Blue Carbon Specialist

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Lamu, Kenya 🇰🇪

Mombasa, Kenya 🇰🇪


Lamu, Kenya

(or Mumbassa, with freq. travel to Lamu)


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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.

TNC and partners are implementing an ongoing project on ‘Strengthening Mangrove Management in the Northern Coast of Kenya’, we aim to secure, manage, and restore mangroves and associated ecosystems in Lamu and Tana River Counties (Kenya) for biodiversity conservation, community livelihood, and climate benefits. The project uses applied science and a participatory approach working with local partners and mangrove community forest associations, and seeks to develop a blue carbon offset and resilient credit project for Lamu – Tana seascape to generate sustainable conservation finance, protect biodiversity, and create incentives for communities. Through the Bezos Earth Fund (BEF) award, TNC is advancing applied Natural Climate Solutions (NCS) science and supporting scale up and implementation of NCS projects while building on TNC’s long history of field-based conservation, including in the northern coast of Kenya.


The Blue Carbon Specialist provides technical and scientific support for conservation initiatives in Kenya through TNC’s Africa Ocean Strategy to help fill critical capacity and knowledge gaps and contribute to larger-scale expansion of NCS, specifically in the Northern Coast of Kenya. As part of a larger learning network at TNC, the NCS Prototyping Network, they will connect and regularly engage with the NCS Prototyping team and similar projects in multiple global geographies to share information and support peer-to-peer learning. The Blue Carbon Specialist will be reporting to Africa Forest Carbon Catalyst Director while also working very closely with Africa Fisheries Strategy Manager.

This is a termed position scheduled to end December 2023 with the possibility for extension subject to funding and meeting project outcomes. The location for this position is Lamu or Mombasa in Kenya, with frequent travel to Lamu.  No relocation or visa sponsorship or assistance is being offered with this position.


The Blue Carbon Specialist (Kenya) conducts scientific surveys and research, records data, writes reports and conducts other tasks in order to administer and coordinate Kenya Blue Carbon Projects and NCS research, analysis and monitoring, evaluation and learning specific to mangrove impact analysis, conservation and restoration in the North Coast of Kenya. They work in close collaboration with other staff and partnerships in supporting the guidance, design and implementation of research, impact analysis, assessment of co-benefits and the analysis of carbon mitigation potential for nature-based solutions (in particular blue carbon projects) that can be linked to carbon markets. The Blue Carbon Specialist provides scientific, technical, and project management support and leadership to priority projects. They will help execute ongoing blue carbon project, design priority projects to test key assumptions, verify progress, and evaluate impacts of specific conservation interventions, while also identifying or developing approaches and tools that can be used more broadly across TNC. They lead projects, guide teams and deliver science, reports and publications to better understand and quantify carbon mitigation and other co-benefits specifically related to blue carbon. They liaise with and develop strategic partnerships with relevant agencies, academic partners, conservation organizations, and/or industries. They use project management skills to support the development and implementation of workplans, grants, contracts, and project budgets. They contribute to and build science capacity both for the Kenya and Africa Regional programs but also for TNC by actively engaging and contributing to the NCS Prototyping Network. They also use TNC’s Code of Conduct and Competencies as a baseline to conduct their actions and be an example for others.


  • Develop and implement NCS research, especially in the context of mangrove, blue carbon, and restoration/conservation activities.
  • Perform fieldwork including ecosystem, carbon and/or co-benefit assessments and field monitoring and working with local communities on data and knowledge collection.
  • Facilitates engagement with stakeholders to support establishment of blue carbon project, including designing, preparing, implementing, and evaluating workshops, meetings and events.
  • Lead and support the establishment of a MEL plan that provides knowledge to develop conservation strategies.
  • Develops strategic partnerships with relevant agencies, academic partners, conservation organizations, and/or the private sector.
  • Develops, collects and analyzes data and maintains a database library, maps, and spatial analysis of key habitats and resources, and monitoring reports.
  • Integrates multiple scientific workstreams and teams and ensures overall data quality.
  • Provides research and expertise in support of policy analysis, legislative, corporate and/or policy priorities.
  • Deliver spatial analysis, data, field services and training to teams and partners.  
  • Represents TNC at priority meetings and on committees where technical input is required.
  • Provide limited support to include science and MEL content in priority grant proposals.
  • May prepare program materials including presentations, memos, and other communications.
  • May supervise volunteers, interns, contractors or temporary staff.
  • Ensures program compliance with internal policies and external requirements.
  • May work flexible schedule and travel frequently throughout the region. Works independently, working with supervisor as needed.
  • May work over the weekends, in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, in hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.


  • Master’s degree in biology, environmental science, climate, environmental engineering, natural resource management or related field, and 1 year of related work experience in science, research and/or equivalent combination of education/experience.   
  • Experience collecting, manipulating, analyzing and interpreting scientific data, spatial analysis and/or GIS.
  • Experience preparing reports of findings.
  • Experience working with local communities, partners/government agencies and the corporate sector.
  • Fluency in oral and written English. Fluency in Swahili is highly desirable.


  • Multi-language skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Master’s degree in a related field and 3-5 years’ experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education/experience.
  • Experience with mangrove ecology and mangrove conservation and restoration.
  • Experience with statistical analysis and/or remote sensing.
  • Blue carbon analysis, accounting and or expertise in developing Blue Carbon credits, especially in mangroves or other marine habitats.
  • Experience with Measures, Evaluation and Learning constructs and implementation. 
  • Intimate knowledge, and sensitivity with local and in-country social, economic, and political conditions and issues.
  • Experience coordinating complex projects in a decentralized organization, working across teams, operating units and functions to achieve optimal results.
  • Experience in building networks or organizational capacity, facilitating informational sessions, increasing internal knowledge and capacity, 
  • Experience identifying key stakeholders and building and maintaining strategic partnerships.
  • Experience negotiating complex agreements and contracts.
  • Experience in taking initiative and working independently or with minimal oversight.
  • Excellent organization skills and coordination skills.
  • Politically savvy.


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The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and 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.

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