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  • Posted: Sep 2, 2020
    Deadline: Sep 10, 2020
  • We work with local communities, governments and organizations to conserve Africa’s important places. Africa is special. Its wild lands and waters are home to incredible numbers and diversity of species living close to people. For most rural Africans, connection to place takes on unique meaning, more so than anywhere else on Earth because their daily...
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    Lead Grants Specialist


    The Lead Grants Specialist provides highly specialized grants/finance/accounting-related services to TNC’s Africa region; and supports Grants Managers in the oversight of TNC’s Africa program, through the WO Finance/Grants Services Network. Position location is flexible with strong preference given to Kenya, Tanzania or an established Nature Conservancy office within TNC’s Africa region.


    The Lead Grants Specialist have a high level of expertise in award administration and financial services. The position administers and maintains public award documentation and completes financial activities in accordance with TNC policies and procedures, public rules and regulations, and best practices in financial/organizational management. The Lead Grants Specialist provides assistance to all levels of personnel in their specialty area.

    They respond to complex employee/management questions and problems based on advanced knowledge of the subject area. The Lead Grants Specialist shares knowledge with other members of the Grants Services Network (GSN), supports and participates in GSN activities, and supervises GSN staff.

    The Lead Grants Specialist oversees and manages a team of Grant Specialists and/or Grants Associates within their assigned geographical area(s). The Lead Grants Specialist may monitor team funding trends and work with the Grants Manager on team workload distribution and new hires. They communicate with the Grants Manager(s) to report, discuss and resolve issues, and identify and implement projects. May collaborate with other Leads or Grants Specialist IIIs.



    • Administers public awards.
    • Ensures programmatic commitments, TNC policies and procedures, financial standards and legal requirements are met and managed for compliance.
    • Reinforces consistency in the organization’s policies and procedures and provides support and training related to relevant field.
    • May participate in complex negotiations.
    • Supervises and manages a team of Grants Specialists and/or Grants Associates. Monitors funding trends and capacity for the team and works with Grants Manager if shifts in workloads are needed.
    • May track and assist with single project audits for assigned region
    • Participates in and implements special projects established with Grants Manager.


    • Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, Accounting, Business Administration or related field and 5 years’ related experience or equivalent combination.
    • 5 years or more of experience with public award accounting/financial issues and analysis.
    • Technical experience with Microsoft Excel, general ledger reports and financial management tools.
    • Experience, coursework or other training with U.S. Federal Uniform Guidance, state and local regulations, multilateral and international regulations, and standard contract clauses.
    • Experience using accounting and financial reporting systems
    • Experience supervising staff.


    • Multi-lingual skills and/or multi-cultural experience appreciated.
    • Excellent analytical and quantitative skills.
    • Non-profit accounting experience preferred.
    • Experience in manipulating, analyzing and interpreting data.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
    • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
    • Knowledge of current trends in specific field.
    • Experience acting as a resource to others to solve problems.
    • Experience coordinating and leading projects.
    • Experience recruiting and developing staff.
    • Experience with European and Multilateral funder regulations (IKI, GEF, UNDP, BAF)
    • Requires fluency in English.

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    Fisheries Specialist – Western Indian Ocean

    Job ID: 48941


    The Fisheries Specialist works to support development and implementation of Africa Fisheries Strategy together with the Conservancy’s Africa Ocean Protection and Resilience Team.

    The position will be based in the Conservancy’s Mombasa Office in Kenya, reporting to the Africa Fisheries Strategy Manager.

    The role involves working closely with other Conservancy staff, and in partnership with fishers, local community, fishing industry, government, and non-government organizations in the WIO region.



    The position will manage projects and provide technical and scientific support for elements of TNC’s Africa Fisheries Strategy.

    The position supports the Fisheries Africa Strategy Manager in coordination and implementation of priority projects as a technical resource on sustainable fisheries and community-based conservation.

    The position will apply a diversified knowledge of fisheries-related scientific principles and practices to a broad variety of assignments, from research, analysis and writing, capacity building, strategy development, project coordination and management support, and engagement with private sector seafood actors and traceability systems.



    • Providing project management support, leading desk-based research and analyses, and co-leading local and international training workshops with country programs.
    • Participating in, and providing technical support towards strengthening or building successful community-based governance models (e.g. fisheries Beach Management Units, Community
    • Conservancies, Community Forest Associations, Shehia Fisher Committees, etc) for sustainable fisheries and coastal management
    • Supporting establishment and implementation of locally managed marine areas and community-based natural resource management plans
    • Supporting creation of incentives that drive community benefits, sustainable management and livelihoods that build lasting support for conservation.
    • Providing team support, technical information, and assisting the Fisheries Strategy Manager with coordination of key fisheries projects in priority projects in Kenya and Tanzania, and the greater WIO region.
    • Supporting development, reporting and management of the Africa Fisheries Strategy.
    • Working with fishermen and fishing communities, internal and external scientists, and with seafood industries and NGO partners to enhance collaboration and synergy in implementation of the Conservancy’s Africa Fisheries Strategy.
    • May involve working in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.
    • May involve frequent travel domestically and/or internationally, evening and weekend hours.
    • May help develop and manage work plans and large project budgets.


    • BA/BS in natural sciences with 5 years’ experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • Experience an demonstrate knowledge in marine science and conservation
    • Experience conducting or working on fisheries-related scientific research, ecosystem interactions and coastal zone management.
    • Experience in working and partnership development with non-profit partners, indigenous community groups and government agencies.
    • Experience managing complex or multiple projects, including coordinating the work of other professionals and partners.
    • Fundraising experience, including identifying donor prospects and donor cultivation
    • Communicating clearly via written, spoken, and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.
    • Experience using applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Web Browsers.


    • MSc degree in a related field and 6 -10 years’ experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • Ability to develop practical applications of scientific concepts and technical innovations for conservation purposes.
    • Record of publications in scientific peer reviewed journals related to fishery science and/or coastal management
    • Knowledge of current trends and practices in science and conservation, land management, and natural resource preservation in Tanzania, Kenya or the WIO region.
    • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated. Fluency in Swahili is highly desirable.
    • Ability to work independently including keeping timelines.
    • Ability to explain conservation practices to technical and non-technical audiences including through strong writing skills
    • Politically savvy.

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    Note: Never pay for any training, certificate, assessment, or testing to the recruiter.

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