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Partnership Coordinator


Organisation: Mount Kenya Ewaso Water Partnership

Station: Laikipia Wildlife Forum, Nanyuki

LWF is seeking a dynamic, mature leader for its new Water Partnership. Based in Nanyuki, the successful candidate will support the ambitious direction and development of this new Public Private Partnership in the Upper Ewaso Ng’iro North Catchment. The Partnership Coordinator is expected to play a catalytic role in this partnership’s programming and financial sustainability. The Partnership has already received support from the Nordic Climate Facility, the International Finance Corporation, and members. Additional financial support is expected in 2017.


The Laikipia Wildlife Forum serves as the Secretariat to the newly formed Mount Kenya Ewaso Water Partnership—MKEWP— is a partnership of public, private and civil society organisations committed to socially acceptable, economically favourable and environmentally sustainable management of water resources in the Ewaso Ng’iro North Catchment area. Spearheaded by the County Government of Laikipia and Mount Kenya Growers Group, and supported by the Kenya 2030 Water Resources Group, the partnership will provide a mechanism by which water access, use, management and conservation can be addressed in the Upper Ewaso Ng’iro North Catchment area—an area of approximately 15,000 square kilometres, through collective actions that balance the social, economic and environmental demands on water resources equitably.

Three Counties, One Partnership

The platform will address challenges surrounding:

  • Water allocation and use management: The partnership aims to develop systems and strategic allocation plans to ensure water quantity and quality reserved for the maintenance of ecosystems, human consumption, agriculture, and industry are sustainably and effectively managed.
  • Water resource infrastructure development: Given the region’s potential for water storage, developing infrastructure both at household and community level will be instrumental in ensuring water security needs of the region taking into consideration current scarcity of suitable dam sites and the effects of climate change.
  • Institutional capacity in the catchment: In the absence of existing monitoring and enforcement of water abstractions, discussions surrounding allocations across sectors and water using groups is unlikely to adequately progress. Effective regulation is therefore a pre-condition for effective allocation decisions. Strengthening water abstraction, monitoring and regulation, in addition to creating proper incentives for monitoring and enforcement will be instrumental to the effective management of water in the catchment.

Principles Governing the Partnership include:

  • Safe, secure, and sustainable water supply and access
  • Sustainable water resources management which is central to the survival and livelihoods of all Upper Ewaso Ng’iro North Water Basin inhabitants and integrity of the environment
  • Water is a resource that must be shared efficiently and equitably
  • Water resources management is a shared responsibility and is anchored in national documents including Vision 2030, the Water Act, the Laikipia Water Conservation Strategy 2014-2018, the National Water Resources Management Strategy, the National Water Services Strategy, ENNCA Catchment Management Strategy 2014-2022, Master plan for Conservation and Sustainable Management of Water Catchment Areas in Kenya 2012
  • Capitalise on the sources of local and national funding in support of Basin solutions
  • Integrated Water Resources Management which must be practiced across individual sub-catchment and administrative lines for it to be effective
  • Recognition of the roles and mandates of national and county governments in water resource management, catchment management, and provision of water and sanitation services and, propose through the action of the Partnership to add value to the work of the authorities.

Primary Role

The Partnership Coordinator (PC) will lead the operationalisation of the MKEWP Programme and Charter. The successful candidate will be responsible for steering and organising the development of the Partnership’s governance, fundraising, project identification, reporting, and donor relations focusing on sustainability.

Specific Responsibilities

  1.  Manage and maintain open and clear communication between identified stakeholders, partners, working groups groups, the Membership, and Partnership Council
  2. Coordinate activities identified in the Partnership’s work plan and those of the working groups
  3. Maintain and supervise the Partnership’s membership system
  4. Supervise the development of appropriate communication and monitoring efforts in the Partnership
  5. Manage all Partnership grants and membership funding in concert with the Partnership’s Executive Committee
  6. Manage donor representation and reporting
  7. Assist the Council in fundraising for specific activities and projects
  8. Supervise the LWF secretariat services in support of the Partnership
  9. Supervise the Water Resources Management Specialist’s activities and timetable
  10. Manage the administrative and financial reporting elements of the Partnership
  11. Represent the partnership at national, regional and international events as required by the Council

Skills and Experience: The successful candidate will have:

  • Prior water conservation and management programming experience at national or regional level. Familiarity with the Upper Ewaso Ng’iro Water Catchment region an advantage.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of water resources programming – conservation, management, WASH, and hydrology in relation to public and private water users.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of water policy and politics in Kenya, and preferably in the region.
  • Provide evidence of leadership that illustrate participation, social engagement, and gender skills.
  • Prior management of donor investments in water, natural resources or landscape programming.
  • Prior experience with public-private partnership preferred.
  • 5-7 years at least of prior NRM work
  • Excellent verbal and written communication
  • Prior fundraising experience/proposal development and project design
  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate workshops, meetings and conferences
  • Prior experience with water-resource dependent private sector agriculture


  • Bachelor’s Degree in either NRM programming, Water Resources Management, and/or Business Management
  • Masters Degree preferred in one of the same disciplines
  • Computer literacy in the full suite of MS Office
  • Certificates of accomplishment or additional capacity building an advantage
  • Valid Driving license


  • Self-disciplined and a self-starter
  • Capable of working with minimal supervision
  • Demonstrated ability to work with and communicate effectively with the spectrum of actors encountered in the Partnership
  • Outcome oriented with timely production of outputs

Reports to: Executive Director of the LWF

Qualified candidates should provide:

  • Letter of application addressed to the Executive Director, LWF
  • Detailed CV
  • Salary expectations based on demonstrated salary history.
  • Successful candidates will be asked to present references and reference contacts.

Deadline for applications is January 16, 2017. Only successful candidates will be contacted. Applications should be sent to

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