The Nature Conservancy Co-management internships in Kenya

The Nature Conservancy Co-management internships in Kenya

A Little About Us

Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends.

Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together.

We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable.

One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce.

Working in 72 countries, including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners.

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The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment.

We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.

Your Position With TNC

The Nature Conservancy Africa Program conducts marine conservation work relating to marine spatial planning (MSP) and improving coastal fisheries.

MSP is a scientific process through which multiple data sets are brought together to make informed decisions on where to allow different activities in the ocean.

It can occur in a collaborative and public process or may be largely driven by the national government.

Kenya is expecting funds from the World Ban k to carry out national-level MSP. Kenya may opt for an inclusive MSP where coastal communities help drive decisions.

There are government mechanisms that may enable community ownership of MSP. Through the 2010 Constitution of Kenya, the government devolved two of its three arms (legislative and executive) to the 47 counties, increasing local power in decision making.

Further, in 2016, Kenya updated its co-management system to allow marine stakeholders (fishers, beach vendors, and tour operators) to make management decisions with county governments through Beach Management Units (BMUs).

Thus, there is a major opportunity in Kenya to develop a community-driven nearshore MSP that allows communities to visualize future scenarios and make choices that enable conservation and sustained use of resources with a high level of MSP local ownership.

However, the BMUs were last surveyed over 5 years ago, and those surveys found weak relationships between communities and government institutions, inefficient linkages between research and decision making, lack of gender balance and inclusiveness, and low levels of participation of communities in fisheries management, along with lack of cohesion among BMU members.

We are seeking an intern to help carry out national BMU surveys.

Essential Functions

  • The intern will report to the Africa Oceans Strategy Director and works closely with Fisheries Program Manager and will collaborate closely with an external consultant to carry out surveys in at least 25 of the ~85 national BMUs.
  • Work will involve extensive travel along the coast of Kenya, sometimes in remote areas, by bus, plane, and boat.
  • Field days will involve up to 7 hours of conducting interviews with coastal community members.
  • Survey interviews will be carried out in Kiswahili. On a daily basis, the intern will be expected to work with other team members to enter all survey data, so that data entry occurs on the day it is collected.
  • The intern will be expected to be hard working,
    responsible, and respectful of the community members interviewed.
  • There is no confidential information being collected in the survey.
  • However, the intern will agree to not share any findings from the survey without prior consent of TNC as part of our confidentiality agreement with community members.
  • At the close of the survey and after responses are summarized, the intern will help carry out a coast wide meeting for ~85 BMU leaders and government officials to share survey results.

    Responsibilities and Scope
  • Assist in translating surveys Travel throughout Kenya coast as part of survey team
  • Assist in survey planning including contacting communities and organizing team travel
  • Carry out oral interviews of coastal community members
  • Enter survey data into Excel database and assist with data categorization and graphing
  • Help organize and prepare for coast wide meeting for ~85 BMU leaders and government officials

    Minimum Qualifications
  • High school diploma or GED and 6 months of related experience
  • All TNC interns must be at least 18 years of age prior to starting their internship program.
  • Must come from a recognized institution of higher learning.
  • All interns should be attached to duties relevant to their college courses undertaken.
  • Adhere to TNCs Code of conduct and conflict of interest policy.
  • Willing to travel and work in remote settings.
  • Must provide required paperwork:
  • Proof of University/College registration
  • Recommendation letter from University/College
  • Application letter
  • Curriculum vitae that include 3 references.

    Desired Qualifications
  • Fluent in English and Kiswahili
  • Ability to use Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
  • Bachelor’s degree in social science or community development
  • At least 2 months experience working in the TNC Mombasa office on conservation issues related to coastal communities
  • Experience developing and carrying out social surveys
  • Experience entering social survey data (Excel)
  • Past participation in professional meeting or organization of a professional meeting

    How to Apply
  • To apply to position number 47510, submit resume (required) and cover letter separately using the upload buttons.
  • All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on 9th April 2019.
  • Click “submit” to apply for the position or “save for later” to create a draft application for future submission.
  • Once submitted, applications cannot be revised or edited.
  • Failure to complete required fields may result in your application being disqualified from consideration.
  • If you experience technical issues, please refer to our applicant user guide or contact
  • The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer
  • Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture.
  • Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.
  • The successful applicant must meet the requirements of The Nature Conservancy’s background screening process.
  • For more information and job application details, see; The Nature Conservancy Co-management internships in Kenya

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