Livelihoods Specialist for the “Enhancing Resilience of Coastal Communities of Samoa to Climate Change” (ERCC) Project

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

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The project “Enhancing Resilience of Coastal Communities of Samoa to Climate Change” (ERCC) financed by the Adaptation Fund (AF) and supported by UNDP is managed by the Government of Samoa through the Planning and Urban Management Agency (PUMA) of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE).

Overall, the project will reduce the vulnerability of Samoa’s population and natural environment to climate risks, and enhance the capacity of natural systems and coastal communities to recover from impacts (chronic and acute) associated with climate change and extreme weather events.

The Adaptation Fund (AF) project supported by UNDP intends to strengthen the ability of Samoan communities and the public service to make informed decisions and manage likely climate change driven pressures in a pro-active, integrated and strategic manner. This can be achieved through reduction in vulnerability to adverse impact of climate change; and increase in the adaptive capacity to respond to the impacts of climate change. The programme will support the review of the CIM Strategy to address climate related risks and ridge to reef, ecosystem based approach to adaptation. In addition, it provides resources to review and implement the approved Community Integrated Management (CIM) Plans on the ground as a practical community-based response to adaptation. The programme will enable the necessary technical and financial resources for this to be used in a programmatic manner which when combined with the parallel complementary works undertaken through the CRIP/PPCR project will result in a “whole of country” adaptation response for coastal management at the nationwide scale. The implementation of appropriate responses to include community-based projects will be supported by the programme through site-specific design of adaptation interventions and active community engagement in the process. The AF will be focusing on the review, update and implementation of CIM Plans priorities in the 25 districts not covered by the ECR (PPCR funded project).

The Pilot Program for Climate Resilience has procured full lidar coverage of Samoa, DEM with Bathymetry data at depths down to – 60 meters and topography from 0 meters to the ridges. Contours at 0.5 meters intervals. Furthermore, a full aerial imagery of the country at 0.2 meters has also been captured. The data will be available to experts for hazard mapping especially for inland flooding which is a critical area for consideration. 

Duties and Responsibilities

The duties of the Livelihoods specialist will include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide an inception note to the ACEO-PUMA and AF team on how the work will be carried out and a relevant detailed budget;
  • Undertake livelihoods needs assessment of the AF-Samoa 25 districts;
  • Assess the existing livelihood practices in the AF-Samoa sites; assess to what extent these practices take into account future climate change scenarios such as increasing variability in rainfall;
  • Provide review and summary of food security and livelihood issues and necessary CCA interventions, provide corresponding cost and budget for interventions where possible for each of the 25 district and villages;
  • Identify, from the global, regional and national good practices, livelihood adaptation measures that can be introduced through the project;
  • Participate in consultations with stakeholders;
  • Provide support and technical information to the CIMP Review Team Leader and AF-Samoa project team;
  • Provide capacity building/training for the AF-Samoa Team on food security and livelihoods;
  • Carry out other activities requested by the ACEO-PUMA and the CIM Plan Review Team Leader.
  • Demonstrates commitment to the Gov. of Samoa mission, vision and values;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Focuses on result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Remains calm, in control and good humoured even under pressure;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
  • Good inter-personal and teamwork skills, networking aptitude, ability to work in multicultural environment.
Required Skills and Experience


  • Masters degree in a relevant area such as natural resource management, agricultural development, climatology/meteorology, water resources management, environmental sciences, disaster management, development studies, and/or related fields.


  • At least 5 years of practical working experience in agriculture and livelihood development project at sub-national and local level;
  • Proven experience in conducting assessment and analysis of agriculture and livelihood related options/activities;
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of national institutional contexts in Samoa is an advantage
  • Experience in working with local government or NGOs on agriculture/livelihood related activities in Samoa;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to be able to carry out capacity building for all stakeholders;


  • Fluency in English (oral and written) is a requirement


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