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

Job Title:  National 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.


Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • 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 analysing 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 ideal applicant must hold a University degree in meteorology, agro-meteorology, hydrology, agriculture, environmental sciences, natural resources management, disaster risk reduction, or a related field
  • At least Five years of relevant experience in agriculture, early warning systems, vulnerability analysis, disaster risk management, information technology, and/or project management
  • Proficiency in English is obligatory.
  • National of Uganda
  • 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


How to Apply:

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


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Deadline: 5th August 2021


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