The Project Manager (PM) will be in charge of the planning, implementation, monitoring and supervision of project activities in conformity with the BIOPAMA project document and donor’s and ZSL’s internal procedures.
Position: Project Manager for Transboundary Kenya-Tanzania BIOPAMA Project (XX% position over 18 months)
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
The Zoological Society of London (ZSL), a charity founded in 1826, is a world-renowned centre of excellence for conservation science and applied conservation. ZSL’s mission is to promote and achieve the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats. This is realised by carrying out field conservation and research in over 50 countries across the globe and through education and awareness-raising at our two zoos, ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, inspiring people to take conservation action.
The post relates to the management of a transboundary project (funded by IUCN/BIOPAMA) spanning a central part of the Kenya-Tanzania border, and reaching from Lake Natron across to the Nguruman / Loitas area. Here we aim to protect Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) through the sustainable management of rangelands and water-catchment. Themes included in the project are land use planning, women’s livelihoods, conservation education, and human-wildlife conflict.
Overview of Role:
The Project Manager (PM) will be in charge of the planning, implementation, monitoring and supervision of project activities in conformity with the BIOPAMA project document and donor’s and ZSL’s internal procedures. The PM will work under the supervision of the project Principal Investigator (PI) and will be responsible for project team coordination and for the close collaboration of various key staff from partner organisations, Oikos East Africa (OEA) and the Southern Rift Association of Land Owners (SORALO). The postholder will be based in Nairobi with intermittent travel to the project site and potentially occasional travel to Tanzania.
Main duties will include:
• Managing and coordinating project work plans and activities in close liaison with the partner organisations.
• In coordination with the assistant PM of Oikos in Tanzania and the SORALO PM in Kenya, coordinating the implementation of project activities, and ensuring that monthly time sheets and reports are submitted.
• Developing and supporting the implementation of the Monitoring & Evaluation Plan, and monitoring the impact of project activities and results against the workplan.
• In collaboration with the relevant finance and administrative managers, ensuring that spending and financial reporting occurs within project budget limits and in compliance with donor and ZSL’s regulations, and that fund transfers are planned and made in good time.
• Compiling monthly, three-monthly and annual technical reports based on the reports of the partners, plus ensuring that workshop and any other reports are developed.
• Ensuring effective working relations and communications between partners, and ensuring good relations are being maintained with project stakeholders, e.g., communities and government.
• Making regular site visits to field sites on the Kenyan side and potentially visiting the Tanzanian side.
• Contributing to any scientific publications on e.g. rangeland management co-authored within the BIOPAMA project.
• Compiling photographic and audio-visual material on a monthly basis.
• Providing technical support for project activities as required.
The ideal candidate will possess:
• A Bachelor or Masters Degree in Science (Wildlife Biology, Environmental Sciences, Ecology, Agronomy, Forestry or related subject).
• Proven experience in management of environmental projects with capacity to plan and oversee the implementation of field activities.
• Experience in monitoring and evaluation of projects.
• Excellent report writing skills and computer literacy.
• Strong experience in a collaborative working environment of government and community partners.
• Effective communication, motivating leadership and interpersonal skills.
• Excellent command of spoken and written English language and Kiswahili are expected.
• Ability to drive a car and be in possession of a valid driving licence.
Experience and skills in the following will be considered a strong advantage:
• Experience of working within international projects and within EU / IUCN / BIOPAMA grants.
• Knowledge and experience of projects working on livelihoods.
• Knowledge and experience of projects working on livestock management.
• Experience of working on conservation education and awareness.
• Strong skills in GIS.
• Experience and skills to contribute to scientific publications on rangeland management.
Applicants will need to upload their CV and covering letter (detailing relevant experience and skills, stating why they want the position and including details of availability) and can do this by clicking the "Apply Now Button".
Closing date for applications:Midnight Wednesday 21st April 2021.
The Zoological Society of London is a charity registered in England and Wales: no. 208728.
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