Africa Forestry Specialist

Posted at
20. Jul, 14:07
Position Type
Full time
Riverside Nairobi

Full Time

Job Summary

Helps to develop, manage and advance TNC Africa’s forestry programs, plans and methods for large-scale forestry in East Africa with a focus on Kenya.

Job Description

A little about us;
The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organisation working to make a positive impact for people and nature around the world in 69 countries, all 50 United States, major US cities and in your neighbourhood. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we are committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Visit to learn more.
The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.
Your position with TNC;
The Africa Forestry Specialist helps to develop, manage and advance TNC Africa’s forestry programs, plans and methods for large-scale forestry in East Africa with a focus on Kenya. This position will be based in Nairobi.
Essential functions;
The Africa forestry specialist will help develop and implement TNC’s forestry strategy in Africa. Specifically they will be working on the ‘Tree Fund’ and sustainable woodfuels programme TNC is developing. The Tree Fund is an innovative new finance facility to stimulate tree planting across East Africa. The sustainable woodfuels programme involves both on the ground pilots of sustainable charcoal and assessing more broadly different methods and policies related to sustainable woodfuel production.
The Africa forestry specialist would work alongside the project lead in order to accomplish all project deliverables. Initially this would be a 12 month contract in line with the project funding. The hope is that the position would be extended subject to good performance and subsequent project funding. Responsibilities and scope;
• Responsible for project management of specific deliverables such as developing environmental assessment criteria for the Tree Fund, overseeing sustainable charcoal pilots, managing woodfuel economics & policy study
• Providing technical expertise and advice to TNC project lead on all technical forestry related aspects of Tree Fund
• Participating in Kenya and AFR100 land restoration strategies
• Helping design a coherent forestry strategy by co-ordinating various TNC Africa programmes involving forestry such as Tree Fund, woodfuels pilots, Nairobi Water Fund and Tanzania programmes.
• Manage multi-disciplinary administrative and professional staff both TNC and contractual staff
• Gain cooperation from outside parties to accomplish program goals.
• Financial responsibility may include working within/managing a budget to complete projects, negotiating and contracting with vendors, assisting with budget development, and meeting fundraising targets.
• Ensures program compliance with internal policies and external requirements.
• Under minimal supervision, makes independent decisions based on analysis, experience and context.
Minimum qualifications;
• BA/BS, forestry or relevant natural resource management degree and 5 years’ experience in forestry or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Experience with established forestry company, NGO or research institution
• Experience negotiating complex agreements.
• Supervisory experience.
• Experience using applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Web Browsers.
Preferred knowledge, skills & experience;
• Knowledge of forestry and conservation science.
• Ability to explain conservation practices to technical and non-technical audiences
• Knowledge of current trends and practices in African forestry and wood fuels.
• Working knowledge of forestry finance appreciated
• Completing tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).
• Excellent communication skills via written, spoken and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.

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 men and women 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.
The successful applicant must meet the requirements of The Nature Conservancy’s background screening process.

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