed sample of participants and stakeholders. This is expected to
take 01 week, depending on the exact methodology. This should also include time
spent with project staff in ERuDeF’s office in Dschang, as well as Skype interviews
with relevant members of the ITF team.

(e) Provide a brief to ERuDeF and ITF (who will join on Skype): using either a draft set of
results or PowerPoint presentation to summarise preliminary findings and
recommendations. This should be shortly after the end of the field work.

(f) Submit a draft review report: of no more than 25 pages that
corresponds to the requirements outlined below in the ‘Deliverables’ section.

(g) Submit a final review report: incorporating any relevant feedback
from ERuDeF and ITF.

7. Deliverables

Deliverables should include the following:

  • A review work plan, including: planned timeline, methodology / approach,
    planned stakeholders to be consulted and sampling framework, data collection
    and analysis tools, qualitative and quantitative protocols for data collection
    and analysis.

    • Any suggested improvements to existing review scope, as outlined in this
    • Presentation of preliminary findings.
    • Draft review report written in English that meets the requirements
      outlined below.
    • One (01) electronic file of the final qualitative and quantitative data

8. Final Review Report

The final review report should be error free, clear and written in simple
English. The main body of the report should not exceed 25 pages and should include
an executive summary, brief project background, and recommendations. Technical
information should be included in appendices only. Analysis of project
achievements should always be backed up with relevant data, with reference to
the data source. Recommendations should be specific and include relevant
details for how they might be implemented.

The structure of the report should cover the following:

  • Executive summary (approximately 10% of the final report)
    • Brief project background (approximately 5% of the final report)
    • Main findings relating to the review questions and including detail of
      any unintended outcomes that are resulting from project activities (At least 40
      – 45% of the final report)
    • Recommendations for future action (At least 40% of the final report)

In addition, the final report should contain at least the following

  • Terms of Reference for final review
  • Itinerary
  • List of meetings attended
  • List of persons interviewed
  • Details of review methodology
  • Summary of field visits
  • List of documents reviewed
  • Any other relevant material, including
    data collection tools

10. Required Qualification 

  • An advanced University Degree in Forestry, Agriculture, Natural Resources Management, Development Studies, Geography or a related field.
  • Proven experience in conducting a similar task in an international donor-funded project is a great asset.
  • Profound and demonstrated knowledge and experience in landscape restoration and sustainable natural resource management projects.
  • Understanding of the dynamics of rural societies and willingness to travel to traditionally sensitive rural environments.
  • Proven experience in project review and excellent report writing skills.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and French is highly required.

11. Indicative Schedule of Activities

The review field work is expected to be undertaken by 15th December,
2019. It is essential that the final report is submitted to ERuDeF and ITF by 10th

Indicative timeline for the

Key Tasks Time Period Location
Review of background
1st – 5th
Submission of
methodology, work plan and tools
November 10th   Remote – via email
ERuDeF and ITF feedback
on methodology, work plan and tools
November 12th     ERuDeF Head office and
via email
Detailed briefing with ERuDeF/ITF;
interviews with ERuDeF and ITF staff; field visits; debrief on findings with ERuDeF
and ITF
15th to 25th
December 2019
ERuDeF Head office,
ERuDeF Dschang, via phone and skype 
Draft report submitted 10th January
Via email
Final report submitted 20th January
Hard and soft copies

Applications for this consultancy should be emailed to or latest on 30th November,
2019 with ‘MBI Mid-term formative Review’ in the subject line. This call for a
consultancy service is opened ONLY to Cameroonians.

Vacancy Announcement (Multiple positions)

A Cameroonian based
non-profit organization (ERuDeF) in partnership with its affiliates will be
extending its programs to Littoral, Northern Regions, East and Centre-South Regions
of Cameroon in 2020. Within the context of these programs expansion, the Chief
Executive of ERuDeF is inviting suitably and qualified candidates in the
following positions;

S/N Name Positions Needed Qualifications
  Department of Education    
1 To be Recruited National Coordinator, Environmental Education MS, PhD
  ERuDeF University Institute of Applied Biodiversity
2 To be Recruited Rector, ERuDeF University Institute PhD
3 To be Recruited Director, ERuDeF University Institute PhD
4 To be Recruited Accountant, ERuDeF University Institute BSc, MSc
5 To be Recruited Registrar, ERuDeF University Institute MS, PhD
6 To be Recruited Director of Finance, Chief Finance Officer MS Finance
7 To be Recruited Head, Internal Control Systems MS Finance
  ACCOUNTING Services    
8 To be Recruited Head Accounting Services MBA Finance
9 To be Recruited Senior Accountant, Head Office MS Finance
10 To be Recruited 04 Accoutants (Adamawa,Ngoundere,
Bertoua, Dschang, )
BA, MA Accounting
  Head of Financial Planning   BS, MS Finance
Total 4    
1 To be Recruited Head of Division, Human Resources BA, MA
2 To be Recruited Logistic Manager BA, MA
3 To be Recruited Head of Division, Professional
4 To be Recruited 01 Computer Maintenance Specialist BS, MS
5 To be Recruited Business Manager for SBC [ to be
transferred to Social Business Division]
6 To be Recruited Administrative & Accounting  Assistant (For Western Cameroon) BA, MA in finance & administration
Total 11    
1 To be Recruited Director of Conservation MS
2 To be Recruited Programmes Officer, Department of Conservation MS
3 To be Recruited Communication officer  
4 To be Recruited Accounting officer  
5 Lebialam Highlands Positions to be recruited  Landscape
Manager/ also responsible for Protected Areas Development
6 One Environmental Education Manager BSc, MSc
7 Research Coordinator/ Biologist MS
8 Sociologist/ also responsible for landscape
9 Social Business Officer MA
10   Women and Gender officer BA, MA
11   Agronomist/Agroforestry Officer BSc, MSc
12   Forester responsible for restoration and community
BSc, MSc
Manager/ also responsible for Protected Areas Development
14 One Environmental Education Manager BSc, MSc
15 Research Coordinator/ Biologist MS
16 Sociologist/ also responsible for landscape
17 5 Social Business Officer MA
18   Women and Gender officer BA, MA
19   Agronomist/Agroforestry Officer BSc, MSc
20   Forester responsible for restoration and community
BSc, MSc
Manager/ also responsible for Protected Areas Development
22 One Environmental Education Manager BSc, MSc
23 Research Coordinator/ Biologist MS
24 Sociologist/ also responsible for landscape
25   Social Business Officer MA
26   Women & Gender Officer  
27   Agronomist/Agroforestry Officer BSc, MSc
28   Forester responsible for restoration and community
BSc, MSc
1 To be recruited  Landscape
Manager/ also responsible for Protected Areas Development
2 To be recruited One Environmental Education Manager BSc, MSc
3 To be recruited Research Coordinator/ Biologist MS
4 To be recruited Sociologist/ also responsible for landscape
5 To be recruited Social Business Officer MA
6 To be recruited Women & Gender Officer BA/MA
7 To be recruited Agronomist/Agroforestry Officer BSc, MSc
8 To be recruited Forester responsible for restoration and community
BSc, MSc
  Head Office Positions    
1 To be Recruited Country Training Coordinator –  English 
–  Buea
2 To be Recruited Seeds Development Coordinator (secured)  
3 Western Cameroon Programme    
4 To be recruited Coordinator, Western Cameroon Programme MSc
5 To be recruited Regional Technical Advisor MSc, PhD Agroforestry, Agronomy
6 To be Recruited Partner Coordinator BS/MA
7 To be Recruited Logistic Officer, Western Cameroon BA, MA Logistics
8 To be Recruited Administrative& Accounting Assistant, Western
BS, MS Finance
9 To be Recruited Four interns , Western  Cameroon BS, MS Agroforestry, Agronomy
10 To be Recruited Two interns Training Centres BS, MS Agroforestry, Agronomy
  Mount Bamboutos Landscape    
1 To be recruited Deputy Landscape Coordinator BS, MS Agroforestry, Agronomy
2 To be recruited Divisional Coordinators (5) BS AgroForestry, Agronomy
3 To be recruited Technicians (5) Diplomas in Agroforestry, Agriculture
3 To be recruited Assistant Technicians (5) Diplomas in Agroforestry, Agriculture
  Western High Plateau Landscape    
1 To be recruited Coordinator BS, MS AgroForestry, Agronomy
2 To be recruited Deputy Coordinator BS AgroForestry, Agronomy
3 To be recruited Divisional Coordinators (4) BS AgroForestry, Agronomy
4 To be recruited Technicians (4) Diplomas in Agroforestry, Agriculture
5 To be recruited Assistant Technicians (4) Diplomas in Agroforestry, Agriculture
  Nlonako-Muanenguba Mountains Landscape    
1 To be recruited Coordinator BS, MS AgroForestry, Agronomy
2 To be recruited Deputy Coordinator BS AgroForestry, Agronomy
3 To be recruited Divisional Coordinators (3) BS AgroForestry, Agronomy
4 To be recruited Technicians (3) Diplomas in Agroforestry, Agriculture
5 To be recruited Assistant Technicians (3) Diplomas in Agroforestry, Agriculture
  Mount Cameroon Landscape    
1 To be recruited Coordinator BS, MS Agroforestry, Agronomy
2 Northern Cameroon Programme    
3 To be recruited Coordinator, Northern Regional Programme MS Agroforestry, Agronomy
4 To be recruited Administrative & Accounting Assistant BA, MA Finance
5 To be recruited Francophone Training Coordinator MS Agroforestry, Agronomy
  Adamawa South Landscape    
1 To be recruited Coordinator BS, MS AgroForestry, Agronomy
2 To be recruited Deputy Coordinator BS AgroForestry, Agronomy
3 To be recruited Divisional Coordinators (3) BS AgroForestry, Agronomy
4 To be recruited Technicians (3) Diplomas in Agroforestry, Agriculture
5 To be recruited Assistant Technicians (3) Diplomas in Agroforestry, Agriculture
  Head office    
1 To be Recruited Director, Dpt of Forestry MS forestry
2 To be Recruited Program Officer, Department of Forestry MS forestry
3 To be Recruited Economist, NRM [send to head office with ED) MS forestry
4 To be Recruited Manager, Ecosystem Restoration MS forestry
5 To be Recruited Manager, Community Forestry MS forestry
6 To be Recruited Communication officer BA, MA Communication
  Mount Bamboutos Landscape    
1 To be Recruited Coordinator, Forestry centre, Upper Lewoh  BS forestry
2 To be Recruited Technician, Forestry Centre, Upper Lewoh Diploma Forestry
  Adamawa Plateau Landscape    
  To be recruited Coordinator MS Forestry
  Mandara Mountains Landscape    
1 To be recruited Coordinator                   

Total 8    

Ewi Paul

Director of Administration