Ol Pejeta Conservancy – Project Manager.

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Department: Programmes – Wildlife Conservation and Community Development

Position: Project Manager

Duration: Fixed Term Contract to 31 December 2022, Full Time

Location: Nanyuki, Kenya

Closing Date: 06 November 2020

The Organisation

Ol Pejeta Conservancy (“Ol Pejeta”) is the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa, and home to the world’s last remaining northern white rhino. It is the only place in Kenya to see chimpanzees, in a Sanctuary established to rehabilitate animals rescued from the black market. It has some of the highest predator densities in Kenya, and still manages a very successful livestock programme. Ol Pejeta also seeks to support the people living around its borders, to ensure wildlife conservation translates to better education, healthcare and infrastructure for the next generation of wildlife guardians.

Role Purpose

Ol Pejeta Conservancy has secured a multi-year grant from the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, US State Government. We are seeking high calibre, self – motivated and dedicated applicant to fill the position of Project Manager for this grant on a fixed term contract to 31 December 2022. 

Project Objectives

The following are the primary goals and objectives of this project.

  • Expanding Ol Pejeta’s conservation practices to Mutara Conservation Area (MCA) and beyond.
  • Providing monitoring, tracking, security, and patrol housing equipment to monitoring staff, rangers and dog unit equipment to increase efficiency, responsiveness, and mobility of wildlife patrol teams.
  • Securing MCA and the immediate range to enable the protection and migration of wildlife and reducing illegal grazing and human-wildlife conflict

Key Responsibilities

As Project Manager you will be responsible for the overall delivery and management of the project in line with the donor and internal requirements. This will include planning and forecasting; driving forward and monitoring the implementation; liaison and collaboration with key internal and external stakeholders; internal and external reporting, and effective risk management and compliance.

Person Specifications


  • You must have demonstratable experience in project management of complex multi-year, multi-sectoral grants from government donors such as USAID, EU or other relevant donors, ideally gained from working for an NGO.


  • Educated to degree level or higher in Conservation, Natural Resource Management or related discipline.
  • Project management certification or equivalent qualification such as Prince 2 is an advantage.
  • You will have experience of developing and implementing grant management processes.
  • Experience in working with multi-disciplinary, diverse team to deliver strong results
  • Technical specialism in wildlife conservation and/ community development
  • Relevant experience of working in support of local partners

Skills and Knowledge

  • Fluency in English and spoken Swahili
  • You will also possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent planning, coordination and reporting skills with demonstrated ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines.
  • Adept at prioritising needs, you are happy taking the initiative to get things done and thrive in a busy environment.
  • A ‘can-do’ and agile attitude, a passion for problem solving and adaptive thinking.

Are you the right person for the job? Please read the full Job Description carefully here: https://www.olpejetaconservancy.org/uploads/assets/uploads/2020/10/Job-Description-Project-Manager.pdf before you apply. Please address the person specification in your application as it enables us to identify the skills, knowledge and experience you have to be able to do the job effectively.

Please check your application and make sure you meet all the essential criteria listed, in addition your application will be stronger if you meet at least some of the desirable criteria. Thank you for your understanding.

Ol Pejeta Conservancy welcomes applications from all sections of the community and promotes diversity.


Applications, consisting of covering letter explaining why you feel you should be considered for this post, a full CV and contact details for two referees should be sent to jobs@olpejetaconservancy.org.  Please note, only applications that total no more than five pages in length for the CV and cover letter together will be considered.

The closing date for applications is 6th November 2020.

Regrettably, due to limited resources and the high number of applications we receive, we are only able to contact short-listed candidates. If you do not hear from us within four weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been successful on this occasion.






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