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Purpose of the role The purpose of the job is to manage the Darwin funded ZSL project titled ““Ranger Empowerment: Strengthening Skills in Kenya's Conservation Areas” with the primary objective to enhance the knowledge and skillset of rangers working within National parks and Conservancies in Kenya by reviewing] existing ranger training curricula, currently provided by Kenya Wildlife Service Law Enforcement Academy (KWS LEA) and Wildlife Research & Training Institute (WRTI). The project seeks to review, revise and expand the ranger training curriculum and enhance rangers' skills and capabilities. Critical areas that are presently absent, include Code of Conduct (CoC) training, trust building with communities, de-escalation techniques, Human-Wildlife Conflict (HWC) management, and other relevant modules. This post is office based in Nairobi, Kenya, however there is a requirement to travel frequently to field sites in Kenya. The work will include periods in field conditions.

  • Minimum Qualification: Bachelors
  • Experience Level: Mid level
  • Experience Length: 4 years

Job Description/Requirements

Our vision and mission 

The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) is an international conservation charity, driven by science, working to restore wildlife in the UK and around the world. Our vision is a world where wildlife thrives and every role, every person in every corner of ZSL has one thing in common – we are all conservationists, and passionate about restoring wildlife.

Key Responsibilities

• Providing technical oversight and input into all project activities, supporting programme personnel and partners to ensure appropriate actions are taken, on time and on budget. 

• Coordinating all key stakeholders in the grant to come together to review and develop the ranger curriculum and steer the trainings as needed. The post holder will have to organise multiple meetings and will require coordination to ensure input from everyone in a timely manner. 

• The post holder is responsible for ensuring that the programme is appropriately staffed and for the recruitment, safe working, direct or indirect line management and support of the programme team. 

• Working closely with and managing relationships with partners, sub-grantees and consultants to source key skillsets relevant to the project, coordinate their input and expertise within the programme, ensure their contributions to programme activities are appropriate, of a high standard, delivered and reported on in a collaborative, timely manner, whilst complying with ZSL’s financial and ethical standards.

• The post holder will ensure the technical and scientific rigour of all project activities, contributing to methodologies, implementation, analysis, technical reports and, where appropriate scientific outputs (e.g., survey results), and ensuring that a Monitoring and Evaluation plan is in place and being followed.

• The post holder will be responsible for reporting on the programme both internally to the Country Manager and the Darwin Managing Committee comprising of key partners and externally through donor reports and contributions to newsletters, annual reports etc.

• The post holder will represent ZSL at national and international conferences and workshops as needed and will be expected to deliver talks and presentations to a range of audiences. 

Building relationships

• The post holder is expected to nurture and maintain good working relationships using tact, sensitivity and diplomacy as appropriate.

• To ensure that the policy for equality of opportunity is adhered to and promoted in all aspects of the post holder’s work, to uphold ZSL safeguarding and human ethics policies especially in oversight of community engagement.

• To comply with and promote Health and Safety policies and procedures and to undertake recommended Health and Safety training as and when necessary.

• Maintain existing, and development of new, relationships and partnerships with key partners in the project, relevant stakeholders, including government authorities, donor agencies, embassies, local and international NGOs, private sector actors, research institutions and local communities. 

• Communicate and liaise with senior officials from institutions to communicate the aims and achievements of the programme and ZSL in a professional and engaging fashion to foster collaborations opportunities for communicating results.


The duties and responsibilities described are not a comprehensive list and additional tasks may be assigned from time to time that are in line with the level of the role.

Values and behaviours for people management 

Collaborative: creates an engaging environment where people feel comfortable asking for help or support

Ethical: creates a culture which ensures everyone is treated fairly with dignity and respect

Impactful: delivers results on time and to the agreed standards

Inclusive: makes decisions that promote transparency and inclusion

Innovative: is forward thinking and able to see the broader picture when planning and organising work

Inspiring: has self-awareness and seeks feedback to better understand own style, approach and impact on team/staff motivation

Person Specification

• A bachelor’s degree in social sciences, environment/wildlife or natural resource management, development studies or related fields. 
• At least 4 years of professional experience in project management, particularly in managing budgets and work planning, delivery of project activities, and reporting.
• Experience of managing a government grant funded project and reporting to a donor 
• Experience of adaptive management and implementing strong project control processes
• Extensive experience in the development and implementation of conservation activities in Kenya with government and communities. 
• Extensive experience working with a wide range of stakeholders including government partners. Demonstrated experience in convening, designing, and facilitating meetings, trainings and workshops from conception through delivery. 
• Experience of working on community livelihood and behaviour change projects.
Leadership Skills:- Ability to lead and motivate a team toward the successful completion of a project.
Communication Skills:- Effectively communicate with stakeholders, team members, and other project participants.
•       Risk Management:- Identify and mitigate potential risks that could impact the project's success.

Knowledge and skills
• Proven ability to work effectively in partnerships with government agencies, NGOs, and private sector stakeholders in Kenya
• Strong coordination and communication skills; with demonstrated public speaking experience. 
• Professional experience in building and supporting stakeholder engagement, ideally with local communities, behaviour change, or law enforcement focus. 
• Knowledge of Kenya laws and strategies relevant to environmental restrictions, policies etc.
• Excellent command of both spoken and written Swahili and English. 
• Advanced skills in using MS Office packages, specifically Excel and PowerPoint or equivalent software packages will be acceptable.
• Familiarity with managing competing priorities and delegating effectively

Additional requirements
• A valid driving license is required for this role.
• An ability and willingness to travel and be willing to work outside of normal office hours as necessary (weekends and evenings).
• An ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team. 
• An ability to work remotely but communicate effectively.
• This post is a blended role for office and Field work and so will require periods of outside work with direct exposure to the weather and animals. 
• Strong commitment to creating a culture that lives ZSL values and commitment to safeguarding, equality and diversity (collaborative, inspiring, inclusive, innovative, impactful and ethical)
• To comply with and promote Health and Safety; Safeguarding and all other policies and procedures

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