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Career opportunity at Nature Kenya

Job description 

Position title: Policy and Advocacy Manager (PAM) 

Reports to: Executive Director

Location: Nairobi and outside as required

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:

A. Reporting, supervising and planning

  1. Report to the Executive Director 
  2. 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.
  3. Attend and take minutes at the Environmental Legislation and Policy Working Group (ELPWiG)

B. Mainstream biodiversity into sectors of the economy

C. Advocacy and networking

  1. Develop, implement and update advocacy strategy for Nature Kenya
  2. Track development initiatives, EIAs and coordinate generation of comments on key EIAs to ensure compliance with Nature Kenya strategic objectives
  3. 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.
  4. Develop advocacy training programme for Site Support Groups and collaborate with conservation programme for its successful implementation link to SSGs training. 
  5. 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
  6. Ensure that Nature Kenya’s database of key contacts, including decision-makers, is up to date and is used to maximum effect in advocacy
  7. Co-ordinate the Key Biodiversity Areas National Liaison Committee for Kenya
  8. Coordinate reporting for advocacy meetings attended by other staff
  9. Lead campaigns for developments or actions that jeopardize biodiversity conservation 

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

E. Conservation action

F. Project and programme management and reporting 

  1. 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
  2. Ensure effective management for all the projects delegated to you by the Executive Director 
  3. Assist in producing workplans, budgets and quality reports to donor requirements
  4. Guide field staff to effectively deliver planned project targets and outputs
  5. Ensure monthly workplans and budgets are prepared and agreed with the Conservation Porgramme Manager and Executive Director
  6. Ensure field reports are received every month and that reporting is based on impacts and results are fed into standard donor reporting protocols

G. Communication

H. Fund-raising

I. General

Profile Required knowledge, skills and experience 

How to apply

Please share your CV and cover letter with title of position applied to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Include the title of the position in the subject of the email. Applications to be received by 31st July 2021. If you do not hear from Nature Kenya, consider yourself unsuccessful. 

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