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About the project

The Young African Forestry Professionals Publication project (YAFP) is a new project launched in April 2020 by the joint IUFRO-IFSA Taskforce on Forest Education. The project’s overall goal is to motivate and inspire young people to pursue forest-related studies and careers in Africa by increasing the visibility of career options and young African role models working in forest-related fields.

YAFP is collecting data through interviews of inspirational role models in the forest related fields as well as the research on a short outlook on forest education in Africa and review of networking organizations that African young foresters can join both within and outside the continent.

The results will be compiled into a book that will be published, printed and distributed to tertiary institutions offering degree programmes in forestry and selected high schools on the Africa continent. This project is supported by IUFRO-IFSA Joint Task Force on Forest Education; Special Programme on Development of Capacities- International Union of Forest Research Organisation (IUFRO SPDC) and the International Forestry Students Association (IFSA).

The project is generously funded by IUFRO’s Special Programmes for Development of Capacities (SPDC) and the Joint IUFRO-IFSA Task Force on Forest Education.

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Scope of work

The project is currently seeking a student researcher to assist in conducting research work for the following specific objectives.

Objective 1

Outlook on forest education in Africa: Under this objective, a survey will be conducted to collect information on tertiary institutions offering forestry programmes in Africa.

Task(s): Listing (in table format) of tertiary institutions offering forestry programmes in Africa.

Objective 2

Review of regional and/or global networking organizations African young foresters can join both within and outside the continent.

Task(s): A review of networking organisations relating to forestry field showing a brief description, focus, contacts such as website and email addresses.

The student researcher will also be assigned other duties related to the project.


  • Must be a Southern Africa region member of IFSA, i.e. the following countries – South Africa, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Kenya and Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • S/He is either a university student or graduated less than a year ago. Students in their last semesters are highly encouraged to apply for the position.
  • Must be interested in the field of forest education in Africa.
  • Ability to carry out independent research work with little or no supervision.
  • Sufficient research experience and ability to work virtually, collect and analyse online surveys.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural team

Work time frame

The research and report is to be completed within 12 weeks after award of contract.


This is a voluntary position like other IFSA’s positions.

The project is able to provide some stipends after submission of the report.

S/he shall also be named as a co-author of the published book.


  1. A one page cover letter explaining your motivation, research and/or leadership experience to carry out this research.
  2. A letter of confirmation from LC President.
  3. 2 page CV outlining your research experience, also provide links to previous research outputs.

Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

All the three (3) documents should be combined as a single PDF and email to [email protected] latest by 05 June, 2020 by 23:59 GMT +1.


Candidates shall be notified 2 weeks after the deadline on their application outcome.


All enquiry related to this call should be directed to project coordinatorJuliet Acheing Owuor on [email protected]

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