BGCI Plant Conservation Project Officer Kenya Jobs

BGCI provides support to its members in many different ways: we are an advocate for the botanic garden community, promoting the role of botanic gardens in plant conservation policy, practice and education; we connect people, we co-ordinate efforts and bring people together to exchange ideas; we are a knowledge hub, providing training, learning resources and professional support; and we provide funding and technical support to efforts aimed at saving plants

Key Responsibilities

Co-ordinate and manage a portfolio of tree conservation projects. This will include:

  • Ensuring successful initiation of a new project to establish indigenous tree nurseries
    in Uganda:
  • The successful candidate will be required to identify project partners, organize a project launch workshop, manage the project budget, monitor and evaluate progress against project and institutional targets, report on project progress and achievements to funders and BGCI senior management.
  • Finalizing IUCN Red List assessments for East African plant species: The successful
    candidate will be trained to carry out conservation assessments and will enter
    information into IUCN’s online conservation assessment portal (SIS) for East African
    plant species, ensuring their conservation status is published on the IUCN Red List of
    Threatened species, helping to mobilize conservation action.

    Communicating BGCI’s plant conservation work to external audiences. This will include:

  • Writing blogs, articles and social media posts on BGCI’s plant conservation work.
  • Taking and sharing photographs and videos of BGCI’s plant conservation work.

    Support fund raising efforts to expand BGCI’s plant conservation work. This will involve:

  • Identifying and contacting funders and grant-makers.
  • Drafting and submitting project proposals tailored specifically to those funders’

    Person Specification

  • The Board of BGCI is seeking to appoint a person with conservation, communication and
    networking skills.
  • Candidates for this post will require a proven track record in a conservation organisation, working on a portfolio of conservation projects, ideally in the international NGO sector.
  • The post holder will demonstrate sensitivity
    to complex, multicultural and
    multinational institutions and structures. Candidates for this post must be able to inspire plant conservation action, have competent IT skills and pay excellent attention to detail.



  • Eligible to work in East Africa
  • Able to commit to a six month full time position (with possibility of extension) from
    August / beginning of September 2018

    Education and Experience


  • At least a graduate level qualification in conservation, environment, science or another relevant discipline
  • At least 2 years’ experience in a conservation organisation, working on a portfolio of conservation projects
  • Experience in interacting with international organisations and individuals
  • Perfect mastery of English, both oral and written, combined with excellent communication abilities
  • Experience of managing budgets and setting financial priorities


  • Experience of working for a not for profit organisation
  • Knowledge of botanic gardens, plants or related disciplines ideally gained through
    direct personal experience
  • A proven track record in raising funds from statutory grant-makers, trusts and
    foundations and/or philanthropic individuals

    Application process

    Please submit a copy of your Curriculum Vitae and a cover letter indicating why you are
    interested in this position and why you are a suitable candidate to by
    Friday 3rd August 2018.

    Interviews will be held at the IUCN Eastern & Southern Africa Regional Office in Nairobi,
    Kenya (or via Skype) on Thursday 9th and Friday 10th August 2018. If you have any questions, please contact or +254(0)725295632.

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