UN Early Warning System Specialist Jobs – Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Job Title:    Early Warning System Specialist

Organisation: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda

Reports to: Project Manager


About US:

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has a global mandate to improve nutrition, increase agricultural productivity, raise the standard of living in rural populations and contribute to global economic’ growth. Achieving food security for all is at the heart of FAO’s efforts – to make sure people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives.


Job Summary:  The FAO Representation in Uganda (FRUGA) is currently implementing an initiative to strengthen shock responsive systems in Uganda. The project is funded by the European Union and implemented in collaboration with the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), the District Local Governments (DLGs) of Karamoja sub-region and the World Food Programme (WFP). This collaboration aims to enhance the capacity of the Government of Uganda to predict, respond and reduce the impacts of shocks in Karamoja. Developing a people-centred Early Warning System (EWS) for Karamoja sub-region is a key deliverable. The system development would improve the capacity of stakeholders to generate, analyze and disseminate accurate, timely and actionable early warning information.


The Early Warning System Specialist reports to the Project Manager and will work in consultation with the unit team leader.


The incumbent leads the planning, development, and implementation of the EWS.


Key Duties and Responsibilities: The Early Warning System Specialist will:

  • Develop technical design of the Early Warning System and leads all technical consultations with OPM, DLGs and other Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of the Government of Uganda;
  • Determine system requirements, including information technology infrastructure and datasets, in collaboration with relevant stakeholders and FAO divisions;
  • Carry out a disaster risk prioritization exercise for Karamoja sub-region, including analyzing recurrence intervals, likelihood assessments, and impact assessment;
  • Lead the process of indicator selection in consultation with key stakeholders as well as build stakeholder consensus of (biophysical) thresholds for early action and response;
  • Develop a template for EWS bulletins and integrate bulletin generation through the system in consultation with key stakeholders;
  • Determine and design a strategy for the EWS bulletin to enrich livelihoods and impact socio activities in Karamoja meaningfully;
  • Develop a communication strategy to ensure EWS messages are disseminated to communities of Karamoja through an appropriate medium;
  • Determine and develop strategies to ensure that the EWS Bulletin reaches and is read by the communities of Karamoja sub-region;
  • Develop and maintain an Early Action repository for Karamoja sub-region as well as contribute to DLG contingency planning processes;
  • Contribute to the disaster scenario planning exercises in collaboration with key project stakeholders;
  • Develop technical Terms of Reference (ToRs) for implementing partners and support all procurement processes in line with FAO’s rules and regulations;
  • Supervise and coordinate the work of capacity building officers based at DLGs of Karamoja sub-region;
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of the project’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEAL) framework;
  • Identify and develop training and capacity building opportunities for project staff and stakeholders;
  • Attend project coordination meetings as well as support the work of the project steering committees;
  • Regularly travel to Karamoja sub-region for project monitoring and provision of technical support;
  • Perform any other duties related to the development and implementation of the EWS.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Early Warning System Specialist jobholder must hold a University degree in meteorology, agro-meteorology, hydrology, agriculture, environmental sciences, natural resources management, disaster risk reduction, or a related field
  • Five years of relevant experience in agriculture, early warning systems, vulnerability analysis, disaster risk management, information technology, and/or project management
  • Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is desirable.
  • Extent of relevant work experience in implementing Early Warning Systems in Uganda or in East Africa
  • Extent of experience and knowledge of modern information technology tools and techniques including real-time data collection, storage and analysis
  • Extent of experience and knowledge with Geographic Information Systems, remote sensing or computer programming
  • Extent of experience and knowledge of managing technical projects
  • Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of one of the other FAO official languages (French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Russian)


FAO Core Competencies

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement


How to Apply:

All suitably qualified Ugandan nationals are encouraged to apply online at the link below.


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Deadline: 14th July 2021


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