Job Vacancy – Pride Of Meru Project Officer

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April 6, 2022 | No Comments

Duma Works is supporting Born Free Foundation to recruit a Project Officer in Meru, Kenya. A key part of this role will be to develop and implement lion monitoring and human-lion conflict mitigation across the Meru Conservation Area (MCA), which includes Meru and Kora National Parks and Bisanadi and Mwingi National Reserves, but with a longer-term objective to expand lion monitoring and conservation activities beyond the MCA.


POM Field Assistants, POM Driver, Lion Ambassadors.


The role reports directly to the Head of Meru Programme.


Collect data & monitor predator populations and key ecological variables

  • Design of POM field protocols, data collection tools and all matters relevant to POM project.
  • Management of day-to-day POM field schedule
  • Lead the Lion Identification process and processing on the online database
  • Ensure proper storage of camera trap data files on the online database
  • Effective supervision and of all direct reports

Analyse data and convert to relevant, user friendly information to inform conservation strategies

  • Generate monthly statistical analysis of ecological data, including descriptive statistics.
  • Organize training of the POM Field Assistants on standardized data collection, basic analysis, and data storage
  • Assist Head of Meru Programme report against the POM project logical framework quarterly and annually on project activities to the UK Conservation Team

Establish effective dialog with key stakeholder groups that inform conservation strategies and data collection approach

  • Increase public understanding and appreciation of lion status in the Greater Meru Landscape:
  • Responsible for Elsa’s Pride and rhino adopt updates.
  • In collaboration with Marketing and communication Officer and UK office, actively contribute to providing analysed data as content for social media, mainstream media and other marketing materials e.g newsletter
  • Coordinate logistics and relevant communication during KWS quarterly meetings as well as reporting.
  • Work with Head of Meru Programme to cultivate positive relationships with key government stakeholders in order to ensure that the programme achieves its goals.
  • Improve and grow reputation among academic and research audiences: Collaborate to write scientific papers and develop co-authorship opportunities with other BFF staff

Effective and Efficient Management & operations

  • Human Resources:
    • Monitor skills and effectiveness of POM Field Assistants & Lion Ambassadors, and identify any potential issues or risks or skill gaps that could affect their progression and work with Head of Meru Programmes to develop solutions
    • Responsible for keeping POM meeting calendars and appointment notices updated, organize agendas. Also, records and distributes meeting minutes to attendees. When meetings result in action item assignments, the POM Project Officer tracks them to completion.
    • Maintain good relationships with direct reports, checking that everyone understands tasks and is able to complete them on time
    • Coordinate POM intern activities
    • Identify and attend training relevant to the position
    • Engage in capacity building of programme personnel
    • Prepare monthly field equipment inventory and share with the Head of Programme. Ensure field equipment’s are well maintained.


  • Degree in a Natural Resource Management, or Wildlife Management or a related field.
  • At least three years of field experience, preferably with lion or other large carnivore in Kenya
  • An interest in large carnivore conservation is preferred.
  • Experience of working in challenging environmental conditions when working in the field
  • Experience in handling ecological and social science data.
  • Accurate, attentive to detail and accustomed to high volume productivity and apply organisation policies and procedures to daily work.
  • Familiarity with online communication tools such as Zoom, Teams and Outlook.
  • Ability to work unsupervised and under pressure to meet deadlines.
  • In-depth understanding of people’s culture and conservation issues in East Africa.
  • Effective communication skills and fluent in English (ability to speak Kiswahili is added advantage).
  • Ability and willingness to drive and care for project vehicle as per Born Free motor vehicle policy
  • Strong desire to apply research to real world conservation problem solving and to interact with experts from different disciplinary backgrounds in this capacity
  • Ability to translate research findings
  • Vast knowledge of ecosystems and protected area management, nature and culture in conservation, stakeholder’s engagement, economic and social development issues as they relate in Kenya
  • Ability to manage and prioritize competing demands and meet deadlines


To apply online click here

This position is closed


* You will receive a confirmation email from [email protected] and an alert to take a basic screening test online. The email with the test may not arrive immediately. Please be patient. The email test will typically be 5-8 questions to help us understand your background.

If you apply and don’t meet these minimum qualifications, we will not be able to move forward with your application. For any enquiries about the position, kindly reach out to us on [email protected]

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