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Fisheries Specialist – Western Indian Ocean (WIO)
Fisheries Specialist – Western Indian Ocean (WIO) at Nature Conservancy January, 2023
The Nature Conservancy’s mission is to protect the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that we can create a world in which people and nature thrive. We’re rooted in our Mission and guided by our Values, which includes a Commitment to Diversity and Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures.


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The Ecology Conservancy’s goal in Africa since launching the Africa Program in 2007 has been to collaborate with indigenous communities across 55 million acres of the continent to promote a sustainable future for people and nature. We engage with groups and governments to conserve and improve Africa’s common resources in the nine countries where we operate. Our work is strongly founded in people, and we make use of our scientific and technical skills.

TNC’s work in Africa transcends three key pillars: securing ownership rights to lands and resources for indigenous people, strengthening leadership and resource management and helping communities value nature through a holistic appreciation of its benefits while increasing revenue streams for conservation efforts and socio-economic development. Together with our partners, we are witnessing critical milestones in integrated land and fisheries management, ocean and source water protection, energy development and sustainable food production, working together and strengthening our resolve in tackling global challenges such as climate change, habitat and biodiversity loss that stands to adversely impact the nearly 1.4 billion people that share Africa.

TNC Africa Oceans Strategy focuses on securing large-scale ocean protection by supporting effective marine spatial planning, sustainable fisheries and community-led conservation approaches. Through the support of legislative and regulatory frameworks, as well as local capacity, and with a focus on tying science and communities to habitat protection, restoration, and management, our work aims to establish sustainable financing to enable conservation outcomes at large marine ecosystem scale. TNC aspires to sustainable fisheries that are managed in a way that promotes thriving coastal communities, reliable seafood supplies, stable local fisheries, biodiversity preservation, and a healthy ocean, river, and lake ecosystem. TNC’s Africa fisheries work aims at safeguarding productive marine fisheries for ecosystem health as important foundation for food and livelihood security. Our vision is for aquaculture to grow with the least environmental impact. TNC has established partnerships with several non-government and government agencies to support coastal and marine fisheries and coastal community-led conservation throughout Africa where TNC operates. The current main focus is the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) particularly the Coastal Kenya, Zanzibar Islands, coast of mainland Tanzania, Seychelles and South Africa while also connecting with the greater WIO region.


The Fisheries Specialist works to support development and implementation of Africa Fisheries Strategy in collaboration with the Conservancy’s Africa Ocean Protection and Resilience team and other TNC staff as appropriate. They will advance TNCs agenda in the WIO by providing technical and scientific support to the Africa Fisheries Strategy Manager and implement effective and impactful strategies to advance Fisheries Program goals under TNC’s Shared Conservation Agenda. Working closely and collaboratively with fishermen, the local community, the fishing industry, the scientific community, governmental and non-governmental organizations in the WIO region and beyond are key components of the role. The post will be headquartered in the Conservancy’s Mombasa office in Kenya and will report to the manager of the Africa Fisheries Strategy. It is part of the TNC’s Africa Ocean Protection and Resilience Strategy team. Except for the local labor employment regulations, this role does not offer any support or employment permits. This job has a limited initial term of three years, with the possibility of an extension pending performance and funding.


The position will manage projects and provide technical and scientific support for elements of TNC’s Africa Fisheries Strategy. The position supports the coordination and implementation of priority projects and acts as a technical resource on sustainable fisheries and community-led conservation. The position will apply a diversified knowledge of fisheries-related scientific principles and practices to a broad variety of assignments, from research, analysis and writing, capacity building, strategy development, project coordination and management support, and engagement with private sector seafood actors and traceability systems.

The responsibilities and scope for this position are:

  • Providing project management support, leading desk-based research and analyses, and co-leading local and international training workshops with country programs.
  • Participating in, and providing technical support towards strengthening or building successful community-led governance models (e.g. fisheries Beach Management Units, Community Conservancies, Community Forest Associations, Shehia Fisher Committees, fisher cooperatives, etc) for sustainable fisheries and coastal management
  • supporting the creation and execution of community-based natural resource management plans and locally managed marine regions
  • supporting the creation of financial incentives that encourage sustainable management, community benefits, and sustainable livelihoods that foster enduring support for conservation.
  • assistance in the coordination of important fisheries projects in priority areas in Kenya, Tanzania, the Seychelles, South Africa, and the larger WIO region, as well as providing team support and technical information.
  • Aiding in the creation, reporting, and administration of the Africa Fisheries Strategy.
  • For the purpose of enhancing cooperation and synergy in the execution of the Conservancy’s Africa Ocean Protection and Resilience Strategy, partnerships are being formed and work is being done with fishermen and fishing communities, internal and external scientists, seafood industries, and NGO partners.
  • Foster cross project learning and strengthen a Community of Practice for the sharing of best practices and lessons learned for adaptive management.
  • Support development of program-level Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning framework for the fisheries and coastal community-led conservation initiatives.
  • Help develop and manage work plans and large project budgets
  • operating under physically hard conditions, in distant regions, on hazardous terrain, and in varying weather conditions.
  • The job will require a lot of overnight and weekend travel, both domestically and abroad.


  • BA/BS degree in natural resources management, conservation, or another related field of study with 5 years of related work experience in conservation practice, project management, policy, fundraising or other related experience.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience on community-led conservation, fisheries management and marine science and conservation
  • Experience conducting or working on fisheries-related scientific research, ecosystem interactions and coastal zone management.
  • Experience in developing supportive and collaborative partnerships with other non-profits, community groups and/or government agencies.
  • Excellent communication skills via written, spoken, and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.
  • Understanding of important players, current trends, risks to fisheries and marine biodiversity in the WIO, and national and regional management and protection policies.
  • Strong technical writing and data analysis skills, as well as the ability to analyze and convey information to a variety of stakeholders and audiences.
  • knowledge of statistical software like Excel and other analysis tools, as well as experience evaluating data

Desired Qualifications

  • Advanced degree and 10 years’ experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience working with the coastal fishing communities.
  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural experience are appreciated. Fluency in Swahili is an added advantage.
  • Willingness and ability to undertake extended periods of field travel (at least 40%) domestically and internationally.
  • Politically savvy.


TNC has been producing work you can trust since 1951. We have developed from a modest non-profit into one of the most powerful and influential environmental groups in the world through grassroots activism. We have a global influence on conservation because of our more than 1 million members, 400+ scientists, and the hard work of our diverse team and partners!

TNC offers competitive and comprehensive benefits packages tailored to the individual countries where we work. These may include health care benefits, retirement benefits, parental leave, paid time off, life insurance, and disability coverage as well as an employee assistance program and other life and well-being benefits. Learn more about our benefits on our Culture Tab on nature.org/careers.

We’re proud to offer a flexible work environment that supports the health and well-being of the people we employ.


To apply for job ID 52902, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at https://careers.nature.org/. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact applyhelp@tnc.org.

The Nature Conservancy offers employment to all qualified candidates. As part of our commitment to diversity, we acknowledge that the leadership and contributions of people with varied backgrounds, beliefs, and cultures are essential to the success of our conservation mission. We encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status, or other status protected by law. We prioritize hiring and mentoring staff to build an inclusive organization that reflects our global character.

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An attractive salary and benefits package is part of TNC’s value proposition to our employees. TNC strives to provide competitive pay and bases salaries on the geographic location of the role committing to being equitable across groups and providing hiring salary ranges when possible.

Since we support flexible and remote work for our employees, many positions have a flexible location within countries where we’re registered as a Non-government Organization and established as an employer. This may mean we’re unable to provide a hiring salary range in the posting for some of our positions. However, candidates invited to be part of our interview process will be provided their location specific range upon request.

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