• Water & Agriculture Officer at Ol Pejeta Conservancy

  • Posted on: 14 July, 2017 Deadline: Not Specified
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    Guardianship - We are caretakers of the land, safeguarding endangered species and ensuring the openness and accessibility of conservation for all. Innovation - An innovative attitude is part of our make-up, we empower our people to think the same way and embrace new approaches to conservation. Authenticity - We provide natural wilderness experiences, backed up by scientifically credible conservation and genuine interactions with wildlife. From a working cattle ranch in colonial Kenya, to a trailblazer of conservation innovation - the story of Ol Pejeta is as enchanting as it is inspirational. Today, Ol Pejeta is the largest black rhino sanctuary in east Africa, and home to three of the world’s last remaining northern white rhino. It is the only place in Kenya to see chimpanzees, in a Sanctuary established to rehabilitate animals rescued from the black market. It has some of the highest predator densities in Kenya, and still manages a very successful livestock programme. Ol Pejeta also seeks to support the people living around its borders, to ensure wildlife conservation translates to better education, healthcare and infrastructure for the next generation of wildlife guardians. In 2004, the ranch was purchased by the U.K.-based conservation organisation, Fauna &Flora International (FFI), with the financial backing of the Arcus Foundation, a private international philanthropic organisation founded by Jon Stryker. The land purchase was wholly funded by a $15 million donation from the Arcus Foundation, which worked in tandem with FFI and the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy to secure the 90,000 acres of open Savannah grassland and convert it to a national land trust. The conservation of the natural habitat, located in Kenya’s Laikipia Plateau, ensured the protection of existing rhino, elephant, and other wildlife populations in addition to captive chimpanzees living in a 300-acre sanctuary. The Arcus Foundation also gave $12 million to fund capital and institutional development costs at the conservancy. That initial injection of funding allowed Ol Pejeta Conservancy to fulfill its business model as a Kenyan-owned operation benefiting local community development and economic growth in addition to its impact on conservation. Today, the Arcus Foundation continues to support the conservancy through its membership on the Board of Trustees and the funding of various initiatives. In 2014, Ol Pejeta achieved IUCN Green List status, one of only two conservancies in Africa to be awarded this. IUCN Green Listing aims to define excellence in managing valuable natural areas. We have also been awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence three years running - a testament to the incredible experiences treasured by all who visit Ol Pejeta. In 2015, we published our 2020 Management Plan - which was developed by our staff in consultation with a range of stakeholders, and sets out our vision for the years leading up to 2020, outlining the major projects that will help us to deliver our vision. We want to become an innovative and sustainable model that conserves biodiversity (particularly endangered species) and contributes to economic growth and the improvement of the livelihoods of rural communities.

    Water & Agriculture Officer


    Location: The position is based at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Laikipia, Kenya

    Hours of Work: This is a full time position, working hours 8am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday, and 8:00am – 1:00pm on Saturdays however this may vary depending on the requirements of the job in the field

    Place in the Organization: The Water & Agriculture Officer will work under the immediate supervision of the Manager, Community Development Programme while working closely with the Project Co-ordinator, Laikipia Cattle, Water and Wildlife Project.

    Externally, on a regular basis, the role will work with staff from two project partners:

    1. Fauna & Flora International
    • Project Co-ordinator, Laikipia Cattle, Water & Wildlife Project
    • Technical Specialist, Conservation Livelihoods & Governance (Africa)
    1. Laikipia Wildlife Forum
    • Ewaso Partnership co-ordinator
    • Water Resources Management Specialist
    • Communication Specialist
    1. Focal areas community representatives
    2. Organized community groups  including Water Resource Users Associations

    Role Summary: The job holder will be responsible for delivering water and agriculture elements of grant funded activities for the Laikipia Cattle, Water & Wildlife Project.

    Project activities will include but not be limited to:

    • Restoration of 8000ha of degraded rangeland to support the grazing needs of wildlife and community livestock
    • Building the capacity, governance and effectiveness of two Water Resource User Associations
    • Developing and implementing a diversified smallholder fodder production system


    Deliver the field based water management and agriculture components of the “Cattle, water and wildlife: enhancing socio-ecological resilience in Laikipia” project as agreed with the Community Development Programme manager & Laikipia Cattle Water & Wildlife Project Co-ordinator.

    1. Agriculture Component
    • Provide relevant training and skills development to community members on conservation agriculture and on-farm water management
    • Lead stakeholder dialogue and consultation meetings with project focal smallholder communities
    • Coordinate the development and use of demonstration plots, or similar agricultural development practices (TBD), and scaling of successful approaches
    • Provide agriculture extension service support to focal farming households
    • Support the development of increased market linkages for focal farming households
    1. Water Component
    • Support the review and updating of two WRUA Sub-catchment management plans
    • Provide  relevant  training  and  skills  development  to  the secretariat and membership of two  Water  Resource  User Associations
    • Support tree nursery development and planting in two WRUA catchments
    • Review and implement upgraded water infrastructure in the project area
    1. Program Operations & Management
    • Ensure the application of project guidance on socio-economic components throughout project delivery
    • Support the monitoring and evaluation process for the project
    • Develop yearly work-plans for project components in line with yearly project budgets and anticipated outcomes
    • Be responsible for project activity finances and ensure all expenditure complies with OPC and donor regulations
    • Provide accurate and timely financial and technical reports as per OPC, FFI and donor requirements
    1. Partnerships
    • Co-ordinate with project partners on the development and dissemination of project learning and guidance documents on water and agriculture
    1. Other
    • Carry out any other tasks from time to time that may be requested of you as an OPC staff member that are in line with your skills and expertise
    • Work as an active member of the Community Development Programme and attend team meetings
    • Provide input, where appropriate, on other work undertaken by the Community Development Programme
    • Provide input to the Community Development Programme reports and other communication and public relations outputs and activities as required

    Special Work Environment (Work hazards)

    • Exposure to wild animals that may cause serious personal injury.
    • Exposure to motorcycle accidents owing to riding a motorbike in the conservancy.

    The person

    To be successful in this role, applicants should meet the following criteria;-

    Education: Bachelor of Science – Agriculture or a related field/qualification


    • Proven experience of delivering agricultural training following conservation agriculture principles
    • Experience of working in partnership projects, including those involving local community interests
    • Experience of addressing market access issues, supply chain analysis, market development and increasing value of commodities for producers
    • Experience of budget management
    • Track record of engaging and working effectively with a range of stakeholders including local communities, the public and government

    Core skills:

    • Excellent customer service skills
    • Commercial awareness
    • Flexibility
    • Excellent communication skills with a high standard of verbal and written English
    • Strong interpersonal skills, including ability to communicate with a wide range of stakeholders
    • Spoken Swahili
    • Ability to develop and sustain strong working relationships
    • Ability to effectively prioritise, organise and manage a wide range of tasks, duties and resources concurrently
    • Ability to solve problems effectively
    • Competent computer skills
    • Report writing
    • Good presentation skills

    Behavioural qualities

    • Self-motivated, independent and resourceful
    • Ability to deal with matters in a sensitive manner
    • Good judgement in managing resources and people
    • Approachable and proactive manner
    • Pro-active communicator
    • A commitment to conservation and development and a genuine interest in protected area management, and community access to  and sustainable use of resources
    • An understanding of key issues impacting conservation in Kenya

    Method of Application

    For more details visit our website: www.olpejetaconservancy.org

    Our contacts are:

    Ol Pejeta Conservancy

    P.O. Box Private Bag,

    Nanyuki -10400

    Or send an email to jobs@olpejetaconservancy.org with the mail subject as


    Note: Only successful candidates will be contacted

    The Ol Pejeta Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer.

    All potential candidates are encouraged to apply.

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