International Tree Foundation (ITF) Centenary Campaign Manager Job in Kenya

Duma Works is recruiting a Centenary Campaign Manager for International Tree Foundation (ITF), a pioneering environmental organisation.

About Us: International Tree Foundation (ITF) was originally founded in the UK in 1924 as Men of the Trees and has promoted and funded sustainable community forestry projects in the UK and internationally for over 90 years and has been responsible for the establishment of hundreds of millions of trees.

Our vision is a world where trees and forests flourish and where their vital role in supporting planetary and human well-being is valued and nurtured.

ITF is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee.

ITF’s mission is to protect, plant, cultivate and promote trees in partnership with local communities in ways which support the:

  • conservation of trees, forests, associated biodiversity and indigenous knowledge about the wise and sustainable use of trees, plants, soils, water and other natural resources;
  • advocacy and promotion of public awareness of both local and global environmental and socio-economic issues created by deforestation and unsustainable agriculture and the potential of trees to rehabilitate degraded land, generate livelihood benefits and combat climate change;
  • building of the capacity of local communities to increase their resilience to environmental degradation and climate shocks through supporting the establishment of community-led natural resource management strategies;
  • improvement of livelihoods in rural communities through the sustainable use of forests and forest products, especially through the cultivation and use of traditional foods and medicines to improve food security, nutrition and health;
  • adoption of agro-ecology and agroforestry practices to develop sustainable agricultural systems that generate income, create jobs and business opportunities;
  • development of socially and environmentally desirable local governance and community by-laws which meet the needs and aspirations of local communities, while contributing to the formulation of more effective national and regional policies.

About the role

Full time: 40 hours per week

Location: Nairobi

Reporting To: This position reports to the Programmes Manager (PM) based at the ITF head Office in Oxford, UK

Line Management Responsibilities: None

Contract: 3 years with possibility of extension

Probationary period: 6 months

Holidays: 20 days per annum pro rata plus statutory holidays and 3 days over Christmas period

Health Insurance: Employer contribution to health insurance scheme

The Centenary Campaign Manager will be responsible for the development and effective implementation of ITF’s Centenary Campaign 20 Million Trees for Kenya’s Forests to achieve optimum impact.

The Campaign Manager will ensure that ITF builds fair, transparent, respectful and purposeful relationships with our partners and stakeholders. He/she will ensure participatory monitoring, evaluation and learning in relation to the Centenary Campaign.

Job Objective

The post holder will be responsible for the Centenary Campaign’s:

  • operational management
  • development and growth
  • financial management
  • monitoring, evaluation & learning
  • in-country fundraising
  • representation and engagement with key agencies and stakeholders

Job Description

Overall purpose: The Centenary Campaign Manager will be responsible for the development and effective implementation of ITF’s Centenary Campaign: 20 Million Trees for Kenya’s Forests.

He/she will be responsible for ensuring alignment with our strategic objectives and ensuring that the Centenary Campaign achieves optimum impact.

He/she will ensure that ITF builds fair, transparent, respectful and purposeful relationships with our partners, grantees and stakeholders.

He/she will ensure participatory monitoring, evaluation and learning in relation to the Centenary Campaign.

Core Duties

1.Centenary Campaign Management

Project management:

  • Manage the existing Campaign programme
  • Prepare and implement annual Campaign workplans
  • Ensure regular narrative and financial reports and review meetings
  • Produce Campaign reports and case studies for fundraising and communications purposes
  • Recruit and manage consultants and volunteers as necessary
  • Liaise regularly with the PM regarding progress, issues, challenges, opportunities, risks.

Partner management:

  • Establish and maintain excellent relations with project delivery partners
  • Help project partners to develop realistic annual workplans
  • Ensure that partners deliver against tree planting and financial targets and donor requirements
  • Support capacity building and organisational strengthening of our partners to increase impact
  • Co-ordinate training and networking opportunities for partners, to share best practice
    Visit all Campaign projects at least twice per year to build good relations with community members and institutions, government officials and agencies, and to ensure excellent tree planting and forest restoration in line with Campaign objectives

2.Centenary Campaign development

  • Develop and manage the implementation of a rolling Campaign development plan
  • Identify and develop opportunities to bring on board new partners, projects and sites into the Campaign in order to achieve the target of planting 20 million trees by 2024
  • Work with new partners to develop proposals including budgets and tree planting plans
  • Draw up agreements with new partners

3. Campaign financial management

  • Prepare annual country-level Campaign budgets for sign-off
  • Help partners to develop realistic annual budgets
  • Draw up MoUs with partners ensuring clarity over financial arrangements
  • Ensure Campaign partners understand how to produce good financial reports
  • Manage and monitor the Campaign budget with support from the Finance Manager
  • Ensure financial integrity and rigorous management and reporting: review financial reports and ensure that ITF financial management standards are maintained
  • Prepare accurate finance projections at the request of the Finance Manager and PM

4. Campaign Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning – MEL

  • Support partners to develop monitoring, evaluation and learning frameworks in line with the ITF MEL Policy
  • Help partners develop participatory MEL systems, engaging local communities and institutions in the process and integrating learning into future work
  • Use the MEL system to track overall progress on the Campaign and keep ITF and strategic partners informed
  • Commission evaluations involving suitable in-country expertise
  • Facilitate the sharing of learning between partners and with relevant external stakeholders
  • Develop and use standard project reporting systems to produce reliable data
  • Develop processes to obtain and use GIS data to enable mapping of all Campaign sites
  • Help the PM to develop the new ‘Projects and Trees’ database and mapping system
  • Manage the ‘Projects and Trees’ database and mapping system for the Campaign, as a pilot for all ITF’s programmes
  • Make regular field monitoring visits to Campaign projects and report back to ITF and partners

5. In-Country Campaign fundraising

  • Work closely with the Fundraising Manager to increase funding for the Campaign
  • Identify potential in-country donors in keeping with ITF’s Ethical and Environmental Policy
  • Develop pitch materials, approaches and opportunities to ‘sell’ the Campaign through e.g. networks, conferences, employee engagement opportunities
  • Attract support from suitable corporate, institutional, governmental and individual donors
  • Develop high quality funding applications in collaboration with the Fundraising Manager for in-country donors e.g. embassies in Kenya
  • Generate funds in-country to meet agreed annual targets
  • Contribute to international fundraising applications in liaison with PM and Fundraising Officer

6. Campaign representation

  • Develop presentations and materials about the Campaign
  • Represent and speak on behalf of ITF and the Campaign with funders, media, policy and decision makers and other international and national non-government organisations, as appropriate
  • Participate in Kenya-based environmental, development and funder networks relevant to the Campaign and ITF’s work
  • Contribute engaging stories, pictures and materials about the Campaign for the ITF website, social media and publications
  • Raise the profile of the Campaign in Kenya and beyond

7. Engagement with key agencies and stakeholders

  • Support the PM to develop agreements with strategic partners including government agencies, NGOs and international organisations interested in supporting the Campaign
  • Support the PM to agree appropriate Campaign governance structures with strategic partners
  • Organise and effectively manage regular meetings of the Campaign Advisory Group or other agreed governance structures
  • Establish good working relations with the in-country host organisation
  • Explore and implement options agreed with the PM to establish ITF as a registered organisation in Kenya

8. Other duties

  • Participate and contribute to ITF staff team meetings and activities
  • Undertake other responsibilities not outlined above which are commensurate with a role of this nature and which have been discussed and agreed with the PM
  • All ITF staff are expected to contribute towards developing a supportive working environment, and demonstrate a commitment to professionalism and respect,
  • transparency and accountability and uphold quality standards as outlined in ITF’s policies and procedures.

Person Specification

1. Knowledge and experience

  • Demonstrable experience of managing, monitoring and evaluating projects which promote environmental sustainability and/or livelihoods improvement
  • Understanding of community participatory approaches and gender issues
  • Solid understanding of the social, environmental, economic and institutional context for forest restoration and agroforestry in Kenya
  • Proven experience of financial management, including budgeting and financial reporting
  • A successful track record of securing donor funding of at least KES1,000,000 per annum
  • Appreciation of ITF’s strategic objectives and the role that trees play in maintaining a healthy environment and in contributing to peoples’ well-being
  • Good knowledge of at least one of the following: tree nurseries and plant propagation; agroforestry; forest restoration.

2. Skills and abilities


  • Effective project management and financial management skills
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and relationship-building skills, including the capacity to resolve conflict and strong negotiation skills
  • Self-starter: ability to set and deliver own work-plans and meet milestones and deadlines
  • Proven ability to write compelling proposals and reports communicating complex information
  • Good literacy, numeracy and IT skills including the ability to use spreadsheets
  • Ability to use database and GIS packages
  • A responsible and flexible team player
  • Able and willing to undertake national and international travel, up to 8 weeks a year, and attend occasional events outside of normal hours if required


  • Clean driving licence

3. Qualifications

  • At least two years’ experience in a project management role
  • MSc (or BSc plus substantial experience) in a relevant subject: Forestry, Natural Sciences, Environmental Management, Conservation, Sustainable Agriculture, Community Development, Project Management


To apply online click here or send your Cover Letter and detailed CV to marking the subject as “3323”, Your Full name & Phone number e.g. 3323 Barack Obama, +2547xxxxxxxx. If you don’t follow these instructions, your application will not go through.

Deadline for receiving applications:Monday, 30th April 2018


* You will receive a confirmation email and an alert to take a basic screening test over SMS or online. The email with the test may not arrive immediately. Please be patient. The email/SMS test will typically be 5-8 questions to help us understand your background. Regular SMS rates apply to the test.

If you apply and don’t meet these minimum qualifications, we will not be able to move forward with you application.

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Updated: April 16, 2018 — 2:47 pm