The Agroecology Specialist role is critical in building sustainable food systems for the communities that WWF and its partners support within the Southern Kenya (SoK) landscape, whilst safeguarding critical wildlife habitats.
A university Bachelors degree in the field of agricultural sciences / agronomy / food systems / natural resource management or related field. A relevant Master’s degree is an added advantage.
A minimum of 5 years of active engagement and experience of working with local rural communities on agriculture and sustainable production.
Key Skills / Competencies
- Experience in developing and implementing agriculture and sustainable food systems related projects, preferably in a natural-resource context.
- Skilled in financial and planning, managing large budgets and project management.
- Familiarity with the dynamics and key issues related to agriculture and food systems in Kenya.
- Understanding of factors related to the agriculture- conservation nexus.
- Ability to work effectively in a multicultural and diverse setting.
- Understanding of and experience supporting gender and climate change issues is a must.
- Experience dealing with power differentials and inequalities within and across communities is desirable.
- Ability to build good relationships and work collaboratively with diverse stakeholders in a respectful, participatory manner.
- Experience engaging with ‘hard to reach’ members of society is desirable.
- Experience working with communities to support natural resource management and agriculture.
- Experience with participatory (action) research and co-creation of conservation initiatives with a wide range of stakeholders is highly desirable.
- Ability to organize and host community meetings, with strong diplomatic skills.
- A command of written and spoken English and spoken Swahili; knowledge of Masai community is highly desirable and an added advantage.
- Understanding of socio-economic and cultural aspects of wildlife conservation, including drivers of human-wildlife conflict, poaching and habitat degradation.
- Experience with qualitative and quantitative social science research methods, including surveys, semi-structured interviews, focus groups, research on sensitive topics and their analysis; understanding of research ethics.
- Self-driven with a proactive approach to problem solving.
- Demonstrated ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks.
- Ability to work with minimal supervision and as part of a team.
- Frequent field trips away from assigned location, potentially overnight and during weekends.
- Ability to communicate effectively (written and verbal) with a wide range of collaborators/audiences, including proven ability to write project and donor reports.
- High levels of computer literacy; competent use of Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint and Word).
- Commitment to WWF and its mission.