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Career Opportunity at Nature Kenya
Nature Kenya—is the East Africa Natural History Society (EANHS), Africa’s oldest environmental Society, established in 1909 to promote the study and conservation of nature in eastern Africa. To learn more and become a member visit www.naturekenya.org
Enterprise Development Officer (EDO): Tana Delta Green Heart Initiative
Organisation and Aims
You will be working for an innovative business enterprise ‘the Greenheart Initiative’ which aims to create jobs, transform lives, spur economic growth and keep nature values in the Tana Delta. The Greenheart Initiative is led by the Tana River County Government, assisted by Nature Kenya. It will be steered by a new body ‘the Tana Delta Sustainable Development Board’.
The Greenheart Initiative will:

  1. Create an enabling policy and good governance for green production in the Tana Delta.
  2. Promote the development of green enterprises and markets for locally produced agricultural
    products as a precursor for creating employment and improve local livelihoods, and
  3. Build the capacity of local actors to produce, negotiate contracts and sustainably supply products to the green businesses.
    Position Enterprise Development Officer (EDO) for the Tana Delta Green Heart Initiative
    Primary Responsibilities
    Your primary role will be to execute instructions and decisions provided initially by TRCG and NK, and subsequently by TDSB. You will work within the guidelines established by the Business Case for the Greenheart Project, and as the coordinator of a small team of specialists comprising the Executive Director (NK), assigned Nature Kenya staff and advisors, the Greenheart Secretariat and invited
    external advisors.
    Your initial responsibilities in the first three months of the assignment will be to:
    1) Work with the Tana River County Government to fast track the creation of the Tana Sustainable Development Board
    2) Become an integral part of the Greenheart Secretariat to be formed with seconded county government staff
    2) Coordinate the survey and establish the framework of the Pilot Green Industrial Park (GIP),
    3) Develop a road map for the mobilisation of private investment (especially in relation to the pilot Green Industrial Park) while also building stakeholder capacity to increase climate smart agriculture production and local processing in the Tana Delta.
    4) Work within the secretariat to convene investors conferences to attract green enterprises.
    5) Liaise with other project staff (from TRCG and NK) to support existing Farmer Cooperatives and enhance their capacity by coordinating farmer production, bulking and supply.
    6) Develop and maintain the initiative’s website, and communication materials produced either by yourself or with your support.
    Specific duties:
    A. Reporting, supervising and planning
  4. Report to the Executive Director
  5. Work closely with the Tana River County Government, Green Industrial Park Secretariat,
    Tana Sustainable Development, Policy and Advocacy Manager and Tana Delta Projects
    Manager. Others are Species and Sites Manager, Local Empowerment Manager, Marketing and Membership Manager, Prorgammes Support Manager, Finance Manager and all other Conservation Programme staff, interns and volunteers.
  6. Attend and assist as necessary to take/review minutes at the Tana Sustainable Development Board and other meetings
  7. Assist the board in defining their operational structure including required sub-committees
    B. Support the Green Heart Initiative Secretariat to implement the Green Heart Initiative
  8. Prepare Terms of reference for the secretariat
  9. Prepare a list of core actors to engage in the planning and implementation of the green heart initiative
  10. Catalyze the secretariat to hold briefing meetings (physical/virtual) at agreed frequency
  11. Support the secretariat in day-to-day operations of the secretariat
  12. Train the secretariat to take up the green industrial park tasks as required to continue the operations into the future
    C. Support the Secretariat and the Board to convene investor conference
  13. Work with the secretariat to scout and create a data-base of potential green investors
  14. Prepare pitches targeting particular green enterprises and pitch to them to win their interest in the Tana Green Heart Initiative
  15. Support the secretariat and the board to convene meetings to plan for the green businesses investor conferences (explore Nairobi, Mombasa, Garsen)
  16. Work with the secretariat and Nature Kenya staff to profile cooperatives/ producers to prepare presentations about their production
  17. Hold Public meetings in Garsento brief communities/cooperatives and invite expressions of interest in pilot development projects
    D. National/regional/county investment conferences
  18. Plan one day events in Nairobi, Mombasa and Garsen/Hola (likely to be held in October/November 2021)
  19. Establish network / database of interested investors ahead of the conferences
  20. Produce Conference Brochure and Information Pack
  21. Invite selected developers/investors to be keynote speakers
  22. Organise inspection tours in the Tana Delta for interested developers
  23. Prepare individual project leaflets setting out specific opportunities in relation to selected site areas
  24. Hold individual Investment Conferences
    E. Communicate the Green Heart Initiative to diverse audiences (local, national, global)
  25. Open and populate the Green Heart Initiative Website
  26. Establish network and database of potentially interested investors
  27. Advertise in national magazines and periodicals and media
  28. Follow up with personal one-to-one contacts
  29. Organise set tours of the Delta for interested parties
    F. Promote the appointment and functioning of the Green Heart Initiative Governance
    (theTana Sustainable Development Board or equivalent)
  30. Draft terms of reference to appoint a consultant/expert to develop options/ ToR for Board (investment council / private company / public-private partnership). Also, tasks to include criteria for the selection of board members and criteria for the selection of green businesses in line with the Land Use Plan.
  31. Engage with the County Government for the immediate appointment of the board and agree modalities for ensuring the board (or other name) is backed up by County laws
  32. Coordinate the training of the secretariat to attain capacity be able to convene and take
    minutes at the Green Heart Initiative Board
  33. Coordinate the training of the Board to be able to deliver their mandate as per the ToRs within the objectives of the county government and the needs of the local stakeholders.
  34. Support the Secretariat to convene the first and subsequent meetings of the board
    G. Tana River County engagement and support of the Green Heart Initiative and the
    Green Industrial Park.
  35. Hold discussions with the Tana River County Government and make follow up for the
    appointment of a temporary project manager and two assistants (conference organiser and planner/engineer) to form the County Government Secretariat at the Green Industrial Park area
  36. Hold discussions with the Tana River County Government and make follow up for allocation of a room in County Offices in Hola for the use of the secretariat when following up on county roles in the green heart initiative.
  37. Liaise with the Tana River County Government to identify and demarcate an area of 60
    Hectares (more is better) for the first pilot industrial estate in the vicinity of Minjila
    (Garsen/Idsowe). This location is favored because of its strategic location in relation to new road improvements, access to the National Grid, close access to the Tana River for water supply and treated effluent disposal systems, and a prominent location in public view for maximum marketing opportunities.
  38. Liaise with the Tana River County Government and the secretariat (if already appointed) to establish a small site office (container type) at the Minjila Pilot Industrial Estate with desk spaces. This will act as a point of first contact for green enterprises interested to learn more about the Green Heart Initiative opportunities
  39. Engage the County Government to recognize and integrate the Green Heart Initiative into the County Development planning and budgeting
  40. Engage with the County Government for the immediate appointment of a governance body (likely to be called Tana Delta Sustainable Development Council/board/company) and agree modalities for ensuring the board (or other name) is backed up by County laws
  41. Engage with the Tana River County Office to discuss and agree a letter of agreement for the collaboration to start the Green Heart Initiative for one year and agree future collaboration
    H. General
  42. Strive for personal and professional development by updating your knowledge and skills, and taking part in appropriate conservation-related activities outside the workplace
  43. Maintain a safe, clean, organised and efficient personal work space and common areas
  44. Any other reasonable duties as specified by the Executive Director
    Core competences for the post holder
    The Role of Enterprise Development Officer is a challenging position, requiring an individual with the charisma to inspire others, a good knowledge and understanding of business practices, excellent organizational and communication skills, a willingness to experiment, a social conscience and commitment to making things better for local communities, and a real concern for the environment and the true meaning of sustainable development.
    The ability to demonstrate these qualities is more important than formal, training and specialization, but the successful candidate is likely to have been educated to degree level, to have worked within one or more organisations in a coordinating role, to have experience of policy development and planning, and to be able to show evidence of practical achievements in management and leadership.
    Direct experience in any of the following fields will be an advantage:
    ? establishing a small or medium sized enterprise,
    ? community liaison,
    ? working in the field of rural development,
    ? marketing local produce,
    ? liaising and communicating through web-based and social media
    If interested please submit your CV and cover letter to Office@naturekenya.org to arrive no later than 30th August 2021. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Career opportunity at Nature Kenya
Job description

Position title: Policy and Advocacy Manager (PAM) – Re-advertised
Reports to: Executive Director
Location: Nairobi and outside as required
Required knowledge, skills and experience
? Advanced degree in Wildlife Management, conservation, biology natural resources management
? At least five years’ experience in conservation policy and advocacy
? Excellent understanding of the socio-policy and conservation environment in Kenya
? Experience with non-profit conservation organisations
? Demonstrable experience in conservation influence
? Demonstrable experience in proposal writing, project management, donor reporting and the logical framework approach
? Strong strategic and analytical mind
? Ability to speak clearly, concisely and cogently
? Excellent English writing skills
? Ability to get guidance and work with others and deliver results through teams
? Passion and commitment for conservation and ability to work beyond normal working hours to deliver targets
Duties
You support the Executive Director to develop and implement an effective programme of policy and advocacy for conservation actions for priority species, sites and habitats, in line with Nature Kenya strategic plan. You take responsibility for encouraging ecological sustainability in ways that safeguard Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) and priority landscapes and species including those regarded as common. You promote uptake of Multilateral Environmental Agreements and participate in national and global meetings and processes. To achieve this, you will support the Executive Director to:

  1. Mainstream KBAs/IBAs and biodiversity in general into key sectors of the economy: agriculture, energy,
    water, infrastructure and others.
  2. Analyze policies, legislation and institutional frameworks at all levels and develop recommendations for key
    target groups.
  3. Catalyze and influence policies, legislation and institutional frameworks for ecosystem resilience
  4. Empower local communities and Site Support Groups to advocate for species and sites conservation
  5. Demonstrate and advocate the values of nature
  6. Encourage and promote sustainable production
  7. Develop and implement on the ground demonstrations/models for enhanced ecological sustainability in the
    process of meeting economic/humans needs
  8. Work with the public and private sector to promote best practice to mitigate negative impact of major
    developments
  9. Communicate the Nature Kenya work to audiences to influence them to take action for biodiversity
    conservation
  10. Contribute to the implementation of biodiversity linked international treaties to enhance KBAs conservation
  11. Mobilize the resources needed to influence policy, to conserve and sustain ecosystems services.
    To view a detailed description of this position, go to https://www.naturekenya.org/about/job-vacancies/
    You will support the Executive Director to promote an understanding and acceptance of the importance of a healthy environment to well-functioning production sectors. This will require an extensive strategy of communication, education and public awareness and advocacy. You will develop and implement mechanisms to bring together representatives of various sectors in order to coordinate activities and address common concerns. Through mainstreaming, biodiversity concerns will be internalized into the way economic sectors, development models, policies and programmes operate. By integrating biodiversity concerns into the way sectors operate you will enhance the immediate benefits of improving environmental quality and productivity, and which also serve as a long-term safeguard for sustainable development.
    You are responsible for developing a national constituency of institutions that recognise and support Nature Kenya work. An important part of the job is to ensure that Nature Kenya conservation work is packaged and disseminated to a broad
    range of stakeholders, partners and members. A critical component is to ensure that Nature Kenya is adequately represented in key advocacy national fora and that Site Support Groups and national institutions understand their roles
    and obligation in the implementation of key policies, legislation, treaties, agreements and conventions to ensure IBAs/KBAs conservation in perpetuity. To support these strategic goals, fundraising is a key component of your work and you will raise resources to support your position and others working with you to achieve your planned targets.
    You will report to the Executive Director but work as part of a team with the Species and Sites Manager, Local Empowerment Manager, Marketing and Membership Manager, Programmes Support Manager, Finance Manager and all other Conservation Programme staff, interns and volunteers. This position cuts across many Society units and requires excellent collaboration and cross-reference and linkages with all units to ensure communication and advocacy targets address all Society objectives and targets.
    How to apply
    Please share your CV and cover letter with title of position applied to: office@naturekenya.org. Include the title of the position in the subject of the email. Applications to be received by 15th September 2021. If you do not hear from Nature Kenya, consider yourself unsuccessful. If you previously sent your application for this position, you need not reapply
Training and Facilitation Manager and Coordinator

 The Pangolin Project

The Pangolin Project was founded in August 2019. We are a not-for-profit initiative dedicated to protecting pangolin species and their habitat within Kenya. Our goal is to be an internationally recognised leader in the monitoring and protection of pangolin species in east Africa and to work with the Government of Kenya and other stakeholders to develop a National Protection and Recovery Strategy for Pangolins. Our activities operate under 4 key pillars: applied conservation research; sustainable protection; community empowerment and advocacy.

Since August 2019 we have been working in Narok County, Kenya to carry out applied conservation research assessing the distribution and habitat use of ground pangolin and the risks to these species. As part of our sustainable protection programme we have carried out a number of training sessions with conservancy and county government rangers in the same landscape to standardise knowledge and awareness about pangolins. This training has resulted in raising the profile amongst anti-poaching stakeholders and, as a result, ad-hoc protection of pangolin species. Findings from our primary research have been used to guide protection strategies.

 Catalysing Pangolin Protection in Narok and Taita Taveta County

“Catalysing Pangolin Protection” is a foundation programme of The Pangolin Project and will expand our existing work across Narok and Taita Taveta County. We will scale the training programme and also support ranger teams to identify activities that will enhance pangolin protection in their operational areas. Working with the ranger teams we will co-design the means to manage and measure the success of these activities on pangolin populations over a nine month period and apply adaptive learning approaches to evaluate the impact of and alter the activities. A team of thirty six “Pangolin Rangers” will be financially facilitated to lead activities and to record sightings, illegal killing and poaching of pangolin incidents in a standardised monitoring system. This information will be collated by our lead researcher who will carry out complimentary research within the operational areas. This information will be used to inform the ranger activities.

 Purpose of the role

The Training and Facilitation Manager (TFM) will be the primary representative of The Pangolin Project. You will join an existing dedicated team, lead and facilitate ranger training and also be responsible for coordinating conservation activities over a wide landscape. The TFM will be responsible for the following activities:

  • Plan, organise and manage the training of up to 32 ranger posts in two counties of southern Kenya;
  • Manage local partner relationships in coordination with other team members, including the part-time facilitator;
  • Develop an activity framework for ranger teams focused on establishing goals and targets for activities that will enhance pangolin protection in operational areas;
  • Evaluate the effect and impact of activities on pangolin populations and habitats across the operational landscapes in coordination with the lead researcher;
  • Install a standardised monitoring system into the ranger teams;
  • Facilitate adaptive learning and management processes within ranger teams over a twelve month period;
  • Work with researchers to interpret monitoring data and develop conclusions that will inform ranger activities and strategies;
  • Support the ongoing development of plans and strategies with The Pangolin Project team.

The appointee will report to the Director of The Pangolin Project and work in collaboration with our lead researcher and wider team.

Application details can be found here

Lead Researcher

 Background

The Pangolin Project was founded in August 2019. We are a not-for-profit initiative dedicated to protecting pangolin species and their habitat within Kenya. We strive to be an internationally recognised leader in the monitoring and protection of pangolin species in east Africa and work with the national government of Kenya to develop a National Protection and Recovery Strategy for Pangolin Species. Our activities operate under 4 key pillars: applied conservation research, sustainable protection, community empowerment, and advocacy.

Since August 2019 we have been working in Narok County, Kenya to carry out applied conservation research and to utilise this information to build sustainable protection for pangolin species. We work in partnership with local organisations including NGOs, conservancies, county government, tourism partners and the Kenya Wildlife Service believing that collaboration is the best and most efficient way to achieve conservation success.

 Mara Pangolin Research Initiative

The Mara Pangolin Research Initiative is our foundation applied research programme. The initiative aims to assess the population and resource use of Temminck’s ground pangolin in the greater mara ecosystem and to better understand the impact of human activity on the species. The specific objectives are:

  1. Assess the distribution of pangolin and identify key habitats of pangolin in the greater Mara ecosystem;
  2. Estimate the population of pangolin within a specific area of savannah environment;
  3. Measure utilisation rate of burrows by pangolin and other species;
  4. Estimate the home range of adult Temminck’s ground pangolin within savannah environments.

A four person research team based in the Maasai Mara National Reserve are present and carrying out ongoing research activities to meet these objectives. Our research methods include: participatory research assessments, occupancy assessments of burrows, camera-trap surveys, and use of telemetric tracking devices.

 Purpose of role:

We are now seeking a lead researcher to continue leading the existing activities and to expand the scope of our applied research. The appointee will pioneer pangolin conservation research in Kenya and will specifically work to further understand the ecology of ground pangolin including habitat selection and use and the impact of human activity on these

factors. The appointee will: Lead the indepth research initiative in a small area of geographical focus; design and lead a number of ad hoc assessments in different areas of the south rift landscape; coordinate research and monitoring activities across our portfolio of programmes.

The candidate will be responsible for the following activities:

  • Provide technical support to the research component of programmes;
  • Design and conduct social science assessments within communities;
  • Establish relevant and priority research objectives;
  • Design data collection tools and methodologies to meet the aims and objectives;
  • Manage and lead the data collection process including management of a small research team;
  • Work with local partners including Kenya Wildlife Service, tourism partners and conservancy management teams;
  • Analyse data;
  • Communicate findings with The Pangolin Project team and wider conservation and scientific community;
  • Write grant applications and seek additional funding.

The appointee will be directly answerable to the director and founder of The Pangolin Project. They will be required to work closely with our operation and programme team, and remotely with project partners.

Click here for application details