USAID Project Careers – Natural Resource/Disaster Risk Reduction Officer (NRM/DRR) at ACDI/VOCA

Organisation: ACDI/VOCA
Project: Resiliency
through Wealth, Agriculture, and Nutrition in Karamoja (RWANU)
Funding Source: USAID
Reports to: Gender Specialist/ Cross Cutting Themes Coordinator
Duty Station: Moroto, Uganda
About USAID RWANU Project:
international NGO that is currently implementing the USAID-funded PL 480 Title
II Development Food Assistance Program entitled “Resiliency through Wealth,
Agriculture, and Nutrition in Karamoja (RWANU).” The RWANU Program aims to
reduce food insecurity among vulnerable rural populations in selected
sub-counties of Amudat, Moroto, Napak and Nakapiripirit. The Program’s
strategic objectives are (1) improved availability and access to food and (2)
reduced malnutrition in pregnant and lactating mothers and children under five.
The RWANU Program takes a preventive approach to reducing malnutrition,
focusing on the first 1,000 days of life when conditional food rations will
have the highest impact. RWANU promotes diversified livelihoods strategies
including linkages to market opportunities to ensure long-term food security
and resilience to food insecurity shocks.
Job Summary: The Natural Resource/Disaster Risk Reduction Officer (NRM/DRR) will co-ordinate and
implement Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Natural Resource Management (NRM)
conservation aspects of the program, leading to improved DRR and NRM
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Technically support and facilitate DRR/NRM rapid
assessment and/ or map/identify existing community groups, opportunities,
challenges and suggestions for improvement both at district and community
Sustain the already established NRM sites and
promote them as training grounds for community members
The incumbent will also integrate alternative
activities into the NRM sites to promote best practices in semi-arid regions.
He / she will also support the development and /or
strengthening of village disaster plans and community action planning on
Facilitate community engagement on DRR/NRM
coordination including technical participation of both men and women,
clarifying land and resource rights and inclusion of climate change adaptation
and mitigation.
Work to integrate risk reduction identification and
early warning mechanism in program activities.
Build the capacity of staff on integration of
DRR/NRM into program implementation.
Identify best practices and share these as lessons
learnt directly with program beneficiaries.
Take part in in stakeholder coordination meetings
within the region.
Qualifications, Skills and
The applicant should preferably hold a Bachelor’s
degree in Environmental Sciences, Agriculture, Climatology, Disaster
Preparedness or similar subject.
At least three years’ experience in developing
strategies to reduce disaster risk and promote natural resource management.
Familiarity with USAID, or similar donor,
Excellent computer skills, MS Word, Excel and
PowerPoint essential.
Ability to work independently to achieve performance
objectives and deliverables required and willingness to travel within Karamoja
Ability to communicate in Ngakaramajong.
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates who desire to work in the USAID RWANU
Project should send their applications (only by e-mail) addressed to the Human
Resources Manager attaching their application letters and CV to
NB: Women are encouraged to apply as ACDI/ VOCA is an
equal opportunity employer. Only those shortlisted for interviews will be contacted.
Deadline: 11th September 2015
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