Job Opportunity at Nature Conservancy - Aquaculture Specialist


Job Opportunity at Nature Conservancy - Aquaculture Specialist


Dar es salaam, Tanzania

Position is flexible to Dar es salaam or Zanzibar, Tanzania


Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy (TNC) is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters, and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 72 countries, including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. TNC has offices in South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Gabon, and representation in Botswana and Seychelles. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

Since establishing the Africa Program 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 9 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.

TNC’s Africa Fisheries Strategy aims to safeguard productive marine fisheries for ecosystem health and as an important foundation for food and livelihood security. This position focuses initially on advancing TNC’s Aquaculture work in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO). TNC has established partnerships with several non-government and government agencies to support coastal and marine fisheries and coastal community-led conservation in Kenya, Tanzania and Seychelles while also connecting with the greater WIO region. Thus, the Conservancy and its key partners are designing and implementing conservation and sustainable resource management in critical coastal fisheries and ecosystems in the WIO, and enhancing communities’ empowerment, capacity, and livelihoods. The current focus is the Northern Coast of Kenya, Zanzibar Islands, the northern and southern coast of mainland Tanzania, and Seychelles


The WIO Aquaculture Specialist supports the Africa Fisheries Strategy on planning and implementation of TNC-led sustainable aquaculture in the WIO. The priority is developing and supporting the growth of aquaculture in the target countries (Tanzania and Kenya) to support coastal communities, while reducing negative environmental impacts. The position will work closely with TNC’s Africa Ocean Strategy Team, the Global Aquaculture Team, and other TNC staff as appropriate, and in partnership with fishers, local community, fishing industry, government, and non-government partners. Reporting to the Africa Fisheries Strategy Manager, the position will be based in Dar Es Salaam or Zanzibar (Tanzania) at TNC’s partner office. No employment visas or assistance is being offered with this position except for the local labor employment requirements. This is an initial 2-year term limited position with an extension of tenure subject to performance and availability of funds.


The position supports the Africa Fisheries Strategy Manager in advancing TNC’s Sustainable Aquaculture program in the WIO. They will apply a diversified knowledge of aquaculture-related scientific principles and practices to a broad variety of assignments, from research, analysis and writing, developing tools and frameworks, capacity building, strategy development, gender mainstreaming, project coordination and management to supporting and engagement with private sector seafood actors and traceability systems. They widely communicate solutions and best practices and engages support for WIO Aquaculture work within TNC and the conservation community as well as aquaculture groups. The Aquaculture Specialist establishes TNC as a major conservation partner in aquaculture, starting by upscaling the ongoing restorative seaweed aquaculture in Zanzibar Islands, mainland Tanzania and South Coast Kenya as well as crab farming initiative in Northern Coast of Kenya.


  • Supports development and implementation of WIO aquaculture work with its focus on seaweed farming and help it grow from the current pilot phase to an established aquaculture program
  • Expands the ongoing partnership and capacity building with seaweed farmers and purchasers on best farming practices through training, mentorship, and follow-ups of seaweed farmers in Tanzania and southern Kenya.
  • Strengthens seaweed community groups, organizations, and stakeholder engagement; works with farmers, researchers, and supply chain actors to increase resiliency and sustainability of seaweed farming in the face of a changing climate.
  • Integrates gender-responsive capacity development and ensures equitable benefits within coastal communities including supporting design and implementation of community gender actions plans
  • Supports development of case studies, hosting of webinars and facilitating of learning exchanges for lessons and knowledge sharing on aquaculture projects
  • Supports adoption of aquaculture-related nature-based solutions for livelihoods diversification within communities adjacent to mangrove forest in Kenya and Tanzania.
  • Identifies and makes the case for the best opportunities for TNC engagement on aquaculture based on analyses of the market, ecological impacts, science and policy, type of aquaculture, partnerships, etc.
  • Supports  writing of funding proposals and fundraising efforts as appropriate.
  • Explores and establishes partnerships with farmers, public, private and NGO sector organizations to advance strategy objectives.
  • Identifies and assists to launch aquaculture projects with other sectors (e.g., fish, shrimp, sea cucumbers or bivalves) based on the strategy and identified opportunities, support and track and report on development of these projects over time.
  • May involve managing projects that requires cross-boundary work and relationships e.g., seaweed farming projects within and between southern coast Kenya, northern coast Tanzania and Pemba Island.
  • Supports  development  and management of  work plans and large project budgets.
  • Under minimal supervision, make independent decisions based on analysis, experience, and context.
  • May involve working in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.
  • May involve frequent travel domestically and/or internationally, evening and weekend hours.


  • BA/BS in natural sciences with 5 years’ experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and experience in marine science and conservation
  • Experience conducting or working on aquaculture-related interventions, scientific research, ecosystem interactions and coastal zone management.
  • Experience in working on partnership development with non-profit partners, private sector, indigenous community groups and government agencies.
  • Experience managing complex or multiple projects, including managing finances and coordinating the work of other professionals and partners.
  • Fundraising experience, including identifying donor prospects and donor cultivation
  • Communicating clearly via written, spoken, and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.
  • Experience using applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Web Browsers.


  • 6-10 years’ experience leading conservation projects related to the aquaculture sector or closely related fields (e.g., agriculture, fisheries) or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience working with the seaweed aquaculture industries and gender mainstreaming initiatives
  • Demonstrated experience influencing, developing, and implementing conservation policy and plans.
  • Ability to develop practical applications of scientific concepts and technical innovations for conservation purposes and aquaculture business.
  • Knowledge of methods and standards of biodiversity information systems and initiatives.
  • Politically savvy and experienced in partnership development (partners, industry, community, government)
  • Experience managing or knowledge of capacity building and training programs
  • Experience working with coastal/remote communities in Tanzania and Kenya.
  • Ability to explain conservation practices to technical and non-technical audiences including through strong writing skills
  • Record of publications in scientific peer reviewed journals related to fishery science and/or coastal management
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in science and conservation, aquaculture development, land management, and natural resource preservation in Tanzania, Kenya or the WIO region.
  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated. Fluency in Swahili is highly desirable.
  • Ability to work independently including keeping timelines.

Aquaculture Specialist Job Vacancy at Nature Conservancy


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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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