Policy and Advocacy Manager (PAM) – Nature Kenya

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Position title: Policy and Advocacy Manager (PAM) – Re-advertised

Reports to: Executive Director

Location: Nairobi and outside as required


Required knowledge, skills and experience

  • Advanced degree in Wildlife Management, conservation, biology natural resources management
  • At least five years’ experience in conservation policy and advocacy
  • Excellent understanding of the socio-policy and conservation environment in Kenya
  • Experience with non-profit conservation organisations
  • Demonstrable experience in conservation influence
  • Demonstrable experience in proposal writing, project management, donor reporting and the logical framework approach
  • Strong strategic and analytical mind
  • Ability to speak clearly, concisely and cogently
  • Excellent English writing skills
  • Ability to get guidance and work with others and deliver results through teams
  • Passion and commitment for conservation and ability to work beyond normal working hours to deliver targets



You support the Executive Director to develop and implement an effective programme of policy and advocacy for conservation actions for priority species, sites and habitats, in line with Nature Kenya strategic plan. You take responsibility for encouraging ecological sustainability in ways that safeguard Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) and priority landscapes and species including those regarded as common. You promote uptake of Multilateral Environmental Agreements and participate in national and global meetings and processes. To achieve this, you will support the Executive Director to:

  1. Mainstream KBAs/IBAs and biodiversity in general into key sectors of the economy: agriculture, energy, water, infrastructure and others.
  2. Analyze policies, legislation and institutional frameworks at all levels and develop recommendations for key target groups.
  3. Catalyze and influence policies, legislation and institutional frameworks for ecosystem resilience
  4. Empower local communities and Site Support Groups to advocate for species and sites conservation
  5. Demonstrate and advocate the values of nature
  6. Encourage and promote sustainable production
  7. Develop and implement on the ground demonstrations/models for enhanced ecological sustainability in the process of meeting economic/humans needs
  8. Work with the public and private sector to promote best practice to mitigate negative impact of major developments
  9. Communicate the Nature Kenya work to audiences to influence them to take action for biodiversity conservation
  10. Contribute to the implementation of biodiversity linked international treaties to enhance KBAs conservation
  11. Mobilize the resources needed to influence policy, to conserve and sustain ecosystems services.


To view a detailed description of this position, go to https://www.naturekenya.org/about/job-vacancies/


You will support the Executive Director to promote an understanding and acceptance of the importance of a healthy environment to well-functioning production sectors. This will require an extensive strategy of communication, education and public awareness and advocacy. You will develop and implement mechanisms to bring together representatives of various sectors in order to coordinate activities and address common concerns. Through mainstreaming, biodiversity concerns will be internalized into the way economic sectors, development models, policies and programmes operate. By integrating biodiversity concerns into the way sectors operate you will enhance the immediate benefits of improving environmental quality and productivity, and which also serve as a long-term safeguard for sustainable development.


You are responsible for developing a national constituency of institutions that recognise and support Nature Kenya work. An important part of the job is to ensure that Nature Kenya conservation work is packaged and disseminated to a broad range of stakeholders, partners and members. A critical component is to ensure that Nature Kenya is adequately represented in key advocacy national fora and that Site Support Groups and national institutions understand their roles and obligation in the implementation of key policies, legislation, treaties, agreements and conventions to ensure IBAs/KBAs conservation in perpetuity. To support these strategic goals, fundraising is a key component of your work and you will raise resources to support your position and others working with you to achieve your planned targets.


You will report to the Executive Director but work as part of a team with the Species and Sites Manager, Local Empowerment Manager, Marketing and Membership Manager, Programmes Support Manager, Finance Manager and all other Conservation Programme staff, interns and volunteers. This position cuts across many Society units and requires excellent collaboration and cross-reference and linkages with all units to ensure communication and advocacy targets address all Society objectives and targets.



Nature Kenya

Number of employees: From 11 to 50

Founded: 1909

Nature Kenya’s Origin

Nature Kenya—the East Africa Natural History Society (EANHS)—is Africa’s oldest environmental Society, established in 1909 to promote the study and conservation of nature in eastern Africa.

The first members of the Society collected and identified specimens. They founded a museum in 1910 to house the collections and educate the public. This museum was transferred to the Government of Kenya in 1939, eventually becoming the famous National Museums of Kenya. In 1910, the members of the Society also founded a scientific journal. This journal is still published today, in collaboration with the National Museums of Kenya, as the Journal of East African Natural History. This journal and other natural history publications are found at the Society’s library co-managed with the National Museum.


Nature Kenya members today continue their active interest in natural history by joining working groups such as for Birds, Plants, Insects, Mammals and action groups including Friends of Nairobi Arboretum and City Park. The Society continues strategic research collaboration with the National Museums, the host and home for the Society.


How Nature Kenya Works

Nature Kenya’s work is firmly based on partnership, science and action. We use the best available science to inspire positive action for biodiversity by and for partners—Government, local communities and private sector. We remain a non-political and not for profit membership Society.


Our work to conserve biodiversity focuses on Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas. Birds are used as “first filters” to set conservation targets because birds are very good indicators for the natural world as a whole, as well as being important in their own right. Birds are popular, appealing and consequently exceptionally well studied and observed, providing an excellent scientific foundation for Nature Kenya’s work. By saving the habitats and ecosystems important for birds, we effectively conserve a much broader array of biodiversity within the framework of Key Biodiversity Areas.


Nature Kenya takes practical action. We work with and for people – to improve their quality of life alongside, and as a result of, nature conservation. We collaborate with others wherever possible, at local, national, regional or global levels, linking with community groups, governments, businesses, universities, civil society groups and [notably] BirdLife International to increase the impacts of our efforts. As BirdLife International in Kenya, we implement the BirdLife Strategy—integral to the Nature Kenya strategy.


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