Director - Regional Stewardship Hub East Africa, Kenya (100%)

Recruiter / Employer: Wyss Academy for Nature
Contract: Permanent
Salary: Confidential
Status: Expired

We are seeking an outstanding, highly dynamic and passionate candidate to build, lead, and inspire the Regional Stewardship Hub in East Africa. He/she will, together with the Senior Advisor, be responsible for establishing and managing key components of the East Africa Hub. Together with the WA leadership team in Switzerland, the selected candidate will shape the strategic direction of the WA in East Africa. He/she will demonstrate strong experience working at the interface of science, policy, and practice in the East Africa Region, is strongly committed to creating concrete positive impacts for nature and people, is experienced in project/program management and is willing to collaborate with partners and institutions from different cultural and professional backgrounds.

Your tasks:

  • Lead the design of the WA’s East Africa Strategy in collaboration with the WA team in Bern, the Senior Advisor, local partner organisations and external experts.
  • Develop and manage an inspiring and innovative project portfolio and ensure incubation, knowledge and engagement activities support and mutually reinforce each other.
  • Lead and manage a team of up to 10 staff, build a strong commitment to teamwork and collaboration among staff, with other WA Hubs and the Bern team, and external partners.
  • Strengthen existing and develop new working relationships with a broad range of partners, towards a broad and innovative engagement while raising the profile of the WA in East Africa.
  • Take overall responsibility for the management of the office and all respective processes, including annual budgeting, risk and compliance management, human resource management and financial and technical reporting according to WA guidelines.
  • Liaise and ensure close coordination of strategies and activities of the WA with CETRAD (Centre for Training and Integrated Research in ASAL Development) as a core strategic partner in Nanyuki, Kenya.

Your qualifications:

  • At least 10 years’ experience at higher management level, holding positions of increasing responsibility, in the areas of sustainable development, nature conservation, and/or natural resource management in the public, private or Civil Society Organisation sector.
  • Track record of working at the interface of science, policy and practice.
  • Extensive networks among actors active in the field of sustainable development, nature conservation, and natural resource management in Kenya and the East Africa Region.
  • MSc or PhD degree related to the relationship of nature and people (e.g. Geography, Sustainability), or equivalent professional experience.
  • Willingness to work in an international setting with frequent travels (regionally and internationally).
  • Self-motivated, passionate and impact-driven personality with proven experience in leading and managing collaborative initiatives involving actors from different sectors (academic, public, private), with different cultural backgrounds and languages.
  • Prior experience working in innovation labs, incubator schemes and/or private entrepreneurship an asset.
  • Excellent communication skills and fluency in English both written and oral.

We offer:

  • For you to be part of agile organisation that develops, tests, and scales up innovative solutions to the most urgent problems of our times, exploring new modes of collaboration between science, policy, and practice.
  • Working in a stimulating intercultural, international, multidisciplinary environment with a modern culture of collaboration across four world regions.
  • As the Director of the Regional Stewardship Hub East Africa, co-shaping the future of the entire WA by building-up the Hub East Africa based on a co-designed vision with wide-ranging decision-making competences.
  • Employment by the Kenyan Branch Office of a Swiss Foundation with attractive working conditions.
  • Lean reporting structures with a direct line function to the Heads of Regional Stewardship Hubs at the WA headquarters in Bern, Switzerland.
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