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08 September 2014

Admissions into the 2nd Batch of Conservation Management Specialists Training Program

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The Director of the ERuDeF Institute of Biodiversit in Buea informs the general public that the ERuDeF Institute is currently accepting applications for 20 places into its 2nd batch of Conservation Management Specialists Training Program. The fields being offered are Biodiversity Management (BM), Agroforestry Management (AgfM), Environmental Journalism (EnvJ), Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), NGO and Fundraising Studies (NFS).

The prospective candidates should hold a 1st degree, Masters I or II and/or Master degree in Zoology, Botany, Forestry, environmental sciences, sociology &Anthropology, Women & Gender, Geography, Journalism, Law and Economics. Candidates currently conducting their Master level research in any of the above fields are also eligible to apply. Applicants with at least a year of experience will be preferable. Applicants should include a letter of motivation, copies of diplomas and a CV.

The selected candidates based on the study of files will be invited for interview on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 in Buea. Successful candidates will undergo an 18-24 month professional training course at the ERuDeF Institute of Biodiversity... and other selected field locations and partners across the country. Successful graduates will be directly recruited into ERuDeF national and international partners' programs in Cameroon and elsewhere. The last year of the program is practically spent in industry interspersed with seminars and concluded with a thesis defense. It is a professionally and academically intensive program with a 45 hour week. All the courses are being offered in English.

The processing fee and the application forms costing 20 000CFA are obtainable from all ERuDeF offices in Cameroon, its local partners in the SW, West and NW Regions and from the ERuDeF Institute's main campus at Mile 18, Muea Road, Buea, SW Cameroon.

Deadline for the receipt of applications is Friday, 26 September 2014. Further inquiries could be obtained from email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Tel: 99 12 29 04, 77 20 33 88,

08 September 2014

JOB Announcements

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The CEO of the Environment and Rural Development Foundation (ERuDeF) informs the general public of the following vacancies in his organisation:

1. A Marketing Economist

2. Two Wildlife/Conservation Biologists

3. One Conservation Finance Intern

4. One Women and Gender Intern

5. One Management Accounting Intern

6. One Journalism Intern

Prospective candidates for the positions of a Marketing Economist and Biologists should have the following relevant profile:

- Should be holders of a Master degree or equivalent in rural economics, rural marketing, zoology and/or biodiversity conservation

- Should have at least 3-5 years of professional and relevant experience

- The marketing economist should have business knowledge

- Capable of working and staying in rural areas for long periods

- Should be perfectly bilingual

- Should have a valid driving and motor cycle licences

- Should have knowledge of project writing, planning and grants acquisition

Remuneration packages is attractive and depends on experience and degree of expertise already acquired.

The Interns should have the following profile:

- At least a first degree in the relevant field. Recent master degree graduates will be preferable with some minimum experience

- Should be computer literate

- Interns should preferably be registered at the ERuDeF Institute of Biodiversity and Non-profit Studies in Buea

- All the Interns who successfully complete the internship training shall be automatically recruited into ERuDeF with attractive remuneration packages

All interested candidates should deposit at the head office of ERuDeF in Buea on or before 30 September 2014 at 5 PM the following documents:

- A motivation letter

- Copies of relevant diplomas

- Copy of birth certificate

- An attestation of relevant experience

- Two professional referee statements

Application files could equally be sent through the following email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. No phone calls shall be accepted and such candidates shall automatically be disqualified.

ERuDeF is an equal opportunity employer regardless of race, religion or sex.

08 September 2014

JOB Announcements

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The CEO of the Environment and Rural Development Foundation (ERuDeF) informs the general public of the following vacancies in his organisation:

1. The NW Regional Agroforestry Development Coordinator

2. The SW Regional Agroforestry Development Coordinator

3. The Lebialem Forestry Development Coordinator

Prospective candidates for these positions should have the following relevant profile:

- Should be holders of Master degrees or equivalent in agroforestry, forestry and or botany

- Should have at least 3-5 years of professional and relevant experience

- Should have experience in tree domestication, grafting, etc

- Should be computer literate

- Should be fluent in pidgin English

- Capable of working and staying in rural areas for longer periods

- Should be perfectly bilingual

- Should have valid driving and motor cycle licenses

- Should have knowledge of project writing, planning and grants acquisition

Remuneration package is attractive and depends on experience and degree of expertise already acquired.

All interested candidates should deposit at the head office of ERuDeF in Buea on or before 30 September 2014 at 5 PM the following documents:

- A motivation letter

- Copies of relevant diplomas

- Copy of birth certificate

- An attestation of relevant experience

- Two professional referee statements

Application files could equally be sent through the following email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. No phone calls shall be accepted and such candidates shall automatically be disqualified.

ERuDeF is an equal opportunity employer regardless of race, religion or sex.

19 December 2013

Manager, Business Development Needed

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Job Description

Programme: Livelihoods and Economic Development

Position: Manager, Business Development

Reports to: Director, Economic Development at ERuDeF

Supervises: All Silver Back Company staff and operations

Duty Station: ERuDeF's office: Buea and Menji

Probation: 3 months

Other information: 45-hour working week

I. Mission of the Silver Back Company: To promote the sustainable development of rural communities in which ERuDeF implements conservation and rural development programmes in Cameroon through the development and operation of bio-ethical trade leading to equitable distribution of benefits.

II. Major Functions

• Leads the development, management, and implementation of the ERuDeF

Business development Plan, ensuring its ongoing alignment with national

and international priorities

• Promotes the vision and objectives of the ERuDeF Silver Back Company development Plans to external and ERuDeF stakeholders, and participates in strategic partnership-building / fundraising approaches to them, in

coordination with the Directors of Economic Development and Policy & Development and the CEO of ERuDeF as appropriate;

• Supervises ERuDeF Silver Back Company staff, providing technical assistance as

required, in accordance with ERuDeF policies, procedures, and standards.

III. Major Duties and Responsibilities

• Ensures that a Business Development Plan relevant to national policies, constituencies, is developed and approved by the President/CEO,

• Ensures that the Business Development Plan is effectively implemented and

contributing to the vision of the ERuDeF and other priorities defined in ERuDeF's

Cameroon Programme Vision;

• In line with the Strategic Plan, develops annual Business Development Programme workplans with clear priorities for ERuDeF, and ensures their efficient

implementation;

• In line with the requirements of the monitoring and reporting

system, ensures the establishment and implementation of a monitoring and

reporting system for the Silver Back Company measuring its performance against its

Business Development Plan, at the same time providing support to field projects for

improvement;

• Ensures strategic / policy engagement with relevant international and national

stakeholders on business and related issues;

• Promotes the vision and objectives of the Silver Back Company Strategic and

Business Plans to government, donor, civil society, corporate, and ERuDeF

stakeholders at national and international level in collaboration with the Director of Economic Development and President/CEO as

appropriate;

• Develops, participates in, and oversees strategic partnership-building /

fundraising approaches with government, donor, civil society, corporate, and

ERuDeF stakeholders, in coordination with the Director of Economic Development and President/CEO as appropriate;

• Ensures timely technical reporting to donors, the Director of Economic Development, and all relevant parts of the ERuDeF, as required and according to agreed standards;

• Cooperates with programmatic audits, and implements audit recommendations in a timely manner;

• Ensures that all staff working for ERuDeF are fully informed of the Silver Back Company's Mission and its Global Programme, and are kept abreast of new developments, policies, and procedures as and when they arise;

• Works closely with the Communications team on the development and

implementation of a Communications Strategy supporting all of the above;

• Within the scope of the conservation programme, promotes the ERuDeF brand

and raises the image of ERuDeF and the company in Cameroon and abroad;

• Ensures that technical meetings to monitor the progress of the Business

Plan are held every month, attended by key project personnel and, as

appropriate, by external stakeholders;

• Consults with relevant specialists / consultants externally and within the Network

to gather information relevant to the development and implementation of the

Business Plan and its component programmes / projects;

• Oversees the development of the Silver Back Company project proposals, including assisting with the preparation of Terms of Reference for any specialists

engaged;

• Coordinates with the Communications team to ensure that the latter posts

all technical reports and other relevant documents onto the ERuDeF Project

Database;

• Works closely with, and seeks support from, others in ERuDeF as

appropriate to undertake all the above tasks most effectively, and

• Performs other duties as requested by the management of ERuDeF

IV. Key Responsibilities

The primary role of the Business Development Manager is to prospect for new clients by networking, cold calling, advertising or other means of generating interest from potential clients. He/she must plan persuasive approaches and pitches that will convince potential clients to do business with the company. He/she must develop a rapport with new clients, and set targets for sales and provide support that will continually improve the relationship. He/she is also required to grow and retain existing accounts by presenting new solutions and services to clients.

He/she may manage the activities of others responsible for developing business for the company. Strategic planning is a key part of this job description, since it is his/her responsibility to develop the pipeline of new business coming in to the company.

This requires a thorough knowledge of the market, the solutions/services the company can provide, and of the company's competitors. The main duties of the Business Development Manager can be summarized as follows:

New Business Development

• Prospect for potential new clients and turn this into increased business.

• Cold call as appropriate within your market or geographic area to ensure a robust pipeline of opportunities.

• Meet potential clients by growing, maintaining, and leveraging your network.

• Identify potential clients, and the decision makers within the client organization.

• Research and build relationships with new clients.

• Set up meetings between client decision makers and company's practice leaders/Principals.

• Plan approaches and pitches. * Work with team to develop proposals that speaks to the client's needs, concerns, and objectives.

• Participate in pricing the solution/service.

• Handle objections by clarifying, emphasizing agreements and working through differences to a positive conclusion. * Use a variety of styles to persuade or negotiate appropriately.

• Present an image that mirrors that of the client.

Client Retention

• Present new products and services and enhance existing relationships.

• Work with technical staff and other internal colleagues to meet customer needs.

• Arrange and participate in internal and external client debriefs.

Business Development Planning

• Attend industry functions, such as association events and conferences, and provide feedback and information on market and creative trends.

• Present to and consult with mid and senior level management on business trends with a view to developing new services, products, and distribution channels.

• Identify opportunities for campaigns, services, and distribution channels that will lead to an increase in sales.

• Using knowledge of the market and competitors, identify and develop the company's unique selling propositions and differentiators.

Management and Research

• Submit weekly progress reports and ensure data is accurate.

• Ensure that data is accurately entered and managed within the company's CRM or other sales management system.

• Forecast sales targets and ensure they are met by the team.

• Track and record activity on accounts and help to close deals to meet these targets.

• Work with team to ensure that prerequisites (like prequalification or getting on a vendor list) are fulfilled within a timely manner.

• Ensure all team members represent the company in the best light.

• Present business development training and mentoring to business developers and other internal staff.

• Research and develop a thorough understanding of the company's people and capabilities.

• Understand the company's goal and purpose so that will continual to enhance the company's performance.

V. Profile

Required Qualifications

• At least a university degree in an appropriate field (marketing/management/sales/economics). A master degree with a few years of experience will be preferable.

• Several years of experience leading, developing, and managing

programmes / projects in one or more of the above-mentioned

fields. Experience with multi-disciplinary teams, as well as in Cameroon business environment, would be a strong asset.

• Knowledge of and experience with monitoring and evaluation of programmes

/ projects; and

• Knowledge of the institutional and legal framework of the environment and

business in Cameroon, as well as of relevant policy issues.

• Very strong knowledge of fundraising and project development

• A good track record in fundraising in previous jobs.

Required Skills and Competencies

• Proven leadership skills;

• Demonstrated experience in developing, implementing, and evaluating

strategic plans and policy;

• Strong skills in project planning, financing, management, implementation, and

evaluation;

• Experience working with government and with donors / government aid

agencies;

• Proven knowledge and experience of the not-for-profit sector, preferably of

environmental non-government organisations;

• Negotiation, influencing, and media relation skills, preferably at a high level;

• Excellent inter-personal skills, including the ability to develop and maintain

strong relationships at all levels, including with local communities,

government agencies, the not-for-profit sector, and the scientific community;

• Excellent oral and written communications skills in English and French; and

• Adherence to ERuDeF's values, which are: Accountability, Transparency and Engagement

• Ability to write a moto cycle in enclave environments

• Ability to work and live in rural and enclave environments for extended periods

• Submit weekly, monthly, quarterly, semester and annual workplans and reports to your line Manager

• Excellent community rapport management skills

VI. Supervisory Responsibilities

The Business Manager is ultimately responsible for the supervision and

management of all ERuDeF Silver Coompany Ltd staff.

VII. Working Relationships

Internal: Interacts and works closely and on a regular basis with project

implementation personnel in general and project leaders in particular,

.

External: Interacts with national governmental institutions, non-governmental

organisations, academic institutions, the media, donors, specialists / consultants,

and other stakeholders, in collaboration with the President/CEO

.

VIII. Terms and Benefits:

A good remuneration package depending on qualifications and experience will

be offered to the successful candidate.

Various other benefits include health coverage, annual leave, sick leave and

other leave provisions. Applications must include a complete CV with full contact

details of three referees. Applications addressed to the Administrative & Human Resources Director, should be sent via email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or deposited in ERuDeF offices. Applications are received until position is filled.

IX. Other Skills and Qualifications

Networking, Persuasion, Prospecting, Public Speaking, Research, Writing, Closing Skills, Motivation for Sales, Prospecting Skills, Sales Planning, Identification of Customer Needs and Challenges, Territory Management, Market Knowledge, Meeting Sales Goals, Professionalism and Microsoft Office.

X. Contract duration: Initially for 1 year ( and renewable based on funding availability and performance)

ERuDeF is an equal opportunity employer and regardless to race, religion or sex. Eligible women candidates are encouraged to apply. Only short-listed candidates will be called for the assessment profiling process

19 December 2013

Microcredit Development Officer Needed at ERuDeF

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Job Description

Programme: Livelihoods and Economic Development

Position: Microcredit Development Officer,

Reports to: Director, Economic Development at ERuDeF

Supervises: All FoProF staff and operations

Duty Station (s): ERuDeF offices –Buea town and Menji

Probation: 3 months

Other information: 45-hour working week

I.Mission of the Forest Protection Fund: To promote the sustainable development of rural communities in which ERuDeF implements conservation and rural development programmes in Cameroon through the development and operation of bio-ethical trade leading to equitable distribution of benefits.

II. Context:

The ERuDeF Sustainable Biodiversity Management Programme in SW Cameroon was established in 2006 to support the rural population in their efforts to sustainably manage their biodiversity resources. The overall objective of the project is to contribute to environmental stability and sustainable development of local communities by testing and demonstrating an increased range of options for sustainable management of natural forest resources for a variety of beneficiaries.

The project area covers 4 divisions in SW Cameroon comprising of Fako, Lebialem, Manyu and Kupe/Muanenguba Divisions. The interventions of the project include: (a) support to sustainable natural forest management; (b) support to community development activities in villages adjacent and within natural forest areas; (c) training of staff, beneficiaries, and others in areas outside the immediate project mandate; and (d) project management enhancement within the cooperating offices and institution building, especially with regard to micro-credit activities.

The microcredit sub-component of the project aims to enable village households to engage in economic activities that allow them to diversify their income sources and to develop environmentally sustainable land-use practices. The achievement of this aim requires good financial products that meet the needs of the target groups, efficient and transparent product delivery systems that are convenient for them, and cost-effective institutions adapted to delivering good products.

The operational details of the micro-credit scheme will be specified in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to be signed between ERuDeF and the local communities. The project will implement different models on pilot basis, including cooperation with existing NGOs, establishment enterprises revolving funds and decentralised, participatory community funds managed by the villagers themselves through self-help groups or village committees. These will be considered on a case-by-case basis and tested where the local circumstances are suitable.

III. Overall Objectives:

The main objective of the Microcredit Development Officer in cooperation with the Director of Economic Development and Manager for Livellihoods and Economic Development, will advise, train and support the respective communities in the set up of the local community funds based on the village bank concept.

 Leads the development, management, and implementation of the ERuDeF's

FoProF Business Plan, ensuring its ongoing alignment with national and international priorities

 Promotes the vision and objectives of the ERuDeF Forest Protection Fund to external and ERuDeF stakeholders, and participates in strategic partnership-building / fundraising approaches to them, in collaboration with the Directors of Economic Development and Policy & Development and the CEO of ERuDeF as appropriate;

 Supervises ERuDeF FoProF staff, providing technical assistance as equired, in accordance with ERuDeF policies, procedures, and standards.

IV. Main Duties:

 Advise and support in the planning and commencement of microcredit activities, especially with regard to selection of pilot areas and operational model to implement.

 Advise and support in the establishment of community funds in cases where these are regarded as suitable microcredit delivery models.

 Legalise the Biodiversity Community Trust as a network of microfinancial institutions category one

 Liaise and negotiate partnerships with the other national and international micro-financial institutions

 Cooperate with institutions (such as NGOs and other microfinancial institutions) which operate microcredit funds such as the Village Banks and government services to develop and implement cooperative microcredit initiatives. and monitor their performance and progress.

 Advise and support in the establishment of a monitoring system for the microcredit sub-component.

 Generally follow-up, coordinate, troubleshoot and monitor implementation of the microcredit initiatives.

 Assess microcredit-related training needs of community microcredit staff and villagers in project areas.

 Develop necessary training modules and/or other materials for training community microcredit staff and villagers in microcredit-related issues where required and provide training as appropriate, both on-the-job and classroom (in cooperation with the other microcredit projects in the region).

 Advise community microcredit staff and villagers on the identification, design and implementation of appropriate income-generating/livelihood activities in rural areas and coordinate with the other project staff and technical agencies to provide training and other support where required.

 Generally support co-ordination with other project components, especially community development.

 Participate in project meetings and workshops as required.

 Submit weekly, monthly, quarterly, semester and annual workplans and reports to your line Manager

 Carry out additional tasks as required or as agreed with by the Director of Economic Development

V. Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

 A university degree in finance, management, economics, accounting and development studies,.

 At least three years of practical experience in operational management of microcredit operations at the field level,

 Specific experience in several of the following areas:

 Establishment of microcredit operations

 Client selection and retention expertise

 Business planning and organizational development for microcredit institutions

 Development of appropriate products and services

 Loan portfolio, credit and risk management

 Loan officer operational procedures

 Financial and information management systems

 General experience in the field of rural development, especially with regard to sustainable livelihoods and participatory techniques.

 Flexibility and willingness to travel and spend significant time in the field.

 Good team-working skills with a variety of foreign and local technical specialists and government officers.

 Fluency in spoken and written English and pidgin English.

 Computer literacy with the full range of products contained in Microsoft Office Professional and internet capability

 Previous experience of working in a microfinance project would be a distinct advantage.

 Capable to mobilise and work with a minimum of 500 rural peasants a year

 Ability to mobilise enormous financial resources from the rural areas on an average of over 2 million CFA per month

 Ability to trek under harsh conditions in rural and enclave areas

 Ensures that a Business Development Plan relevant to national policies is developed and approved by the President/CEO,

 Ensures that the Business Development Plan is effectively implemented and

 contributing to the vision of the ERuDeF and other priorities defined in ERuDeF's

Cameroon Programme Vision; In line with the Strategic Plan, develops annual Business Development Programme workplans with clear priorities for ERuDeF, and ensures their efficient implementation;

In line with the requirements of the monitoring and reporting system, ensures the establishment and implementation of a monitoring and reporting system for the Silver Back Company measuring its performance against its

Business Development Plan, at the same time providing support to field projects for

improvement;

 Ensures strategic / policy engagement with relevant international and national

stakeholders on business and related issues to promote the vision and objectives of the Forest Protection Fund to government, donor, civil society, corporate, and ERuDeF

stakeholders at national and international level in collaboration with the Director of Economic Development and President/CEO as appropriate;

 Develops, participates in, and oversees strategic partnership-building /

fundraising approaches with government, donor, civil society, corporate, and

ERuDeF stakeholders, in coordination with the Director of Economic Development and President/CEO as appropriate;

 • Ensures timely technical reporting to donors, the Director of Economic Development, and all relevant parts of the ERuDeF, as required and according to agreed standards;

 Cooperates with programmatic audits, and implements audit recommendations in a timely manner;

 Ensures that all staff working for ERuDeF are fully informed of the Silver Back Company's Mission and its Global Programme, and are kept abreast of new developments, policies, and procedures as and when they arise;

 Works closely with the Communications team on the development and

implementation of a Communications Strategy supporting all of the above;

 Within the scope of the conservation programme, promotes the ERuDeF brand

and raises the image of ERuDeF and the company in Cameroon and abroad;

 Ensures that technical meetings to monitor the progress of the Business

Plan are held every month, attended by key project personnel and, as

appropriate, by external stakeholders;

Consults with relevant specialists / consultants externally and within the ERuDeF Network to gather information relevant to the development and implementation of the Business Plan and its component programmes / projects;

 Oversees the development of the Forest Protection Fund project proposals, including assisting with the preparation of Terms of Reference for any specialists

engaged;

 Coordinates with the Communications team to ensure that the latter posts

all technical reports and other relevant documents onto the ERuDeF Project

Database;

 Works closely with, and seeks support from, others in ERuDeF as

appropriate to undertake all the above tasks most effectively, and

 Performs other duties as requested by the management of ERuDeF

VI. Profile

Required Qualifications

• At least a university degree in an appropriate field (marketing/management/sales/economics).

• Several years of experience leading, developing, and managing

programmes / projects in one or more of the above-mentioned

fields. Experience with multi-disciplinary teams, as well as in Cameroon business environment, would be a strong asset.

• Knowledge of and experience with monitoring and evaluation of programmes

/ projects; and

• Knowledge of the institutional and legal framework of the environment and

business in Cameroon, as well as of relevant policy issues.

 Very strong knowledge of fundraising and project development

 A good track record in fundraising in previous jobs.

Required Skills and Competencies

• Proven leadership skills;

• Demonstrated experience in developing, implementing, and evaluating

strategic plans and policy;

• Strong skills in project planning, financing, management, implementation, and

evaluation;

• Experience working with government and with donors / government aid

agencies;

• Proven knowledge and experience of the not-for-profit sector, preferably of

environmental non-government organisations;

• Negotiation, influencing, and media relation skills, preferably at a high level;

• Excellent inter-personal skills, including the ability to develop and maintain

strong relationships at all levels, including with local communities,

government agencies, the not-for-profit sector, and the scientific community;

• Excellent oral and written communications skills in English and French; and

• Adherence to ERuDeF's values, which are: Accountability, Transparency and Engagement

 Ability to write a moto cycle in enclave environments

 Ability to work and live in rural and enclave environments for extended periods

 Excellent community rapport management skills

VII. Supervisory Responsibilities

The Business Manager is ultimately responsible for the supervision and

management of all ERuDeF Silver Coompany Ltd staff.

VIII. Working Relationships

Internal: Interacts and works closely and on a regular basis with project

implementation personnel in general and project leaders in particular,

.

External: Interacts with national governmental institutions, non-governmental

organisations, academic institutions, the media, donors, specialists / consultants,

and other stakeholders, in collaboration with the President/CEO

.

IX. Terms and Benefits:

A good remuneration package depending on qualifications and experience will be offered to the successful candidate. Various other benefits include health coverage, annual leave, sick leave and

other leave provisions.

X. Deadline for the applications

Applications must include a complete CV with full contact details of three referees. Applications addressed to the Administrative & Human Resources Director, should be sent via email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or deposited in ERuDeF offices. Applications are received until position is filled.

XI. Other Skills and Qualifications

Computer literate, ability to ride a moto cycle, stay and work in rural and enclave areas for extended periods, ability to trek under harsh conditions, good team manager, preparing and distributing publicity materials and displays, writing plans, reports and press releases, producing educational resources, businesses, voluntary/community groups and other local organisations, generating income via fundraising activities, managing budgets, supervising and training staff/volunteers and analysing data and collating information.

XII. Contract duration:

The Microcredit Development Officer will be initially contracted for 12 months with possible extension depending on performance and funding. This position is expected to start in January 2014.

ERuDeF is an equal opportunity employer and regardless to race, religion or sex. Eligible women candidates are encouraged to apply. Only short-listed candidates will be called for the assessment profiling process

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