he ERuDeF Junior Professional Program offers young Cameroon graduates interested in pursuing a career in conservation development an exceptional opportunity to acquire hands-on experience and training in conservation and a long term competitive NGO career path that leads into international sustainable development careers. The EIPP complements the ERuDeF Professional Certification Program designed for the older staff of the organisation.

Just as the programme provides young graduates with a unique professional and personal experience. It also brings fresh energy and ideas to the organisation. The programme helps ERuDeF identify individuals who could become staff members and make important contributions to ERuDeF’s future and its work on behalf of the environment and sustainable development. About 70 percent of junior professional officers continue in ERuDeF as regular staff at the end of their training and experience building. ERuDeF is launching the first cohort of recruitment by October 2015. Current trainees at the ERuDeF Institute of Biodiversity and Non-profit Studies wishing to enrol into this programme will strongly be encouraged provided they fulfil all the entry conditions.

Structure and Duration

This is 2-years training and experience building program for those having first degrees and 12- month program for those having a master degree and with at least one year of relevant NGO and professional experience. While master degree holders with no relevant NGO and professional experience will undergo an 18-month training and experience building program. The training will be delivered in full time mode at the ERuDeF Institute of Biodiversity and Non-profit studies

Target Participants

The recruitment into ERuDeF Junior Professional Program will be based on very specific needs of the organisation as planned out in its 10-years strategic plan running from 2016-2025. In search of a young, intelligent and dynamic team, ERuDeF will continuously be looking for those young Cameroonians with the passion for the environment and NGO career. The three different categories of Cameroonians ERuDeF will be targeting will include:

i. Graduates with first degrees in relevant fields

ERuDeF will be recruiting graduates with first degrees in Biology (Zoology & Botany), Forest, Sociology, Economics, Gender & Women, Agronomy, Finance, Fundraising, NGO studies, Law, Political Science, Geography and Environmental Sciences.

ii. Graduates with master degrees

ERuDeF will be recruiting graduates with master degrees in Botany (Zoology & Botany), Forest, Sociology, Economics, Gender &Women, Agronomy, Finance, Law, Political Science, Geography, fundraising, NGO Studies and Environmental Sciences.

Iii. Postgraduate Research Students

Any postgraduate research student wishing to take up a prospective position in ERuDeF will be accepted into the program provided he/she will fulfil the entry conditions into the ERuDeF Junior Professional Program. This category of candidates will spend 18 months on the program.

The ERuDef Junior Professional Program will start in October 2015 at the ERuDef Institute, of Biodiversity and Non-profit Studies

Registration formalities

Interested applicants should deposit the following on or before 20 September 2015. These will include; a letter of motivation, two referee statements, copies of relevant diplomas, attestation of relevant experience if available and speciality chosen. ERuDeF is a scientific and career profile organisation and will not recruit employees just to do anything. ERuDeF is currently recruiting into the following fields: Biodiversity Conservation, Geographical Information System (GIS), Agroforestry Management, Forestry, Mountain Studies, Applied Social Surveys, Education for Sustainable development, Environmental Journalism and NGO & Fundraising Studies. Those who are looking for jobs and not careers are strongly recommended not to apply.


Graduates will be recruited into EruDeF and its partners’ programs provided they meet all the graduating conditions. The conditions include a successful project development that should lead to the raising of at least a grant to support the project/professional behaviour and strict respect of the code of ethics. The junior officers that will finally be admitted into ERuDeF will receive a permanent contract of employment. They will be admitted into the organisation at a level corresponding to the category A2 of the Cameroon Public Service

For more information visit the website: www.erudefinstitute.org

Or write to: training@erudef.org