Community Buffer Manager, Mulanje
You will implement and supervise WeForest’s work in the Mulanje buffer zone surrounding the miombo co-managed woodlands in the Forest Reserve, ensuring forest and rural landscape activities are aligned.


Balance fuelwood demand/supply

  1. Lead cookstove programme to reduce fuelwood demand in the buffer zone for approx. 15.000 households
  2. Strengthen Chitetezo Mbaula value chain by co-developing a Market Systems Development solution with partners
  3. Ensure reinvestment in Improved Cookstoves by households in long-run, perpetuating cookstove use
  4. Lead agroforestry programme to increase fuelwood supply in the buffer zone for approx. 15.000 households
  5. Improve existing fuelwood provision from Village Forest Areas and communal woodlots in buffer zone through improving governance, law enforcement, forest management etc. for VFAs/existing woodlots where needed, following SWOT analysis
  6. Establish additional fuelwood provision in buffer zone through planting of 2.7 million trees across 8 planting years, utilizing existing farmer structures like Farmer Field Schools (FFS) present in the buffer zone

Build business development for Forest Block Committees (FBCs)

  1. Co-implement beekeeping scheme with Community forest manager
  2. Coach FBCs to identify most suitable beekeeping management entity per sub-block scheme
  3. Support identification existing market players and link FBC/beekeeping entities to markets
  4. Source additional income streams for co-management entities
  5. Ensure community enterprises sourcing from the co-management blocks are integrated in co-management governance structure
  6. Negotiate with potential Payment for Ecosystem partners to ensure the rights of co-management blocks are represented and respected

Manage partner relations in the buffer zone

  1. Enable partnerships with agricultural organizations to draw support to the buffer zone
  2. Enable partnerships with behaviour-change/environmental awareness organizations to draw support to the buffer zone
  3. Support development of partnerships with relevant Departments under 1) the Ministry of Agriculture and 2) the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development at National, Zonal and District level
  4. Scope for additional meaningful partnerships supporting/complementing WeForest’s work


  1. Support feasibility and development of new co-management areas in the Mt Mulanje landscape


  1. Education:
  2. Essential: M.Sc. in Forestry/Agroforestry/Agriculture or Development/agricultural Economics or Climate Change and Sustainable Development or equivalent experience in Development Studies. OR B.Sc. in the same with at least 10+ years of work experience.
  • Work experience and skills:


  • 5+ years relevant work experience (or 10+ if B.Sc.), with demonstrated experience in leading teams and innovating strategy
    • Previous interaction with community-based organisations and experience with training and local capacity building at smallholder farmer level
    • Excellent communication and numerical skills
    • Beekeeping and agroforestry knowledge and experience
    • Acquainted to Market Systems Development approaches (MSD/M4P)
    • Clean and excellent track record and references


  • Exposure to and experience with both the corporate and the NGO sector
    • Forest management knowledge and experience
    • Track record with gender-sensitive participatory, governance and inclusion approaches
  • Language: Fluent in English (both speaking and writing) and Chichewa (both speaking and writing)
  • Other requirements
    • Driving license
    • Be willing to live in Mulanje/Phalombe
    • Flexible in terms of travelling and working conditions

How to apply

Please send applications to with your CV, a motivation letter (max one page), and 2 recent references by 15th December 2022. Make sure to mention the job title in the subject of the email. In your motivation letter, we’d love to read about what makes you interested to work with WeForest. Due to the anticipated high number of applicants, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. We thank you in advance for your interest.