WWF-Kenya National Forest Programme Manager Job in Nairobi

Are you creative, dynamic and driven by a passion for biodiversity and vision for a world where people live in harmony with nature?

WWF-Kenya believes in a future where people live in harmony with nature, so we’re committed to safeguarding the natural world.

Best known as Kenya’s leading conservation organisation, we work on tackling key global threats to biodiversity. We also focus on influencing the decisions – often involving governments, businesses and partners – which have a significant impact on the natural world, using our expertise and experience.

To do this, we need to create an organisation that is results-driven and adaptable, which inspires positive solutions to our Country’s environmental problems.

We are recruiting for the roles of National Forest Programme Manager within the Conservation Division of WWF Kenya.

Reports to: Conservation Director

Supervises: None

Grade: B1

Location: WWF Kenya’s Office in  Nairobi, Kenya

Department Mission: To ensure the development and implementation of the WWF-Kenya Conservation Strategy and support of the Organization’s forest work at both national and landscape level to the highest standards.

Major Functions:

The Manager is responsible for national leadership; and strategic and technical support of the WWF-Kenya Forest work.

At national level, the incumbent will work to influence the country’s National Forest Programme (NFP) including policy and technical commitments under the Bonn Challenge/AFR 100 including other regional and global MEAs related to forestry.

The Manager, working with Programme teams will be responsible for strategic development and diversification of the Organization’s forest work across and through our Conservation Programmes to ensure a coherent and well-articulated portfolio of interventions jointly implemented by WWF and its partners.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide strategic guidance and technical oversight for the systematic growth and diversification of WWF-K forest work in line with the Organization’s Strategic Plan.
  • Influence the country’s National Forest Programme (NFP) including policy and technical commitments under the Bonn Challenge/AFR 100 and other regional and global MEAs related to forestry.
  • Identify and build strategic alliances and partnerships with Civil Society Organizations and networks, private sector, and government and nongovernmental
    agencies to lobby and advocate for improved governance of forests in the country. This will involve routine participation in review processes for relevant policies and legislation and submission of appropriate policy recommendations for improved forest governance.
  • Lead in the development and implementation of the WWF Eastern Africa Regional Forest Programme on the Kenya part.
  • Working with Programme Managers, coordinate the development and implementation of a comprehensive monitoring, evaluation, and reporting plan for forest work as part of our landscape approach to ensure effective monitoring of program performance against set targets, timely progress reporting, and periodic evaluation of program impacts.
  • Coordinate resource mobilization efforts for forest work either as part of the landscape approach or singly through proactive identification of potential funding opportunities and periodic development of funding proposals and concepts in collaboration with Programme teams and partners.
  • Advice and support planning and implementation of targeted scientific studies and surveys to generate new information and innovative ideas to address specific issues of interest to our forest work.
  • Lead WWF-K’s effective participation and contribution to regional and international Forest processes to share/leverage lessons and broaden partnerships for sustainable forest management and conservation in Kenya.
  • Coordinate documentation and sharing of lessons learned across our Programmes and the region as well, including profiling our forest conservation achievements through the Communication Unit.
  • Provide support in the preparation and implementation of Programme Strategies and annual work plans and budgets to deliver high impact results.
  • Represent WWF-K in the Forest Practice and work with Africa Focal Points and Leadership Team members for consolidated input into Practice operations.
  • Offer leadership in innovation in forest conservation and management through various approaches including (but not limited to) development of projects under the REDD+ schemes under UNFCCC, sustainable forest financing and working with the Sustainable Investments Hub on influencing developments for sustainability.


Required Qualifications and Experience

  • At least a Masters’ Degree in Forestry Management; Wildlife Management; Biodiversity Conservation and Ecosystem Management; Environment and Natural Resource Management; and related fields. A Ph.D in any of the above fields would be an added advantage.
  • At least 15 years professional experience in Environmental and Natural Resources management, preferably in Sustainable Forest Management and Biodiversity Conservation related work in Kenya.
  • Past experience in engagement with Civil Society Organizations and Networks, Private Sector, and Government Agencies on advocacy work on improved natural resources management.
  • Past experience in development and implementation of Strategic Plans and demonstrated success in resource mobilization.
  • Demonstrated understanding of relevant MEAs related to forestry management, experience in the development of carbon financed forestry projects under the REDD+ schemes, including sustainable forest financing.

Required Skills and Competences

  • Strategic and visionary as well as capable of achieving outstanding results while working with others.
  • Experienced with demonstratable technical knowledge and skills in delivering excellent results on sustainable forest management and biodiversity conservation.
  • Highly developed conceptual, analytical and innovative problem-solving ability and excellent oral and written communication.
  • Experience in organization development, civil society engagement, communication, lobbying and advocacy.
  • Proven interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people in a multi-cultural, multi-interest, multiethnic
  • Must be detail-oriented and have the ability to multi-task under limited supervision.

Working Relationships

Internal: Interacts and closely works with all Programme and operations teams. Interacts on a regular basis with the Conservation Director, WWF Network staff through the Regional Forest Programme and the Forest Practice.

External: Interacts with all relevant stakeholders including partner CSOs, County Governments, National Government Departments/Ministries, and Private Sector at all levels.

How to apply?

Apply with your CV and cover letter as one file with the Job Title of Position Applied for on the subject line to the HR & Administration Manager, WWF-Kenya: hresource@wwfkenya.org to be received not later than 28th May 2018.

We will not accept applications without a CV and cover letter.

Work permit restrictions may apply.

Kindly note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

WWF Kenya is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to having a diverse workforce.

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Updated: May 14, 2018 — 5:18 am