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  • Posted: Nov 15, 2021
    Deadline: Not specified
  • 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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    Kenya PFP Project Officer


    The Kenya PFP project officer will work closely with the PFP project manager, the project management team and technical leads to support the successful development of the PFP project for Kenya aimed at establishing a durable conservation finance mechanism to secure the ecological permanence of priority conservation areas in Kenya. PFPs aim to secure durable, long-term, system-wide protection of the world’s most important natural ecosystems to address the biodiversity and climate change crises and promote human well-being. The Project Officer will support the PFP Project Manager in all aspects of the day-to-day delivery of the Kenya PFP project. This position is based in the TNC regional office in Nairobi, Kenya. This is an initial 2-year term limited position an extension of tenure will be subject to performance and availability of funds.


    The PFP Project Officer provides support to the following areas: (1) coordination of the PFP Feasibility assessment and the Planning Phase, (2) internal meetings and tracking of actions, and (3) events and consultancies. They support key coordinating functions that help staff and stakeholders work in a collaborative way, such as maintaining a shared Box folder, tracking meeting commitments and minutes, and follow up on implementation.  They support staff through activities such as assisting in the cleaning up and organization of data needed. The PFP Project Officer works with the PFP team to help ensure that events are effectively planned, participants receive advance information, technical materials are prepared, and reports are completed in a timely manner. The position will work with partners to gather and then to supply to conservation teams landscape level information relevant for the planning process, including both science data and basic financial data and related to protected and conserved areas, national parks, reserves, and conservancies


    • Coordinate and track multiple project plans and workstreams across teams using TNC’s Highly Effective Teams approach.• Coordinate project teams and ensure accountability on input from outside parties and internal teams to accomplish project goals.
    • Financial responsibility may include working within/managing a budget to complete projects, negotiating, and contracting with vendors, and assisting with budget development.        
    • Ensures program compliance with internal policies and external requirements.   
    • Demonstrate sensitivity in handling confidential information.    
    • Work with partners to collect costing data for financial modelling and collaborate with the Africa Sustainable Finance Analyst.• Coordinate  key organizational and communications activities e.g. communications with PFP Steering Committee, Management Team, and Task Leads and keep data of external contact lists.• Oversee document management systems that all PFP Team members can access.
    • Attend Management Team Meetings and Steering Committee Meetings, draft minutes, and action points, and follow up the implementation of these over time.
    • Support logistics of a range of stakeholder meetings and workshops as needed.
    • Facilitate collection and analysis of numerical data and provide recommendations to the project manager.
    • Persuasively convey the mission of TNC to diverse groups who are important to the organization’s overall prosperity.
    • Travel frequently and on short notice, work long and flexible hours as needed.
    • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.
    • Any other duties that may be assigned by the PFP project manager from time to time


    • BA/BS, law, business, or project management degree and 5 years’ experience in natural resource management or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • Experience coordinating complex or multiple projects, including staffing, workloads, and finances under deadlines.
    • Experience in managing and tracking multiple projects.
    • Experience coordinating project teams and working with cross-functional staff.
    • Experience negotiating complex agreements.
    • Supervisory experience.
    • Experience communicating with the public and/or media both in writing and verbally.
    • Experience using applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, MS Teams and Zoom Meetings
    • Relationship building skills to work closely with a variety of staff and partners, i.e., media, government officials.
    • Experience completing tasks independently and respect timeline(s).
    • Excellent communication skills via written, spoken and graphical means in English.
    • Professional working proficiency in written and spoken English.


    • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated
    • Knowledge of land management conservation practice and conservation science.
    • Familiarity with the concepts of inflation, financing contingency, operating budgets, cash flows, revenues, expenses, and net present value
    • Ability to explain conservation practices to technical and non-technical audiences
    • Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, land management, and natural resource preservation.
    • Completing tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).
    • Excellent communication skills via written, spoken, and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.

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    Blue Carbon Specialist


    The Blue Carbon Specialist provides technical and scientific support for conservation initiatives in Kenya through TNC’s Africa Ocean Strategy to help fill critical capacity and knowledge gaps and contribute to larger-scale expansion of NCS, specifically in the Northern Coast of Kenya. As part of a larger learning network at TNC, the NCS Prototyping Network, they will connect and regularly engage with the NCS Prototyping team and similar projects in multiple global geographies to share information and support peer-to-peer learning. The Blue Carbon Specialist will be reporting to Africa Forest Carbon Catalyst Director while also working very closely with Africa Fisheries Strategy Manager.

    This is a termed position scheduled to end December 2023 with the possibility for extension subject to funding and meeting project outcomes. The location for this position is Lamu or Mombasa in Kenya, with frequent travel to Lamu.  No relocation or visa sponsorship or assistance is being offered with this position.


    The Blue Carbon Specialist (Kenya) conducts scientific surveys and research, records data, writes reports and conducts other tasks in order to administer and coordinate Kenya Blue Carbon Projects and NCS research, analysis and monitoring, evaluation and learning specific to mangrove impact analysis, conservation and restoration in the North Coast of Kenya. They work in close collaboration with other staff and partnerships in supporting the guidance, design and implementation of research, impact analysis, assessment of co-benefits and the analysis of carbon mitigation potential for nature-based solutions (in particular blue carbon projects) that can be linked to carbon markets. The Blue Carbon Specialist provides scientific, technical, and project management support and leadership to priority projects. They will help execute ongoing blue carbon project, design priority projects to test key assumptions, verify progress, and evaluate impacts of specific conservation interventions, while also identifying or developing approaches and tools that can be used more broadly across TNC. They lead projects, guide teams and deliver science, reports and publications to better understand and quantify carbon mitigation and other co-benefits specifically related to blue carbon. They liaise with and develop strategic partnerships with relevant agencies, academic partners, conservation organizations, and/or industries. They use project management skills to support the development and implementation of workplans, grants, contracts, and project budgets. They contribute to and build science capacity both for the Kenya and Africa Regional programs but also for TNC by actively engaging and contributing to the NCS Prototyping Network. They also use TNC’s Code of Conduct and Competencies as a baseline to conduct their actions and be an example for others.


    • Develop and implement NCS research, especially in the context of mangrove, blue carbon, and restoration/conservation activities.
    • Perform fieldwork including ecosystem, carbon and/or co-benefit assessments and field monitoring and working with local communities on data and knowledge collection.
    • Facilitates engagement with stakeholders to support establishment of blue carbon project, including designing, preparing, implementing, and evaluating workshops, meetings and events.
    • Lead and support the establishment of a MEL plan that provides knowledge to develop conservation strategies.
    • Develops strategic partnerships with relevant agencies, academic partners, conservation organizations, and/or the private sector.
    • Develops, collects and analyzes data and maintains a database library, maps, and spatial analysis of key habitats and resources, and monitoring reports.
    • Integrates multiple scientific workstreams and teams and ensures overall data quality.
    • Provides research and expertise in support of policy analysis, legislative, corporate and/or policy priorities.
    • Deliver spatial analysis, data, field services and training to teams and partners.  
    • Represents TNC at priority meetings and on committees where technical input is required.
    • Provide limited support to include science and MEL content in priority grant proposals.
    • May prepare program materials including presentations, memos, and other communications.
    • May supervise volunteers, interns, contractors or temporary staff.
    • Ensures program compliance with internal policies and external requirements.
    • May work flexible schedule and travel frequently throughout the region. Works independently, working with supervisor as needed.
    • May work over the weekends, in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, in hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.


    • Master’s degree in biology, environmental science, climate, environmental engineering, natural resource management or related field, and 1 year of related work experience in science, research and/or equivalent combination of education/experience.   
    • Experience collecting, manipulating, analyzing and interpreting scientific data, spatial analysis and/or GIS.
    • Experience preparing reports of findings.
    • Experience working with local communities, partners/government agencies and the corporate sector.
    • Fluency in oral and written English. Fluency in Swahili is highly desirable.


    • Multi-language skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
    • Master’s degree in a related field and 3-5 years’ experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education/experience.
    • Experience with mangrove ecology and mangrove conservation and restoration.
    • Experience with statistical analysis and/or remote sensing.
    • Blue carbon analysis, accounting and or expertise in developing Blue Carbon credits, especially in mangroves or other marine habitats.
    • Experience with Measures, Evaluation and Learning constructs and implementation. 
    • Intimate knowledge, and sensitivity with local and in-country social, economic, and political conditions and issues.
    • Experience coordinating complex projects in a decentralized organization, working across teams, operating units and functions to achieve optimal results.
    • Experience in building networks or organizational capacity, facilitating informational sessions, increasing internal knowledge and capacity, 
    • Experience identifying key stakeholders and building and maintaining strategic partnerships.
    • Experience negotiating complex agreements and contracts.
    • Experience in taking initiative and working independently or with minimal oversight.
    • Excellent organization skills and coordination skills.
    • Politically savvy.

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