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Technical Specialist, Social and Environmental Safeguards, BlueAction Project

Fauna & Flora International NAIROBI


Start Date: As soon as possible

Duration of Contract: Fixed-term contract until 31 August 2027

Probation Period: Six months

Salary: USD 35,000 gross per annum

Location: FFI Office in Nairobi, Kenya, with regular travel to Tanzania: Tanga region,
Zanzibar (Unguja and Pemba). International travel to FFI’s head office in Cambridge, UK may be required occasionally.

Benefits: 25 working days’ annual leave entitlement plus national public holidays
observed in Kenya

Hours of Work: This is a full-time position, working 40 hours Monday to Friday inclusive. These hours may vary depending on the requirements of the job in the


The primary purpose of this role is to ensure that FFI, as the BlueAction project lead, adequately identifies, avoids, manages and/or mitigates negative impacts affecting communities or other relevant stakeholders as a result of its conservation work under the BlueAction project in Tanzania. This will be achieved by working directly with a counterpart in Mwambao to ensure the implementation, monitoring and reporting of the social and environmental safeguards tools outlined in the BlueAction environmental and social management plan (ESMP) and process framework.


Specific Duties:

  • Under the line-management of the Senior Technical Specialist, Social Equity & Rights, Africa and working with the roles listed above, the Technical Specialist, Social & Environmental Safeguards, BlueAction Project, will have the following responsibilities:
  • Implementation of locally appropriate methods and interventions to assess, manage, monitor and act on social and environmental impacts as identified in the project’s Environmental and Social Management System (ESMS), other safeguard instruments and in the relevant FFI position statements and guidance
  • Work collaboratively with Mwambao to provide technical advice and training to ensure robust documentation and data management systems and monitoring
  • Responsible for keeping the project ESMS tools up to date, including: Environmental and Social Management Plan, Process Framework, Stakeholder Engagement Plan, and Grievance Mechanism.
  • Document the use of ESMS tools and refine and adapt where necessary, in close collaboration with Mwambao
  • Development of outputs (e.g., updated social safeguard documents) and reports according to agreed workplans and in a timely manner for funder reporting requirements


  • Provide guidance and mentorship to project partners to ensure the effective delivery of desired impacts in FFI’s work in Tanzania
  • Build the capacity of in-country partners to deliver on project activities and outcomes


  • As required and in line with approved strategic plans, contribute to and support the development of funding proposals, ensuring the accuracy and appropriateness of work planned in Tanzania

Budgeting and Reporting

  • Contribute to the production of annual work-plans and budgets for FFI’s conservation activities inTanzania, in line with annual project budgets and anticipated outcomes
  • Contribute to the provision of accurate and timely technical project reports as per FFI and donor requirements for ESMS
  • Ensure full compliance with FFI position statements, protocols, policies and procedures, ensuring work is done to high quality and within fund budgets

Communications and Representation

  • Ensure regular communication and coordination with FFI staff in the UK, and Kenya as appropriate
  • Develop communications materials in appropriate formats and actively share project results and learning through internal and external fora
  • Represent, and develop the profile of, FFI and FFI’s work in Tanzania with national and local stakeholders, always representing the values and interests of FFI


  • Undertake regular international travel to project sites, Tanga region, Zanzibar (Unguja and Pemba), relevant conferences and international meetings as required
  • Support a culture of excellent communication, sharing of knowledge, lessons learnt and best practice and collaboration between project staff, wider FFI team members, implementing partners and other stakeholders as appropriate
  • Undertake any other tasks commensurate with the position that may be requested from time-to-time by Line Manager, Senior Technical Specialist, Social Equity & Rights, Africa


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant discipline (e.g. natural resource management, anthropology, human geography, environmental management) or at least 5 years’ experience in a similar role
  • Master’s degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant discipline

More Details on Experience

  • Experience of working in a multi-cultural environment
  • Experience of working in partnership with other NGOs (e.g., in consortium), government
    agencies and/or local civil society organisations
  • Experience of building capacity, training and/or mentoring for more effective conservation action
  • Experience of dealing diplomatically with delicate topics of equity and rights with communities, their representatives and government institutions
  • Experience with project management including developing and following workplans and budgets
  • Working in Eastern Africa, preferably in Tanzania
  • Professional experience in international conservation or a related field
  • Experience and/or knowledge of coastal marine habitats and
  • Mentoring experience
  • Previous experience with BlueAction projects

More Details on Skills

  • Relevant technical skills including conducting environmental and/or social impact assessments, conducting applied research on sustainable livelihoods, preparing community land use and resource use plans, stakeholder mapping, community conservation activities, etc.
  • Demonstrable project management skills with proven experience in project design,
    development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation
  • Ability to think critically and analyse complex and nuanced problems
  • Facilitation and training experience
  • Fluent written and spoken English and Swahili
  • Proven organisational skills, with structured and methodical approach to work and a clear focus on results
  • Excellent writing skills including attention to detail, documentation of activities, and
    preparation of reports
  • Excellent verbal communication, with ability to present, negotiate and persuade at various levels with confidence and credibility·
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office skills
  • Proven operational management skills in remote, developing countries.
  • Relevant technical skills in applying social safeguards
    such as stakeholder engagement plans, grievance mechanisms, and process
    frameworks (e.g. IFC PS or WB ESS)
  • Commitment to FFI’s values and mission
  • Self-motivated, independent and resourceful
  • Open to learning and able to quickly pick up new skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, networking skills
  • Commitment to organisational and legal compliance, and responsible management of donor funds
  • Team player, with ability to seek out views of others and build positive working relationships
  • Confident in managing work in remote settings
  • Ability to work under pressure and to deal with challenges in a positive and constructive way

Terms And Conditions

  • Entitlement to live and work in Kenya (without employee sponsorship)
  • Willingness and ability to travel regularly and at short notice to Tanzania (including Zanzibar) and to visit remote coastal communities
  • Willingness and ability to travel internationally when required


Applications, consisting of a covering letter explaining why you feel you should be considered for this post, a full CV (tailored to the role as advertised, highlighting relevant experience and achievements) and contact details for two referees (who will not be contacted without your permission) should be sent to [email protected]

Please mark your application Technical Specialist, Social and Environmental Safeguards,
BlueAction Project The closing date for applications is 22 March 2023. Interviews are likely to be held from week commencing 3 April 2023. Candidates selected for interview will be contacted by email or telephone – please specify your preferred method of contact in your covering letter and indicate where you saw the position advertised.

Regrettably, due to limited resources and the high number of applications we receive, we are only able to contact short-listed candidates. If you do not hear from us within four weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been successful on this occasion.