Natural Resources Officer NGO Careers – Action Africa Help International (AAH)

Job Title:        Natural Resources Officer
Organisation: Action Africa
Help International (AAH)
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Livelihoods
About US:
In 1996, Action Africa Help International (AAIN) became Aktion Africa
Hilfe e. V (AAH) and was registered in Munich, Germany from where our founders
in 2003 moved the organisation’s headquarters to Kenya. AAH-I now works with
refugees, host communities and other marginalized and vulnerable groups in
Kenya, Uganda, Somalia and South Sudan, where it operates across a range of
sectors that seek to bridge relief to development.
Job Summary: The Natural
Resources Officer will support sustainable utilization of natural resources,
shared environment and promote safe access to energy (fuel). The incumbent will
build resilience of the target communities’ in disaster risk reduction, climate
change adaptation and ecosystem management. S/he will proactively promote appropriate
smart climate (green) technologies and approaches in collaboration with private
sector and development actors and determine how best to incorporate these
approaches into AAH Uganda operations.
Key Duties and
  • Formulate
    strategies/activities for sound sustainable management of natural
    resources and ensure that they are effectively implemented on time and
    within budget.
  • Offer
    technical support to ensure the integration of sound natural resource
    management considerations into the District Environment Action Plan
    and development plans;
  • Work
    in liaison with the relevant agencies, institutions and individuals to
    promote environmental management for mitigating environmental
  • Plan
    to establish and maintain woodlots in the host community and
    refugee settlement. Promote restoration of the depleted forest cover
    through tree-planting at household levels.
  • Provide
    technical assistance to refugees and host communities in energy saving
    stoves and use to reduce the amount of fuel (firewood) required for
    cooking e.g rocket Lorena stoves.
  • Promote
    appropriate technologies and approaches to energy utilization, including
    fuels, renewable energy, stoves and lighting and powering
  • Plan
    to implement activities on energy for cooking, lighting and
    powering, including renewable energy, with a view towards enhancing
    self-reliance, education and protection.
  • Promote
    awareness-raising on energy issues through community campaigns on the
    benefits and use of clean energy for cooking and lighting to enhance
  • Provide
    technical support to communities in development of community based
    disaster risk reduction plans and ensure that they are well
  • Facilitate
    production of briquettes to conserve environment at household
    level; both domestic and commercial production in partnership with the
    private sector.
  • Promote
    new smart climate (green) technologies and approaches as necessary with
    possibilities of scaling-up and replication.
  • Promote
    sustainable exploitation of natural resources by the target communities.
  • Develop
    plans for all activities under natural/energy/environment and ensure that
    they are effectively implemented within specified budget and time.
  • Coordinate
    energy and environment interventions with different stakeholders
    including the local authorities, implementing partners and private sector.
  • Conduct
    research studies on energy and environment for refugees/host community and
    establish effective coordination, monitoring and evaluation
  • Support
    the effort in resource mobilization for energy and environment-related
    activities with emphasis on non-traditional donors.
  • Document
    and draw from good practices and lessons learned for dissemination in
    collaboration with Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning guidelines.
Key Performance Indicators:
  • Woodlots
    established and maintained in the host community and refugee settlement
  • Restoration
    of the depleted forest cover promoted through household levels
  • Technical
    assistance provided to refugees and host communities in energy saving
  • Research
    papers and success stories on energy and environment developed and
  • Coordination,
    monitoring and evaluation systems on natural resource management
  • Environment
    and Natural resource management good practices and lessons documented
  • Timely
    and accurate Donor reports are prepared.

Qualifications, Skills and
  • The ideal candidate for the Natural
    Resources Officer job opportunity should hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Resources,
    Environmental Sciences, Forestry, Agro-Forestry or other related
    fields from recognized University or Institution.
  • Extensive knowledge of community participatory approaches and disaster risk
  • Broad knowledge of supporting a comprehensive approach to biodiversity,
    safe access to energy and/or climate change.
  • Knowledge
    of the concepts, principles, techniques and practices of energy,
    environment and/or climate change.
  • At least three years of progressively working in natural resources, environment
    and energy with International NGOs or local government.
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of emerging sustainable
    and appropriate energy technologies and renewable energy
  • Extensive experience of working in natural
    resources, environmental management, climate change, mitigation and
  • Previous experience in coordinating of energy and environment-related
    projects in humanitarian and development settings
  • Good
    team player with excellent inter-personal and communication skills
  • Excellent
    computer skills (MS Word, Excel, internet)
  • Excellent communication, including written and presentation skills.
  • Ability
    to work under pressure and to make accurate decisions.
  • Excellent
    analytical and coordinating skills
  • Excellent command of both written and spoken English with working knowledge
    of Kiswahili an added advantage
  • Patient,
    understanding and of a pleasant character
  • Excellent
    management skills
  • Able
    to build and develop capacity of others
  • Show commitment to the organizational values
  • Ability
    to ride motorcycle, with a valid rider permit
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates are strongly
encouraged to submit their applications (together with an updated CV) with at
least three suitable referees and send address them to;
Senior Human Resource & Administration Officer,
Action Africa Help Uganda;
Plot 72 Ntinda Road, P O Box 10501, Kampala, Uganda.
E-mail to:
recruitug@actionafricahelp.org. (Please indicate the role you are applying for
in the subject line of your application.)
Deadline: 2nd October
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