Ol Pejeta Conservancy Water & Agriculture Officer Job in Laikipia, Kenya

Jul 13, 2017

The Organization: The Ol Pejeta Conservancy (OPC) – a leading wildlife conservancy that works to conserve wildlife, provides a sanctuary for great apes and to generate income through wildlife tourism and complementary enterprises for re-investment in conservation and community development is seeking high caliber, self - motivated and dedicated applicant in the position below:-

Water & Agriculture Officer (Laikipia Cattle, Water & Wildlife Project)
 
(1 Position)



Terms and Conditions

Start Date: ASAP 

End Date:  Fixed-term contract to 30th April 2021

Probation Period: Six months

Location: The position is based at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Laikipia, Kenya

Hours of Work: This is a full time position, working hours 8am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday, and 8:00am – 1:00pm on Saturdays however this may vary depending on the requirements of the job in the field

Place in the Organization: The Water & Agriculture Officer will work under the immediate supervision of the Manager, Community Development Programme while working closely with the Project Co-ordinator, Laikipia Cattle, Water and Wildlife Project.

Externally, on a regular basis, the role will work with staff from two project partners:

1. Fauna & Flora International
  • Project Co-ordinator, Laikipia Cattle, Water & Wildlife Project           
  • Technical Specialist, Conservation Livelihoods & Governance (Africa)
2. Laikipia Wildlife Forum
  • Ewaso Partnership co-ordinator
  • Water Resources Management Specialist
  • Communication Specialist
3. Focal areas community representatives

4. Organized community groups  including Water Resource Users Associations

Role Summary: The job holder will be responsible for delivering water and agriculture elements of grant funded activities for the Laikipia Cattle, Water & Wildlife Project.

Project activities will include but not be limited to:
  • Restoration of 8000ha of degraded rangeland to support the grazing needs of wildlife and community livestock
  • Building the capacity, governance and effectiveness of two Water Resource User Associations
  • Developing and implementing a diversified smallholder fodder production system
Responsibilities:

Deliver the field based water management and agriculture components of the “Cattle, water and wildlife: enhancing socio-ecological resilience in Laikipia” project as agreed with the Community Development Programme manager & Laikipia Cattle Water & Wildlife Project Co-ordinator.

1. Agriculture Component
  • Provide relevant training and skills development to community members on conservation agriculture and on-farm water management
  • Lead stakeholder dialogue and consultation meetings with project focal smallholder communities
  • Coordinate the development and use of demonstration plots, or similar agricultural development practices (TBD), and scaling of successful approaches
  • Provide agriculture extension service support to focal farming households
  • Support the development of increased market linkages for focal farming households
2. Water Component
  • Support the review and updating of two WRUA Sub-catchment management plans
  • Provide  relevant  training  and  skills  development  to  the secretariat and membership of two  Water  Resource  User Associations
  • Support tree nursery development and planting in two WRUA catchments
  • Review and implement upgraded water infrastructure in the project area

3. Program Operations & Management
  • Ensure the application of project guidance on socio-economic components throughout project delivery
  • Support the monitoring and evaluation process for the project
  • Develop yearly work-plans for project components in line with yearly project budgets and anticipated outcomes
  • Be responsible for project activity finances and ensure all expenditure complies with OPC and donor regulations
  • Provide accurate and timely financial and technical reports as per OPC, FFI and donor requirements
4. Partnerships
  • Co-ordinate with project partners on the development and dissemination of project learning and guidance documents on water and agriculture
5. Other
  • Carry out any other tasks from time to time that may be requested of you as an OPC staff member that are in line with your skills and expertise
  • Work as an active member of the Community Development Programme and attend team meetings
  • Provide input, where appropriate, on other work undertaken by the Community Development Programme
  • Provide input to the Community Development Programme reports and other communication and public relations outputs and activities as required
Special Work Environment (Work hazards)
  • Exposure to wild animals that may cause serious personal injury.
  • Exposure to motorcycle accidents owing to riding a motorbike in the conservancy.
The person

To be successful in this role, applicants should meet the following criteria;-

Education: Bachelor of Science - Agriculture or a related field/qualification

Experience:
  • Proven experience of delivering agricultural training following conservation agriculture principles
  • Experience of working in partnership projects, including those involving local community interests
  • Experience of addressing market access issues, supply chain analysis, market development and increasing value of commodities for producers
  • Experience of budget management
  • Track record of engaging and working effectively with a range of stakeholders including local communities, the public and government
Core skills:
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Commercial awareness
  • Flexibility
  • Excellent communication skills with a high standard of verbal and written English
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including ability to communicate with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Spoken Swahili
  • Ability to develop and sustain strong working relationships
  • Ability to effectively prioritise, organise and manage a wide range of tasks, duties and resources concurrently
  • Ability to solve problems effectively
  • Competent computer skills
  • Report writing
  • Good presentation skills
Behavioural qualities
  • 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
  • An understanding of key issues impacting conservation in Kenya
Any person who wishes to be considered for this position is requested to submit their application letters stating their current salary together with copies of relevant certificates, testimonials/references and any valid professional licenses to the Head of Human Capital by Monday, 31st July 2017.

For more details visit our website: www.olpejetaconservancy.org

Our contacts are:
Ol Pejeta Conservancy
P.O. Box Private Bag,
Nanyuki -10400

Or send an email to jobs@olpejetaconservancy.org with the mail subject as

WATER & AGRICULTURE OFFICER

Note: Only successful candidates will be contacted

The Ol Pejeta Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer. 

All potential candidates are encouraged to apply.





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