Fisheries Coordinator

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Mumbwa, Zambia 🇿🇲

Job ID: 53215

Location: Zambia

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular


 Zambia, Africa

Mumbwa Office- Zambia 


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 to create a world where people and nature thrive. We’re rooted in our Mission and guided by our Values, which include a Commitment to Diversity and Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures. Whether it’s career development, flexible schedules, or a rewarding mission, there are many reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want better insight into TNC? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube or Glassdoor.  

Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued. We know we’ll only achieve our Mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. In addition to the requirements in our postings, we recognize that people come with talent and experiences outside of a job. Diversity of knowledge and skills combined with passion is a key to innovation and a culture of inclusion! Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote myriad TNC staff members, “you’ll join for our mission, and you’ll stay for our people.”

Since establishing the Africa Programme in 2007, The Nature Conservancy’s vision in Africa is to work towards fostering a sustainable future for people and nature, partnering with indigenous communities across 55 million acres on the continent. Our efforts are firmly rooted in people, leveraging scientific and technical expertise as we collaborate with governments and organizations to conserve and enhance Africa’s shared resources in the nine countries we operate.

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.

In Zambia, TNC has a primary geographical focus on the Greater Kafue Ecosystem (GKE). This is Zambia’s largest conservation landscape, a 66,000 sq. km complex of great biodiversity value, dominated by the 22,000 sq. km Kafue National Park and nine Game Management Areas (GMAs) under communal tenure that span an additional 44,000 sq. km. TNC is working with communities and diverse public and private stakeholders in this ecosystem to strengthen community tenure over natural resources, develop effective natural resource governance and management systems and create sustainable conservation management and revenue generation models for the landscape.

TNC in Zambia is rapidly scaling up its terrestrial conservation work in the GKE landscape and is now embarking on an ambitious initiative to integrate freshwater protection and the sustainable utilization of aquatic resources into its work. To achieve this, TNC has launched the Kafue Sustainable Fisheries Programme, which focuses on supporting fishing communities, Government and conservation partners to develop community-based fisheries in six target fisheries across the GKE. The key pillars of the programme are: 1. Promoting sound fisheries governance by facilitating co-management/community-based approaches to fisheries management; 2. Knowledge generation to ensure a rigorous science-based approach to management; 3. Development of fisheries action plans that describe the fisheries’ biophysical context and using the collected baseline socio-ecological information and outline key requirements for developing sustainable fisheries management initiatives in these fisheries. 


The Fisheries Coordinator manages and coordinates the day-to-day activities of  TNC’s Kafue Sustainable Fisheries Programme in the GKE. The Fisheries Coordinator will serve as the principal point of contact for local stakeholders involved in the programme and will collaborate closely with key stakeholders such as the Department of Fisheries, Greater Kafue Landscape Limited and fishing communities, serving as an interface between all fisheries stakeholders. The Fisheries Coordinator will work closely with government agencies to provide technical support to fishing communities, coordinate field activities including the establishment and implementation of community-based fisheries monitoring initiatives, coordinate fisheries co-management activities and ensure that key fisheries stakeholders are consistently engaged and aware of fisheries-related activities and supportive of the programme.


The Fisheries Coordinator will be primarily responsible for the implementation of TNC’s fisheries activities in at least six key fisheries in the GKE. They will work with TNC’s public and private partners, communities, and conservation organizations to ensure the delivery of aquatic conservation and fisheries development outcomes consistent with TNC Zambia’s conservation strategy and the objectives of the Kafue Sustainable Fisheries Programme. The Fisheries Coordinator will be based in TNC’s Mumbwa Office and will report to TNC Zambia’s Conservation Director.

Specifically, the Fisheries Coordinator:

  • Cultivates and develops partnerships with key stakeholders in the landscape, including fishing communities, government agencies, collaborating partners and private sector actors.
  • Works with and supports TNC’s partners and service providers in the planning and implementation of socio-economic and ecological baseline data collection and ongoing monitoring initiatives
  • Works closely with fishing communities, traditional leaders, district and provincial offices and relevant government departments and partners to facilitate the development of community-based fisheries co-management structures and resource use and conservation plans.
  • Coordinates and facilitates meetings, workshops and trainings with key stakeholders related to the sustainable use of fisheries and co-management approaches.
  • Creates linkages to and manages relationships with local, regional, and national level partners in the community fisheries and freshwater conservation sectors
  • Works as part of TNC Zambia’s conservation team, ensuring close communication, collaboration and learning with peers in the team
  • Works with TNC Zambia’s monitoring and evaluation team to report on fisheries activities, support data management activities and measure outcomes in accordance with TNC’s M&E framework
  • Supports programme management activities such as work planning, budgeting and reporting.
  • Communicates TNC’s vision consistently across the area of work focus with partners and stakeholders
  • Works with TNC Communications and Marketing team in identifying and documenting stories of change within the Kafue landscape
  • May require frequent travel domestically and during evening and weekend hours.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations and under physically demanding circumstances.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • BA/BS degree in Natural Resource Management, Wildlife or Fisheries Management, Biology or a similar relevant field
  • At least 5 years of experience in capture fisheries management and/or fisheries research
  • Experience with Zambian freshwater ecosystems/fisheries, with strengths in ecological and social research and/or fisheries management at field level
  • Experience with co-management or community-based natural resource management principles and the legislative provisions that facilitate a co-management approach.
  • Experience in conservation or related project management
  • Experience in partnership development with non-profit partners, community groups and   government agencies 
  • Experience in engaging and working with communities on conservation or natural resource management issues.
  • Experience in facilitating, negotiating and conflict management in multi-stakeholder environments
  • Proven communication skills in written, spoken, and graphical means in English
  • Experience with computer skills (e.g. Excel, Word)
  • Full and valid Zambian Driving License

Desired Qualifications:

  • Multi-lingual and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience is appreciated.
  • A passion for Zambia’s rivers, wildlife and wild spaces.
  • Over 7 years’ experience in fisheries management, conservation practice or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Demonstrated experience influencing, developing, and implementing community-based natural resource management plans
  • Experience in socio-ecological research and execution of qualitative and quantitative research projects.
  • Data analysis and scientific writing skills, including statistical analyses of biological and socioeconomic data
  • Experience with geographical information systems and spatial representation of data
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluation of rural or environmental projects
  • Ability to operate in Zambia freshwater sector, including being able to communicate in local languages and knowledge of political and other locally-relevant issues.
  • Ability to work independently with strong self-motivation
  • Politically savvy.


Since 1951, TNC has been doing work you can believe in. Through grassroots action, we have grown from a small non-profit into one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world. Thanks to more than 1 million members, over 400 scientists, and the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff and partners, we impact conservation around the world! 

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