CI Jurisdictional and Nested REDD+ Program Manager Jobs in Kenya

CI Jurisdictional and Nested REDD+ Program Manager Jobs in Kenya

  • Conservation International (CI) has been protecting nature for the benefit of all for over 30 years.

  • Through science, policy, and partnerships, CI is helping build a healthier, more prosperous and more productive planet.

    Position Summary

  • Conservation International is supporting the process of aligning site-scale REDD+ activities to the national REDD+ process (referred to as “nesting”) in Kenya and seeks a capable full-time Program Manager. The Jurisdictional and Nested REDD+ Program Manager oversees the implementation of the activities related to the nesting of projects in Kenya. Manages a diverse set of activities and works to ensure that program outcomes and goals are met and aligned with Conservation International’s (CI’s) strategies and conservation priorities, and UNFCCC Warsaw Framework for REDD+ requirements.

  • Duties include effective project management, technical oversight, and guidance, data collection, analysis and presentation. The Program Manager supports the organization of inclusive national stakeholder engagement (including local and indigenous peoples and women, as relevant), meetings, and relevant studies. Leads the assessment of environmental and social impact of REDD+ projects in Kenya, the development of good practices and guidelines, as well as proposing guidelines for monitoring protocols of safeguards that are aligned with the national approach. Facilitates and provides input to the development of national approaches for equitable benefit sharing mechanism with local stakeholders, and alignment of project level carbon accounting with national level accounting.

  • The Program Manager works with internal colleagues and external stakeholders to build strong relationships to advance the smooth and consistent design of a nested REDD+ system in Kenya. Represents CI and works to build alliances with external stakeholders who are critical to program success, including local communities, civil society and government agencies at different scales, as required.

  • The Program Manager supports the program’s financial well-being by overseeing budget spending and managing funding relationships with partners and prospects. Works with the program and HQ staff on proposals and funding initiatives. The Program Manager ensures compliance with CI policies, programs and funding agreements.

  • This position does not manage staff but will be overseeing consultants if and when relevant. Works under general direction of the Regional Climate Change Advisor and as part of a core Project team.


  • Oversee the implementation of activities related to nesting REDD+ projects in Kenya in alignment with national approaches.

  • Develop clear steps for activities outlined in the multi-year project work plan, including organizing meetings, drafting materials and reports, overseeing consultants.

  • Effectively engage stakeholders, including donors, government, NGOs, technical colleagues and other partners important to program success under the guidance and in close coordination with the Regional Climate Change Advisor.

  • Oversee and lead the design and carry out data collection in the field, and systematically assimilate and interpret data on social and environmental safeguards.

  • Review assessment of social and environmental impacts of REDD+ projects in the country, support the development of monitoring and reporting protocols in consistency with current requirements, and support development of good practices and guidelines on safeguards for nested projects in consistency with national approaches.

  • Promote information sharing. Build stakeholder understanding and support by developing fact sheets, policy briefs, statistics, and related communication materials.

  • Plan and hold workshops (national and international) and other
    events for collaboration, and share best practices and lessons learned, in close coordination with the Regional Climate Change Advisor.

  • Providing critical and informed input to policy, legal, operational and technical elements and processes.

  • Represent the organization externally and serve as a trusted point of contact for CI in areas under the scope of assigned duties and responsibilities. Engage in international fora relevant to this subject, as appropriate.

  • Ensure compliance with CI policies, funding agreements and local legislation requirements.

  • Support program financial sustainability by identifying funding opportunities. Partner with CI Africa and HQ staff on funding proposals and contribute to regional/global fundraising efforts.

  • Contribute to internal CI networks and teams of teams.

  • Perform related duties as assigned and required to fulfill its overall responsibilities, including internal administrative and financial requirements

    People and Resource Management Responsibilities

  • Does not directly supervise staff.

  • Manages the program’s budget and finances.

  • Manage public or private funds; ensure compliance with donor requirements and CI policies.

    Working Conditions

  • This position is based in Nairobi, Kenya

  • Occasional travel of 20% or more as needed.

  • Ability to work in remote locations or under difficult working conditions.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in environmental or social studies, climate change or a related field

  • 4-6 years or more relevant work experience.

  • Strong program or project management experience, preferably in the conservation, NGO, advocacy or related for-profit arena

  • Demonstrated understanding of REDD+ and nesting approach, ideally from a policy, technical and implementation perspective at the national and site-scale levels.

  • Familiarity with social and environmental safeguards, both for Kenya and international good practice.

  • Demonstrated professionalism, diplomacy and inclusiveness

  • Strong technical and analytical skills.

  • Strong organization and time management skills.

  • Team player and able to work effectively with diverse works groups in a multicultural environment.

  • Independent critical thinker

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Success in influencing and partnering with key stakeholders.

  • Proven ability to multitask and meet priorities. Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment with changing priorities and under minimal supervision. Able to make well-informed decisions.

  • Fluency in English required, Kiswahili strongly desirable.


  • A Master’s degree in a related field preferred.

  • Experience in the field of Social and Environmental safeguards, especially relevant to REDD+ (Cancun Safeguards), and/or experience in REDD+ certification processes and requirements, especially Climate, Community and Biodiversity (CCB)

  • Good in-depth understanding of national and international process relating to Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC), carbon accounting, development of MRV systems and others

  • Experience in undertaking social and economic monitoring and evaluation assessment

  • Enthusiasm for REDD+ and Natural Climate Solutions

  • Experience designing and /or implementing stakeholder engagement plans with diverse actors

  • Right to live and work in Kenya without employer sponsorship

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; CI Jurisdictional and Nested REDD+ Program Manager Jobs in Kenya

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