FFI is seeking an experienced Project Officer to support the delivery of our exciting marine projects in Kenya’s north coast. The successful candidate will have a strong track record in project management abilities and strong technical skills, ideally with experience of co-management and working with community members. You will be able to implement marine conservation grants supporting co-management, fisheries management, coral reef and seagrass monitoring. You will be working closely with community conservancies, Beach Management Units (BMUs) and with partners, such as The Northern Rangelands Trust. The successful candidate will have a strong track record in project management, technical and financial reporting and capacity building, as well as a commitment to organisational, donor and legal compliance. You will have the ability to work constructively with a broad range of stakeholders and be comfortable building strong and effective relationships with government, communities, scientists and NGOs, including NGOs and teams within FFI’s wider countries of operation.
Knowledge and experience
• Undergraduate degree in Marine
Management, conservation biology, natural
• Minimum of three years of experience in
conservation project support at
• Experience in dealing with rural/coastal
communities on management of local natural
• Demonstrable skills in providing technical
information for reports
• Experience in project monitoring and
• Meticulous at conducting desktop research
and analysis of information
• Proven experience in coordinating and
implementing marine species surveys
• Proven experience of using the logical
framework as a monitoring tool
• Five years of experience in
conservation project support
at Officer/Coordinator level
• Experience living and/or
working in the Kenya coast
• Management of
• Provide an efficient administrative and operational function to the North Kenya Seascape project
• Provide logistical support for meetings and workshops, including the putting together and
dissemination of information packs that include external audiences.
• Attend meetings and take notes/minutes, ensuring appropriate dissemination and follow up on
• As required, provide logistical support to field activities, including the handling of cash payments
and other funds disbursements, in line with FFI protocols, policies and procedures.
• Ensure that field operations are conducted to a high standard of health, safety, welfare,
environmental good practice and cultural sensitivity, in line with FFI global policies and procedures
and any national policies and procedures
• Implement data management in line with FFI protocols, policies and procedures, helping to ensure
that all relevant documentation is on FFI’s data management systems.
• Coordinate the local implementation and delivery of FFI’s commitments under the Darwin Initiative
project and other funded projects.
• As required, compile ecological baselines and survey results against indicators and objectives,
ensuring that it is kept updated regularly based on project’s progress.
• As required, ensure up-to-date workplans and budgets are in place to meet project aims,
objectives and timelines and ensure that activities are implemented in line with workplans and
within budget, for project partners to meet their commitments.
• As required, represent the Darwin Initiative-funded project and keep all relevant stakeholders
abreast of the project and its progress, with a particular consideration for community and
government institutions and NGOs active in the area and on related topics.
• Develop and maintain strong relationships with all key stakeholders, gaining cooperation to
accomplish project goals through these relationships.
• As required, support donor reporting, including collating supporting documents for half year and
annual project reporting.
• Provide technical support and input as required on conservation issues and priorities including
design, development and implementation of new projects.
• Support project monitoring and evaluation ensuring activities, logical framework milestones and
indicators are attained within set timeframes and budgets.
• As required, provide support for setting up and implementing surveys on marine conservation.
• Track and review project deliverables assigned to partners and consultants ensuring timely
submission of high quality outputs.
• Align project related work to FFI policies and procedures while also ensuring donor and legal
compliance requirements are met.
• Support relevant partner staff and FFI colleagues in the gathering, consolidating and sharing of
• Under the guidance of the Marine and Coastal Programme Manager:
• Carry out assessments with partners to ensure FFI understands the technical and
administrative abilities of partner organisations to carry out project work, clearly identifying
gaps that will need to be addressed for successful delivery of projects.
• Liaise with relevant staff to identify partner capacity gaps or any other issues with partner
capacity to deliver projects.
• Ensure alignment and good relations are upheld with partner NGOs and private sector players
operating in the landscape.
• Ensure that FFI Kenya continues to be well positioned, locally respected and valued by
relevant authorities and development and civil society actors.
Communications and Representation
• Ensure regular and meaningful communication and coordination with FFI programme staff in the
Kenya and the UK, and wider region as appropriate.
• As required, support development of project specific internal and external communication materials.
• As requested, attend external meetings to represent and actively promote FFI and project specific
• Respond, as appropriate, to external enquiries relating to the project.
• As required, prepare and keep an updated a contact database to help convening meetings,
dissemination of publications and communications etc.
• As required, prepare high quality power point presentations and communications based on literature
reviews and other project activities.
• Undertake other activities that fall within FFI’s strategy and plans as requested by your Line
Manager, commensurate with your skills, experience and role.
• Work as an active member of the FFI Africa and FFI Kenya team and attend FFI Kenya team
• Duties may be altered, reasonably added or delegated from time to time to reflect changes within
the organisation’s activities and structure.