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Policy and Advocacy Manager (Re-advertised)

Reports to: Executive Director

Location: Nairobi and outside as required

Required knowledge, skills and experience

  • Advanced degree in Wildlife Management, conservation, biology natural resources management
  • At least five years experience in conservation policy and advocacy
  • Excellent understanding of the socio-policy and conservation environment in Kenya
  • Experience with non-profit conservation organisations
  • Demonstrable experience in conservation influence
  • Demonstrable experience in proposal writing, project management, donor reporting and the logical framework approach
  • Strong strategic and analytical mind
  • Ability to speak clearly, concisely and cogently
  • Excellent English writing skills
  • Ability to get guidance and work with others and deliver results through teams
  • Passion and commitment for conservation and ability to work beyond normal working hours to deliver targets

Duties

You support the Executive Director to develop and implement an effective programme of policy and advocacy for conservation actions for priority species, sites and habitats, in line with Nature Kenya strategic plan. You take responsibility for encouraging ecological sustainability in ways that safeguard Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) and priority landscapes and species including those regarded as common. You promote uptake of Multilateral Environmental Agreements and participate in national and global meetings and processes. To achieve this, you will support the Executive Director to:

  1. Mainstream KBAs/IBAs and biodiversity in general into key sectors of the economy: agriculture, energy, water, infrastructure and others.
  2. Analyse policies, legislation and institutional frameworks at all levels and develop recommendations for key target groups.
  3. Catalyze and influence policies, legislation and institutional frameworks for ecosystem resilience
  4. Empower local communities and Site Support Groups to advocate for species and sites conservation
  5. Demonstrate and advocate the values of nature
  6. Encourage and promote sustainable production
  7. Develop and implement on the ground demonstrations/models for enhanced ecological sustainability in the process of meeting economic/humans needs
  8. Work with the public and private sector to promote best practice to mitigate negative impact of major developments
  9. Communicate the Nature Kenya work to audiences to influence them to take action for biodiversity conservation
  10. Contribute to the implementation of biodiversity linked international treaties to enhance KBAs conservation
  11. Mobilize the resources needed to influence policy, to conserve and sustain ecosystems services

You will support the Executive Director to promote an understanding and acceptance of the importance of a healthy environment to well-functioning production sectors. This will require an extensive strategy of communication, education and public awareness and advocacy. You will develop and implement mechanisms to bring together representatives of various sectors in order to coordinate activities and address common concerns. Through mainstreaming, biodiversity concerns will be internalized into the way economic sectors, development models, policies and programmes operate. By integrating biodiversity concerns into the way sectors operate you will enhance the immediate benefits of improving environmental quality and productivity, and which also serve as a long-term safeguard for sustainable development.

You are responsible for developing a national constituency of institutions that recognise and support Nature Kenya work. An important part of the job is to ensure that Nature Kenya conservation work is packaged and disseminated to a broad range of stakeholders, partners and members. A critical component is to ensure that Nature Kenya is adequately represented in key advocacy national fora and that Site Support Groups and national institutions understand their roles and obligation in the implementation of key policies, legislation, treaties, agreements and conventions to ensure IBAs/KBAs conservation in perpetuity. To support these strategic goals, fundraising is a key component of your work and you will raise resources to support your position and others working with you to achieve your planned targets.

You will report to the Executive Director but work as part of a team with the Species and Sites Manager, Local Empowerment Manager, Marketing and Membership Manager, Programmes Support Manager, Finance Manager and all other Conservation Programme staff, interns and volunteers. This position cuts across many Society units and requires excellent collaboration and cross-reference and linkages with all units to ensure communication and advocacy targets address all Society objectives and targets.

Specific Responsibilities:

1. Reporting, supervising and planning

  • Report to the Executive Director
  • Work closely with Species and Sites Manager, Local Empowerment Manager, Marketing and Membership Manager, Programmes Support Manager, Finance Manager and all other Conservation Programme staff, interns and volunteers.
  • Attend and take minutes at the Environmental Legislation and Policy Working Group (ELPWiG)

2. Mainstream biodiversity into sectors of the economy

  • Analyse development policies, development strategies, conservation policies, laws and institutions and recommend/implement actions to promote biodiversity safeguarding
  • Promote climate smart agriculture systemically and at/around KBAs to sustainably increase agricultural productivity and incomes from crops, livestock and fish, without having a major negative impact on the biodiversity/environment.
  • Promote smarter location of wind energy, improvement of electricity transmission lines/designs to safeguard birds and advocate for avoidance of all areas that are hotspots for endangered species or areas likely to lead to significant bird and bat mortality
  • Advocate for appropriate placement of infrastructure e.g. roads, railways, transport corridors, cities, towns, schools, churches, dams for water harvesting and others to reduce/minimise/avoid impacts on KBAs/IBAs and other ecologically sensitive areas
  • Contribute to national, county and private sector policies, strategies, businesses cases and plans for development to promote KBAs conservation in perpetuity
  • Develop and implement strategies to engage appropriate stakeholders.
  • Engage all like-minded actors including media, institutions, membership and others to increase the voice and demand for sustainability

3. Advocacy and networking

  • Develop, implement and update advocacy strategy for Nature Kenya
  • Track development initiatives, EIAs and coordinate generation of comments on key EIAs to ensure compliance with Nature Kenya strategic objectives
  • Coordinate Nature Kenya’s representation at relevant parliamentary processes and key national and county meetings and conservation forums, and help advocate its conservation concerns in Kenya.
  • Develop advocacy training programme for Site Support Groups and collaborate with conservation programme for its successful implementation link to SSGs training.
  • Assist in the co-ordination and the operations of Nature Kenya’s Policy and Legislation Working Group, and help develop Nature Kenya’s position on relevant policy issues
  • Ensure that Nature Kenya’s database of key contacts, including decision-makers, is up to date and is used to maximum effect in advocacy
  • Co-ordinate the Key Biodiversity Areas National Liaison Committee for Kenya
  • Coordinate reporting for advocacy meetings attended by other staff
  • Lead campaigns for developments or actions that jeopardize biodiversity conservation

4. Contribute towards the domestication, implementation and reporting for biodiversity related sub-regional, regional and international treaties

  • Analyse conventions and identify opportunities for conservation
  • Work with appropriate Government and other organisations to improve the implementation of national and international environmental laws and treaties
  • Catalyse mandated agencies to domesticate appropriate MEAs e.g. CBD, CMS, AEWA, CITES, UNFCCC, UNFCCD, Nairobi Convention and others
  • Prioritise participation and mobilise resources to attend key MEAs nationally and globally
  • Track the implementation of the NBSAP and links to MEAs programmes of work
  • Catalyse national and grassroot participation in key international days

5. Conservation action

  • Develop a programme for site support groups (SSGs) policy and advocacy work
  • Liaise with Conservation Programme to ensure that SSGs participate in key events e.g. World Environment Day, World Migratory Bird Day, etc etc and ensure such events are covered by the media
  • Prioritise sites in critical need for protection and advocate for their formal protection by government and local communities
  • Prioritize key habitats and develop strategies for habitat conservation
  • Stimulate the development of site management plans and advocate for their implementation

 6. Project and programme management and reporting

  • Support the Executive Director to ensure the effective and efficient implementation of Nature Kenya’s conservation and advocacy projects and programmes, and that donor requirements of reporting and accounting are met
  • Ensure effective management for all the projects delegated to you by the Executive Director
  • Assist in producing workplans, budgets and quality reports to donor requirements
  • Guide field staff to effectively deliver planned project targets and outputs
  • Ensure monthly workplans and budgets are prepared and agreed with the Conservation Porgramme Manager and Executive Director
  • Ensure field reports are received every month and that reporting is based on impacts and results are fed into standard donor reporting protocols

7. Communication

  • Provide a focal point for advocacy communications at Nature Kenya
  • Coordinate advocacy communications and input into Nature Kenya publications
  • Provide content for updating the advocacy section of the Nature Kenya website ensuring that it remains dynamic and informative
  • Engage Nature Kenya members and the public in the Society’s activities using the website
  • Consolidate media image and maintain contacts database
  • Write up articles for print and electronic media and publications
  • Create awareness on key conservation issues in Kenya and globally
  • Foster links with existing and potential Nature Kenya corporate members
  • Foster links with media and organize media participation in Nature Kenya activities
  • Stimulate the establishment of a media working group
  • Document lessons and experiences and communicate to the public
  • Take films and videos and market to media
  • Link with partners to ensure effective communication, advocacy and action for IBA/KBAs conservation

8. Fund-raising

  • Assess areas where donor support is potentially needed and match to appropriate donors
  • Write up fundraising proposals and submit to donors including corporates
  • Engage the private sector in biodiversity conservation initiatives
  • Assist to create opportunities to promote Nature Kenya’s activities and projects to potential supporters and donors
  • Ensure that staff and operating costs are consistently incorporated into funding proposals
  • Strategically talk to individuals who have potential to support advocacy, SSGs work and conservation actions

9. General

  • Strive for personal and professional development by updating your knowledge and skills, and taking part in appropriate conservation-related activities outside the workplace
  • Maintain a safe, clean, organised and efficient personal work space and common areas
  • Any other reasonable duties as specified by the Executive Director.

How to apply

Please share your CV and cover letter with title of position applied to: office@naturekenya.org. Include the title of the position in the subject of the email. Applications to be received by 31st August 2021. If you do not hear from Nature Kenya, consider yourself unsuccessful. If you previously sent your application for this position, you need not reapply. 

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Enterprise Development Officer (EDO): Tana Delta Green Heart Initiative

Organisation and Aims

You will be working for an innovative business enterprise ‘the Greenheart Initiative’ which aims to create jobs, transform lives, spur economic growth and keep nature values in the Tana Delta. The Greenheart Initiative is led by the Tana River County Government, assisted by Nature Kenya. It will be steered by a new body ‘the Tana Delta Sustainable Development Board’.

The Greenheart Initiative will:

  1. Create an enabling policy and good governance for green production in the Tana Delta.
  2. Promote the development of green enterprises and markets for locally produced agricultural products as a precursor for creating employment and improve local livelihoods, and
  3. Build the capacity of local actors to produce, negotiate contracts and sustainably supply products to the green businesses.

Position: Enterprise Development Officer (EDO) for the Tana Delta Green Heart Initiative

Primary Responsibilities

Your primary role will be to execute instructions and decisions provided initially by TRCG and NK, and subsequently by TDSB. You will work within the guidelines established by the Business Case for the Greenheart Project, and as the coordinator of a small team of specialists comprising the Executive Director (NK), assigned Nature Kenya staff and advisors, the Greenheart Secretariat and invited external advisors.

Your initial responsibilities in the first three months of the assignment will be to:

  1. Work with the Tana River County Government to fast track the creation of the Tana Sustainable Development Board
  2. Become an integral part of the Greenheart Secretariat to be formed with seconded county government staff
  3. Coordinate the survey and establish the framework of the Pilot Green Industrial Park (GIP),
  4. Develop a road map for the mobilisation of private investment (especially in relation to the pilot Green Industrial Park) while also building stakeholder capacity to increase climate smart agriculture production and local processing in the Tana Delta.
  5. Work within the secretariat to convene investors conferences to attract green enterprises.
  6. Liaise with other project staff (from TRCG and NK) to support existing Farmer Cooperatives and enhance their capacity by coordinating farmer production, bulking and supply.
  7. Develop and maintain the initiative’s website, and communication materials produced either by yourself or with your support.

Specific responsibilities:

A. Reporting, supervising and planning

  1. Report to the Executive Director
  2. Work closely with the Tana River County Government, Green Industrial Park Secretariat, Tana Sustainable Development, Policy and Advocacy Manager and Tana Delta Projects Manager. Others are Species and Sites Manager, Local Empowerment Manager, Marketing and Membership Manager, Prorgammes Support Manager, Finance Manager and all other Conservation Programme staff, interns and volunteers.
  3. Attend and assist as necessary to take/review minutes at the Tana Sustainable Development Board and other meetings
  4. Assist the board in defining their operational structure including required sub-committees.

B. Support the Green Heart Initiative Secretariat to implement the Green Heart Initiative

  1. Prepare Terms of reference for the secretariat
  2. Prepare a list of core actors to engage in the planning and implementation of the green heart initiative
  3. Catalyze the secretariat to hold briefing meetings (physical/virtual) at agreed frequency
  4. Support the secretariat in day-to-day operations of the secretariat
  5. Train the secretariat to take up the green industrial park tasks as required to continue the operations into the future.

C. Support the Secretariat and the Board to convene investor conference

  1. Work with the secretariat to scout and create a data-base of potential green investors
  2. Prepare pitches targeting particular green enterprises and pitch to them to win their interest in the Tana Green Heart Initiative
  3. Support the secretariat and the board to convene meetings to plan for the green businesses investor conferences (explore Nairobi, Mombasa, Garsen)
  4. Work with the secretariat and Nature Kenya staff to profile cooperatives/ producers to prepare presentations about their production
  5. Hold Public meetings in Garsen to brief communities/cooperatives and invite expressions of interest in pilot development projects.

D. National/regional/county investment

  1. Plan one day events in Nairobi, Mombasa and Garsen/Hola (likely to be held in October/November 2021)
  2. Establish network /database of interested investors ahead of the conferences
  3. Produce Conference Brochure and Information Pack
  4. Invite selected developers/investors to be keynote speakers
  5. Organise inspection tours in the Tana Delta for interested developers
  6. Prepare individual project leaflets setting out specific opportunities in relation to selected site areas
  7. Hold individual Investment Conferences.

 E. Communicate the Green Heart Initiative to diverse audiences (local, national, global)

  1. Open and populate the Green Heart Initiative Website
  2. Establish network and database of potentially interested investors
  3. Advertise in national magazines and periodicals and media
  4. Follow up with personal one-to-one contacts
  5. Organise set tours of the Delta for interested parties.

 F. Promote the appointment and functioning of the Green Heart Initiative Governance (theTana Sustainable Development Board or equivalent)

  1. Engage with the County Government for the immediate appointment of the board and agree modalities for ensuring the board (or other name) is backed up by County laws
  2. Coordinate the training of the secretariat to attain capacity be able to convene and take minutes at the Green Heart Initiative Board
  3. Coordinate the training of the Board to be able to deliver their mandate as per the ToRs within the objectives of the county government and the needs of the local stakeholders.
  4. Draft terms of reference to appoint a consultant/expert to develop options/ ToR for Board (investment council / private company / public-private partnership). Also, tasks to include criteria for the selection of board members and criteria for the selection of green businesses in line with the Land Use Plan.
  5. Support the Secretariat to convene the first and subsequent meetings of the board.

G. Tana River County engagement and support of the Green Heart Initiative and the Green Industrial Park

  1. Engage with the County Government for the immediate appointment of a governance body (likely to be called Tana Delta Sustainable Development Council/board/company) and agree modalities for ensuring the board (or other name) is backed up by County laws
  2. Hold discussions with the Tana River County Government and make follow up for the appointment of a temporary project manager and two assistants (conference organiser and planner/engineer) to form the County Government Secretariat at the Green Industrial Park area
  3. Hold discussions with the Tana River County Government and make follow up for allocation of a room in County Offices in Hola for the use of the secretariat when following up on county roles in the green heart initiative.
  4. Liaise with the Tana River County Government to identify and demarcate an area of 60 Hectares (more is better) for the first pilot industrial estate in the vicinity of Minjila (Garsen/Idsowe). This location is favored because of its strategic location in relation to new road improvements, access to the National Grid, close access to the Tana River for water supply and treated effluent disposal systems, and a prominent location in public view for maximum marketing opportunities.
  5. Liaise with the Tana River County Government and the secretariat (if already appointed) to establish a small site office (container type) at the Minjila Pilot Industrial Estate with desk spaces. This will act as a point of first contact for green enterprises interested to learn more about the Green Heart Initiative opportunities
  6. Engage the County Government to recognize and integrate the Green Heart Initiative into the County Development planning and budgeting
  7. Engage with the Tana River County Office to discuss and agree a letter of agreement for the collaboration to start the Green Heart Initiative for one year and agree future collaboration.

H. Fund-raising

  1. Assess areas where donor support is potentially needed and match to appropriate donors
  2. Write up fundraising proposals and submit to donors including corporates
  3. Engage the private sector in biodiversity conservation initiatives
  4. Assist to create opportunities to promote Nature Kenya’s activities and projects to potential supporters and donors
  5. Ensure that staff and operating costs are consistently incorporated into funding proposals
  6. Strategically talk to individuals who have potential to support advocacy, SSGs work and conservation actions

I. General

  1. Strive for personal and professional development by updating your knowledge and skills, and taking part in appropriate conservation-related activities outside the workplace
  2. Maintain a safe, clean, organised and efficient personal work space and common areas
  3. Any other reasonable duties as specified by the Executive Director.

Core competences for the post holder

The Role of Enterprise Development Officer is a challenging position, requiring an individual with the charisma to inspire others, a good knowledge and understanding of business practices, excellent organizational and communication skills, a willingness to experiment, a social conscience and commitment to making things better for local communities, and a real concern for the environment and the true meaning of sustainable development.

The ability to demonstrate these qualities is more important than formal, training and specialization, but the successful candidate is likely to have been educated to degree level, to have worked within one or more organisations in a coordinating role, to have experience of policy development and planning, and to be able to show evidence of practical achievements in management and leadership.

Direct experience in any of the following fields will be an advantage:

  • establishing a small or medium sized enterprise,
  • community liaison,
  • working in the field of rural development,
  • marketing local produce,
  • liaising and communicating through web-based and social media.

How to apply

If interested please submit your CV and cover letter to office@naturekenya.org to arrive no later than 30th August 2021. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.