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In 2017 Earthwatch are running a number of ESN training programmes, which are available to protected areas, World Heritage Sites (including tentative list), protected area agencies or management authorities in Africa.
We are looking to recruit 18 staff from 6 African sites who will value training in business management and operational effectiveness, and will be in a position to put what they have learned into practice.
The closing date for applications is the February 24, 2017. Read on to find out more!
The Earth Skills network is a unique partnership between the conservation and business worlds, which provides an opportunity for your organisation to:
Abdul-Kareem, 2014 ESN Mentee, Ghana
The Earth Skills Network seeks to partner trained business mentors from industry with protected area managers, offering insights and training from the corporate world to help sites meet some of their daily organisational challenges.
We welcome applications from IUCN Natural Protected Areas, UNESCO World Heritage Sites (includes sites on the tentative list), Protected Area Agencies and Management Authorities. The programme is funded, but your organisation will need to be fully committed, at a senior level, to be considered for receiving this training award.
Earthwatch, UNESCO and IUCN are working together with the corporate sector to apply business skills to support natural protected areas. In 2017, up to six protected areas will benefit from the input of business planning guidance, personal skills development and support for the duration of one year. Business mentors will work with three of your staff to address the specific organisational management challenges you face, supporting your site to develop a more strategic approach to planning.
Kishore Rao - Director World Heritage Centre
The Earth Skills Network is the evolution of the successful Business Skills for World Sites Heritage programme which ran between 2009 and 2013 in partnership with Royal Dutch Shell and UNESCO. Across both programmes, Earthwatch has trained 45 business mentors who were paired with 42 UNESCO World Heritage Sites or protected area organisations. This equates to 130 site staff trained in business skills.
Find out more about the successes and impacts of the programme
This programme is an opportunity for you to:
Michael 2015 ESN Mentee, Zambia
And don't forget:
If the answer to these questions is yes, please click here for a full application pack laying out the details of the programme and an application form.
Application deadline for protected areas is February 24, 2017.
If you want to get involved or just need more information, then see information below:
For Protected Areas:
Read about the programme successes:
As an Earth Skills Network Protected Area, you will be partnered with a Mentor who you will work with for at least one year, to develop business solutions that will improve the management effectiveness of this site.
Protected Areas selection & matched with relevant Mentors from partner organisations.
Business skills transfer from mentors to Protected Area managers during a 10 day training event.
Mentoring support for mentees for at least 12 months. All supported by the Earth Skills Network staff.
Community of mentors and mentees combine to create a network dedicated to enhancing the management of Protected Areas.