The project will involve supporting farmers, pastoralists and agro-pastoralists to increase the tree cover on their land through appropriate approaches, including planting agroforestry species on farmland; establishing/ extending/ restoring woodlots, plantations and natural forests; working with pastoralists and the Conservancies to increase tree cover through Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR); and restoring gullies and eroded land through tree planting and physical structures (bio-engineering).
The project will support farmers, pastoralists and agro-pastoralists to develop enterprises linked to trees: honey, handicrafts, gum arabic, fruit, etc, and will link the project participants to microfinance opportunities. The project aims to improve the dietary diversity of the participants and, eventually, to create income for the participants through the sale of carbon credits.
SHA seeks to recruit a Project Coordinator with technical experience in community dryland forestry and agroforestry to manage the project.
Master’s degree, with a BSc or MSc in Forestry, Agroforestry, Rangeland Management, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Extension, Agricultural science, or related discipline.
Minimum of five years of technical and managerial experience in dryland forestry and agroforestry.
Solid experience of Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration.
Experience of tree-based value chains.
Experience of Forest Mensuration in dryland forests.
Experience in restoring severely degraded landscapes.
At least five years of working experience at project management level in an NGO or in government or private sector.
Good understanding of project cycle management approaches and tools.
Experience in team management and coordination
Experience in Monitoring and Evaluation and knowledge of M&E principles.
Basic experience and knowledge in budget tracking and financial management.
Practical experience of developing community natural resources plans and maps.
Good understating of gender roles in forestry and pastoralist societies and practical experience of integrating gender equality into forestry, agroforestry and rangeland management.
Commitment to international and humanitarian NGO codes, standards and practices
Experience of tree-based carbon projects, carbon accreditation, and assessing carbon stocks in dryland forests.
Experience in soil and water conservation, watershed management and landscape restoration through bioengineering.
Knowledge of current Kenya laws and policies on tree carbon stocks.
Experience of working with pastoralist and agro pastoralist communities.
Knowledge of land tenure systems in Kenya.
Experience of integrating nutrition into agriculture, forestry and NRM projects (nutrition sensitive).
Experience of integrating the physically disabled into forestry, agroforestry and rangeland management.
Experience of GNSS field surveys, GIS software and Remote Sensing concepts
Excellent communication skills
Ability to work as part of team across different cultures
Ability to solve problems and take corrective action
Proven writing and analytical skills
Capable to maintain good relationships with stakeholders and donors
Strong coaching and mentoring skills
Proven networking skills in the carbon, forestry and agroforestry sectors (ICRAF, KFRI, KFS).
Able to take initiatives and work with limited supervision
A strong commitment to the aims, objectives and values of the SHA Kenya Country Programme
Very good working knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and general IT skills
Provide day to day management of the GEA Project in Baringo County:
Manage the project field staff and community volunteers and ToTs
Support, train & coach project staff to meet technical quality, appropriateness, and timelines.
Development work plans, budgets, cash flow, procurement, and M&E plans.
Prepare training materials.
Undertake regular monitoring and supervise the collection indicator data in collaboration with the M & E team and other projects staff;
Advise the BARINGO Project Manager and SHA Kenya HoP on the implementation of the project.
Coordinate with the other partners in the consortium
Prepare narrative reports to the lead partner (ICRAF) and SHA Kenya HoP.
Manage the project budget and assist the SHA Project Accountant to prepare fund requests financial reports for the project
Train staff to measure tree growth, tree densities, tree cover, soil and tree carbon, and conduct GNSS ground truth surveys using protocols developed by ICRAF.
Provide technical leadership on tree planting, landscape restoration, agroforestry, and FMNR.
Provide technical leadership on tree-based value chains.
Liaise with the County Government and implementing partners and stakeholders.
Perform other duties and tasks as assigned by the HoP.