Wildlife Works Senior Research Scientist (Biodiversity & Social Monitoring) Jobs in Kenya
Wildlife Works Senior Research Scientist (Biodiversity & Social Monitoring) Jobs in Kenya
Brief Overview of Wildlife Works: Wildlife Works is a world-leading REDD+ program development and management company, with an effective approach to applying innovative market-based solutions to the conservation of biodiversity.
Over its 20-year history, Wildlife Works has established a successful model that uses emerging marketplace for REDD+ Carbon Offsets to protect threatened forests, wildlife and communities.
In 2011, the Wildlife Works’ Kasigau Corridor REDD+ Project (KCRP) was successfully validated and verified under the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard (CCB).
This was the world’s first REDD+ project to receive issuance of carbon credits and was the world’s first VCS REDD+ mega-project, in that it would result in the avoidance of over 1.5 million tonnes of CO2-e emissions per year for the next 30 years.
Wildlife Works seeks to recruit a Senior Research Scientist (SRS) who will work with other research staff under the guidance of the Director, Environment, Social and Governance (ESG), on issues related to biodiversity and social research for Wildlife Works’ growing REDD+ portfolio in Kenya, and elsewhere in Africa.
The SRS will primarily spearhead, provide guidance and support to biodiversity and social monitoring teams in the KCRP. S/he will also support the Director, ESG in activities related to research, documentation, dissemination and outreach, and policy development on these matters.
The successful applicant will be responsible for designing and overseeing the implementation of Wildlife Works’ Biodiversity and Social monitoring strategies for the KCRP, but also supporting other REDD+ projects across Africa.
This role requires a dynamic team player with good project management skills, the ability to run and manage multiple initiatives simultaneously as well as experience working globally across cultural, geographic and time zone boundaries. S/he shall be expected to be flexible and work within the existing structures, professionally and ethically with competence, accountability and integrity.
Major duties and responsibilities
The role of the SRS will include the following activities:
Define, design and execute Wildlife Works’ Biodiversity and Social monitoring strategies for the KCRP. This involves evaluating various methods and monitoring protocols to determine the most appropriate ones for each project setting or objective, whilst balancing scientific rigour, cost, ease-of-execution, and replicability
Support Wildlife Works’ REDD+ projects’ validation and verification audits, particularly ensuring delivery of accurate and complete information for reporting requirements, both for validation or verification bodies and financial partners, plus resolving biodiversity and social impact-related questions from clients or auditors under guidance from the Director ESG
Write, and/or support writing of, concise and informative internal reports plus scientific, peer-reviewed publications, including dissemination of lessons learned and contributions to best practices from the KCRP and other Wildlife Works’ projects for research, knowledge and learning purposes
Link with relevant REDD+ policy processes nationally, especially on REDD+ nesting and safeguards, to ensure Wildlife Works’ interests, opinions and positions on private sector engagement and MRV are articulated in the best way
Develop and maintain professional networks, including research and Government, build research partnerships and propel research and monitoring excellence at Wildlife Works
For Wildlife Works’ REDD+ projects in Africa, support the Director, ESG as needed in working with or training partners on the ground to develop and implement Biodiversity and Social monitoring plans that are adequate for compliance with key standards such as CCBA, and reflect company’s ethos
Conducting desk research or rapid reconnaissance field visits to prospective REDD+ projects in Kenya and elsewhere across Africa whenever needed, describing their biodiversity and community (social) profiles including key drivers of forest loss and potential impacts
Provide in-house expert guidance and support for the screening of prospective Wildlife Works’ projects for potential environmental and social impacts and risks, plus identification of risk management opportunities or mitigation strategies
While Wildlife Works commits to fund core monitoring budgets fully, solicit co-funding and grants for undertaking offshoot or student biodiversity or
social research that augments core research work
Represent Wildlife Works in various local and international meetings and forums.
(NB: While the description above covers the main tasks and conveys the spirit of the tasks anticipated for this position, other tasks may be assigned as necessary in line with organisational needs.)
Master’s or higher degree (PhD a strong advantage) in environmental- or social-related field including environmental planning and policy, sustainable or community development, wildlife management, environmental science and management, or other relevant fields
A minimum of ten years’ work experience post-MSc (preferably international and/or with clear application) in academia, the private sector, a development research organisation or other institution undertaking research, monitoring and/or impact assessment.
Required Skills and Competencies (obligatory)
Experience with managing research projects and interfacing with external partners, such as multi-laterals or other bilateral development or public agencies in Kenya (experience elsewhere in Africa an added advantage)
Demonstrated familiarity with the environmental and social impacts of climate change and forest loss, including adaptation and mitigation options like Payment for Ecosystem Services
Good understanding of monitoring and evaluation principles, conducting impact assessments and risk-based approaches to managing projects and programmes
High level of proficiency with MS Office Suite (including Access) and other core research programs like mapping (ArcMap or QGIS), statistics (SPSS, R or similar), project management tools and other specialised tools (like SMART, Distance, Wrike, MIRADI etc)
Experience with undertaking systematic reviews, meta-analysis or similar evidence synthesis
Excellent research, analytical and writing skills, both popular and scientific, with high levels of attention to detail
Fluency in English and Swahili is required; French is an added advantage.
Other Skills and Competencies (preferred)
Strong organisational skills, with a high degree of cultural sensitivity and creative ability to navigate unforeseen complexities
Excellent interpersonal skills, able to communicate with interdisciplinary colleagues and external stakeholders and partners, across a multicultural professional environment
Good leadership skills, assertiveness, ability to take initiative and work within deadlines
Ability to work effectively on both independent research assignments and as part of a team
Sound judgement and decision-making skills, including proactive problem-solving
Flexibility to work long hours, including weekends and public holidays, especially when working with colleagues and partners across different time zones
Willingness to travel.
How to Apply
Applicants should send a Cover Letter and CV expressing their interest in the position, what they can bring to the job and the names and addresses (including telephone and email) of two referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to the Human Resource Manager, Wildlife Works, on or before 30 July 2021.
The position title and reference number REF: 003/2021 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the Cover Letter.
Applications can be made via email to
email@example.com, and in copy to
Applications by post may be made to: Wildlife Works, PO Box 310, Voi, 80300, Kenya.
Applicants will also require the following if shortlisted for interview:
Copies of key academic and professional certificates
Copy of Certificate of Good Conduct
KRA Certificate of Tax compliance.
We thank all applicants for their interest in working for Wildlife Works.
Due to the likely volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Wildlife Works does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing or training).
Wildlife Works is an equal opportunity employer, values diversity and inclusion and thereby welcomes diverse candidates to apply.
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