PRELNOR Grant Project Jobs – Environment and Climate Change Specialist at Ministry of Local Government

Organisation: Ministry of
Local Government
Funding Source: International
Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
Project Name: Project for
Restoration of Livelihoods in the Northern Region (PRELNOR)
Duty Station: Gulu, Uganda
About US:
The Government
of the Republic of Uganda has received a loan and a grant from the
International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to finance the Project
for Restoration of Livelihoods in the Northern Region (PRELNOR), and intends to
apply some of the proceeds to recruit staff to implement the project. PRELNOR
will cover the districts of Adjumani, Agago, Amuru, Gulu, Lamwo, Kitgum, Nwoya
and Pader.
About PRELNOR Project:
The overall
goal of the PRELNOR is: Increased income, food security and reduced
vulnerability of poor rural households in the project area. This will be
through increased sustainable production, productivity and climate resilience
of smallholder farmers with increased and profitable access to domestic and
export markets.
Job Summary:  The Environment and Climate Change Specialist
will be responsible for orienting and ensuring the climate resilient
implementation of PRELNOR activities supporting value chain development, so as
to ensure that the project‘s climate resilience becomes reality. The incumbent
will also ensure that climate and environment issues are mainstreamed in all
aspects of project and activity development, implementation and follow-up. The
incumbent will render support in institution building and developing strong
working relationships with the major GoU and climate change and environment
agencies working in Uganda and East Africa.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Work
    in liaison with the agronomist /agricultural extension and agribusiness
    specialists design and supervise baseline assessments of the production
    systems and rural infrastructure development and develop
    strategy/guidelines for necessary modifications to make them climate
    resilient.
  • Work
    with the technical experts recruited to provide advice on climate
    resilience in the infrastructure component of the project (more
    specifically roads) to ensure appropriate integration of climate change
    and climate risks in project-sponsored infrastructural works.
  • Providing
    support to the project implementers (local governments, district farmer
    associations and other agencies) on climate risk management in PRELNOR.
    This includes:
  • Steering
    the identification, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of
    climate resilient project activities for community level production
    improvement and in post-harvest handling and value-adding support to
    farmer and SME groups,
  • In
    charge of promoting climate-smart production and post-harvest practices in
    farmers‘ groups and organisations;
  • Working
    with the Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA) and MAAIF to
    facilitate the development and transmission of climate and agro-climate
    information from central level to districts and to farmers, including
    through the development of Memoranda of Understanding and training, where
    relevant.
  • Working
    with UNMA and MAAIF to collect data from the existing agro-met stations in
    each of the project districts and facilitate analyses relevant to PRELNOR
  • Supporting
    the development of agro-meteorological products and decision support
    systems designed for transmission to the various departments of the MAAIF,
    relevant extension services and the private sector/business partners
  • Ensuring
    the sound integration of climate-resilient technologies in production and
    market access development
  • Building
    PMU, MoLG and MAAIF capacities in climate resilient approaches;
  • Supporting
    the MEL specialist in developing the project learning system;
  • Monitoring
    the climate resilient activities and, in collaboration with the MEL
    specialist, ensure related knowledge management and the identification of
    policy lessons;
  • Identifying
    training needs for public and private sector stakeholders and planning and
    implementing a capacity building project based on identified need;
  • Conduct
    radio programmes of climate change information.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    applicants should preferably hold a Master’s degree in agricultural
    development / climatology/ environmental Science or related discipline
    from a recognised University / Institution.
  • A
    minimum of five to ten years’ experience in climate change adaption work
    and risk management or risk disaster management in a smallholder farming
    context.
  • Prior
    experience in mainstreaming climate change adaptation issues within both
    public and private sector organizations for a wide range of agricultural
    sub-sectors would be advantageous, particularly rural and market
    infrastructure.
  • Proven
    ability and capacity to take on a leadership position with strong
    managerial skills and capacity to manage people and interact with a wide
    range of private and public sector partners as well as managers and
    implementers of large-scale rural / community / SME development programmes.
  • Result
    oriented management skills.
  • Detailed
    knowledge and understanding of aspects of technical writing to different
    categories of audiences
  • Ability
    to bring together various stakeholders for policy dialogue.
  • Strong
    oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Good
    knowledge and understanding of gender and, community and institutional
    capacity building issues.
  • Computer
    literacy skills
  • Ability
    to work in an interdisciplinary team and meet crucial deadlines.
How to Apply: 
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates should send their applications accompanied
with detailed curriculum vitae, copies of academic certificates, transcripts
and testimonials including names and addresses of three referees to: Ag.
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Government, Worker’s House, 3rd Floor,
P.O. Box 7037 Kampala. Uganda
Deadline: 16th November, 2015

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