The Nature Conservancy Fisheries Specialist Job in Mombasa, Kenya

The Nature Conservancy

Job Vacancy: Fisheries Specialist – Western Indian Ocean

Job Location: Mombasa, Kenya

Job ID: 48941


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TNC’s Africa Fisheries Strategy aims to safeguard productive marine and freshwater fisheries for ecosystem health and as an important foundation for food and livelihood security. TNC has established partnerships with several non-government and government agencies to support fisheries and coastal community-based conservation in Kenya, Tanzania and Seychelles while also connecting with the greater Western Indian Ocean (WIO) region.

Thus, the Conservancy and its key partners are designing and implementing conservation and sustainable resource management in critical coastal fisheries and ecosystems in the WIO, and enhancing communities’ empowerment, capacity and livelihoods.

The current focus is the Northern Coast of Kenya, Zanzibar Islands, the northern coast of mainland Tanzania and Seychelles. This is an initial 5-year term limited position an extension of tenure will be subject to performance and availability of funds.


The Fisheries Specialist works to support development and implementation of Africa Fisheries Strategy together with the Conservancy’s Africa Ocean Protection and Resilience Team.

The position will be based in the Conservancy’s Mombasa Office in Kenya, reporting to the Africa Fisheries Strategy Manager.

The role involves working closely with other Conservancy staff, and in partnership with fishers, local community, fishing industry, government, and non-government organizations in the WIO region.


The position will manage projects and provide technical and scientific support for elements of TNC’s Africa Fisheries Strategy.

The position supports the Fisheries Africa Strategy Manager in coordination and implementation of priority projects as a technical resource on sustainable fisheries and community-based conservation.

The position will apply a diversified knowledge of fisheries-related scientific principles and practices to a broad variety of assignments, from research, analysis and writing, capacity building, strategy development, project coordination and management support, and engagement with private sector seafood actors and traceability systems.


  • Providing project management support, leading desk-based research and analyses, and co-leading local and international training workshops with country programs.
  • Participating in, and providing technical support towards strengthening or building successful community-based governance models (e.g. fisheries Beach Management Units, Community
  • Conservancies, Community Forest Associations, Shehia Fisher Committees, etc) for sustainable fisheries and coastal management
  • Supporting establishment and implementation of locally managed marine areas and community-based natural resource management plans
  • Supporting creation of incentives that drive community benefits, sustainable management and livelihoods that build lasting support for conservation.
  • Providing team support, technical information, and assisting the Fisheries Strategy Manager with coordination of key fisheries projects in priority projects in Kenya and Tanzania, and the greater WIO region.
  • Supporting development, reporting and management of the Africa Fisheries Strategy.
  • Working with fishermen and fishing communities, internal and external scientists, and with seafood industries and NGO partners to enhance collaboration and synergy in implementation of the Conservancy’s Africa Fisheries Strategy.
  • May involve working in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.
  • May involve frequent travel domestically and/or internationally, evening and weekend hours.
  • May help develop and manage work plans and large project budgets.


  • BA/BS in natural sciences with 5 years’ experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience an demonstrate knowledge in marine science and conservation
  • Experience conducting or working on fisheries-related scientific research, ecosystem interactions and coastal zone management.
  • Experience in working and partnership development with non-profit partners, indigenous community groups and government agencies.
  • Experience managing complex or multiple projects, including coordinating the work of other professionals and partners.
  • Fundraising experience, including identifying donor prospects and donor cultivation
  • Communicating clearly via written, spoken, and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.
  • Experience using applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Web Browsers.


  • MSc degree in a related field and 6 -10 years’ experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Ability to develop practical applications of scientific concepts and technical innovations for conservation purposes.
  • Record of publications in scientific peer reviewed journals related to fishery science and/or coastal management
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in science and conservation, land management, and natural resource preservation in Tanzania, Kenya or the WIO region.
  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated. Fluency in Swahili is highly desirable.
  • Ability to work independently including keeping timelines.
  • Ability to explain conservation practices to technical and non-technical audiences including through strong writing skills
  • Politically savvy.


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The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

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