About KAYA

KAYA is a new organisation coming to life in Q1 2023. It is being co-founded by purpose-driven professionals with different cultural backgrounds and with several years of experience in nature conservation, clean energy, rural development, real estate, and e-commerce. KAYA’s vision is to mitigate climate change by working with nature. In doing so, it also aspires to support the impacted communities and societies in accessing new livelihoods and becoming more resilient. KAYA’s mission is to develop multi-year landscape-scale conservation and restoration projects in terrestrial ecosystems. It will bring the developed projects upon maturity to the market for payments for their ecosystem services.

About this role

The Country Head will be KAYA’s leader in Tanzania.  They will be a sub-Entrepreneur who will help build KAYA’s portfolio of conservation and restoration projects in a landscape over more than five million hectares.  In this process, they will soon be helming a regional organisation of over fifty employees.  They will be KAYA’s ambassador in the eastern African region.  They will work very closely with the Co-founders in building the organisational brand and business strategy.  From skills, they should be an environmentalist with a business acumen and experience of working in environmental markets.


  • Lead the organisational set-up process and thereafter account for all business operations in the country
  • Build and the lead the Operations, Legal, Finance and Human Resource teams
  • Maintain an overview of all the projects in the four abovementioned teams and review closely the most critical ones
  • Work with the Co-founders in ensuring smooth cooperation between Tanzania Office teams and the Berlin Head Office teams
  • Be the organisation’s liaison to the government and public offices in the country for the relevant matters
  • Ensure high standards in organisational compliance to matters of law, finance and integrity
  • Work with the Co-founders in positioning the organisation in the region and represent it in working groups, regional conferences, associations, and among sectorial peers


  • Over five years of experience leading country or regional programmes in environmental work
  • Experience of leading multiple teams while having a strong understanding of the duties of those teams
  • Experience in financial planning and executive reporting
  • Experience in networking and positioning at multiple levels
  • Ability to relate with and manage relationships with government at federal and local levels
  • Familiarity with market-based conservation and restoration programmes, like carbon market, biodiversity protection mechanisms, and commodity supply chain mechanisms, is desirable.
  • Willingness to be based in Arusha or a mutually agreed location in Tanzania
  • Willingness to travel internationally, both in Africa and outside
  • Openness and adaptability to the atmosphere at a start-up
  • Professional references
  • In addition to English fluency, working proficiency in French and Portuguese is desired
  • Experience of working in eastern Africa is desirable and experience of working in Tanzania is a plus
  • Higher education in environment and social studies is a plus


  • Offer of a job with purpose
  • Opportunity to work for the planet and people
  • Opportunity to learn about climate change mitigation and adaptation from first-hand experience
  • Global exposure through international colleagues and intercontinental work travel
  • Possibility to become part of an organisation in its developmental phase
  • Chance to experience life in Tanzania

How to apply

Please send us your latest CV along with a summary on why you would like to work at KAYA.  In case of any questions to aid your application process, please write to us at [email protected]

Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Arusha

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