Job opportunity: Alternate Livelihood Co-ordinator

Location: Bahari Hai, Watamu, Kilifi County, Kenya

Start date: 1 Sep 2023     *exception can be made on a case-by-case for an exceptional candidate

Contract duration: 1yr, intention of renewal

Remuneration: Ksh 45,000 – Ksh 65,000 (depending on skill and experience level)

Employer: Bahari Hai Conservation (BH)

Reports to: Community Development & Outreach Manager

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Application deadline: 26 July 2023

We are looking for a highly motivated and passionate Alternate Livelihood Coordinator to join our Community Development & Outreach team.

 The successful candidate will play a crucial role in coordinating and implementing initiatives aimed at creating alternative livelihood opportunities for coastal communities. The candidate must have a demonstrated understanding of sound business principles, ideally within the context of farming and Eco Tourism in Kenya. Must also have a minimum of two years of experience in a similar position within a non-profit or social enterprise, as well as a deep understanding of the development challenges and livelihood patterns specific to the coastal region of Kenya.

  1. Coordinate and facilitate the implementation of Bahari Hai’s alternate livelihood programme.
  2. Assess the needs and aspirations of coastal communities, identify viable alternatives to extractive or unsustainable livelihoods, present these options to community groups and support their implementation.
  3. Work closely with community groups to mobilize resources, build capacity, and foster entrepreneurship skills.
  4. Facilitate the formation and strengthening of community groups, empowering them to plan and execute alternate livelihood activities effectively.
  5. Develop and monitor budgets for alternate livelihood projects, ensuring sound financial management and sustainability.
  6. Work with BH team to develop comprehensive project proposals and business plans to secure funding for alternate livelihood initiatives.
  7. Utilize participatory approaches to design and implement monitoring and evaluation frameworks, including the development of relevant indicators.
  8. Prepare regular project updates and monthly reports, documenting progress, challenges, and impact achieved through the programme interventions.
  9. Foster positive relationships with stakeholders, including community members, partner organizations, and local authorities, through effective interpersonal and networking skills.
  10. Be proactive and work with self-discipline, delivering results within specified timelines without constant supervision.
Experience & Characteristics Required:
  • Minimum of two (2) years of experience in a relevant position, preferably in the field of alternate livelihood development and/or community development and/or teaching practical business skills & entrepreneurship in a rural context.
  • Fluency in Kiswahili & high proficiency in English.
  • Passionate about farming, sustainable livelihoods and community development.
  • Entrepreneurial, dynamic, enthusiastic, hard-working, and self-motivated.
  • Excellent leadership skills, can-do attitude, flexibility, and ability to work well in a team.
  • Growth mind-set and commitment to personal development.
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • High ethics and embodiment of honesty and trustworthiness.
Qualifications Required:
  • Some experience and understanding of micro-enterprise in Kenya, is essential.
  • Basic business skills are essential. Understanding profitability and general entrepreneurship.
  • Basic competency in Microsoft Word and Excell – essential.


  • Not a requirement but relevant qualifications are a bonus (such as a degree in community development).
  • Fluent command of Giriama is a distinct advantage.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office 365 software suite.
  • Experience in the social enterprise sector.
Organisational Standard Competencies Required:
  • Always demonstrates integrity, thus embodying BH’s strong values and ethical standards.
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of BH.
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and non-bias, treats all people fairly without favouritism
  • % success for each targeted community group in achieving their project goals (goals set for each project and target group).
  • Increased income earned by community members, through the AIG initiatives (as compared to previous activities such as fishing, bait digging, etc.)


To be shortlisted for the role, you need to pass a basic skills test. This test will take about 30-45 minutes.

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Application deadline: 26 July 2023

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

If you have any questions you can contact us on: [email protected]

Thank you and good luck!