WWF Kenya – Project Coordinator – ASI Programme.

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Position title: Project Coordinator (Kenya) – Africa Sustainable Investments & Infrastructure (ASI) Programme
Reports to: Regional Coordinator – Africa Sustainable Investment and Infrastructure Programme                
Supervises: TBD
Location: Nairobi
Grade: TBD
1.  Background

Infrastructure supports essential services like drinking water, sanitation, agriculture, transport, and industry and electricity among others – that spurs economic development. The infrastructure boom in Africa, driven by domestic desire for development and investments including from China, has the potential to support this economic development but could also overwhelm the current norm of project-by- project environment and social safeguard systems driving climate change, nature and biodiversity loss, and pollution and waste impacting humanity negatively.  According to the UN Environment, to defeat these three planetary crises and deliver on the 2030 Agenda, we urgently need to rethink our infrastructure systems – their drivers and long-term integrated solutions.
The Africa Sustainable Investment & Infrastructure (ASI) Programme supported through Norad cooperation agreement for 2021-2025 aims to address the above challenges and promote sustainable investment and infrastructure project development in sub-Saharan Africa. This regional programme is hosted by WWF-Kenya will focus on inward investments from China and African countries with a focus on the African Union, African Development Bank, China, Kenya, Tanzania and Madagascar. This programme will adopt systemic and landscape based approaches and will serve as a blueprint for Africa and seeks to accelerate the achievement of SDG 9 through the following areas of focus.
 Main Purpose and scope of the role

The Project Coordinator (Kenya) will be responsible for the day to day implementation of the ASI programme in Kenya. The ASI Project Coordinator (Kenya) will report to the Regional ASI Programme Coordinator, hosted by WWF-Kenya, with a dotted line to the Conservation Director, WWF-Kenya.  He/she will be responsible for providing competent and strategic support, and lead a national programme geared at influencing investments in and development of sustainable infrastructure in Kenya. The national ASI coordinator (Kenya) will need to provide expertise in financial and investment flows associated with infrastructure development in Kenya. The incumbent will work with colleagues across the Africa Region and the Global Network.
The role is expected to build relationships with a range of stakeholders both internally and externally. Internally, the role will      build relationships with other WWF Country Offices in Africa, WWF’s National Offices, Practices, Conservation Managers and Programme teams across conservation themes. Externally, the role is expected to cultivate and maintain relationships with national policy, financial and infrastructure players from existing and new WWF partnerships, including in particular the Kenyan financial institutions. 
The role will lead WWF’s national work through Programme coordination, policy engagement and advocacy, partnership building, liaison, advice as well as support and advice to other Country and partner teams.      In this regard, he/she will support the regional ASI Programme Coordinator in knowledge management, learning, sharing of experiences, and capacity building on finance/investment related approaches across the WWF Country Offices and partner teams in the ASI focal countries.
. The ASI national coordinator will also ensure that The ASI Programme is anchored within the ‘Making Nature Count’ Pillar of the WWF Africa Conservation Framework, and in particular build close synergies with the Africa Ecological Futures programme of work.
 Major Duties and Responsibilities
●      Lead and coordinate the development and implementation of the ASI programme (ASI) Programme at national level in Kenya.
●      lead and coordinate the development of national workplans, budgets, procurement of goods and services in Kenya.
●      Lead the ASI Programme monitoring, evaluation and learning, as well as  and reporting activities and ensure the delivery and presentation of high quality, timely and insightful programme information to programme stakeholders in Kenya.
●      Ensure timely coordination and availability information for the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to support implementation of ASI programme, and acts as secretariat for the steering group governing the ASI programme.
●      Providing of thought leadership on finance/investment-related work in Kenya and Eastern Africa in general.      
●      Developing and supporting the implementation of strategic high-impact programmes and initiatives related to influencing finance and investment flows in Kenya, in particular as they related to infrastructure development.
●      Facilitating knowledge management, learning, sharing of experiences, and capacity building on finance/investment-related issues and approaches .
●      Development of finance/investment strategies and approaches for addressing challenges related to investment flows into infrastructure developments with potential negative environmental impacts.
●      Establishing and maintaining a network of experts in the finance/investment field and establishing partnerships with key financial institutions and other relevant partner institutions.
●      Working in partnership with colleagues to develop the coherence and effectiveness of the WWF network in finance/investment area.
●      Working in partnership with colleagues to influence key finance sector decision-makers in the Eastern Africa Region and in international organizations.
●     Fundraising for initiatives contributing to the finance/investment work in Africa.
Qualifications, Skills, Knowledge and Experience

●      At least a bachelor’s degree in Policy, Finance, international relations and development, development studies, social sciences, environmental sciences or related field
●      At least 5 years of experience in programme management and influencing policy at national, regional and global levels or experience in environment and/or natural resources management, development studies.
●      Good knowledge of Africa trends related to infrastructure development, sustainable investments in relation to natural resources management.
●      Proven experience of providing strategic leadership to organizations and programs of work as well as communication and advocacy skills.
●      A good understanding of how investment decisions are undertaken in a variety of contexts and the ways in which ecosystems and the environment can be reflected in this decision-making.
●      Practical experience with environmental and social impact assessment of infrastructure projects and related tools (e.g. natural capital assessment) highly desirable.
●      Experience in influencing key political and business stakeholders and shaping policy debates;
●      Experience in synthesizing complex information, regulations and policies and translating these into clear advice and compelling communications.
●      Ability to work in a range of cultural environments, adapting approaches and analysis to meet the requirements of the local context.
●      Fully conversant in English. Knowledge of French, Swahili and other regionally spoken languages is an advantage.
Working Relationships
Internal:  Interacts and jointly delivers key activities with WWF in Africa and partners on a daily basis, and as required coordinates and interacts with Country Directors, Conservation Directors/Managers, as well as other relevant Programme Managers and experts of WWF offices in Africa, WWF International, and other WWF Network staff.
External:  Interacts with government institutions, non-governmental organisations, academic institutions, donors, specialists/consultants, financial institutions, private investors and developers and other stakeholders.
This job description covers the main tasks and conveys the spirit of the sort of tasks that are anticipated proactively from the staff. Other tasks may be assigned as necessary according to organizational needs.
Please apply with your CV and cover letter as one file with the Job Title of Position applied for on the subject line to: hresource@wwfkenya.org to be received no later than 31st December 2021. We will not accept applications without a CV and cover letter. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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  • WWF is an equal opportunity employer and committed to having a diverse workforce





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