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Fauna & Flora International

Fauna & Flora International (FFI) saves species from extinction and habitats from destruction, while improving the livelihoods of local people. Our guiding principles are to work through local partnerships, act as a catalyst for change, make conservation relevant, and base decisions on sound science. Founded in 1903, FFI is the world’s longest established international conservation body; our conservation work, and impact, spans the globe.

Africa Programme

Working closely with local partners, FFI’s Africa Programme currently supports operations in 13 countries in West, Central, East and Southern Africa, and is implementing a range of projects focused on both terrestrial and marine species and habitat conservation, biodiversity planning, protected area management, institutional development and capacity building, sustainable use and community-focused wildlife management initiatives.

To achieve its mission in Africa, FFI uses different approaches to work with and alongside local partners to focus on the sustainable use and management of natural resources as a means to effective conservation in the long-term. In all its projects in Africa, FFI seeks to:

  • Build and support local partnerships with African conservation and community development organisations
  • Strengthen institutions to bring sustainability and added value to projects
  • Maintain long term presence and relationships
  • Reconcile conservation goals with the needs of local people
  • Incorporate sound science in decision-making

Kenya Programme

FFI has been championing wildlife conservation in Kenya in some shape or form since our foundation in 1903. Exactly a century later, we opened an office in Nairobi and established a formal country programme, and have been supporting local partners to protect key habitats and species. In particular, we have played a crucial role in establishing a number of wildlife conservancies in northern Kenya that protect wildlife while also supporting sustainable local livelihoods. Beyond our terrestrial conservation programme, we are also supporting the efforts of coastal communities in the south of Kenya to secure greater involvement in the management and husbandry of their marine resources.

The Opportunity

This is a truly exciting time to be joining FFI’s Kenya Programme as it evolves and grows. FFI is seeking an experienced Driver to safely drive and maintain FFI vehicles in Kenya. The Driver will be tasked with the safe delivery of FFI staff and any other authorised personnel, and act as courier for packages or equipment during the execution of the FFI operations of the Kenya Programme.

You will demonstrate exemplar capacity in safely transporting staff, knowledge of Kenya traffic rules and regulations, vehicle mechanics, logistical support, good written and verbal communication skills and the ability to work and deliver within a diverse and multidisciplinary team.

Terms and Conditions

Start Date: As soon as possible

Duration of Contract: 2 years

Probation Period: 6 months

Annual salary: $7,500

Location: Nairobi, Kenya. With travel to domestic project sites as required.

Benefits: 25 working days’ annual leave entitlement plus national public holidays observed in Kenya

Hours of Work: This is a full-time position, working Monday to Friday from 8.00am to 5.00pm with a one-hour lunch break. These hours may vary depending on the requirements of the job in the field.

Job Description

Job Title: Driver, Kenya

Reporting to: Finance and Administration Manager, Kenya

Key Relationships: Kenya Programme Staff

The driver is responsible for the safe driving and maintenance of FFI vehicles. He/she will be responsible for safe delivery of FFI staff and any other authorised personnel, and the couriering of packages or equipment as needed.

Specific Duties:

Driving and delivery

  • Safely drive FFI vehicles, including transportation of FFI staff and any other authorised personnel for official purposes, in full compliance with Kenyan road traffic laws and FFI’s vehicle use policy.
  • Promptly deliver any packages, documents, equipment or goods.
  • Ensure that adequate knowledge of the destination, route and any traffic restrictions at the destination is gathered and communicated to the travelling passengers before departure on any trip.

Vehicle maintenance

  • Ensure cleanliness of the vehicle(s) assigned at all times.
  • Carry out mandatory daily checks of FFI vehicles including among others, fuel oil and coolant levels; transmission and brake fluid; brakes; warning horn; tyre pressure and tread depth; headlights, turn signals, brake and parking lights, battery, windscreen wipers, safety belts, first aid kit and fire extinguisher.
  • Carry out periodic checks and tests including: vehicle insurance, routine vehicle service and statutory inspections to determine vehicle status, maintenance needs and necessary vehicle changes and report to the Finance and Administration Manager, Kenya as soon as possible.
  • Ensure approval and facilitate the repair and maintenance of the assigned vehicle as needed.

Record keeping

  • Maintain a vehicle log at all times for the assigned vehicle indicating date, vehicle mileage and time at start and end of trip, purpose of trip, fund to pay for the trip, and authorisation.
  • Maintain a vehicle maintenance log for the assigned vehicle(s) and update it monthly.
  • Submit a monthly vehicle report which includes vehicle mileage report, vehicle maintenance report and vehicle fuel report.

Safety, Emergencies and incidents

  • Report immediately to the Finance and Administration Manager, Kenya, and the Country Manager, Kenya any incidents, accidents, injury, damage or arrests relating to any passenger, pedestrian or third-party property during any trip.
  • Responsible for checking that all tools, medical kits and any other necessary safety equipment are supplied with the vehicle, and highlighting gaps as necessary.
  • Handle any emergency, to the best of their ability, regarding any incidents resulting to injury or damage.
  • Communicate departure and arrival times at destinations, and any unforeseen problems, to the designated communication point.

Legal compliance

  • Maintain an up to date record, knowledge and understanding of all the traffic laws, rules and regulations of Kenyan roads and adhere to these at all times while on duty.
  • Ensure compliance with national laws including keeping up to date PSV licence and authorizations.
  • Ensure FFI sticker is displayed in line with NTSA (operation of Public Service Vehicles) Regulations, 2014.
  • As required, take FFI vehicles for PSV inspection for road worthiness and obtain new car and vehicle inspection NTSA stickers.

Etiquette

  • Maintain punctuality.
  • Maintain an appropriate dress code at all times while on duty.
  • Maintain professionalism and be personable.
  • Assist with loading, unloading, packing and transferring any material as requested.
  • Ensure that loading and unloading of the vehicle is carried out in a safe manner, and that the vehicle is not overloaded. All loads must be properly secured.

Other

  • Undertake any other activities that you may, from time-to-time, be asked to perform by the Kenya Country Manager, Finance and Administration Manager, Programme Managers and Technical Specialists, commensurate with your skills and experience.
  • Duties may be altered, reasonably added or delegated from time to time to reflect changes within the organisation’s activities and structure.

Person Specification

Skills:

Essential

  • Proven track record in driving of 4×4 manual vehicles through rough terrain and difficult circumstances
  • Strong time management skills
  • Basic computer skills
  • Excellent record keeping

Qualifications and Language:

Essential

  • ‘O’ level education
  • Valid driving licence – Class B, C, E
  • Excellent written and spoken Swahili and English

Desirable

  • Government Trade Test Grade 3

Knowledge and experience:

Essential

  • Minimum 5 years’ experience as a driver of manual 4×4 vehicles for an organisation
  • Strong knowledge and experience in vehicle maintenance and repair
  • Exemplar and demonstrable knowledge of Kenya traffic laws and code of conduct

Desirable

  • Experience working with an NGO

Behavioural qualities:

  • Team player, with ability to seek out views of others and build positive working relationships
  • Well-organised with a strong attention to detail
  • Ability to self-motivate
  • Ability to work within a multi-cultural environment
  • Ability to work under pressure and to deal with challenges in a positive and constructive way
  • Commitment to working in a collaborative manner, sharing information and learning
  • Commitment to organisational and legal compliance
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable

Other

  • Commitment to FFI’s values, vision and mission
  • Entitlement to live and work in Kenya (without employee sponsorship)
  • Available to travel domestically and/or internationally, and work occasional evening and weekend hours

FFI Values

Values underpin who we are and how we act. Just as values shape who we are as individuals, they define us as an organisation, creating the culture of success for which FFI is renowned. Our people exemplify our shared values, which are interconnected and interdependent:

  • We act with integrity
  • We are collaborative
  • We are committed
  • We are supportive & respectful
  • We get things done

How to apply

Applications, consisting of a covering letter explaining why you feel you should be considered for this post, a full CV (tailored to the role as advertised, highlighting relevant experience and achievements) and contact details for two referees (who will not be contacted without your permission) should be sent to kenyajobs@fauna-flora.org

Please mark your application Driver, Kenya.

The closing date for applications is 20th June 2022. Interviews are likely to be held during the week commencing 27th June 2022. Candidates selected for interview will be contacted by email or telephone – please specify your preferred method of contact in your covering letter and indicate where you saw the position advertised.

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.

Applicants with Disabilities

FFI encourages applications from individuals with a disability who are able to carry out the duties of the post. If you have special needs in relation to your application, please contact Patrick Lelei, Finance and Administration Manager, Kenya, FFI, on Tel: +254 (0) 715 795 359 or Email: patrick.lelei@fauna-flora.org.

FFI values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity

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