Conservation & Community Development Technical Specialist

Contract: Permanent
Salary: Confidential
Status: Active

Job information


Job Description

Ol Pejeta Conservancy is considered a role model for conservation with an
integrated approach to wildlife conservation, livestock management, and
community development. The Conservation & Community Development Technical
Specialist would work closely with programme teams and play a vital role in the
technical design and implementation of pioneering projects in high conservation
value landscapes.
The Conservation & Community Development Technical Specialist will be
responsible for providing technical support and leadership on the design and
delivery of projects across the organisation. They will work with both the
Conservation and Community Development teams, ensuring that projects are
aligned and contribute to the overall vision of Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Projects
should seek to deliver maximum impact in conserving biodiversity and improving
the well-being and prosperity of communities.
The role holder will be part of the Project Management Office (PMO) and provide
support to the effective running of that new function. They will also work closely
with the Fundraising team to provide technical input to fundraising proposals


  • A solid educational background, at least to degree level (Masters degree
    preferred) in a relevant discipline (Conservation management, development
    studies etc.) development studies and/or conservation an advantage 
  • Fluency in English and Kiswahili (written and verbal)

Essential Knowledge,
skills and Experience

  •  At least 5 years’ relevant work experience in providing technical leadership
    and support on major conservation programmes and projects 

  • In-depth understanding and working knowledge of global goals for the
    conservation and development sectors 

  • Significant programming experience in conservation and community
    development in Kenya and / or East Africa 

  • Proven success working on conservation and community development issues
    with, and / or within, the NGO and private sectors 

  • Ability to manage a complex workload, requiring efficient project planning and

  • Highly organised, ability to perform under pressure, multi-task and prioritise

  • Ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with programme staff, and
    partners including governments, NGOs, community groups and the private

  •  Demonstrable ability to work collaboratively with key internal and external
    stakeholders, including those not having a MEL and research technical

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, and proven ability to
    communicate to a variety of audiences

  • Exceptional interpersonal and relationship building skills across different

  • Ability to travel

Desirable Knowledge,
Skills and Experience

  • Has a significant network with other organisations involved in this field

  • Advocacy, influencing and negotiating skills, experienced in gaining
    commitment from a wide range of people, bringing about change and providing
    support from a distance

  • Advanced project management skills and ability to soundly and rigorously
    manage budgets and resources

  • Experience in developing and delivering capacity building / training

Responsibilities 1. Project concept
Provide technical programmatic expertise to teams in the design of effective
project concepts

  •  Work with the Conservation and Community Development teams and the
    Programme Development & Funding Lead to design project concepts that are
    aligned to organisational objectives and global goals

  •  Work with the Fundraising team to ensure project concepts are technically
    sound and can be used for fundraising purposes

  •  Provide technical leadership on project concepts that deliver high impact
    activities that focus on conservation, community development, or integrated
    programming that conserves biodiversity and improves the well-being and
    prosperity of communities

  • Co-ordinate with teams to support the design of project concepts that can be
    used for fundraising opportunities

  •  Work with teams and the MEL Specialist to gather supporting information,
    data, and research to justify project concepts

2. Detailed project
Provide technical input to support teams in detailed project design

  •  Work closely with the Conservation, Community development and fundraising
    teams to provide technical programmatic input on the design of projects for
    detailed funding applications

  •  Provide technical input to articulate the development challenges that projects
    are addressing, referencing relevant global, national, and local goals

  •  Work with the MEL Specialist to design projects that deliver maximum impact
    with clearly defined results that can be be accurately measured.

3. Technical oversight Provide technical oversight on project delivery

  •  Provide technical oversight of project delivery

  •  Work with the MEL Specialist to ensure projects are delivering the anticipated
    results and advise on adaptive programming where relevant

  •  Provide technical input on project reporting, particularly on narrative reporting for donor reports, and to support broader communications to external
    Support capacity building and knowledge management on programmes and

  •  Work with the MEL Specialist to ensure the collection, analysis, and evaluation
    of appropriate project information and that it is stored centrally

  •  Provide technical and capacity-building support on key issues around wildlife
    conservation, human wildlife conflict, wildlife trafficking, socio-economic
    context analysis, and the development of sustainable livelihood strategies

  •  Support the Programme Development & Fundraising Lead to ensure
    appropriate information on current projects and completed projects is available
    and in a format to support fundraising
    Promote a culture of project learning and performance improvement

  •  Input to project reviews to identify lessons learnt and areas for improvement
     Develop a learning agenda for the organisation, facilitating cross-departmental
    knowledge exchange and skills share around core programme thematic areas

  •  Contribute to the development of a culture of continuous improvement,
    working with teams to identify further areas for training or tools and templates Contribute to wider organisational initiatives as needed

  • Drive efficient processes that enable effective cross-organisational working

4. Representation and

  •  Keep abreast of cutting-edge initiatives and emerging issues and facilitate the
    sharing of relevant information across the organisation

  •  Lead and represent the organisation in relevant professional and sectoral
    networks, clusters and coalitions and use these to improve Ol Pejeta’s
    relevance, to influence externally, and to build the organisation’s professional

  •  Identify opportunities and establish dialogue towards partnerships with other
    conservation agencies

  •  Explore additional strategic partnerships related to conservation and
    community development


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