WWF Kenya Career Opportunities

1. Programme Manager Species

(To be based in Nairobi)

Key Roles & Responsibilities
  • Participates in the development of WWF Kenya conservation strategy and programmes;
  • Ensures successful implementation of the Species Conservation Programme and activities in line with WWF Kenya’s Strategic Plan, and action plans;
  • Provides programmatic support and technical advice to project teams and field staff ;
  • Ensure the Programme has a national focus, which incorporates relevant sectors and stakeholders with potential to attract multi-donor (basket) and multi-year funding;
  • Facilitate site based Conservation costs and benefits sharing by local communities;
  • Leads in the assessments and reporting of progress against strategic goals;
  • Directly supports and contributes to WWF performance monitoring systems;
  • Prepares and presents periodic technical reports on the progress of implementation;
  • Identifies and pursues strategic collaborations and partnerships;
  • Initiates and/or develops strategic conservation and research alliances between WWF Kenya, WWF Network and other actors;
  • Promotes cross programmes and projects linkages and synergy;
  • Participates in knowledge management;
  • Champions the domestication of relevant national, regional and international policy
  • Facilitates cross-border species conservation initiatives;
  • Develops bankable conservation proposals as part of the wider resource mobilization strategy;
  • Develops a cost-effective budget, schedule and tracks programme finances;
  • Supervises all species programme staff including field staff.

    Qualifications & Competencies
  • At least a masters university degree in Natural Resource/ Environmental Management, Project Management, Biology, Ecology, Zoology, Botany or related field;
  • At least 7 years’ experience in a similar position;
  • Technical proficiency in conservation and integrated natural resource management;
  • Strong communication skills (good team leader/player with strong interpersonal skills);
  • Program development and management skills;
  • Negotiation and contract management skills;
  • Financial management skills;
  • Policy formulation and review skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to conceptualize, plan and implement strategic initiatives.

    2. Design & Impact Manager

    The DI Manager will work on a full time basis under the direction of the Conservation Director (CD) – WWF-Kenya (and reporting directly to the Technical Services Manager) towards effective implementation of WWF-Kenya Strategic Plan.

    The incumbent will play a major role in providing technical support to the Conservation and Operations Programmes in tracking conservation delivery using the Dashboard and appropriate M&E tools and processes, and building capacity for M&E among field projects’ staff.

    S/he will be expected to assist Project Managers in ensuring sound project planning, monitoring and evaluation of progress and technical reporting.

    The DI Manager will provide technical support to the functions of WWF-Kenya departments so as to ensure the development and implementation of the Organizational Strategic Plan to the highest standards, particularly;

    a. Monitoring – Take lead in the design and implementation of a monitoring framework to track delivery against WWF-K goals and objectives.

    b. Evaluation – Take lead in the analysis of data collected under the monitoring framework for assessment of progress and areas for improvement. In addition, facilitate evaluations of WWF-K activities especially external evaluations to determine impact.

    c. Reporting – Provide regularly updated reports to the CD and Departmental Heads on the status of implementation against WWF-Kenya goals and objectives. Additionally, the incumbent will work with Project Managers to ensure timely and quality technical reports as per WWF network standards and donor requirements.

    d. Knowledge management – Facilitate continuous and collaborative learning within WWF-Kenya based on key data from the performance management system.

    Roles and Responsibilities
  • Leads the development of a comprehensive MEL Plan and System for WWF-Kenya;
  • Ensures that all programmes and project adheres to the WWF Network Programme and Projects Management Standards (PPMS);
  • Establishes effective knowledge management mechanisms including documentation of baselines, impacts;
  • Take charge of collating and synthesizing information, updating the monitoring matrix and other monitoring tools in place for both conservation and operational objectives;
  • Assist the CD in tracking, consolidating and uploading/forwarding of project technical progress reports to WWF International, web-based repositories and/or the relevant National Organizations and donors;
  • Working closely with Departmental Heads, provide backstopping and guidance in the performance of the Organizational Strategic Plan;
  • Assist the Programme Managers in providing support to project evaluations and consultancies;
  • Prepares relevant technical briefing papers and status updates to the WWF-Kenya Senior Management Team (SMT);
  • Synthesizing strategic reports aligned to the Strategic Plan for presentation to the Board through relevant Departmental Heads;
  • Take lead in MEL capacity building activities for WWF – Kenya Project staff, including WWF Network Standards trainings;
  • In liaison with the WWF-Kenya Communications Manager, compile news and produce conservation communication materials to promote the Organization’s brand;
  • Convene and facilitate learning events for WWF-Kenya staff to strengthen implementation delivery and capturing of best practices;
  • Perform other relevant duties as requested by the CD or the Executive Director

    Key Qualifications
  • University degree with at least MSc level in an appropriate field of management or natural sciences (conservation, environment, natural resource management, marine, forest, freshwater, terrestrial ecology, animal sciences);
  • Professional training in Monitoring and Evaluation;
  • At least 7 years professional experience in project/programme design implementation and M&E.

    Key Competencies
  • Experience with practical development and implementation of natural resource management and related result-based management oriented monitoring system;
  • Knowledge of programme design (situation/context analysis, conceptual models, theories of change), monitoring and evaluation;
  • Good management and coordination skills as well as experience in technical project implementation;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to network and to develop and maintain strong relationships with field staff;
  • Possession of strong organizational, reporting and analytical skills;
  • Setting high goals for personal and group accomplishment; using measurement methods to monitor progress towards goal attainment; tenaciously working to meet or exceed those goals;
  • A working knowledge of financial management, especially of projects;
  • Knowledge in use of data management and analysis software e.g. SPSS, EpInfo, STATA;
  • Adaptable, flexible, able to take initiative and prioritize among competing demands;
  • Experience and skills in training and transfer of knowledge;
  • Willingness to participate in field activities/surveys and travel to remote areas of Kenya;
  • Adherence to WWF-K values: Credible, Responsive, Innovative, Determined, Inspiring, Collaborative.

    3. Chief Operations Officer

    Under the supervision of the Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Operations Officer will play a critical leadership role in guiding and shaping WWF-Kenya’s organizational development to meet the challenges of a national organization determined to effect change.

    Key Duties and Responsibilities
  • Guide the organizational change process and deliver continual improvements in key operational areas, elevating WWF-Kenya’s profile as a leading Kenyan ‘partner of choice’.
  • Exercise leadership on bringing holistic organizational growth and effectiveness of operations as in integral member of the WWF-Kenya Senior Management Team.
  • Provide strategic thought and leadership on developing and overseeing the implementation of financial sustainability and business planning.
  • Develop and ensure implementation of the Information and Communications Technology strategy to deliver outstanding day to day
    service to the organization.
  • Provide strategic input in engagement of the WWF-Kenya Board.

    Key Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in Business field such as accounting, finance, strategic management;
  • CPA (K) / ACCA and a member of a professional body in good standing;
  • Diploma in Procurement or supplies Chain management is an added advantage
  • Track record of 10+ years in a senior role successfully developing, leading, and managing large-scale programmes and/or organizations in the field of conservation, natural resource management, international development, and/or other related fields.

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