IUCN Chief of Party Jobs in Kenya

IUCN Chief of Party Jobs in Kenya


  • The IUCN Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO) operates in twenty-four countries in the Horn of Africa, eastern Africa, southern Africa and the Western Indian Ocean.

    Job Description

    Major Responsibilities

  • The Chief of Party is responsible for the performance, communications, partner relationships, technical and financial reporting and all technical aspects of the Project, as well as developing and maintaining strong relationships with the East African Community, USAID K/EA and the project partners.

    Specific Duties

    The Chief of Party will be responsible for the following main duties

    Project Direction and Management

  • Provide overall project direction and management, and maintain vision and commitment to outcomes/results.

  • Ensure continued alignment of project objectives and activities with EAC policies, strategies and priorities

  • Ensure effective stakeholder engagement and buy-in to project activities including by the EAC Secretariat, relevant EAC structures, relevant government agencies, NGOs and private sector
    Ensure the timely and effective implementation of all IUCN-led project activities focused on:
  • strengthened regional policy dialogue, learning and decision-making on management of trans boundary natural resources in the EAC region
  • improved sustainable management of key trans boundary landscapes in the EAC and
  • building capacity for stronger engagement of local communities in combating illegal wildlife trade in the EAC.

  • Provide technical expertise to project implementation as appropriate

  • Manage sub-awards to WWF and TRAFFIC for the implementation of WWF and TRAFFIC-led activities of the project

  • Closely coordinate with WWF and TRAFFIC and help monitor progress with the implementation of WWF and TRAFFIC-led project activities

  • Identify short-term expertise needs, consultancy requirements, TORs for such assignments, and management of contracted consultants

  • Actively participate in all relevant coordination and governance mechanisms and structures working closely with the EAC Secretariat, USAID and project partners

  • Ensure effective day to day communications with EAC Secretariat, USAID K/EA and partners to coordinate and support implementation and monitoring of milestones and deliverables

  • Ensure the development, implementation and monitoring of annual work plans

  • Proactively identify, create synergies with and coordinate between CONNECT and other complementary initiatives in the region

  • Actively coordinate, plan and build synergies with other relevant IUCN ESARO projects, particularly the Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management (BIOPAMA) programme, which has a direct linkages to CONNECT

  • Serve as the principal liaison with USAID K/EA including attending regular Chief of Party meetings

  • Ensure high professional quality and timely submission of all required programmatic deliverables to USAID K/EA including work plans, technical and financial reports, and other deliverables specified in contract documents and as per agreed standard operating procedures

  • Working with the IUCN ESARO Communications Officer, ensure effective delivery of all communication and visibility requirements in line with the project Communications Plan and relevant USAID K/EA and IUCN regulations and requirements

  • Maintain close lines of communication with relevant technical and administrative staff at relevant IUCN country offices, the IUCN Regional Office for Eastern and Southern as well as relevant IUCN Global programmes, IUCN Members and Commissions, as required

  • Effectively supervise and manage relevant project personnel in line with IUCN human resources systems and procedures

    Budget and Financial Management

  • Have overall responsibility for the management of the project budget in close liaison with the CONNECT Finance Officer and other EARO Finance& Administrative staff in compliance with all USAID contractual and financial requirements and IUCN ESARO requirements. In this context, in particularly ensure the timely and effective delivery of the following tasks (not exhaustive)

  • Timely financial requests by IUCN and partners following established procedures

  • Timely financial reporting to USAID in line with contractual obligations and provide the finance department with the relevant project/programme information on a timely basis

  • Regular review, analysis and monitoring of project financial reports and communicate any over?under expenditure observations to the Technical Coordinator on a timely basis;

  • Timely procurement of project assets and ensure all processes are in line with the IUCN
    Internal Control systems and donor requirements.

    Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Working with the CONNECT Monitoring and Evaluation Officer ensure the implementation and regular updating of the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Plan for the project in line with USAID requirements and IUCN guidelines and procedures
    Identify and use lessons to inform practice;

  • Documenting and sharing lessons and experiences, as appropriate.

    Leveraging and Fundraising

  • Lead efforts to mobilize and leverage resources for new/commentary activities in line with CONNECT project objectives, contributing to sustainability objectives for the CONNECT project

    Other Responsibilities

  • Perform other duties as may be assigned from time to time



  • At least a Master’s-level degree in natural resource management, international development, or related field of study.

    Work Experience

  • 10 years of experience in successfully managing conservation and/or international programs or projects of similar scope and scale, preferably USAID-funded projects in Eastern Africa;

  • Proven ability to effectively work and collaborate with regional economic communities, national government authorities and other stakeholders. familiarity with the relevant EAC policies, strategies and governance mechanisms a distinct advantage

  • Extensive familiarity with US Government Project management, administrative and regulatory requirements, inclusive of experience in managing multi-partner USG-funded projects in natural resource management or related sector

  • Proven leadership in the management, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of large-scale international donor-supported programs

  • Proven experience in managing and coordinating multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, and effective human resources management

  • Fundraising experience including writing project proposals and concepts;

  • Extensive experience organising, coordinating and facilitating international conferences, meetings, workshops and other consultations

  • Demonstrated expertise in biodiversity conservation, such as protected area management, community-based natural resource management, and/or related topics. Good knowledge of major regional challenges and opportunities, particularly related to illegal wildlife trade and trans boundary ecosystems in East Africa

    Language Proficiency

  • Excellent proficiency in written and spoken English.

    Core Competencies

  • Transparency Able to build trust and contribute to informed and responsible decision making by carrying out the work of IUCN in a transparent manner; provides clear guidance to ensure that objectives and desired measurable results are understood by members of the team.

  • Inclusiveness Understands and accepts cultural diversity, and provide a tolerant, positive and supportive working environment that fosters respect for diversity, demonstrates ability to work in a multicultural, multi ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different nationalities and cultural backgrounds.

  • Professionalism Promote the organization’s interests, objectives and values in a diligent and professional manner.

  • Accountability Takes responsibility of individual and collective actions, promotes the IUCN One Programme approach.

    Functional Competencies

  • Highly motivated and results-oriented individual
    Demonstrated ability to work with limited supervision to prioritize tasking and manage workflow in a high pressure environment;

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.

  • Strong skills in strategic planning, management, supervision, and budgeting.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, culturally sensitive, and ability to lead or work effectively as a team member with respect for diversity;

  • Proven ability to develop and communicate a common vision among diverse partners

  • Exceptional attention to detail and organizational skills;

  • High proficient in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), able to use social media and other relevant communication tools and methods to further the objectives of the project

  • Committed to continuous learning and proactive and mature attitude towards self-development;

  • Willing to travel frequently within the Eastern Africa region

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; IUCN Chief of Party Jobs in Kenya

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