Senior Associate / DCOP – Africa Region Conservation

Location: Nairobi
Practice Area: International Conservation
Employment Type: Direct Hire
Start Date: 01/21/20

  • Location: Nairobi
  • Type: Direct Hire
  • Job #21

Environmental Incentives

Environmental Incentives’ mission is to enhance the systems that sustain resilient and healthy communities. We design performance-driven approaches to conservation that empower public and private sector leaders to multiply their impact. Since our establishment in 2004, we have become a leading advisor on natural resource programs and policies across the USA and internationally. Environmental Incentives is a certified B Corporation and is committed to improving the environment, our employees, and the communities where we work. 

Economics of Natural Capital in East Africa & Measuring Impact II 

This position will support two USAID-funded activities:

The Economics of Natural Capital in East Africa Program (NatCap EA) is a part of USAID’s Conservation and Management of Natural Capital in East Africa Program. The project will create new knowledge by engaging stakeholders in the co-design of a natural capital assessment that provides useful and actionable results; change perspectives about the current and potential value of natural capital in East Africa among decision makers and the general public through the dissemination of new knowledge generated by the assessment; and generate action through cross-sectoral dialogue exploring tradeoffs among alternative management and policy choices for natural capital and economic outcomes. 

Measuring Impact II (MI2) is a project, under USAID’s Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, and Environment—Office of Forestry and Biodiversity (E3/FAB), which provides technical leadership and guidance to increase the effectiveness and impact of biodiversity conservation and integrated programs around the world. MI2 offers assistance for best practices in adaptive management, organizational learning, and the use and generation of evidence to enhance biodiversity conservation. MI2 also helps to integrate biodiversity conservation with other development sectors such as health, food security, democracy and governance, and global climate change. 


Environmental Incentives is seeking to hire a Senior Associate / DCOP – Africa Region Conservation to join our team working in Africa. The Senior Associate will work closely with the NatCap EA Chief of Party based in Nairobi, Kenya, and MI2’s Africa Lead based in Pretoria, South Africa.

Anticipated Duties

Project and team management responsibilities are expected to include:

  • Assist with finalizing scopes of work, workplans and contracts for EI’s work in Africa.
  • Lead day-to-day management of NatCap EA and MI2, including conducting regular meetings, maintaining timelines, supporting deliverable development, and ensuring deliverables’ quality and timely submission
  • Lead development, quality control, and submission of large project deliverables such as work plans, annual reports, synthesis of findings, etc.
  • Support supervision of short-term consultants, including selection, hiring, contract development, modifications, coordination, oversight, and approving invoices.
  • Oversee the collating, reporting, monitoring, evaluation, and learning data from project staff and partners.

Technical responsibilities are expected to include:

  • NatCap EA
    • Coordinate the activities of multiple contractors and stakeholders to facilitate data gathering, storage, analysis, and submission to ensure appropriate confidentiality and public availability of information.
    • Implement data gathering, analysis and reporting as defined in the project’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Plan.
    • Contribute to the development and production of communication materials that translate research findings into policy-relevant messages.
    • Assist in-person workshops with researchers and policy decision-makers to identify and agree upon actions to improve wildlife and habitat management.
  • MI2
    • Support the Africa Lead to provide in-person or remote technical support to USAID staff and implementing partners programming biodiversity funds in Africa.
    • Assist and facilitate in-person workshops that support project design, adaptive management, or learning. These workshops, a cornerstone of MI2’s field work, will align with USAID policies and procedures, including its Biodiversity Policy, E3/FAB’s approach to project design and adaptive management, and the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation.


Environmental Incentives seeks talented, creative and inspired professionals who can provide technical support in a growing practice while being flexible enough to fit into a strong culture. We differentiate carefully our minimum qualifications and preferred skills.

Minimum Qualifications 

These qualifications are considered the minimum necessary and we expect successful candidates will bring more than the minimum listed.

  • Master’s degree in Biological or Social Sciences or a related field and 5 years of professional experience working in biodiversity conservation and/or natural resource management in Africa OR Bachelor’s degree in Biological or Social Sciences or a related field and 10 years of progressively more experience managing programs.
  • Fluent in verbal and written English.
  • Legally authorized to work in Kenya with no restrictions.
  • Experience in project management, including financial management, logistics, team planning, performance management, and reporting. 
  • Familiarity with the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation.
  • Contacts within East and/or Southern African government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, international donors and the private sector.
  • Experience organizing and facilitating workshops and training programs in urban and remote rural areas in East and/or Southern Africa.
  • Ability to work flexible hours and with teams across multiple time zones.
  • Ability to travel internationally (throughout Africa and to the USA) for up to three weeks at a time.
  • Familiarity with civil society and communities with respect to natural landscapes and biodiversity.
  • Experience with a variety of relevant computer software for telecommunications and project management.

Strongly Preferred

  • Experience working on USAID-funded projects.
  • Experience applying the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation to design biodiversity conservation, natural resource management, or climate change adaptation projects. 
  • Demonstrable understanding of the ecosystems and drivers of environmental change in East and/or Southern Africa, and the challenges and opportunities for biodiversity conservation.
  • Understanding of challenges posed by illegal economies (illegal poaching, logging, fishing, and wildlife trade) and environmental crime as related to deforestation and biodiversity loss.
  • Fluency in Kiswahili, French, and/or Portuguese.

Base Station

The position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya.


Environmental Incentives also offers a competitive benefits package that includes generous annual leave, holiday and sick time, retirement plan options, professional development opportunities and health coverage. Salaries depend on qualifications and location. The annual salary range for this position is $30,000 – $50,000.

How To Apply

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume on our careers page with “Africa Region Senior Associate” as the position title in the subject line. The cover letter should concisely describe how your application meets or exceeds the minimum qualifications for this position. Please also include contacts for at least three references. 

What happens next?

On a rolling basis throughout the application period, we will review applications and contact qualified candidates to request additional information. We will invite the top candidates to interview by video conference and may also request that they complete a short written technical assignment. 

Environmental Incentives is an Equal Opportunity Employer

We are committed to developing an inclusive work environment where diversity of thought, style, culture and skill is valued in support of individual performance and potential, as well as our business goals and mission.

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