Mercy Corps International Careers – Markets and Natural Resource Officer

Job Title:  
and Natural Resource Officer

Organisation: Mercy
Duty Station:  Uganda

About Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps is an International NGO that exists to alleviate poverty and
oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities.
Mercy Corps has been fully registered in Uganda as an operational NGO.
Currently Mercy Corps has an office in Kampala and is implementing Food
Security programs which comprise of Water and Sanitation, Livelihood and Agriculture
and Conflict Mitigation Management Program in North and North Eastern
implement programs in the northern districts of Pader, Kitgum, Agago, Lamwo,
Kaabong, Abim and Kotido with funding from USAID, USDA, Walmart Foundation,
SDC, DFID as well as other private donations.

The Markets
and Natural Resource officer will work under direct supervision with the NRM
Team Leader. The NRM officer  will
mobilize the PROGRESS processes for engaging communities, governments and
private sector actors in collective action plans that support household and
community access to and management natural, physical environment and the
socio-ecological systems supported by it. This can include access to land and
water resources for both human consumption and livestock rangeland and
watering, plus innovative methods for land restoration, watershed and water
resource management, energy conservation and alternative energy solutions, and
climate-smart agriculture.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Engage
    with remote communities to establish priorities for community-led natural
    resources management, and implementation of developing Identify pilot
    opportunities for community NRM plan implementation and monitoring.
  •  Identify
    opportunity areas and share them with the NRM team leader for alternative
    methods of climate-smart agriculture.
  • Work
    in liaison with Mercy Corps technical staff, Consortium members such as
    University of Nairobi and local partners to establish locally appropriate
  • Work
    closely with private sector and line ministries to address environmentally
    harmful methods of extracting local natural resources
  • Ensure
    timely support in policy formulation around sustainable methods, alternative
    energy mechanisms, and water management and conservation.
  • Actively
    coordinate with counterpart agencies and organizations involved in
    conservation, climate change adaptation for information community NRM plans
  • Identify
    community NRM needs and priorities, especially around land access and rangeland
    management for Karamoja and water resources for production as well as livestock

Qualifications, Skills and

  •  The
    ideal candidate should preferably a degree in a related field of expertise
    (i.e. Natural Resource Management
  • A
    minimum of three to four years of technical and practical work experience in
    one of the required fields
  • Pastoral
    livestock management, animal husbandry, water resources, irrigation,
    agro-economy, rural development, conservation agriculture, environmental
    policy, etc).
  •  Basic
    knowledge of various natural resource disciplines, including air quality, water
    quality, geomorphic and hydrologic processes, fire and vegetation management,
    fish and wildlife management, aquatic and terrestrial ecology, conservation
    biology and restoration ecology.
  •  Working
    knowledge and experience in either livestock and rangeland management,
    irrigation, water harvesting and water saving methods in arid lands,
  •  Past
    experience and proven track record in rural development and participatory.
  •  Be a
    good team player, with good communication and diplomatic skills.
  • Proven
    ability to work independently as part of a regional team and with international
  •  Excellent
    analytical and information management skills.
  • Excellent
    organizational skills and ability to work under stress and in austere contexts
    of remote locations.
  •  Flexible
    and creative in planning and problem solving.
  •  Keen
    attention to detail, ability to follow procedures and meet deadlines and work
    independently and cooperatively with team members.

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and
interested candidates should send their applications including a cover
letter clearly stating your salary requirements, CV (with 3 referees), and
copies of academic qualifications/certificates to the Human Resource Manager
via E-mail to: will also be accepted. 

NB: Only short-listed candidates
will be contacted by Mercy Corps. Female Candidates are encouraged to apply.

Deadline: 6th March, 2015

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