24 May 2021

Project Manager at Ministry of Environment and Forestry

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Job Description

The Ministry of Environment and Forestry was created vide Executive Order No. 1 of 2018 on the organization of government of Kenya. It is mandated to undertake National Environment Policy and Management, Forestry development policy and management, Development of re-afforestation and agro-forestry, Restoration of strategic water towers, Protection and conservation of Natural environment, Pollution control, Lake Victoria management programme, Restoration of Lake Naivasha basin, Kenya Meteorological department, Kenya meteorological training, Conservation and protection of wetlands and Climate change affairs.

The Project Manager will be responsible for the overall management of the project, including the mobilisation of all project inputs, Supervision over project staff, consultants and sub- contractors.
He/She will also be responsible for the overall day to day running of the project including overall coordination, planning, management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation and reporting of all project activities:
Term of Engagement: The position shall be on an initial twelve (12) months contract with possibility for extension.

Duties and Responsibilities:-

Reporting to the National Project Director (NPD) at the Ministry of Environment and Forestry; and on a periodic basis to the Project Board, the Project Manager will:-

  1. Plan the activities of the project and monitor progress against the approved work- plan;
  2. Supervise and coordinate all project inputs; the production of project outputs, as per the project document in a timely and high quality fashion; while ensuring that these adhere to UNDP procedures for nationally executed project;
  3. Coordinate the recruitment and selection of project personnel, consultant and sub-contracts, including drafting terms of reference (TORs) and work specifications and overseeing all contractors work;
  4. Manage requests for the provision of financial resources by UNDP, through advance of funds, direct payments, or reimbursement using the UNDP format provided;
  5. Monitor financial resources and accounting to ensure accuracy and reliability of financial reports;
  6. Liaise with UNDP, Project Board, relevant government agencies and all project partners, including donor organizations and CSOs; for effective coordination of all project activities;
  7. Oversee and ensure timely submission of all financial reports, and other reports as may be required by UNDP, GEF and UNEP;
  8. Oversee the exchange and sharing of experiences and lessons learned with relevant ASGM projects nationally and Internationally;
  9. In collaboration with the GEF GOLD global component, identify opportunities for communication of project activity results at a global level on quarterly basis; and
  10. Assist community groups, municipalities, CSOs, Staff, Students and others with development of essential skills through training workshops and on the job training thereby increasing their institutional capabilities.

Requirements for the Position:-


Applicants must possess the following, in order to be considered for appointment to the position:-

  1. Bachelor’s degree; field from a recognized institution; in Environmental Science, Chemistry, Mining, Geology, Chemical Engineering or Chemical/ Biological Sciences or any other related
  2. MSc. degree field from a recognized institution; in Environmental Science, Chemistry, Mining, Geology, Chemical Engineering or Chemical/ Biological Sciences or in any other related field.

Added advantages

  1. PhD in any of the above ,or related fields; and
  2. Specialized training in toxic chemicals; and waste; and
  3. monitoring and evaluation;


In addition the applicant should have the following:

  • At least ten (10) years’ experience in the implementation; management, monitoring and evaluation; of environmental projects;
  • Five (5) of which (years) must have been in the Implementation of projects related to toxic chemicals;

Added advantages

  • Experience in the implementation; management, monitoring and evaluation; of projects related to mercury; and ASGM; in particular;
  • Proven experience in working with government ministries, national or county institutions that are concerned with natural resource and/ or environmental management.


Applicants should also have a demonstrated ability in the following:-

  1. Manage the implementation of large Multi-stakeholder projects,
  2. Manage technical and administrative teams, work with a wide range of stakeholders across various sectors and at all levels;
  3. Develop durable partnerships with collaborating agencies;
  4. Coordinate and supervise multiple Regional Project Officers ; and national and international consultants/experts, in their implementation of technical activities in partnership with a variety of subnational stakeholder groups, including community and government;
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of government development priorities, policies, Financial and Accounting Regulations and Procedures.

The Applicant should also demonstrate possession of:-

  1. Good computer application skills in common word processing (Ms Word), Spread Sheet ( Ms Excel) and internet search;
  2. Excellent drafting, presentation and report-writing skills;
  3. Excellent networking , interpersonal and communication skills;
  4. Good knowledge about the political and socio-economical context related to ASGM at the international, national and subnational levels; and
  5. Excellent command of English and Kiswahili.

Method of Application

Download the specific job requirements for the positions from the Ministry of Environment and Forestry Website page www.environmment.go.ke, read this carefully as it lists the skills, knowledge and qualifications required.Fill in each section of the Bio - Data Form clearly in typed, block letters.

  1. The Bio-Data Form must be accompanied with an Application Letter, detailed Curriculum Vitae, Certified Copies of Academic Certificates, National Identify Card, and Testimonials.
  2. All applications should be addressed to,

    The Cabinet Secretary,
    Ministry of Environment and Forestry,
    P.O. Box 30126,
    00100 NAIROBI.
  3. In Submitting the applications, Applicants can;
  4. Email their applications, in Ms Word or PDF; to

    [email protected]

    with the position Title as the subject; or
  5. Drop a hard copy; in sealed envelope at the

    Ministry’s (Main) Registry
    on 13th Floor,
    NHIF Building

  6. Post a hard copy;
  7. With the position title clearly indicated at the left hand corner of the envelope.
Late applications shall NOT be considered. The Ministry of Environment and Forestry is an Equal Opportunity employer: Women, Minorities, Marginalized and Persons Living with Disability (PWD) are encouraged to apply.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Any form of canvassing will lead to Automatic Disqualification.

Closing Date : 8th June, 2021


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