The Nature Conservancy Conservation Program Coordinator Jobs in Zambia

The Nature Conservancy Conservation Program Coordinator Jobs in Zambia

Who We Are:

The Nature Conservancy’s mission is to protect the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges to create a world where people and nature thrive.

We’re rooted in our Mission and guided by our Values, which include a Commitment to Diversity and Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures. Whether it’s career development, flexible schedules, or a rewarding mission, there are many reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want better insight into TNC? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube or Glassdoor.

Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued. We know we’ll only achieve our Mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work.

In addition to the requirements in our postings, we recognize that people come with talent and experiences outside of a job. Diversity of knowledge and skills combined with passion is a key to innovation and a culture of inclusion! Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote myriad TNC staff members, “you’ll join for our mission, and you’ll stay for our people.”

Since establishing the Africa Program in 2007, The Nature Conservancy’s vision in Africa is to work towards fostering a sustainable future for people and nature, partnering with indigenous communities across 55 million acres on the continent.

Our efforts are firmly rooted in people, leveraging scientific and technical expertise as we collaborate with governments and organizations to conserve and enhance Africa’s shared resources in the nine countries we operate.

TNC’s work in Africa transcends three key pillars: securing ownership rights to lands and resources for indigenous people, strengthening leadership and resource management, and helping communities value nature through a holistic appreciation of its benefits while increasing revenue streams for conservation efforts and socio-economic development.

Together with our partners, we are witnessing critical milestones in integrated land and fisheries management, ocean and source water protection, energy development, and sustainable food production working together and strengthening our resolve in tackling global challenges such as climate change, habitat and biodiversity loss that stands to adversely impact the nearly 1.4 billion people that share Africa.

In Zambia, TNC has a primary geographical focus on the Greater Kafue Ecosystem (GKE). This is Zambia’s largest conservation landscape, a 66,000 sq. km complex of great biodiversity value, dominated by the 22,000 sq. km Kafue National Park and nine Game Management Areas (GMAs) under communal tenure that span an additional 44,000 sq. km.

TNC is working with communities and diverse public and private stakeholders in this ecosystem to strengthen community tenure over natural resources, develop effective natural resource governance and management systems and create sustainable conservation management and revenue generation models for the landscape.

What We Can Achieve Together:

The Conservation Coordinator coordinates and manages TNC’s conservation activities in the northern Kafue region and in the open community conservation areas around it.

They will serve as the principle point of contact to local stakeholders involved in TNC’s interventions in that area, which are guided by TNC’s own conservation strategy and the complementary long term strategies of its partners in the landscape.

May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.

We’re Looking for You:

The Conservation Coordinator shall be primarily responsible for the implementation of TNC’s non-project based conservation activities in the northern Kafue region, including Kasonso Busanga GMA, Lunga Luswishi GMA and the wildlife corridor between the West Lunga Complex and Kafue
National Park.

The position holder will work with TNC’s public and private partners, communities, and conservation organizations to ensure the delivery of conservation and community development outcomes consistent with TNC Zambia’s conservation strategy. The Conservation Coordinator will be based in Kasempa in North Western Province and will report to TNC’s Community Conservation Programme Manager.

Specifically, the Conservation Coordinator – Northern Kafue:

  • Cultivates and develops partnerships with key stakeholders in the landscape, including communities, government agencies, collaborating partners and private sector actors.

  • Works with and supports TNC’s partners to undertake initiatives in strengthening landscape governance and management systems, enhancing community conservation, and facilitating the development of nature-based enterprise to achieve TNC’s intended outcomes

  • Provides technical support to community conservation organizations and their partners to implement resource protection and management plans, develop self-reliance and financial sustainability, and cultivate linkages with private market actors in the nature-based business sector

  • Creates linkages to and manages relationships with local, regional, and national level partners in community conservation

  • Contributes to the design and development of conservation models that empower local communities through defined property tenure rights and access and benefit sharing mechanisms

  • Facilitates the development of viable nature-based enterprises and business partnerships on communal lands that will spur conservation outcomes and increased economic returns to local communities.

  • Works as part of TNC Zambia’s conservation team, ensuring close communication, collaboration and learning with peers in the team

  • Works with TNC Zambia’s monitoring and evaluation team to report on conservation activities and measure outcomes in accordance with TNC’s M&E framework

  • Communicates TNC’s vision consistently across the area of work focus with partners and stakeholders

  • May require frequent travel domestically and during evening and weekend hours.

  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations and under physically demanding circumstances.

    Minimum Qualifications:

  • BA/BS degree and 5 years’ experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Experience managing complex or multiple projects, including staffing, workloads and finances under deadlines.

  • Experience in conservation project management
    Supervisory experience, including motivating, leading, setting objectives and managing performance.

  • Experience in partnership development with non-profit partners, community groups and/or government agencies

  • Experience in negotiating and conflict management

  • Proven communication skills in written, spoken, and graphical means in English

  • Competence in computer skills (e.g. Excel, Word)

  • A passion for Zambia’s wildlife and wild spaces.

    Desired Qualifications:

  • Multi-lingual and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.

  • 5-7 years’ experience in conservation practice or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Demonstrated experience influencing, developing, and implementing conservation policy and plans.

  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in the wildlife, natural resource management and community conservation sectors in Zambia

  • Knowledge of community-based conservation organizations and/or nature-based business

  • Experience in resource stewardship e.g. managing and tracking budgets

  • Experience in monitoring and evaluation of rural or environmental projects

  • Ability to communicate in the local languages spoken in the focal area

  • Ability to work independently with strong self-motivation

  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in relevant discipline(s) and regions.

  • Knowledge of methods and standards of biodiversity information systems and initiatives or related field.

  • Communicating clearly via written, spoken, and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.

  • Demonstrated experience in fundraising.

  • Politically savvy.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; The Nature Conservancy Conservation Program Coordinator Jobs in Zambia

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