WWF Kenya – Regional Coordinator – ASI Programme.

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Position title: Regional Coordinator – Africa Sustainable Investments & Infrastructure (ASI) Programme
Reports to:  Head of Conservation, WWF-Kenya
Supervises National coordinator (Sustainable Finance/ Environmental Expert).
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.
2.    Main Purpose and scope of the role
The regional coordinator will lead the implementation of the Africa Sustainable Investment & Infrastructure (ASI) Programme on two related fronts. The first front is the implementation of regional deliverables (i.e. regional studies, analyses, communications, etc.) and liaison with regional institutions such as the Africa Development Bank (AfDB), the African Union (AU), FOCAC, WWF Regional office Africa (WWF-RoA), and others. The second front is the coordination of     WWF programme offices in China, Kenya, Tanzania and Madagascar in order to ensure implementation of the programme at national level and that it delivers on the regional scale.
The role is expected to build relationships with a range of stakeholders both internally and externally. Internally, the role will seek to build relationships with WWF’s      National Offices, Practices, Conservation Managers and Programme teams across conservation themes. Externally, the role is expected to cultivate and maintain relationships with regional policy, financial and infrastructure players from existing and new WWF partnerships, including in particular the African Union and the African Development Bank.
The ASI regional coordinator will      report      to the Head of Conservation Programmes at WWF-Kenya, the role will lead WWF’s regional work through Programme coordination, policy engagement and advocacy, partnership building, liaison, advice as well as support to Country and partner teams  
The ASI regional coordinator will also ensure that      ASI Programme is anchored within the ‘Making Nature Count’ Pillar of the WWF Africa Conservation Framework and in particular closely related with the Africa Ecological Futures programme of work.
3.    Key  Responsibilities
▪       Lead and coordinate the development and implementation of the ASI programme.
▪       In association with the national programme coordinators, lead and coordinate the development of regional and national work plans, budgets, procurement of goods and services           
▪       Lead the ASI Programme monitoring, evaluation and learning, as well as reporting activities and ensure the delivery and presentation of high quality, timely and insightful programme information to programme stakeholders.
▪       Ensure timely coordination and availability of information for the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to support the implementation of ASI programme, and acts as secretariat for the steering group governing the ASI programme.
▪       Establish an effective relationship with Network Finance and Infrastructure teams that supports collaboration and the sharing of learnings and insights into the WWF Global practices and programmes.
▪       Ensure close coordination and collaboration with related WWF programmes and initiatives in Africa, in particular, the Africa Ecological Futures programme, the Africa Energy Access Initiative, the Blue Heart of Africa Initiative, The South Western Indian Ocean Programme and the SOKNOT Landscape Programme.
▪       Lead, engage and coordinate with regional bodies, government, civil society private sector and other partners in the region to influence investments and infrastructure towards sustainability;
▪       Ensure knowledge management of the regional ASI work through policy research, publication and dissemination of policy briefs and papers to different/relevant stakeholders and platforms;
▪       Work with country teams to champion the domestication of relevant global and regional policy instruments at national level in promoting sustainable Investments and infrastructure;
▪       Contribute to the development of strategies for engagement and building effective WWF network and Civil Society Policy Advocacy capacity to engage and influence national and regional  and global policies;
▪       Support though through process, adoption and implementation of planning tools and ESGs at landscape level in WWF priority places across the region;
▪       Develop funding proposals under work streams as part of the wider resource mobilization strategy and ensures prudent management and safety of assets and resources including intellectual properties under custody.
3. Qualifications

▪       At least a Masters degree in Policy, Finance, international relations and development, development studies, social sciences, environmental sciences or related field
▪       At least 10 years of proven experience in programme management and      in 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;
▪       Practical experience with environmental and social impact assessment of infrastructure projects and related tools (e.g. natural capital assessment) highly desirable.
▪       Fully conversant in English. Knowledge of French, Swahili and other regionally spoken languages is an advantage.
4. Key Skills /Competencies

▪       Policy formulation and review skills;
▪       Program development and management skills;
▪       Leadership and people management skills;
▪       Problem solving and conflict management skills;
▪       Technical report writing and proposal development skills;
▪       Organizational and communication skills, including listening and facilitation;
▪       Negotiation and contract management skills;
▪       Good interpersonal skills with the ability to network and to develop and maintain strong relationships at all levels;
▪       Demonstrated ability to conceptualize, plan and implement strategic initiatives within the context of conservation, natural resource management, international development, and/or other related fields.
5.    Working Relationships
Internal:  Interacts with the regional programme team and ,country Sustainable Investments focal points on a daily basis, regularly engages with the ASI Technical Advisory Group     , the ASI Steering Group, the Africa Ecological Futures Programme Leader, other related Programme and Initiative Leads, the Conservation Directors, ROA Leadership, Practice Leaders and Focal Points WWF International and other WWF Network staff.
External:  Interacts with partners, regional policy and finance institutions, governments, , non-governmental organisations, academic institutions, donors, specialists/consultants, and other stakeholders.
This job description covers the main tasks and conveys the spirit of the sort of tasks that are anticipated proactively from 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.

  • Work permit restrictions may apply.
  • WWF is an equal opportunity employer and committed to having a diverse workforce





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