"The programme equips you with the necessary knowledge and skills for the highly competitive job market."
Year studied MSc Environmental Sustainability & Green Technology
BA International Relations from United States International University, Africa
I work for the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) located in Nairobi, Kenya. AWF is an international NGO whose focus is conservation of Africa’s wildlife and wild lands.
What did you do after graduation and how did you get this job?
After graduation I applied and got into some internships in fields relevant to environmental sustainability. My first internship was at the National Environment Management Authority-Kenya. It is an institution that promotes integration of environmental considerations into development policies and projects. The second one was at the Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC) which is a regional body comprising of all partner states to the East African Community (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi). The LVBC on the other hand coordinates the sustainable development agenda of the Lake Victoria Basin through projects, programmes & harmonization of policies focusing on the use of Lake Victoria Basin’s resources. In both institutions I played the role of a Project Assistant as I was involved in the implementation of the Kenya Climate Change Adaptation Programme (KCCAP) while at NEMA, and the Lake Victoria Environmental Management Programme Phase II funded by the World Bank. As a result, I gained valuable project experience and when I came across a vacancy for a Project Officer at AWF, I applied immediately. In a few days they called me for an interview. After the interview they provided me with reference check documents which I sent to my referees, including Dr. Sharon George. About a week later they called again, offering me the job.
What does your job involve?
I assist in the coordination of project implementation within the African Wildlife Foundation, ensuring that conservation actions are well planned, scheduled, executed and tracked. Conservation actions touch on protection of endangered species and their habitat, community empowerment and economic development.
What did you learn on the MSc Environmental Sustainability & Green Technology which helped you get the job, or helps with your role now?
The MSc ESGT provided me with knowledge and understanding on key fields such as international environmental law, environmental diplomacy, sustainable technologies, research and project management. In the organizations I have worked in, I found these to be the most applicable fields mainly due to the changes Kenya is undergoing as a country and Africa as a continent. As a result, most if not all organizations are seeking individuals with a grasp of current environmental issues such as evolution of global cooperation on climate change, emerging technologies that facilitate mitigation and adaptation to the most severe environmental challenges and project management skills. This is exactly what the MSc ESGT equipped me with and made it possible for me to justify that I’d be a valuable addition to AWF and their line of work.
Do you have any advice for current/prospective MSc Environmental Sustainability & Green Technology students interested in a similar career?
Any student intending to pursue the MSc ESGT should go for it. The programme equips you with the necessary knowledge and skills for the highly competitive job market.