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Nature Kenya — the East Africa Natural History Society— is Africa’s oldest scientific Society, established in 1909 to promote the study and conservation of nature in East Africa. To achieve its mission “connecting nature and people” Nature Kenya delivers a programme to save species, conserve habitats, promote ecological sustainability and empower people. To manage and sustain these activities Nature Kenya is seeking to recruit dedicated, highly motivated, result oriented and innovative individuals as follows:

  1. Species and Sites Manager
  2. Administration Officer
  3. Programme Assistant
  4. Conservation Officer—Local Empowerment
  5. Conservation Officer—Advocacy

Please see below for a brief description of each job and critical qualifications


 

  1. Species and Sites Manager

Nature Kenya is seeking to recruit a dedicated, highly motivated, result oriented and innovative Species and Sites Programme Manager (SSPM). The SSPM works to develop and implement an effective programme of conservation action for priority species, sites and habitats, with special focus initially on Important Bird Areas (IBAs) and Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs).

Key tasks for the SSPM include:

Proposal development, donor liaison and reporting; national and local conservation network development; strategic planning and priority setting; site management planning; and staff supervision and management. Based in Nairobi with field visits to inspect projects and provide guidance to field staff. A critical part of the job is the ability to raise funds for both the SSPM position and those of other technical and support staff.

Key qualifications include:

At least a Master’s degree in Wildlife Management or related field; demonstrable commitment and dedication to conservation; demonstrable excellent proposal writing skills; track record in project management, monitoring, evaluation and donor reporting; experience in species and site action planning and statistical analysis; strategic thinking and planning and ability to separate strategies from actions; ability to provide strategic guidance and direction to senior technical staff; ability to meet deadlines; self drive, motivation and ability to work under minimum supervision; and excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

If interested please submit your CV and cover letter to the Executive Director using e-mail: office@naturekenya.org no later than 30th January 2015.

Nature Kenya members have added advantage


 

  1. Administration Officer

Nature Kenya is seeking to recruit a dedicated, highly motivated, result oriented and innovative Administration Officer to provide services to staff including IT, internet maintenance, procurement services, office management, staff and equipment insurance and banking, among others, based in Nairobi.

Key tasks for the Administration Officer include:

General day-to-day administrative duties that include: purchase of office supplies, licenses and insurance; maintaining the Nature Kenya office and equipment in good order, including timely and quality cleaning and repairs of office and equipment; managing vehicles and transport for staff; ensuring a fully functioning internet connection and services; maintaining efficient storage and retrieval of Society files, books, equipment and other valuables in the store; providing IT services to staff; maintaining appropriate data-bases including staff insurance, medical cover, and pension; and ensuring functional links with service providers, among other delegated tasks.

Key qualifications include:

Professional qualification in IT, 3 years experience in administration, IT, internet, procurement, insurance and other admin functions; and dedication, commitment and ability to meet deadlines. University degree in a relevant field is an added advantage

If interested please submit your CV and cover letter to the Executive Director using e-mail: office@naturekenya.org no later than 30th January 2015.

Nature Kenya members have added advantage


 

  1. Programmes Assistant

To work as an Assistant to the Programme Support Manager and Executive Director to ensure the smooth running of the office and its varied programmes and projects.

Key tasks for the Programme Assistant include:

Answer institutional correspondence, manage the Society’s E-mail system, organise meetings and provide technical support to conservation programmes; manage and file donor records and maintain data-bases for proposals, donor contracts and agreements; analyse delivery of donor programmes; generate annual Society report to be circulated at the Annual General Meeting; assist in coordinating report writing to appropriate donors; coordinate Nature Kenya committees and organise the Committees and Projects Forum meeting once every quarter, among other tasks.

Key qualifications include:

University degree in a natural resource management field; 3 years experience in an office environment including organising meetings and answering correspondence; excellent spoken and writing skills; ability to multi-task and to relate with board members, senior management and a wide range of high ranking professionals and staff; and dedication, commitment and ability to meet deadlines.

If interested please submit your CV and cover letter to the Executive Director using e-mail: office@naturekenya.org no later than 30th January 2015.

Nature Kenya members have added advantage


 

  1. Conservation Officer—Local Empowerment

The Conservation Officer—Local empowerment will assist the Local Empowerment Manager to establish and strengthen a network of Site Support Groups (SSGs) spread across Kenya at key Important Bird Areas. Site Support Groups are the nucleus of conservation action at site level, and it is critical that they have the requisite skills to engage in conservation actions.

Key tasks for the Conservation Officer—Local empowerment include:

Build the capacity of SSGs, especially in management, governance and leadership; build networks among SSGs; expand and mobilize the conservation constituency at local, County and national levels; coordinate SSGs and other communities to implement conservation actions, creating public awareness on environmental issues and building entrepreneurship capacity; support the Local Empowerment Manager to ensure effective environmental education at resource centres and nature reserves managed by capacitated SSGs with support from stakeholders. Based in Nairobi with considerable time in the field.

Key qualifications include:

University degree in a relevant field; 2 years experience in local community capacity building including in leadership, governance and management; knowledge in conservation and development initiatives; knowledge in socio-economic data collection tools and their application; and dedication, commitment and ability to meet deadlines.

If interested please submit your CV and cover letter to the Executive Director using e-mail: office@naturekenya.org no later than 30th January 2015.

Nature Kenya members have added advantage


 

  1. Conservation Officer—Advocacy

Reporting to the Advocacy Manager, the Conservation Officer—Advocacy will contribute to policy and legislation implementation and safeguards for ecological sustainability.

Key tasks for the Conservation Officer—advocacy include:

Provide technical support to the Advocacy Programme including project implementation, casework and advocacy campaigns; response to environmental impact assessments (EIA) and strategic environmental assessments (SEA); build partnerships and represent the Society in meetings; carry out policy analysis; build the capacity of Site Support Groups (SSGs) in advocacy; document and disseminate advocacy programme impacts; and carry out monitoring and evaluation of advocacy case work, among others. Based in Nairobi with trips to the field.

Key qualifications include:

University degree in natural resource management field; 2 years experience in policy analysis or implementation or advocacy engagement in nature conservation; excellent spoken and written communication and presentation skills; ability to multi-task; excellent inter-personal skills; and dedication, commitment and ability to meet deadlines.

If interested please submit your CV and cover letter to the Executive Director using e-mail: office@naturekenya.org no later than 30th January 2015.

Nature Kenya members have added advantage