Ecosystem Management Specialist

Kampala, , UG

Organizational Setting
The FAO Representation in Uganda provides technical support to the Government of Uganda in the agriculture, forestry, fisheries and related sectors. The FAO Uganda Country Strategic Framework (CPF) 2015-2019 identifies three key priority areas of work with the Government of Uganda which are: 1) Production and productivity of agriculture, forestry and fisheries commodities, 2) Agricultural knowledge and information and 3) Resilience to livelihood threats with emphasis on climate change. In the framework of the CPF, FAO Uganda is implementing two climate change adaptation and mitigation projects in central and north eastern regions of Uganda. These projects aim to strengthen key government institutions at central and decentralized levels and build the resilience of communities in the face of a changing climate.
Reporting Lines
Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Uganda and in close collaboration with the Deputy FAO Representative, the International Consultant reports directly to the Project Manager of the Global Climate Change Alliance Plus (GCCA+).
Technical Focus
Support the formulation, implementation and monitoring of various projects within FAO’s programme in Uganda with a focus on climate change adaptation and mitigation as well as on water resources and ecosystems management.
Tasks and responsibilities
The international consultant will deliver on the following tasks and duties:
  • Provide strategic technical guidance to ecosystem management components of both GCCA+ and Climate Resilient Livelihood Opportunities for Economic Empowerment of Women (CREEW) in Karamoja and West Nile Regions of Uganda (CREEW) projects;
  • Ensure all necessary information is collated; and required analysis, assessments, baseline establishment and project plans are developed; 
  • Lead the collaboration efforts with national and district stakeholders for planning and implementing project activities identified in Result 3 of GCCA+ and CREEW projects;
  • Provide technical assistance to GCCA+ and CREEW projects on the promotion of appropriate small and medium scale agricultural water management systems to support crop and livestock production;
  • Provide coordination support to the implementation of result areas on improving household incomes and resilient livelihood capacities of rural communities;
  • Plan and implement project activities in support of (refugee) host communities in close coordination and collaboration with the Livelihoods Officer leading FAO’s Response Programme for Support to Refugees and Host Communities in Uganda;
  • Ensure full stakeholder consultation including communities in the target watersheds to ensure project ownership and full participation in implementation through generating buy-in on the project contents;
  • Provide technical guidance and capacity building to stakeholders in planning and implementation of integrated ecosystem management, in cooperation with FAO Uganda’s Gender Focal Point and Capacity Development Specialist;
  • Contribute to development of best practices of ecosystem-based adaptation and mitigation in the project target districts;
  • Prepare project reports and other ad-hoc reports on project activities as and when required;
  • Carry out monitoring visits to implementing partners and project beneficiaries during project implementation;
  • Coordinate with other donor agencies and other organizations working in the same area on eco-system adaptation and mitigation;
  • Ensure that both social and environmental safeguard guidelines are followed during the implementation of ecosystem based approaches of adaptation and mitigation
  • Ensure the training materials to different target groups are appropriately developed to FAO standards;
  • Review and contribute to the overall communication strategy for the project; 
    • Provide program management support to the Deputy FAO Representative in the areas of technical competence; and perform any other related duty
Minimum Requirements
  • Advanced university degree (for Consultants)/ University Degree (for PSAs) in food security, agricultural systems, water resources management, natural resource conservation or related fields.
  • At least five years of relevant experience in water resources management, ecosystem and natural resources management or related fields.
  • Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of one of the other FAO languages (for Consultants). Working knowledge of English (for PSAs)
FAO Core Competencies
  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
Selection Criteria
  • Extent and relevance of experience and knowledge of integrated water resources management in Uganda
  • Extent and relevance of experience and knowledge of FAO policies, procedures, project cycle and operational activities
  • Familiarity with advanced computer applications involving data analysis, GIS, and remote sensing.
  • Strong writing, organizational and communication skills
  • Ability to manage a high workload, meet tight deadlines and multi-task under pressure
  • Work experience with international organizations, non-government institutions/organizations in a multi-cultural setting.

Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is desirable, and previous work experience in Uganda is an asset.

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  • Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognised in the IAU/UNESCO list.
  • Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications.
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