The Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT) is a non-profit umbrella organization that supports 35 member community conservancies across northern & coastal Kenya with fundraising, technical support, governance advice and training, & security. Its mission is to develop resilient community conservancies that transform lives, secure peace and conserve natural resources. It is a non-government organization headquartered in LEWA Wildlife Conservancy, Meru County.
Purpose of the Position:
Reporting to the Regional Director – NRT Coast and with a close working relationship with the NRT team, the Conservancy Development Officer will be responsible for both strategic and operational support to the conservancies. The Conservancy Development Officer will be responsible for managing the conservancy and developing it to a self-sustaining model that integrates wildlife conservation, environmental conservation, tourism and livestock; benefits the surrounding communities; protects the ecological integrity of the land and contributes to improvement of the community livelihoods. The aim of this position is to assist in developing, and supporting the NRT conservation objective which is helping conservancies to develop & empower women in the various groups and communities located in the Coastal region of Kenya.
We invite applications from passionate, self-motivated, and energetic candidates for the following position Conservancy Development Officer. This is an opportunity for a high-performing individual to join our team to harness good working environment and improve people’s way of life, while positively impacting the lives in communities throughout the coastal region in Kenya.
- Oversee effective implementation of agreed field activities together with community conservancies.
- Attend and represent Northern Rangelands Trust at conservancy board meetings and subcommittee meetings, facilitating where necessary and appropriate.
- Attend and facilitate, and if need be convene, community meetings over conservancy issues
- Assist conservancy managers in developing and implementing strategic and operational work plans and reports.
- Provide training to conservancy management staff and board/committee representatives on relevant aspects of management, administration and governance
- Assist other NRT staff in the promotion and development of enterprises in the community conservancies (e.g. tourism, joint grazing/fishing schemes etc.)
- Support the establishment of transparent distribution mechanisms for revenue from conservation and wildlife related business
- Organize and co-ordinate community exposure tours, workshops and seminars
- Attend Council of Elders’ meetings and assist them with any matters relating to the region
- Support research and monitoring programs within conservancies
- Help to improve awareness and understanding of wildlife values and conservation benefits within constituent communities
- Facilitate communication and feedback between the conservancy and the broader community
- Liaise with county and national authorities over conservancy developments as and when necessary (to improve understanding and awareness of conservancy objectives, activities and benefits)
- Assist as necessary in managing donor budgets and expenditure
- Compile and submit reports to Northern Rangelands Trust and donors as requested in a timely manner
- Perform any other duties delegated from time to time by RD
SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS:
- Bachelor of Science Degree in Community Development / Social studies or related field
- At least 3 years’ work experience with various communities
- In-depth knowledge and demonstrated commitment to wildlife conservation and natural resource management
- Demonstrated ability to think creatively and solve problems effectively
- A strong drive for results with demonstrated ability to work both independently and as a member of team ; to work with a diversity of stakeholders and communities; and to effectively coordinate, lead and motivate a multidisciplinary staff.
- Demonstrate ability to work effectively in remote areas, in cross-cultural situations, with diverse cultural and economic background
- Excellent verbal and written communication (English and Kiswahili)
- Computer literacy especially in Microsoft, Word, Excel, Power Point and E-mail
Method of Application
If your profile matches the above job specifications, please send your application including a detailed
CV highlighting relevant experience, a daytime telephone contact, email address, and the names of three professional referees to reach us by close of business on 24th April, 2018 addressed to: Operations Manager, Northern Rangelands Trust.
Email: hr@nrt- kenya.org
Qualified applicants drawn from the membership of conservancies where we operate will have a distinct advantage. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.