SENIOR RANGELANDS OFFICER

The Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT) is a non-profit umbrella organization that supports 35 member Community Conservancies across northern and coastal Kenya with fundraising, technical support, governance  support  and  training  to  member  community  conservancies.  Its  mission  is  to  develop resilient community owned conservancies that transform lives, secure peace and conserve natural resources. It is a non-governmental organization headquartered in Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Meru

County. More information can be found at  www.nrt-kenya.org.

Purpose of the Position:

The NRT is committed to partnering with community conservancies to reverse rangeland degradation. Through   strengthened   community   rangeland  management  practices   –  informed   by  traditional knowledge and science – communities will build resilience to droughts. These practices will also benefit livestock and wildlife; both critical to the livelihoods of pastoral communities.

The NRT is seeking to recruit a Senior Rangelands Officer. He/she will report to the NRT Director of Natural Resources Management (NRM) by overseeing the implementation of the rangelands program.

Key Responsibilities

  • Developing  innovative  and  effective  work-plans  for  the  NRT  and  Conservancies  rangelands teams guided by the overall NRT strategy.
  • To  develop and mentor community conservancy rangelands coordinators; to assist them in developing and implementing effective work plans guided by community conservancy specific management plans.
  • Oversee and manage the implementation of rangelands work-plans through regular field visits and community conservancy Board / Manager level community engagements, as required.
  • Integrate all rangelands program activity with the Director of Programs, Regional Directors and in concert with other technical goal leads.
  • Monitoring  the  performance  of  the  rangelands  program  team  and follow  up  with  regular performance-based appraisals (HR management).
  • Overseeing the monitoring and evaluation of the entire rangelands program working closely with the NRT ME&L Manager.
  • In  support  of  the  NRM  Director  –  understand  and  execute  expenditure  of  the  rangelands program budget through the respective community conservancies.
  • Regular communication and follow-up with respective community conservancy management units.
  • Assisting the NRM Director in operational planning and adaptive management.
  • Overseeing all internal and external training on rangelands matters including running a syllabusfor the community conservancy ‘Leadership and management’ training program. To include capturing and capacity building ‘best practice’ rangelands; re-habilitation, awareness and management at all levels.
  • Contribute  to  the  national  debate  and  understanding  on  how  community  conservancies  isinfluencing rangelands focused behavior change in the ASAL’s in the north – aimed at building resilience.
  • Initiate and  maintain  a  national  and  regional  network  of  contacts  to leverage  community experience and learning in the field of rangelands management.
  • Report writing.
  • Representing NRT at conferences / other engagements
  • Support the NRT Communications Director with rangelands reporting and product to enrich the single narrative of the NRT holistic approach.
  • Implementation  of  community  conservancies  vegetation  monitoring tools to  help  inform community decision making.

This is a practical, field-based role which will require time spent camping in the field as well as at NRT HQ advising the Director of NRM and CEO on the implementation of community rangelands objectives and how this impact relates to the strategic achievement of the NRT mission. The individual needs to have confidence in speaking to rural communities of multiple tribes and cultures and must have exceptional leadership skills to guide the NRT rangelands team. The individual should have a thorough understanding of pastoral systems and experience working within the ASALs of Kenya. Fluency in Kiswahili and English is essential (on paper and in dialogue). A passion for transformational community-based conservation is vital.

Qualifications: Education /Knowledge/ Skills and Experience

  • Master degree in Range Management or natural resources management or other related field.
  • Minimum 5 years of professional work experience in community manage natural resources approaches.
  • Proficient and experienced in planning, monitoring and reporting of project activities in relevant field in multi-stakeholder partnerships and collaborations.
  • Excellent interpersonal, networking, communication, negotiation and facilitation skills.
  • Experience of working with people from diverse backgrounds, demonstrating respect for, and understanding of, cultural differences.
  • Ability to work in challenging environments and deliver on tight deadlines.
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently.
  • Adaptable and flexibly resilience to respond to changes.

If your profile matches the above job specifications, please send your application including a detailed CV highlighting relevant experience, a daytime telephone contact, email address, and the names of three professional referees   to reach us by close of business on Monday  11th   of  March  2019 to: hr@nrt-kenya.org addressed to: Operations Manager, Northern Rangelands Trust, Private Bag, Isiolo-60300

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted