Reports to: Southern Kenya Landscape Programme Manager with matrix reporting to the Forestry Lead
Supervises: Project staff
Career Level: TBD
Location: Loitokitok, Kajiado County
The Amboseli/Chyulu is one of the sub-landscapes under the Southern Kenya Landscape which forms the Southern Kenya-Northern Tanzania (SOKNOT) transboundary area programme. The post holder will lead on the coordination, management, monitoring, performance, reporting and administration of all the activities in the Amboseli/Chyulu sub-landscape.
The broad vision for the SOKNOT Landscape programme is securing the key natural resources across this expansive transboundary landscape to bring benefits to both wildlife and people. SOKNOT comprises the Mau-Mara-Serengeti, Amboseli-West Kilimanjaro and Tsavo-Mkomazi sub-landscapes with key habitats including wildlife dispersal areas and corridors connecting a network of protected areas. Ensuring improved wellbeing of local communities through improved voice and agency, equitable benefit sharing and diversified and sustainable livelihoods is critical.
The FLR project is a significant project in this sub-landscape and contributes to the objectives of the SOKNOT programme.
The coordinator will lead an integrated programme whose aim is to secure and restore critical forest, farmlands, rangeland ecosystems and wildlife corridors in the sub-landscape for more biodiversity, climate change resilience and better livelihoods. This will be done in close collaboration with local communities and stakeholders and in line with WWF Kenya Strategic Plan and other WWF projects in the landscape to deliver high impact conservation results.
Roles and responsibilities
Programmes Development and Implementation
Provide leadership for effective coordination of the design and development of a suite of projects under the Amboseli/Chyulu Sub-landscape programme, with technical support from all relevant WWF-Kenya thematic leads and external experts and partners;
Coordinate the implementation of all project activities in the sub-landscape addressing multiple themes and habitats (e.g. freshwater, forest, rangelands, climate change adaptation etc.) as well as species connectivity, participatory land-use and governance planning, wildlife crime, nature based enterprises and human wildlife conflict mitigation;
Coordinates the implementation of the programme and project activities in line with approved work plans/ action plans;
Provides technical support in project planning, monitoring and evaluation;
Works closely with relevant key stakeholders and partners, including government agencies, community-based conservation organizations/groups and the private sector to promote sustainable development, utilization, management and conservation of natural resources within the programme area.
Ensures that FLR-pledged areas within the project region are prepared for large-scale forest landscape restoration through landscape-level opportunity assessment, shifting incentives and policies.
Collaboratively develop holistic rangeland management and restoration plans and coordinates input for county level spatial plan development and implementation
Leads the implementation of restoration work in rangelands, forests and drylands
Links FLR experiences on the ground to existing national coordination platforms and dialogues with the goal to help improve national policies and legal framework
Leads in the assessments and reporting of progress, outcomes and impacts against programme implementation and work plans/action plans including quality assurance and conservation innovations.
Ensures compliance of programme development and implementation with WWF Kenya Strategic Plan, WWF Network Standards and government policies as appropriate.
Prepares and presents periodic technical and financial reports on the progress of implementation of project activities including timely donor reporting in the sub-landscape.
As part of a wider team ensure that all Environmental and Social Safeguards are met.
Partnerships, Collaboration & linkages
Identifies and pursues strategic collaborations and partnerships with county governments, civil society organizations, WWF stakeholders and professional bodies in advancing conservation interests and goals in line with WWF Kenya’s collaboration and partnership policy framework and strategy.
Promotes cross projects linkages and synergy in order to develop conservation capacity within SOKNOT/Unganisha programme.
Participates in the domestication of relevant national and regional policy instruments at local level in the drylands/ rangelands/ forestry sector.
Management of Resources and Budgets
In liaison with the Southern Kenya Programme Manager, proactively fundraise for the programme through timely and quality responses to funding opportunities that will drive sustainability of the program.
Ensure project delivery and expenditure is as outlined in contracts, agreed program work plans and budgets.
Support development of bankable conservation proposals as part of the wider resource mobilization strategy.
In consultation with relevant staff develops cost-effective budgets and workplans and tracks conservation programmes budget implementation to ensure compliance with donor and internal financial regulations.
Ensures prudent management and safety of conservation assets and resources in the sub-landscape.
Leadership and People Management
Coordinates setting of project workplans and staff performance targets and undertakes periodic performance appraisal for staff in the sub-landscape.
Liaises with People & Culture function in carrying out staff training needs assessments and recommends training programmes to address performance gaps.
Perform any other duties as may be assigned.
Key Skills/ Competencies
Solid Programme management and administration skills including financial management, ability to negotiate and manage contracts.
Leadership and people management skills.
Problem solving and conflict management skills.
Technical report writing and communication skills.
Good interpersonal skills with the ability to network, develop and maintain strong relationships at all levels.
Good understanding and working relations with diverse stakeholders including national and county governments.
A Bachelor’s degree in range management, forestry, natural resource management, environmental science, biology of conservation or related field of studies. A master’s degree and other additional professional trainings in related fields will be an added advantage.
At least five years’ experience in natural resources management with specific background and experience in dryland and rangeland management towards biodiversity and conservation efforts in Kenya.
Must have a good understanding in rangelands of Kenya conservation initiatives, resource assessment at national & local level, addressing socio-economic factors, resource threats impacting the landscape & key rangelands/ forest resources, developing and implementing conservation plans
A proven ability to work effectively with local Civil Society Organizations and facilitating links between government and communities
A track record of proposal development and resource mobilization ability.
Internal: Interacts with the Chief Executive Officer, Head of Conservation Programmes, Functional Heads, Programme Managers, Thematic Leads and All WWF Kenya staff.
External: Interacts with WWF Network, Government Ministries and departments, Civil Society Organizations, the private sector, Service Providers, Regulatory Bodies and Other Conservation Agencies.
This job description covers the main tasks and responsibilities and conveys the spirit of the sort of tasks that are anticipated to be undertaken proactively. Other tasks may be assigned as necessary according to organizational needs.
How to apply?
For more details please see attached job descriptions and apply with your CV and cover letter as one file with the Job Title of Position Applied for on the subject line to the Head of People & Culture, WWF-Kenya: email@example.com to be received not later than 11th October 2020. We will not accept applications without a CV and covering letter.