Junior Consultant (Water and Livelihood Resource Management)

SNV Netherlands Development Organisation

Nanyuki, , KE

Company Description

SNV is a not-for-profit international development organization that applies practical know-how to make a lasting difference in the lives of people living in poverty. We use our extensive and long-term in-country presence to apply and adapt our top-notch expertise in agriculture, energy and WASH to local contexts. SNV has an annual turnover of €130 million, over 1,250 staff in more than 25 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. We are proud to be a not-for-profit organization that uses project financing to implement our mission. This requires us to work efficiently and to invest in operational excellence.

In agriculture, we work with partners, including private- and public-sector actors, to take up and implement the use of successful processes, technologies, and models. We focus on smallholder farmers willing and able to implement farming-as-a-business, as well as the small and medium agricultural enterprises that are essential to transforming agricultural value chains. We support systems change and develop markets so that they function more effectively, sustainably, and beneficially for people living in poverty, building their capacities to improve their lives. Important elements are a system’s change perspective, a focus on sustainability and a continuation of market services, facilitating changes that improve adaptive intervention and the way markets work.

For more information on our operations in Kenya and SNV generally visit our website: www.snv.org

Project background

The Laikipia, Isiolo, Samburu Transforming the Environment through Nexus (LISTEN) is a 3.6 million Euro project funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and implemented by a consortium of partners comprising Frontier Counties Development Council (FCDC), Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and SNV Netherlands Development Organisation with SNV as the lead agency. The 3.5-year project seeks to contribute to enhance resilience by increasing food, nutrition and water security in the three selected Arid and Semi‐Arid Lands (ASAL) counties of Laikipia, Isiolo and Samburu in Kenya. Each consortium partner brings their own specialization to the table and will combine their capacity to achieve four key outcomes:

1.    Outcome 1: Improved institutional capacities and programming frameworks for inclusive climate resilience at the county level.

2.    Outcome 2: Improved water and livelihood resource management at Landscape level in the Ewaso Nyiro River Basin Ecosystem.

3.    Outcome 3: Increased production and income through adoption of Good Agricultural Practice (GAP), good management and efficient water practices, technologies and innovations in selected crop and livestock value chains, including fodder and forage.

4.    Outcome 4: Use of Knowledge and Innovation management increased in ASALs.

Job Description

Based in SNV’s Nanyuki field office in Laikipia county, the junior consultant will support implementation of the LISTEN project activities and work with the supervisor on water and livelihood resource management component of the project. She/he may be assigned other duties beyond the said project component as may be found necessary from time to time.

Scope of Work:

The Junior Consultant will work with the supervisor assigned to them on the following areas:

  • Support project implementation activities working in partnership with the relevant county departments,  focal stakeholders and partners in the project focus counties.
  • Support relevant data collection, analysis and report development e.g. capacity needs assessments activities and reporting.
  • Support documentation and facilitation of workshops and exchange visits of the LISTEN project
  • Support the review and establishment of existing and new multi‐stakeholder platforms (involving pastoralists & agro-pastoralists, conservancies, private sector, and government) on coordination and management of water and rangeland and marketing of resources and commodities.
  • Support mapping of existing watershed and irrigation plans in project target locations.
  • Capturing and reporting on lessons learnt that contribute to knowledge development
  • Any other activity that may be assigned by the supervisor.


  • Degree in environmental sciences, water management, hydrology, conservation biology, community development, social sciences or related field.
  • At least 3 years of relevant experience in a water and livestock resources management position.
  • Project management skills (planning, administration, financial and monitoring)
  • Excellent research, report writing and presentation skills
  • Excellent facilitation and communication skills.
  • Experience working with local partners, including governmental agencies and Community Based Organisations in Kenya
  • Previous work experience in the Ewaso Ngíro basin is an added advantage.

Additional Information

Contract Duration: 4 months

Desired start date: May 2021

Please apply by clicking on the I’m Interested tab on this page and complete your application in our in-house recruitment system, attaching your CV and cover letter in English before 30th April 2021

Applications submitted without the required attachments will be disqualified.


Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

We do not appreciate third-party mediation based on this advertisement.

SNV Kenya does not require you to undergo any medical test prior to employment




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