DESIGNATION: Environmental Sustainability Specialist (01 position)
DUTY STATION: Kamwenge/ Rwamwanja Refugee Settlement
AVSI is an international NGO with headquarters in Italy, which has been active in Uganda since 1984. Its current activities are focused in the areas of education, health, livelihoods, protection, nutrition and refugee programs in Uganda.
AVSI, as leader of a consortium including Trickle Up and IMPAQ is implementing a USAID/Food for Peace funded project titled “Graduating to Resilience” in Kamwenge District in western Uganda targeting refugees in Rwamwanja and surrounding host communities.
AVSI is seeking to recruit suitably qualified personnel for the position of Environmental Sustainability Specialist, to contribute to the implementation of the “Graduating to Resilience” Activity’s Environmental Safeguard interventions in and around Rwamwanja refugee settlement. The Environmental Sustainability Specialist is responsible for ensuring compliance with USAID’s and Government of Uganda’s environmental regulations and laws. S/he will guide adoption of sustainable utilization of natural resources and climate smart agriculture practices and technologies, identify opportunities for climate risk mitigation and build resilience of the target communities based on the Initial Environmental Examination (IEE), Climate Risk Assessment and other ongoing assessments in the Graduating to Resilience Activity. Reporting to the Graduating to Resilience Deputy Chief of Party, the successful candidate will be based in Rwamwanja Refugee Settlement in Kamwenge district with minimal travels outside the project implementation area.
• Take responsibility for the design, planning, implementation and management, monitoring and reporting of environment and natural resources management interventions ensuring high quality programming;
• Lead the design, expansion and growth of disaster risk reduction and ensure integration of resilience and climate proof programming; develop, and as necessary, update the project’s Environmental Monitoring and Mitigation Plan (EMMP) and Climate Risk Management (CRM) Plan
• Determine regulatory requirements for environmental and safety oversight of the Activity and assist project teams as required on compliance issues and on the preparation of required environmental documentation for proposed and ongoing activities.
• In collaboration with respective sector Advisors, ensure project activities are designed and implemented in an environmentally friendly and climate change resilient manner.
• Formulate strategies/activities for sustainable management of natural resources and ensure that they are effectively implemented on time and within budget.
• Ensure that environmental compliance and climate change mitigation considerations are included in PREP, ARR, Budgets, DIP, Q-reports, etc.
• Prepare the Environmental Status Report (ESR) including updates on the status of proposed mitigation and monitoring measures in project reports.
• Establish and maintain relationships with key stakeholders for environmental compliance and climate change resilience including government, NGOs and research organizations.
• Carry out regular environmental compliance and climate change mitigation audits.
• Design and deliver capacity building for staff (Advisors, Project Officer, Community Trainers and Coaches) to ensure environmental risk and climate risk management are streamlined in project activities.
• Strengthen community resilience in collaboration and coordination with Government institutions, Civil Society Organizations, Private Sector and Development Partners.
• Contribute to evidence generation and knowledge management, in coordination with the Research and Learning Advisor.
• Represent AVSI at the relevant coordination, or cluster meetings on WASH, food security and disaster risk reduction, focused NGO coordination forums, platforms and national technical working groups;
• The ideal candidate must hold a bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources, Environmental Sciences, Forestry, Agro-Forestry or other related fields from recognized University or Institution.
• A Master’s Degree in the relevant field will be an added advantage
• At least five years’ experience working within international development, including direct experience in fragile and/or post conflict environments in Uganda;
• Three years of experience in natural resources, environment and energy disaster risk management and resilience building, Climate Change Adaptation, Mitigation, and Ecosystems management and restoration, working with International NGOs or local government.
• Strong knowledge of community participatory approaches and disaster risk reduction, climate change adaption and mitigation measures
• Good team player with excellent inter-personal and communication skills
• Excellent computer skills (MS Word, Excel, internet)
• Excellent communication, including written and presentation skills.
• Ability to work under pressure and to make accurate decisions.
• Excellent analytical and organizational skills – innovative thinker;
• Experience working with refugees and refugee hosting communities is desirable.
• Excellent planning and organization skills
• Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning skills and experience
• Willingness to be based in a rural setting with frequent travel within the implementation area.
• Cultural sensitivity, patience and flexibility
• Required Language: English fluency with excellent oral and writing skills is required. Knowledge of Kiswahili/French and any of the local languages i.e. Runyankore, Rukiga, Rutooro is of added value.
Application letters, accompanied with updated Curriculum Vitae indicating 3 work-related referees, plus copies of relevant certificates, should be addressed to:
The AVSI Country Representative, AVSI Foundation, P.O.Box 6785, Kampala, Uganda and sent to email@example.com by Tuesday, 3rd September, 2019 (5.00 pm), indicating the e-mail subject as ‘Application for Environmental Sustainability Specialist’.
Only short listed candidates will be contacted.
AVSI Foundation is an equal opportunities employer and has a functional Child Protection Policy by which all AVSI staff and Associates must abide.