Climate Change Officer Job Vacancies – Refugee Law Project (RLP)

Job Title:               Climate Change Officer
Organisation:      Refugee Law Project (RLP)
Duty Station:       Uganda
Reports to:           Head of Programmes
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. The
Refugee Law Project has a wide physical presence with offices in Kampala,
Hoima, Mbarara, Gulu, Kitgum, Nakivale, Kyangwali, Kiryandongo, Lamwo, Adjumani,
Maaji II, Bidibidi (Yumbe), Palorinya (Moyo) and Arua.
Job Summary:  To support
RLP’s efforts to develop “climate smart” adaptation responses to the social,
biological and political impacts of climate change, to mitigate environmental
degradation resulting from forced migration and poverty, and to prevent further
environmental destruction. The Officer 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
Responsibilities: 
·        
Provide
strategic advice on the implications of local, regional, State, National and International
climate-change policy developments
·        
Further
develop and refine RLP’s environmental policy, including establishing a
mitigation framework that follows an action cycle of completing inventories,
establishing reduction targets, formulating a plan to achieve those targets,
implementing abatement actions and measuring the success of mitigation
initiatives by completing re-inventories
·        
Ensure
community climate-change mitigation, adaptation and prevention action plans are
developed and met
·        
Consult
and liaise with key stakeholders to establish community mitigation, adaptation
and protection programs
·        
Work
across programmes to develop training activities for community groups,
governmental and non-governmental stakeholders, as well as RLP staff
·        
Organise
training for tree-growers association and selected stakeholders on management
of trees and other climate change mitigation mechanisms
·        
Enhance
and increase the opportunities for all people in the community to participate
in recreational activities
·        
Organise
district inter-school debate competition on climate change and environmental management
·        
Support
selected schools to raise seedlings for distribution and planting in selected
field sites and persons with whom MoUs have been signed with
·        
Organise
exchange tour programmes bringing university students and community members on
climate change mitigation activities
·        
Manage
reforestation activities and initiatives
·        
Undertake
climate-change related research
·        
Develop
the Compendium of Indigenous Tree Species (CITS) and its annual revisions
·        
Draft
press statements and other publications on climate change issues, as well as
developing RLP’s social media presence with regard to environmental issues
·        
Provide
support to sustainable living groups in the conduct of climate-change related
·        
activities
within resource constraints;
·        
In
consultation with local government and other government agencies, manage and
·        
implement
externally and internally funded projects consistent with RLP’s mitigation and adaptation
plans;
·        
Promote
relevant community climate-change programs and events;
·        
Promote,
with support from RLP’s legal staff, the creation of and registration of Tree
Growers Associations at district level
·        
Consult
with stakeholders, undertaking reviews of existing action plans and strategies including
district and national Environmental Impact Assessments and Environmental Audits
·        
Collaborate
with staff from local governments to develop and implement climate change projects
that are mutually beneficial
·        
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
·        
Prepare
correspondence relating to advice and reports in response to Council and
external requests
·        
Attend
settlement sector, district, sub-regional, and national coordination meetings
on climate change and environment protection
·        
Communicate
and liaise with universities and schools on tree growing initiatives and other climate
change activities implemented by RLP
·        
Develop
IEC materials on climate change and environmental protection
·        
Coordinate
activity implementation with respective District Forest Officers, Environmental
Officers, and District Disaster Preparedness Team for effective implementation
of RLP CC Programmes
·        
Support
RLP’s Fundraising Team in developing funding proposals on Climate Change issues



Qualifications,
Skills and Experience:
·        
A
minimum of three (3) years relevant professional and/or activist experience in development
of environment and management, policy formation and capacity building
·        
A
sound scientific background in climate change, natural resource management or biodiversity
and/or the demonstrable ability to master complex scientific issues
·        
A
broad understanding of the various aspects of climate change adaptation
methods, tools and frameworks
·        
Bachelor
or Master’s degree in disciplines related to Environment, Agro-Forestry,
Climate Change, and Agriculture
·        
Sound
experience of working on climate change or related environmental issues either in
an NGO or the public or private sector
·        
Knowledge
of local government processes and climate change related agencies
·        
Substantial
skills and field experience of project and programme design, management, monitoring
and evaluation
·        
Strong
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
·        
An
understanding of 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 disciplines
·        
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
·        
The
commitment and drive to achieve timely and challenging goals; problem-solving
attitude
·        
Well-developed
group facilitation and negotiation skills, with the ability to build and
maintain working partnerships
·        
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
·        
Self-motivated,
versatile and adaptable to different cultures and people
How to Apply:
For all positions listed, please submit an application cover-letter and
up-to-date Curriculum Vitae, as well as links to any publications you wish us
to consider. Copies of academic credentials are NOT required at this stage.
Applications
should be sent by email addressed to the Human Resources Officer at
recruitment@refugeelawproject.org
with the title of the position applied for in the subject-line.
Only
shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Candidates must be in a position to
cover their own travel expenses to interview.
Hand
copy applications will be accepted for the position of COMMUNITY MOBILISER
Only.
Refugee
Law Project is a human-rights based organization with strong
Anti-Discrimination policies.
We
encourage refugees to apply
Deadline: By 11.59pm on Friday 1st November 2019
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