Project Coordinator - Laikipia Water, Cattle & Wildlife Project
Rest of Kenya Full Time KSh 150,001 - 200,000
1 week ago

Job Summary

Seeking experienced interdisciplinary conservation professional to fulfil the role of Project Coordinator, Laikipia Cattle, Water and Wildlife project

Job Description

Fauna & Flora International (FFI) protects threatened species and ecosystems worldwide, choosing solutions that are sustainable, based on sound science and take account of human needs. Operating in more than 40 countries worldwide, mainly in the developing world, FFI saves species from extinction and habitats from destruction, whilst improving the livelihoods of local people. Founded in 1903, FFI is the world’s longest established international conservation body and a registered charity.


Working closely with local partners, FFI’s Africa Programme currently supports operations in 13 countries in West, Central, East and Southern Africa, and is implementing a range of projects focused on both terrestrial and marine species and habitat conservation, biodiversity planning, protected area management, institutional development and capacity building, sustainable use and community-focused wildlife management initiatives.

To achieve its mission in Africa, FFI uses different approaches to work with and alongside local partners to focus on the sustainable use and management of natural resources as a means to effective conservation in the long-term. In all its projects in Africa, FFI seeks to:

  1. Build and support local partnerships with African conservation and community development organisations
  2. Strengthen institutions to bring sustainability and added value to projects
  3. Maintain long term presence and relationships
  4. Reconcile conservation goals with the needs of local people
  5. Incorporate sound science in decision-making


Kenya retains a remarkable variety of globally important and locally valuable flagship species and habitats. These include savannah rangelands and forests, and critical habitats in the coastal and marine environment.
Unfortunately, habitat loss is a major problem for Kenya’s wildlife. Many of the megafauna, such as lions or rhinos, are losing the large areas of habitat they need. Hunting is another issue, whether it is due to conflict with humans, poaching for the wildlife trade or for food.
Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is supporting several key local conservation organisations and institutions at the forefront of securing large areas of land and sea under sustainable governance. We prioritize the strengthening of social and economic models for landscape-level conservation.
We are also working on collaborative land use for conservation, integrating conservation and development in communal land areas and avoidance of resource conflicts. Encouraging durable community structures for conservation, for example community-based organisations, is also important.


FFI is seeking an experienced interdisciplinary conservation professional to fulfil the role of Project Coordinator, Laikipia Cattle, Water and Wildlife Project, who will be responsible for co-ordinating the implementation of this project with its partners (Ol Pejeta Conservancy and Laikipia Wildlife Forum).

The successful candidate will have with a strong proven track record in supporting protected area management, community engagement and development in Kenya. She/he will be skilled in providing strategic advice and technical input to the design, development, implementation, evaluation and reporting for projects and will have excellent project, grant and financial management skills.

Strong team-work skills are essential to the role to ensure effective project delivery against aims, objectives and timelines.  The role also requires a skilled and credible communicator, who is confident in developing and managing relationships with partner organisations and relevant stakeholders, including donors and funders.

The successful candidate will have a strong track record in project coordination, fundraising and capacity building and be able to demonstrate an understanding of the statutory and regulatory frameworks within which FFI operates in Kenya, as well as a commitment to organisational, donor and legal compliance.


Start Date:  As soon as possible  

End Date:   Fixed-term contract to 30 April 2021

Probation Period:   Six months

Gross Salary:   circa18,000 GBP per annum

Location:  The position is based at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Laikipia, Kenya, with business travel to the UK as appropriate/required.

Benefits:   25 working days’ annual leave entitlement (plus Kenya national public holidays)

Hours of Work:    This is a full time position. Normal working hours are 8:00am - 5:00pm, Monday to Friday inclusive, with a one-hour unpaid lunch-break each day from 1.00pm - 2.00pm. However, working hours may vary depending on the requirements of the job in the field.



Job Title:     Project Coordinator, Laikipia Cattle, Water & Wildlife Project

Reporting to:   Technical Specialist, Conservation Livelihoods & Governance, Africa (based in Cambridge, UK)



The role will work closely with the FFI Kenya team based in Nairobi:

  • Programme Coordinator, East Africa
  • Administrative Officer, East Africa

The role will work with the following FFI Africa team members based in the UK:

  • Africa Programme Team
  • Finance Business Partner, Africa
  • FFI Cross-cutting teams, including Agricultural Landscapes, Conservation Livelihoods & Governance and Conservation Finance & Enterprise


On a day to day basis the role will work with staff from two project partners:

  • Ol Pejeta Conservancy:
    • Community Development Programme
    • Wildlife Monitoring Programme
    • Livestock Programme
  • Laikipia Wildlife Forum
    • Mount Kenya Ewaso Water Partnership

As required the Project Coordinator will represent FFI with national and local government agencies, communities and community-based organisations, international and national partner NGOs and for-profit entities, academic institutions, funders and donors, representing the values and interests of FFI at all times.


Under the immediate supervision of the Technical Specialist, Conservation Livelihoods & Governance (Africa), the Project Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating the delivery of grant funded activities for the Laikipia Water, Cattle and Wildlife project between FFI, Ol Pejeta Conservancy and the Laikipia Wildlife Forum.  

The role will ensure that the project is run within time-frames and to budget alongside ensuring compliance with FFI procedures and funding agreements. Project activities will include but not be limited to:

  1. Restoration of 8000ha of degraded rangeland to support the grazing needs of wildlife and community livestock
  2. Building the capacity, governance and effectiveness of two Water Resource User Associations
  3. Developing and implementing of a community cattle to market system
  4. Developing and implementing diversified smallholder fodder production system
  5. Ensuring the effective protection of vulnerable and endangered species on the Mutura Conservation Area


Project Coordination

  • Coordinate the implementation of the “Cattle, water and wildlife: enhancing socio-ecological resilience in Laikipia” project as agreed with the Technical Specialist, Conservation Livelihoods & Governance (Africa) and as detailed in project funding documents
  • Liaise with Ol Pejeta Conservancy and Laikipia Wildlife Forum staff  on a day-to-day basis to ensure effective delivery of all planned project activities
  • Support the development and lead the project’s integration of participatory approaches, social and ecological frameworks and data analysis
  • Lead the monitoring and evaluation process for the project (including baseline development), ensuring timely adaptation as required to meet project aims, objectives and timelines, and support the dissemination of lessons learnt
  • Support the delivery of project partners’ field-based activities as required
  • Advise  the  Technical  Specialist,  Conservation,  Livelihoods  and  Governance  (Africa) on  conservation issues and strategic priorities for FFI in Laikipia region, Kenya

Project Operations and Financial Management

  • Develop annual work-plans in line with annual project budgets and anticipated outcomes
  • Be responsible for day to day management of project finances and ensure all expenditure complies with donor and FFI regulations and delegations of authority (DoA)
  • Ensure all processes and procedures comply with FFI’s DoA
  • With support from the Administrative Officer, East Africa, ensure adequate project cash flow and accountability including quarterly finance planning and reporting,
  • Ensure maintenance of project financial records that meet in-country and donor auditing requirements, internal and donor reporting requirements, and provide sufficient detail for overall institutional auditing of FFI
  • Provide accurate and timely financial and technical project reports as per FFI and donor requirements
  • In collaboration with relevant UK staff and in accordance with FFI’s DoA, contract and manage consultants in Kenya as required by the project, in compliance with Kenyan Labour Law


  • Ensure alignment and good relations are upheld with partner NGOs
  • Build and manage key relationships within and outside Laikipia County  in order to maintain and enhance the East Africa Programme
  • Provide technical advice and support to partners and collaborators, in line with FFI’s institutional experience and expertise
  • In collaboration with relevant UK staff and in accordance with FFI’s DoA, advice on the appropriate development of MoUs, MoAs with local partners


  • Work with the Technical Specialist, Conservation Livelihoods & Governance (Africa), relevant FFI staff and partners to contribute to strategic planning and development of projects in Laikipia
  • In collaboration with the FFI Africa team contribute to and support the development of funding proposals, ensuring the accuracy and appropriateness of work planned for Laikipia. 

Communications and Representation 

  • Ensure regular and meaningful communication and coordination with FFI programme staff in the UK, and with the FFI Kenya team as appropriate
  • Represent FFI  at project-relevant key fora, meetings and workshops as necessary
  • Liaise with the FFI Communications and Fundraising Departments, contribute to communications and fundraising materials as required (e.g. web pages, articles, reports)
  • Represent FFI and the Kenya programme, developing its profile and promoting its work to third parties, including diplomatic and government agencies, communities, NGOs, for-profit entities, academic institutions, funders and donors, and media


  • Carry out any other tasks from time to time that may be requested of you as an FFI staff member that are in line with your skills and experience
  • Work as an active member of the Africa team and attend Africa team meetings
  • Provide input, where appropriate, on other technical work undertaken by the Africa programme
  • Provide input to the Kenya Programme reports and other communications and public relations outputs and activities as required


  1. High standard of written and spoken English
  2. Spoken Swahili
  3. Strong interpersonal skills, including ability to communicate with a wide range of stakeholders
  4. Ability to develop and sustain strong working relationships
  5. Ability to effectively prioritise, organise and manage a wide range of tasks, duties and resources concurrently
  6. Ability to solve problems effectively
  7. Competent computer skills, including data management and statistical analysis, financial systems
  8. Report writing
  9. Good presentation skills
  10. Proven ability to assess capacity, mentor and develop skills of project staff and partners




  • Educated to degree level in ecology, conservation biology, social sciences or a related discipline


  • Educated to masters level in ecology, conservation biology, social sciences or a related discipline
  • Interdisciplinary higher education



  • Proven experience in biological/ecological/socio-economic field research and monitoring
  • Experience of managing partnership projects, including those involving local community interests
  • Strong experience of relevant project management
  • Experience of budget management
  • Proven track record of engaging and working effectively with a range of stakeholders
  • Experience in Protected Area management
  • Experience of building community relations and dealing with conflict
  • Experience of project management
  • Track record of engaging and working effectively with a range of stakeholders including local communities, the public and government
  • Experience of training people


  • Experience implementing conservation agricultural activities
  • Experience of developing and implementing and monitoring livelihood frameworks


  • Self-motivated, independent and resourceful
  • Ability to deal with matters in a sensitive manner
  • Good judgement in managing resources and people
  • Approachable and proactive manner
  • Pro-active communicator



  • A commitment to conservation and development and a genuine interest in protected area management, and community access to  and sustainable use of resources
  • Proof of entitlement to work in Kenya
  • Full Kenyan driver’s license


  • An understanding of key issues impacting conservation in Kenya


Applications, consisting of covering letter explaining why you feel you should be considered for this post, a full CV and contact details for two referees (who will not be contacted without your consent) should be sent to

Please mark your application ‘Project Coordinator, Laikipia’.

The closing date for applications is Monday 31st July, 2017.

Regrettably, due to limited resources and the high number of applications we receive, we are only able to contact short-listed candidates. If you do not hear from us within four weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been successful on this occasion.


FFI encourages applications from individuals with a disability who are able to carry out the duties of the post. If you have special needs in relation to your application, please contact Kathie Alban, Head of HR, on Tel: +44 (0) 1223 749046 or Email:

FFI values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity