Profession General management
Location East Africa
Contract Type Permanent
In this role, you will provide leadership and technical support for the development, implementation and monitoring of forest landscape restoration (FLR) implementation plans in Kenya, with an initial focus on Makueni County, to scale up FLR in the country. The FLR implementation plans will be developed through a multi-stakeholder participatory process involving partners in government, civil society, local communities and the private sector.
You will work closely with WRI colleagues based in Washington DC and Kenya, and with other project partners that include the County Government of Makueni, Kenya Water Towers, Kenya Forest Services and the Water Resources Authority.
In compliance with WRI policies and priorities, and under the guidance of the Country Lead, you will carry out the following responsibilities:
Technical Assistance and Coordination (70%)
Serve as the coordinator and technical lead in the development and implementation of FLR implementation plans/action plan(s) in Makueni, Kenya. The specific responsibilities include:
In collaboration with partners in the Government of Kenya and the County Government, guide the establishment of FLR coordination and partnership platform for selected landscape(s) that brings together government, community, private sector and technical partners to support restoration, sustainable landscape management and livelihoods improvement
Steward FLR multi-stakeholder groups to set a vision for restoration of selected landscapes, develop an FLR implementation plan, and guide implementation and monitoring of the plans
Implementation plans are likely to include components on: vision and principles, governance, FLR technical interventions, financing, monitoring, and communications and advocacy.
Guide, support and supervise consultants to provide technical assistance in the development and implementation of the FLR plan(s) as necessary
Coordinate WRI colleagues’ technical assistance in the development and implementation of the FLR plan(s) as necessary
Lead awareness campaigns at the landscape(s) to foster sustainability of proposed actions on the ground
Document lessons learned and best practices from project implementation to foster learning and knowledge sharing across the landscape, and beyond
Partner with other National FLR Agencies to link WRI’s landscape work with broader efforts to implement Kenya’s National FLR Strategy
Collaborate with WRI colleagues and other stakeholders in the selected landscape(s) to raise awareness about landscape action plans and FLR efforts, lessons and best practices
External Relations (10%)
Build partnerships with local stakeholders in Makueni landscape(s) that include Government Agencies, CSOs, local NGOs, Private sector and County Government to foster landscape restoration and sustainable landscape management
Maintain close contacts with partners, ensuring adequate communication of landscape activities across all stakeholders including Government, private sector and NGO partners and foster multi-stakeholder participation, with special emphasize to local communities
Represent WRI in meetings with the Government, project consortia, and other partners. Share approaches, best practices, and lessons learned from WRI’s landscape work in these fora
Administrative Responsibilities (20%)
Provide input in our administrative processes (e.g. support project planning, budget processes, project review, donor reporting etc. )
Complete administrative paperwork related to contracts, sub-agreements, vendor payments, etc. in collaboration with colleagues
Minimum of 5 years of work experience in natural resource management, agriculture, environmental management or related fields. Experience developing landscape/ecosystem management plans is an added advantage
A Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree preferred) in environmental sciences, natural resource management, forestry, agriculture, rural development, geography, or similar field
Strong communication skills and experience collaborating with partners at all levels (government, donors, private sector, NGOs and local community-based organizations)
Understanding of natural resource management policies and regulations in Kenya
Fluency in Swahili and English languages
Flexibility to live, work and travel to remote areas; ability to travel internationally about 5% of time
Good GIS and analytical skills
How to Apply
Please submit a resume and cover letter outlining your qualifications for the position. Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.
WRI’s Global Restoration Initiative works to inspire, enable and implement restoration on degraded landscapes, returning them to economic and environmental productivity. WRI and partners have identified more than 700 million hectares of cleared and degraded forest and agricultural lands suitable for restoration across Africa. Using this data as a foundation, we work to promote restoration of degraded lands back into natural forests, agroforestry systems, or productive agriculture. WRI’s restoration efforts in Africa are part of the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative, AFR100.
World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, nonprofit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being. We are working to address six critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade in order to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water and sustainable cities.
We are passionate. We value our diversity of interests, skills and backgrounds. We have a flexible work environment. And we share a common goal to catalyze change that will improve the lives of people. Our shared ideals are at the core of our approach. They include: integrity, innovation, urgency, independence and respect.
The foundation of our work is delivering high-quality research, data, maps and analysis to solve the world’s greatest environment and international development challenges, and improve people’s lives. We work with leaders in government, business and civil society to drive ambitious action and create change on the ground. Equally important, we bring together partners to develop breakthrough ideas and scale-up solutions for far-reaching, enduring impact.
We have been growing rapidly: our staff has doubled in size over the past 5 years and our operating budget is now $100 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of nearly 700 people with work spanning 50 countries. We have offices in Africa, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico and the United States.
WRI is committed to advancing gender and social equity for human well-being in our mission and applies this principle to our organizational and programmatic practices.
The World Resources Institute (http://www.wri.org) is an environmental and development research and policy organization that creates solutions to protect the Earth and improve people’s lives. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, it is WRI’s policy to recruit, hire, and provide opportunities for advancement in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, parental status, protected veteran status, or disability. WRI’s global agenda requires a staff that is diverse – with respect to race, gender, cultural, and international background. Diverse perspectives and experience enhance the way WRI selects and approaches issues, as well as the creativity and applicability of WRI’s policy research and analysis. WRI, therefore, encourages applications from U.S. minorities, persons from other countries (especially developing nations), and from women of all backgrounds.
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