Born Free Foundation Job Vacancy 2019 for Head, Pride Of Meru Programme, Application Details

Born Free Foundation Job Vacancy 2019 for Head, Pride Of Meru Programme, Application Details

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Applications are invited from suitably qualified applicants for Born Free Foundation Job Vacancy 2019 Interested applicant(s) ought to follow the details and procedures on this page to secure this opportunity.

Born Free Foundation Job Vacancy 2019

Born Free Foundation is an international charity organization. We protect wildlife. All wild animals, including endangered ones, have to be treated with compassion.

The successful applicant will report to the BFK Country Representative, based in the Nairobi office, but also work closely with the Conservation Team in Kenya and the UK. He/she will be based in the field and liaise with the KWS MCA Management. He/she will directly line manage and provide technical support to the Programmes Officer and other members of the Pride of Meru team. Additional duties will include supporting Born Free teams across Kenya on other carnivore monitoring and conservation duties as and when requested by the Country Representative, and representing Born Free in the MCA.

The position is full-time and involves frequent travel and field work away from base, camping in remote locations with the MCA and beyond. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Line-manage and support the Programmes Officer and Pride of Meru team.
  • Take the lead in monitoring the demography, trophic ecology and behaviour of lions; including individual lion identification across MCA, establishing a long-term lion monitoring scheme.
  • Implement a system of data storage and management, including large carnivore and prey species data, human-lion conflict and other threats.
  • Monitor trends in prey abundance.
  • In Meru: develop citizen science data collection with lodges and park visitors.
  • In Kora, Bisanadi, Mwingi: develop and implement specific activities to address threats to lions.
  • Explore work with partners on integrated livestock management.
  • To collaborate with the Working Group on Wildlife Corridors and Dispersal areas to secure high priority wildlife corridors with the objective of enhancing coexistence between communities and wildlife..
  • Analyse data, report, and publish in relevant media, in collaboration with Born Free scientists in Kenya and in the UK and relevant collaborators.
  • Liaise with relevant departments at KWS-MCA, and engage in dialogue with County governments and other stakeholders on threats affecting wildlife, especially in Kora, Bisanadi and Mwingi; and whenever relevant follow up on important points within Born Free Kenya.
  • Contribute to other work carried out by BFK as required, on education, administration, fundraising, representation and reporting.


  • Postgraduate degree in Natural Resource Management; Conservation biology or Wildlife management;
  • 5-years practical field experience managing wildlife conservation field projects; experience working in this context in Kenya with wildlife conservancies and relevant government agencies is preferred.
  • In-depth understanding of people’s culture and conservation issues in Kenya;
  • Experience in project development, management, analytical and organisational skills including good financial accountability;
  • Experience in analysing ecological and social science data and producing scientific research reports;
  • Proficiency with databases and spreadsheets and data analytical packages such as SPSS, R package and STATA; GIS skills are preferred;
  • Excellent technical report writing skills;
  • A team leader with excellent interpersonal and presentational skills;
  • Ability to build good relationships with the rest of BFK team, partner organisations and external collaborators to drive Born Free’s Kenya strategy.
  • Fluent in English (ability to speak Kiswahili is added advantage)

This is a role with a salary dependent on qualifications and experience and 21 days holiday per annum. This position is based full-time in the Meru Conservation Area with some international travel.

Born Free is an equal opportunities employer.

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How to Apply

Curriculum Vitae with a covering letter should be forwarded to the following individuals: Head of Conservation, Born Free Foundation: Liz Greengrass [email protected] and Country Representative, Born Free Kenya: Tim Oloo [email protected]

Recruitment: CC  [email protected]

The deadline for applications is the 31st of January 2019


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