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Conservation Tourism Projects Manager

Conservation Tourism Projects Manager

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The Conservation Tourism Projects Manager shall be primarily responsible for TNC’s conservation advisory services to the ACCT Fund. This includes working closely with the tourism operators to identify potential outcomes that can be achieved with Fund support and working with TNC local country programs and strategy leads to provide targeted technical assistance to the tourism operators as they seek to deliver their outcomes. In addition, they will be primarily responsible for managing the conservation approval process for each new investment, including developing the conservation recommendations to the Conservation Committee. The Conservation Tourism Projects Manager will work closely with the Fund’s Conservation Committee, TNC’s local country programs in the target geographies, the third-party investment management team and with the conservation tourism operators themselves.  The Conservation Tourism Projects Manager will report to our Protect Indigenous Landscapes Strategy Director and will work closely with our NatureVest team. This position will be based at TNC Regional office in Nairobi, Kenya.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Conservation Tourism Projects Manager shall manage all aspects of TNC’s conservation advisory services to the ACCT Fund.
In this capacity, the Conservation Tourism Projects Manager shall be responsible for conducting detailed conservation and socio-economic diligence on conservation tourism
companies who are under consideration as potential investments for the Fund. This includes annual on-site meetings with each of the conservation tourism operators in the Fund’s
portfolio and review of the operators’ conservation and social outcome potential and/or delivery against the benchmarks set by the Fund.

The Conservation Tourism Projects Manager will be responsible for developing detailed written recommendations to the Fund’s Conservation Committee outlining (i) whether a conservation
tourism company meets the Fund’s conservation criteria, (ii) what outcomes each conservation tourism company should seek to achieve over the life of their loan and (iii) what conservation
covenants should be put in place to hold the tourism companies accountable to their impact metrics. They will submit a written recommendation to the Conservation Committee for each new
investment and will also be asked to present their findings and recommendation in person or over teleconference to the Conservation Committee.
The Conservation Tourism Projects Manager will receive guidance and input from the members of the Conservation Committee throughout the diligence process.

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Once an investment has been made by the Fund, the Conservation Tourism Projects Manager will also be responsible for monitoring the conservation and community impacts of those
investments over the life of the Fund. They will monitor the conservation and community outcomes delivered by each investment bi-monthly and prepare summary reports (and all additional
material required) outlining investee performance against Fund impact benchmarks for the Fund’s Conservation Committee. These reports may also be shared with the Fund’s investors.
The Conservation Tourism Projects Manager will be responsible for coordinating the Conservation Committee’s meetings, developing any necessary materials (including the conservation
recommendation memos) in advance of those meetings and providing any necessary follow-up to the Conservation Committee or individual members.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE

  • Undertakes detailed conservation and social diligence on selected tourism operators in eastern and southern Africa.
  • For new investments, prepares summary recommendations to the Conservation Committee on the conservation and social impact potential of a given investment based on the results of their diligence processes and the overall impact objectives of the Fund.
  • Prepares detailed recommendations to the Conservation Committee for conservation and community activities to be undertaken by tourism operators in eastern and southern Africa, including specific language to be included as conservation criteria for investment on a case-by-case basis, in the form of a formal memorandum with annexed materials.
  • Monitors on a bi-annual basis the conservation and community activities being undertaken by tourism operators receiving investment from the Fund and assessing performance against targeted Fund benchmarks and detailing that assessment in the form of a formal memorandum.
  • Coordinate the work and meetings of the Fund’s Conservation Committee, including all aspects of project management.
  • Work closely with TNC Africa staff in the countries covered by the Fund as necessary on diligence and recommendations to ensure consistency in messaging and outcomes across TNC’s work in the region.
  • Work with Protect Indigenous Landscape Director to ensure conservation and social impacts are aligned with TNC 2030 goals/ outcomes. 
  • Experience making written and oral recommendations and presentations
  • Provide guidance to tourism operators on strategies to achieve outcomes for conservation and communities.
  • Makes strategic decisions based on analysis, experience and judgment.                                                                      
  • Incorporates cross disciplinary knowledge to support program objectives.                                                                    
  • Coordinates the work of other professionals, inside and outside of the organization.    
  • Significant latitude to deal directly with field personnel and organizational leadership.
  • Ability to contribute to conservation strategy decisions and support the Conservation Committee in their decision-making process.  
  • Requires willingness and ability to travel up to 50% both domestically and internationally, and to work occasional weekends and evenings.
Location: Kenya
Organization: The Nature Conservancy
Deadline: May 30, 2021
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