The Nature Conservancy Field Conservation Coordinator Job in Kenya
Field Conservation Coordinator
BA/ BSc in Soil and Water Conservation, Land Management or Agricultural Extension, with at least 1 year, relevant experience.
She / He will work closely with a dedicated technical team from The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and collaborate with local government agencies, NGOs, land and water managers and communities to implement varied conservation actions that will enhance Sustainable Land Management resulting in reduced erosion, improved water quality and optimized use of rain as well as river water.
The Field Conservation Coordinator will represent TNC in developing and maintaining relations with land owners as well as providing necessary technical skills and capacity to enable them to meet their conservation goals and targets.
The Field Conservation Coordinator will offer oversight and technical guidance to local actors implementing a set of conservation measures recommended by some recent scientific studies.
Other functions include:
- Mobilization of land owners and facilitating participatory planning process for conservation work
- Identifying local learning institutions to involve in Soil and Water conservation work and initiate youth programs
- Manage relationships with local government offices and NGOs as well as CBOs
- Contribute to the development and management of a monitoring and reporting plan that including performance indicators and targets,
- Help TNC and partners develop work plans and adhere to them
- Lead the coordination of learning exchanges and visits to the Watershed by technical support partners, donors and collaborators
- Bachelor degree in Soil and Water Conservation, Land Management, Agricultural Extension or Natural Resources Science from a reputable university.
- At least 1 year relevant experience. Preferably 3 years in some field setting.
- Proven experience in working with rural communities in sustainable conservation work, participatory planning, monitoring and evaluation is desired.
- Good communication skills- verbal and written and a good understanding of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and common MS Office applications.
- Experience in integrating youth and gender aspects in conservation work
- Knowledge/understanding for design and management of Payment for Ecosystem Services would be desirable.
- Ability to understand and interpret conservation guidelines as well as willingness to apply science to decision-making and guide activities
- Managing time and diverse activities under deadlines while delivering quality results
- Ability and willingness to travel and spend time in the field within Kenya or beyond as needed (60% of field travel time envisaged).
- Fluency in English and Kiswahili desired.
- Valid vehicle driving license
- Coordinates multiple projects with several variables, setting realistic deadlines and managing timeframes
- Interprets guidelines, evaluates information, and modifies processes to adapt to changing circumstances
- Compiles data, resolves disparities and modifies processes to generate plans
- Resolves routine issues independently, consulting with supervisor to develop plans for resolution of complex and unusual problems
- Cultivates and develops creative ideas to improve conservation strategies
- Applies diversified knowledge of scientific principles and practices to a variety of assignments
- Makes independent decisions based on analysis, experience and judgment (legal, financial, conservation, reputation).
- Able to make necessary consultations and deliver the best decisions for conservation as well as livelihood goals. Performs tasks with minimal supervision.
- May lead or monitor work groups consisting of staff, partner staff, and volunteers covering a wide geographic area
- Financial responsibility may include working within/managing a budget to complete projects, negotiating and contracting with vendors, assisting with budget development and supporting fundraising work.
- She/he will be part of the TNC team in Kenya and will work under the supervision of the Water Fund Manager.
- Networks with diverse groups, including land owners, conservation partners, government officials, donors, board members and the general public to recruit support for the Conservancy and publicize Conservancy efforts
- Provide a variety of information to staff and others, contributing to conservation projects and assisting workflow throughout the organization.
- Work and communicate effectively with a diverse group of people, including scientists, partner staff and others, providing and obtaining needed information
- Interacts with project visitors, conveys basic watershed information and leads field trips
May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.
- require considerable physical exertion and/or muscular strain
- present frequent possibility of injury
- require long hours in isolated settings
The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer