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  • Posted: Dec 10, 2019
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  • Conservation International is an American nonprofit environmental organization headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. Its goal is to protect nature as a source of food, fresh water, livelihoods and a stable climate.
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    Kenya Country Director

    POSITION SUMMARY

    The Country Director of Conservation International Kenya provides the strategic and programmatic direction of the country program, proactively identifying opportunities and trends for the achievement of the institutional goals. Responsible for senior-level program management and ensuring that program strategies, initiatives and outcomes advance CI’s human development and conservation priorities. Duties are complex and include leading the design, implementation and integration of program strategies throughout the country program and integrated across CI. The Country Director provides broad programmatic, project, monitoring and technical oversight and continuously engages key internal and external partners critical to program success. Represents CI in the country and has a key role in building alliances, a central focus for CI strategy. The Country Director ensures that CI’s work is presented effectively to donors and key stakeholders to ensure strategic and sustainable partnerships.

    Reporting to the Senior Vice President for CI’s Africa Field Division, the Country Director ensures compliance with CI policies, program and funding agreements and local requirements. Additionally, the employee is responsible for managing the country program and all its component projects, leading the team, raising funds and managing financial and other resources. The employee will also ensure that the program is integrated with CI’s strategic fundraising and partnership goals and works in collaboration with CI headquarters-based technical and operations units to support the needs of the field programs.

    The Country Director directly manages staff, interdisciplinary teams, and/or outside partners. The employee works with a high degree of independence and serves as a technical expert in CI’s multidisciplinary approach of conservation. The employee exercises a high level of creativity and strategic thinking to efficiently manage the country program and build the local capacity within environments that are complex and full of challenges.

    RESPONSIBILITIES

    Program planning and strategy

    • Provide strategic vision and direction for the Kenya program and develop a country strategy, including alignment with the overall CI mission and vision as well as the relevant regional and global strategies.
    • Ensure efficient and effective implementation of Kenya’s country strategy, including adequate monitoring and evaluation to ensure the integrity of the national program.

    Alliance development and maintenance

    • Position CI appropriately in Kenya and represent CI nationally.
    • Plan, develop and maintain a network of strategic partners and alliances that supports the successful implementation of the program’s strategy, including from the civic, public and private sectors.
    • Provide advice to key governmental and other key partners to ensure sound decision-making on themes related to conservation and CI’s Kenya strategy.

    Project management and supervision

    • Ensure effective and efficient delivery of projects, supervising Kenya program’s project managers to ensure delivery of planned results, including the supervision of partners’ and sub-grantees’ project execution

    Fundraising and Proposal development

    • Proactively raise funds to support Kenya’s program and projects, including identifying and cultivating new sources of funding from national and international sources and ensure efficient proposal development.
    • Participate and collaborate in regional fundraising initiatives led by the Africa regional team, and by Arlington teams

    Program management

    • Build, develop and maintain a highly efficient and capacitated team that delivers the program’s strategy and ensures operational excellence.
    • Lead, supervise and mentor Kenya staff.
    • Ensure operational excellence, including managing the financial resources of the program and addressing all legal matters of the program.

    Participation in Institutional Processes

    • Participate as a member of the Africa Field Division Senior Leadership Team in meetings and other mechanisms to contribute to the formulation and evaluation of regional plans and strategies and determine priorities.
    • Participate in any annual or other institutional planning meetings and processes, representing the Kenya program, and contribute to the formulation of national plans and strategies and determine priorities.
    • Participate in regional or institutional strategic groups as requested

    PEOPLE AND RESOURCE MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITIES

    • Directly supervise a team of technical and administrative staff based in Kenya
    • Fully responsible for programmatic, budgetary and strategic issues in Kenya.

    WORKING CONDITIONS

    • Local and international travel of not less than 25%, occasionally in difficult travel conditions.
    • Ability to work in remote locations or under difficult working conditions.
    • This position will be based in either Nairobi, Kenya. Applicants will need to have the ability to live and work in Kenya without employer sponsorship

    QUALIFICATIONS

    Required

    • Master's degree in biology, environmental studies, natural resources management, geography or a field related to conservation.
    • Minimum of 10 years of experience with conservation NGO preferably in developing countries or in relation to them.
    • Minimum of 10 years experience (in excess of degree requirements stated above) of progressively responsible experience in strategic planning and programmatic evaluation as well as in information analysis, sythesis, management, monitoring and report development.
    • Specific experience in supporting programmatic planning by linking strategic plans and workplans.
    • Project management experience, including management of substantial project/program budget.
    • Demonstrable success in fundraising for conservation projects.
    • Demonstrated capacity to lead and supervise a team.
    • Strong communication skills, preferably writing skills capable of peer-review publishing.
    • Self-starter, willing to take initiative on solving problems and providing follow-on assistance.
    • Ability to negotiate and resolve conflicts in collaborative teamwork and in meetings.
    • Flexibility of assumption of responsibility and strong interpersonal skills.
    • Strong organizational and financial skills required.
    • Fluency in languages relevant to Kenya, major donors and international partners: English and Swahili.

    Preferred

    • Degree in marine science or a field related to marine conservation such as biology, environmental studies, natural resources (especially fisheries or Marine protected Area (MPA) management).
    • Field experience in developing countries and multicultural settings.
    • Vision obtained from field experience of real-world conservation challenges and opportunities in specific cultural and political contexts.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of sustainable development and green economy concept.
    • Field experience in forestry, restoration, conservation, REDD+, policy and/or development.
    • Passion for conservation of nature and a commitment to CI’s vision and mission

    The deadline for application for all positions is December 13, 2019.

    Conservation International Values

    We expect that all employees will embrace the values of our organization.

    Passion: We are inspired by nature and cherish the diversity of life in all of its forms.

    Respect: We respect and trust each other, and we embrace our diversity of cultures, talents, and experiences.

    Integrity: We act with integrity and are accountable for our actions.

    Optimism: We are optimistic about the future of life on Earth and are confident that, with our partners, we will achieve unprecedented conservation results.

    Courage: We tirelessly pursue our vision, taking bold action and persevering through challenges.

    Teamwork: We work together, recognizing that openness, collaboration and cooperation are fundamental to achieving a healthy and prosperous world for all.

    Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Vets/Disabled

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    Kenya Investment Director

    The project will contribute to improved adaptation to climate change of Kenya’s national policy of “Ending Drought Emergencies”, as outlined in “Kenya Vision 2030”. The project will strengthen climate change adaptation in Kenya’s arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs).

    The project addresses this through three components: Climate change adapted planning for drought resilience, Restoration of rangeland landscapes for ecosystem-based adaptation and Climate change resilient ecosystem management for investments (CI led component).

    POSITION SUMMARY

    As a member of the Conservation Finance Division (Africa)The Investment Director – Kenya, serves as East Africa’s Conservation Finance point person and will take the lead in delivery of the GCF TWENDE project. Additionally, the Investment Director will provide regional support and coordination in CI Ventures (CIV), Conservation Stewards Program (CSP) Trusts and Carbon Finance.

    Fundraising, concept/proposal development for new Conservation Finance products or solutions (with focus on Climate Smart lending or insurance), will also contribute to the deliverables for this role.

    The position requires a high level of interaction across multiple Divisions, with external clients and will require representation externally at global conferences and events, developing and maintaining partnerships with investment and development partners engaged in Conservation Finance, grantees and implementing partners.

    RESPONSIBILITIES

    • Delivery of the GCF TWENDE Project from project design with requisite management, governance and reporting mechanisms; appointment of staff or consultants; establishment and management of the grant’s facility; liaising with Landscape Managers and partners, the Operations/Finance Team leads on the Project, and IUCN (the implementing agency)
    • Conservation Finance Support Activities by deal origination, due diligence support, post deal support with CIV colleagues; integration of the CFD activities ensuring alignment between the Country and Division Strategies
    • Fundraising and concept/proposal development
    • Representation externally at global conferences and events, developing and maintaining partnerships with external partners

    The deadline for receipt of applications is December 13, 2019

    Applicants will need to have the legal right to live and work in Kenya without employer sponsorship.

    View all Conservation International Career Opportunities HERE

    Conservation International Values

    We expect that all employees will embrace the values of our organization.

    Passion: We are inspired by nature and cherish the diversity of life in all of its forms.

    Respect: We respect and trust each other, and we embrace our diversity of cultures, talents, and experiences.

    Integrity: We act with integrity and are accountable for our actions.

    Optimism: We are optimistic about the future of life on Earth and are confident that, with our partners, we will achieve unprecedented conservation results.

    Courage: We tirelessly pursue our vision, taking bold action and persevering through challenges.

    Teamwork: We work together, recognizing that openness, collaboration and cooperation are fundamental to achieving a healthy and prosperous world for all.

    Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Vets/Disabled

    go to method of application »

    Finance Manager

    POSITION SUMMARY

    The Finance Manager is responsible for generating financial reports, data and analysis needed in a variety of operational decisions. Working within a department, division or program, the employee ensures the smooth operations of financial functions and compliance with CI’s financial and /or donor reporting policies and requirements. In field programs, the Finance Manager typically oversees the efficient management of a variety of accounting, finance and payroll functions as assigned.

    The Finance Manager generates standard and ad-hoc financial reports and ensures the accuracy, integrity, and timeliness of all financial information. The employee oversees internal and donor financial reporting processes including managing the budget, revenue and cash projections, donor financial compliance and audit follow-up. The Finance Manager serves as the primary point of contact for cost center managers regarding financial processes and reporting. S/he works closely with division and HQ finance staff to ensure financial best practices are followed.

    As directed, the Finance Manager provides ad-hoc analysis and forecasts to help management identify and secure new funding streams. The employee must multitask, prioritize, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.

    This position supervises staff. Duties are performed under general direction.

    RESPONSIBILITIES

    Financial Reporting and Analysis

    • Prepare and generate monthly, quarterly and periodic financial reports. Review results with senior management.
    • Review financial data and transactions to ensure the accuracy of financial reports. Ensure compliance with reporting standards, CI policies and donor/partner requirements.
    • Manage the internal revenue allocation process, ensuring CI’s financial systems accurately reflect agreed upon allocations.
    • Payroll processing and statutory deductions management.
    • Review monthly reconciliations of the general ledger, subsidiary ledgers and related financial accounts. Work with division and/or HQ staff to resolve differences.
    • Prepare donor statements and reports for management review prior to release to fund managers, external partners, key donor and related stakeholders.
    • Monitor and project cash balances for all relevant donor programs.
    • Function as a direct liaison with Cost Center Managers and HQ Finance on financial, time reporting and budgetary processes.
    • Provide ad-hoc analysis and projections in support of new funding streams/opportunities, long-range financial plans and revenue campaigns.
    • Respond to ad-hoc analysis requests.

    Budget Management

    • Manage and coordinate the annual budget process. Serve as the primary point of contact for the budget process. Provide training, instructions and hands-on guidance as needed.
    • Ensure financial/budgetary systems are kept up-to-date. Generate budget vs. actual comparisons and provide trend analysis.
    • Facilitate timely and complete inputs from cost center managers to ensure the ongoing accuracy of the department budget. Update projections as appropriate.
    • Act as the gatekeeper for budget expenditure requests. As authorized, approve procurement and related expenditures requests.

    Financial Oversight

    • In field programs, oversee the efficient management of accounting, finance and payroll functions as assigned. Ensure compliance with internal and external requirements and standards.
    • Financial/Grant Systems Management and Training
    • Provide on-going support for periodic system updates.
    • Support training department staff and other users on using the financial system, navigating system upgrades and generating end-user reports, etc.
    • Oversee donor/grant recording/registration. Ensure that all donor agreements, amendments, and incoming revenues are properly recorded.

    Other Duties

    • Assist management in responding to internal/external audit questions and requests for information.
    • Perform other related duties as assigned.

    PEOPLE AND RESOURCE MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITIES

    • Supervises up to three lower level employees.
    • Manages an individual budget. Decisions that bind or commit CI are approved by immediate supervisor.
    • Responsible for managing some public or private funds, monitoring results, and recommending follow-up action. Reviews for understanding and compliance with donor agreements.

    WORKING CONDITIONS

    • Typical office environment. May need to work beyond normal work hours to meet reporting deadlines.
    • Up to 10% travel time.

    QUALIFICATIONS

    Required

    • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Accounting, Finance, or related field.
    • CPA.
    • 6-8 years of experience in financial management, reporting, and budget oversight, including several years in a non-profit setting.
    • Up to 2 years of experience supervising staff and managing and motivating others.
    • Sound understanding of accounting principles, processes and standards.
    • Proved experience in local tax, labor and associated laws.
    • Experience with accounting and financial reporting systems.
    • Advanced Microsoft Excel skills.
    • Strong analytical skills. Skilled in generating detailed analyses and communicating financial information to a broad audience.
    • Attention to detail, highly organized, ability to prioritize and multitask and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
    • Ability to maintain a positive attitude, service focus, and work independently and as part of a diverse team.
    • Foreign language fluency a plus (especially French).

    The deadline for receipt of applications is December 13, 2019.

    Applicants will need to have the legal right to live and work in Kenya without employer sponsorship

    View all Conservation International Career Opportunities HERE

    Conservation International Values

    We expect that all employees will embrace the values of our organization.

    • Passion: We are inspired by nature and cherish the diversity of life in all of its forms.
    • Respect: We respect and trust each other, and we embrace our diversity of cultures, talents, and experiences.
    • Integrity: We act with integrity and are accountable for our actions.
    • Optimism: We are optimistic about the future of life on Earth and are confident that, with our partners, we will achieve unprecedented conservation results.
    • Courage: We tirelessly pursue our vision, taking bold action and persevering through challenges.
    • Teamwork: We work together, recognizing that openness, collaboration and cooperation are fundamental to achieving a healthy and prosperous world for all.

    Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Vets/Disabled

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