Fauna & Flora International Technical Specialist, Enterprise Development Jobs in Kenya

Fauna & Flora International Technical Specialist, Enterprise Development Jobs in Kenya


The Technical Specialist, Enterprise Development will work with Fauna & Flora staffs and partners to develop a portfolio of nature-positive enterprises in diverse sectors (tourism, agriculture, fisheries) that have clear biodiversity and social impacts, enhancing financial resilience of conservation action within priority Kenya projects as directed by the Country Manager, and supported by the cross-cutting Enterprise & Finance technical staff from the People & Nature team.

Ensuring all approaches support the delivery of the Fauna & Flora Strategy and Business Plan, this role will identify current and emerging themes relating to enterprise development concerning conservation in Kenya and will both enable and implement Fauna & Flora’s and Fauna & Flora partner’s responses through high quality and collaboratively developed projects and funds.

Specific Duties:


  • Provide technical input on enterprise development components of Fauna & Flora projects in Kenya.

  • Undertake research and analysis on markets, partners, costs, revenues, compliance requirements, enabling environments and other topics related to conservation enterprise.

  • Track emerging opportunities for conservation enterprises in diverse sectors including tourism, agribusiness, fisheries and renewable energy.

  • Undertake feasibility assessments of new products and ventures.

  • To write business models, including strategy and planning for nature-positive enterprises and projects, and in collaboration with conservation and private sector partners and Fauna & Flora colleagues.

  • Develop financial models to align with business models and demonstrate financial viability and sustainability of nature-positive enterprises and projects.

  • Collaborate with Enterprise and finance specialists in the SAGE team on the development of legal ownership models and structures for enterprises.

  • Collaborate with enterprise and finance specialists in SAGE team on the development of investment and fundraising pitches

  • Facilitate supply chain development including documentation, certification, promotion and engagement with buyers.

  • Facilitate engagement with wider market system actors using value chain development and Participatory Market Systems Development (PMSD) and other relevant approaches.

  • Design and deliver biodiversity impact models and metrics, and monitoring and evaluation plans, relevant to enterprise development.

  • Working closely with the Technical Specialist, Livelihoods and Governance (Kenya),

  • Ensure the business models developed have clear social benefits, and gender and social equity are carefully considered during design and implementation

  • Develop robust governance structure for the enterprise, clarifying membership rules, ensuring equitable benefit sharing agreements, participation of women and men in the conservation enterprise

    Project Management & Development

  • Identify potential private sector partners and sources of funding relevant to enterprise development.

  • Manage the local implementation and delivery of Fauna & Flora’s commitments within specific projects as directed by the Country Manager.

  • Ensure full compliance with Fauna & Flora protocols, policies and procedures, ensuring work is done to high quality and within fund budgets.

  • Undertake specific fund management responsibilities where appropriate, including:

  • Lead Fauna & Flora and donor technical report writing and editing, coordinating the inputs of team members, cross-cutting teams, specialists and partners, ensuring accurate and timely technical reports as per Fauna & Flora and donor requirements

  • Ensure all funding proposals and resulting contracts and grant agreements are appropriate to, and comply with, Fauna & Flora operating standards, the Fauna & Flora Delegation of Authority (DoA), and implementation context within the region.

  • Delivery of grant funded projects within time-frames and budgets.

  • Manage project inputs from relevant technical and operational staff and consultants, and implementing partners, ensuring appropriate contracts are in place where relevant.

  • Ensure that project monitoring and evaluation is in place and fit for purpose, working with Fauna & Flora team (in Kenya and in Cambridge) to review results and adapt project implementation as required.

  • Be responsible for fund finances and ensure all expenditure complies with donor and Fauna & Flora regulations, Fauna & Flora’s DoA, and Kenyan laws.

  • Management
    of cash flow for relevant activities and accountability of funds, including required finance planning and reporting

  • Prepare project financial reports, with support from the Finance Business Partner, East Africa and ensure timely, high quality and accurate technical, operational and financial funder and institutional reporting

  • Ensure the regular back-up and appropriate storage of all project data and financial records, in line with in-country and donor auditing requirements, internal and donor reporting requirements, and ensuring there is sufficient detail for overall institutional auditing of Fauna & Flora. Under the guidance of the Country Manager provide active input and support, and when appropriate lead, new project development

    Communications and Representation

  • Develop and collaborate on training materials including documentation, talks and lectures.

  • Develop and collaborate on articles, guidelines, briefing papers, templates etc.

  • Provide training and mentoring on enterprise development to partners and communities.

  • Contribute to a global Community of Practice on nature-based enterprise development as well as national and regional forums, networks and events.


  • Work as an active member of the wider Africa team and attend Africa team meetings and work planning sessions as required.

  • Provide technical input, where appropriate and requested, on other work undertaken by the SAGE, Kenya and Africa programme.

  • With agreement of the Country Manager perform any other tasks that may be requested from time to time, which are appropriate to the roles, skills and experience, and relevant to the scope of this role.

    Person Specification



  • Excellent project management skills

  • Excellent analytical skills

  • Ability to successfully negotiate with diverse audiences

  • Excellent information organisation and presentation skills

  • Strong prioritisation and time management skills

  • Ability to lead and manage both decisions and people, in line with other decision makers, in high stress environments


  • Business impact measurement, costing, marketing and sales plan, investment pitches and risk assessments skills

  • Ability to support community owned conservation enterprises develop business plans and provide business sustainability mentorship to the enterprises

    Knowledge and experience


  • Undergraduate level qualification or equivalent in economics, business management, tourism or rural development or related disciplines.

  • Excellent written and ‘spoken Swahili and English

  • Demonstratable knowledge of at least one of the following sectors: sustainable fisheries, agriculture/agroforestry/livestock value chains

  • Knowledge of value chain analysis

  • Track record of setting up tourism-based enterprises that generate funds for species conservation and local community development.

  • Proven track record in conducting market research

  • Demonstrable experience in project management

  • Previous experience working for an I/NGOs in rural entrepreneurship/ enterprises development.


  • MBA or Advanced degree in business-related discipline

  • Private sector experience in agribusiness or tourism or seafood sector

  • Experience working for a startup enterprise

  • Knowledge of market system development approaches. Experience in developing inclusive finance models (such as eco-credits, Village Savings and Loan Associations) and micro-insurance

  • Experience working in international conservation NGOs or organization in enterprise development.

  • Experience reporting to multiple managers or projects

    How to Apply

    Applications should consist of the following:

  • Covering letter explaining why you are applying, relating your experience and skills to the role

  • Full CV

  • Contact details for two referees (who will not be approached without your permission)
    Applications should be submitted electronically to kenyajobs@fauna-flora.org.

    Please mark your application ‘Technical Specialist, Enterprise Development, Kenya’ and indicate in your covering letter where you saw the position advertised.

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