The Nature Conservancy Kafue Conservation Director Jobs in Zambia

The Nature Conservancy Kafue Conservation Director Jobs in Zambia

Who We Are

The mission of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is to conserve the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we develop innovative, on-the-ground solutions to the world’s toughest environmental challenges so that people and nature can thrive.

Our work is guided by our values, which include a commitment to diversity and respect for people, communities, and cultures. From a rewarding mission to career development and flexible schedules, there are many reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want to know more? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube to hear stories from staff or visit Glassdoor.

One of TNC’s primary goals is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that employees around the globe have a sense of belonging and feel that their unique contributions are valued. We know we’ll only achieve our mission by hiring and engaging a diverse staff that reflects the communities in which we work.

Recognizing that people bring talent and skills that have been developed outside the scope of a job, we take a holistic approach to recruitment that considers life experience in addition to the professional requirements listed in our postings. Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote a popular saying at TNC, “you’ll join for the mission, and you’ll stay for the people.”

What We Can Achieve Together

The Kafue Conservation Director provides technical, scientific and programmatic leadership to TNC’s expanding terrestrial and freshwater conservation initiatives in the Kafue Ecosystem.

The Kafue Conservation Director oversees field operations for TNC’s conservation actions within the GMAs, providing technical and scientific support to Government, local communities, and their partners to develop and execute conservation, land management and financing plans that support the long-term conservation and sustainable utilization of the natural resources of this vast landscape and conform to a larger, landscape-level strategic plan.

We're Looking for You

Are you looking for a career to help people and nature? Guided by science, TNC creates innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that people and nature can thrive together.

We’re looking for someone who is passionate, and a motivated problem-solver.

This is an exciting new position within the Zambia conservation team, responsible for leading a rapidly growing body of integrated terrestrial and freshwater conservation work across the Kafue landscape and ensuring durable outcomes for conservation and local communities.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Provide technical, strategic and scientific leadership to TNC’s conservation work in the Kafue Ecosystem, working closely with Government, conservation partners, communities, stakeholders and TNC’s global and regional science and conservation capacity to make the Kafue landscape a world-leading example of integrated conservation and sustainable development.

  • Disseminate best practices, provide training and analyses, and develop key partnerships with public, private and academic organizations in the terrestrial and freshwater conservation sectors in order to identify and resolve technical issues and to communicate solutions, innovative scientific methods, analysis, tools and frameworks to address biodiversity conservation needs.

  • Recruit, retain and manages a high-quality and effective multi-disciplinary conservation team with responsibility for performance management, training, and career development.

  • Works closely with the Department of National Parks and Wildlife, Forestry Department, Department of Fisheries and other government agencies, other conservation partners and local communities to develop and implement conservation and natural resource management plans for Kafue’s GMAs, both at the level of the GKE landscape as a whole and at individual GMA levels.

  • Identifies key science, conservation and sustainable finance resources within TNC’s global and regional teams that can deliver world-class technical and financial support to the Kafue

  • Develops and manages a conservation science programme, initiating and coordinating scientific studies including socio-ecological baseline surveys, biodiversity and vegetation monitoring, remote sensing, etc., that increase the body of knowledge related to the GKE and inform conservation management decisions

  • Coordinates the research, monitoring and co-management work streams under TNC’s Kafue Sustainable Fisheries Programme for the advancement of the programme’s freshwater biodiversity protection and fisheries co-management goals

  • Is responsible for all performance, financial management and budgeting, reporting, administration, and compliance related to the Kafue Sustainable Fisheries Programme.

  • Develops and maintains strategic partnerships with the Department of Fisheries and other partners, and negotiates fisheries co-management and freshwater conservation agreements that contribute to conservation and community development outcomes

  • Provides scientific direction and practical technical support to the programme’s socio-economic and ecological baseline data collection and ongoing monitoring initiatives

  • Provides technical support to the development of community-based fisheries co-management structures and resource use and conservation plans.

  • Works with TNC Zambia’s monitoring and evaluation team to design and implement a terrestrial and freshwater programme results measurement and monitoring framework aligned to TNC Zambia’s overall M&E framework and TNC’s 2030 Goals.

  • Makes independent strategic decisions frequently based on analysis, ambiguous information, experience and judgment.

  • 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 in Natural Resource Management, Wildlife or Fisheries Management, Biology or a similar relevant field.

  • At least 10 years of experience in conservation practice and programme management and/or fisheries-specific research and/or management.

  • Zambian freshwater ecosystems/fisheries, with strengths in ecological and social research and/or fisheries management experience.

  • Supervisory experience, including motivating, leading, setting objectives, and managing performance.

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

  • Experience in the statistical analyses of scientific data, and geographical information systems and the spatial representation of data.

  • Experience in engaging and working with communities on conservation or natural resource management issues.

  • Communication skills in written, spoken, and graphical means in English.

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

  • Full and valid Zambian Driving License.

    Desired Qualifications:

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

  • At least an MSc in a related field and 10-12 years’ experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience.

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

  • Developing practical applications of scientific concepts and technical innovations for conservation purposes.

  • Knowledge of methods and standards of biodiversity information systems and initiatives and experience conceiving and implementing strategic initiatives.

  • Demonstrated experience influencing, developing, and implementing natural resource management plans

  • Familiarity with co-management or community-based natural resource management principles and the legislative provisions that facilitate a co-management approach.

  • Experience with improved fire management planning and monitoring would be an advantage

  • Experience in socio-ecological research and execution of qualitative and quantitative research projects.

  • Skills in facilitating, negotiating and conflict management

  • Ability to work independently with strong self-motivation

  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in Zambian freshwater and terrestrial conservation

    How to Apply

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

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