31 May 2021

Conservation Tourism Projects Manager at Nature Conservancy

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Nairobi, Kenya


Founded in 1951, The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change and conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale.  One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 72 countries, including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners.

The Nature Conservancy Africa program follows a holistic approach to protect vital lands and waters, transform the way natural resources are used and managed and inspire to equip others to contribute to the shared vision of a healthy and sustainable future for Africa’s lands, waters, wildlife, and people. We use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.orq or follow @nature press on Twitter.

TNC Africa, with support from TNC’s NatureVest impact investment team, is working with an investment management partner to launch the Africa Conservation & Communities Tourism (ACCT) Fund. The purpose of the ACCT Fund is to raise and deploy impact investment capital to support conservation tourism operators through the COVID-induced economic downturn. Fund support will be contingent on the continued delivery of conservation outcomes and support to local communities – including local employment opportunities. TNC is the Conservation Advisor to the Fund and will review and monitor each investment for conservation and community outcomes. TNC will write a suite of conservation covenants that will be contractually obligated in the loan agreement that each operator must adhere to over the life of the loan. TNC will also chair the Fund’s Conservation Committee, which will include members from the investment manager and third-party experts. The Fund’s priority geographies include Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Namibia, South Africa and Botswana but other countries may be considered.


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.


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.

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.


  • 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.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Conservation, Finance, Tourism Management or related and 7 years of related experience or equivalent combination in a private sector environment, such as tourism or conservation finance focused on the landscapes of Africa.
  • Experience leading and managing complex projects and strategic initiatives in an unstructured environment in the nature-based tourism sector in Africa.
  • International work experience.
  • Project management experience and experience meeting deadlines.
  • Experience developing end products with software such as PowerPoint, Word, Excel.


  • Multi-lingual and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Self-starter with ability to generate work products with limited support.
  • Experience developing conservation tourism business plans or major strategy assessments, particularly with conservation forms of deal structuring, negotiations support, financial modeling and analysis, business planning.
  • Experience developing, presenting and writing-up complex materials in briefing notes and / or memorandums.
  • Knowledge of politics and society with respect to environmental and international affairs in Africa.
  • Willingness to learn and develop expertise in new conservation strategies, economic drivers, management tools, and global affairs.
  • Strong team player who can build relationships and work collaboratively across the organization, including with senior management, TNC Africa conservation staff and with Conservancy partners.
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