IUCN Programme Officer – Species Conservation Jobs in Kenya

IUCN Programme Officer – Species Conservation Jobs in Kenya


  • IUCN SOS – Save Our Species is an initiative intended to be a long-term global programme to improve the conservation status of globally threatened species, their habitats and the people depending on them.

  • It provides grants for conservation projects targeting globally threatened species.

  • By strategically focusing on species conservation priorities identified by the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) and by providing rapid action funding that can be mobilized quickly during crises, SOS provides critically-needed resources where and when they matter most.

    Job Description

    Major Responsibilities

  • The primary task of the Programme Officer will be to contribute to the effective implementation of a grant programme for species conservation under the SOS African Wildlife inititiave.

  • Other tasks will include priority setting for species conservation, managing donor and partner relationships, and liaison with IUCN Programmes, Members, Commissions, and partners.

    Specific Duties

  • Ensure the efficient implementation of the Eastern and Southern Africa component of the IUCN SOS African Wildlife inititiave;

  • Be responsible for the day to day management of the grants following IUCN SOS standardised procedures and in coordination with the Regional Technical Coordinator (CAS) and the Species Conservation Grants Coordinator;

  • Support the development of operational guidelines and templates and contribute to preparing the documentation for the calls for proposals;

  • Assist in reviewing applications received by the SOS Secretariat, including review of applications’ eligibility under SOS criteria, and supporting the SOS Technical Advisory Group review of applications;

  • Liaise with the grantees;

  • Monitor grants and organise and conduct project monitoring missions as well as prepare mission reports in coordination with the Regional Technical Coordinator (CAS) and the Species Conservation Grants Coordinator;

  • Review progress and final reports submitted by grantees and prepare project evaluation reports;

  • Lead on the data collection process for grants in Eastern and Southern Africa to feed into the SOS monitoring and evaluation framework;

  • Support the organisational development and capacity building activities of SOS African Wildlife;

  • Ensure timely and quality communication of the IUCN SOS African Wildlife initiative through IUCN’s regional and global communications channels;

  • Contribute to drafting progress reports to the donor;

  • Assist in identifying opportunities for partnerships and project development, and support IUCN SOS fundraising efforts, in consultation with the Regional Technical Coordinator (CAS) and the Species Conservation Grants Coordinator, including to ensure the continuation of the SOS African Wildlife Initiative;

  • Represent IUCN ESARO and the Global Species & Key Biodiveristy Areas Programme at programme-related events;

  • Carry out other relevant tasks at
    the request of and in agreement with the line manager.

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



  • MSc degree (or higher) in biodiversity conservation, species management, environmental sciences or other relevant discipline;

    Work Experience

  • Minimum of 3 years experience in the field of species conservation, preferably involving on-the-ground conservation activities;

  • Experience in grant making or project management, with strong project management skills at multiple levels including planning, implementation, reporting, and monitoring;

  • Proven ability to work with multi-disciplinary groups, including governments, experts and civil society;

  • Good knowledge of IUCN standards and knowledge tools for species conservation;

  • Knowledge of and experience with the main species conservation challenges in the region
    Fundraising experience

    Language Proficiency

  • Excellent fluency in spoken and written English. Proficiency in one or more other languages spoken in the region would be an asset;

    Functional competencies

  • Capacity to work effectively under time pressure and extended hours, if required and with prior approval of the ESARO Regional Director;

  • Willingness to travel within the region, sometimes at short notice (the Programme Officer will be required to travel frequently);

  • Computer literacy in MS Office packages;

  • Excellent organizational and networking skills;

  • Team-oriented attitude and ability to work independently

    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.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; IUCN Programme Officer – Species Conservation Jobs in Kenya

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