Climate Change Officer NGO Jobs – Refugee Law Project (RLP)

Job Title:         Climate Change Officer
Organization: Refugee Law
Project (RLP)
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Programme
About US:
The Refugee Law Project (RLP) is an outreach project of the School of
Law, Makerere University. Our Mission is to empower asylum seekers, refugees,
deportees, IDPs and host communities to enjoy their human rights and lead
dignified lives. Refugee Law Project’s work is currently structured in five
thematic areas: Access to Justice; Conflict, Transitional Justice &
Governance (CTJ&G), Gender & Sexuality; Mental Health &
Psychosocial Wellbeing; and Media for Social Change.
Job Summary: The Climate
Change Officer will support RLP’s efforts to develop “climate smart” adaptation
responses to the social and biological impacts of climate change and to
mitigate/moderate/reverse environmental degradation resulting from forced
migration and poverty. The jobholder will provide strategic advice to RLP’s
field projects and programmes on building resilience to climate change through
capacity building, organisational change and provision of technical support and
common tools and methods.
Key Duties and
Coordinate RLP’s response to environmental impact and climate change
  • Assess and report on the environmental
    impacts of forced migration in northern Uganda, both for hosts and for
    forced migrations
  • Consult widely with host and refugee
    communities and stakeholders on culturally, economically, politically and
    environmentally appropriate strategies to address negative environmental
  • The jobholder will also familiarise RLP
    and other stakeholders with local, regional, State, National and
    International climate change policy developments, both positive and
  • Develop appropriate programming within
    RLP’s wider programming, in particular management of reforestation
    activities that promote sustainable wood supplies for building, firewood,
    shade, erosion control, memorialisation
  • In charge of protecting and enhancing the
    natural environment for the benefit of current and future generations;
Supporting community groups:
  • Providing support to sustainable living
    groups in the conduct of reduction activities within resource constraints;
  • In charge of promoting relevant community
    climate change programs and events;
  • Consult with stakeholders, undertaking
    reviews of existing action plans and strategies;
  • Collaborate with staff from local
    governments to develop and implement climate change projects that are
    mutually beneficial; and
  • Ensure communications to external parties
    in relation to particular issues, including facilitating external groups
    understanding of RLP’s vision, direction, resource constraints and
    operating protocols.

Qualifications, Skills and
  • The ideal candidate for the Refugee Law
    Project (RLP) Climate Change Officer job opportunity must hold a Bachelor’s degree in disciplines related to environment,
    climate change, economics, development studies;
  • At least three years of professional
    experience in development of environment and management, policy formation
    and capacity building.
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of
    environmental impact assessment, climate change and conservation
    challenges for host communities and refugee camps, with the ability to
    recognise and work with local and national level priorities to identify
    linkages, policy and adaptation in practice.
  • Cultural sensitivity and ability to
    respect and work well with people from different backgrounds and
  • Possession of a sound scientific background
    in climate change, natural resource management or biodiversity and/or the
    demonstrable ability to master complex scientific issues is desired
  • Extensive understanding of the various
    aspects of climate change adaptation methods, tools and frameworks is an
    added advantage
  • Broad knowledge and experience of working
    on climate change or related environmental issues either in an NGO or the
    public or private sector.
  • Proven skills and field experience of
    project and programme design, management, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Excellent presentation, communication,
    facilitation and negotiation skills.
  • Specific expertise in certain aspects of
    climate change adaptation practice would be welcome, organisational
    change, climate change science and integration of climate change issues
    into the design, monitoring and evaluation of projects and programme
  • Demonstrated ability to work within
    complex institutional environments
  • Proven ability to work as part of a team,
    and as part of a wider network, is essential.
  • Show commitment and drive to achieve
    timely and challenging goals; a problem-solving attitude is essential.
  • Well-developed group facilitation and
    negotiation skills, with the ability to build and maintain working
  • Proven writing and analytical skills in
    designing relevant operations; ability to initiate innovative approached
    and originality at work, conceptual and strategic thinking skills
  • Ability to work independently with minimal
    supervision and in a team environment.
  • Knowledge of local government processes and
    climate change related agencies.
  • Highly self-motivated, versatile and
    adaptable to different cultures and people.
How to Apply:
All candidates who wish to join the Refugee Law Project (RLP) in this
capacity are encouraged to send a motivation letter and curriculum vitae
electronically to:
NB: The position applied
for MUST be indicated in the subject line of the email. Copies of certificates
should not be attached, but will be requested for from short-listed candidates
Deadline: 9th October
2017 by 5.00pm
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