Climate Change Expert

JOB REFERENCE: ICPAC/Climate Change Expert/2015Location: ICPAC, Nairobi, KenyaJob Title: Climate Change ExpertGrade: Project staff, IGAD P3Accountable to: Director, ICPACDuration: 1 Year contract (12 months) with possibility of renewal
1.0 Introduction
The IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC) is a specialized Institution of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD). The mission of ICPAC is to provide climate information, prediction and timely early warning for applications in support of environmental management, disaster risk reduction and sustainable development in the Horn of Africa. ICPAC plays a central role in addressing the objectives and goals of IGAD Drought Disaster Resilience and Sustainability Initiative (IDDRSI) mainly in respect to Multi-hazard early warning (MH-EW) and Disaster risk Management (DRM). ICPAC extend its services to 4 main sectors and fulfil the recommendations of the World Meteorological Organization’s Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS): Water, Agriculture, Health and DRM.
ICPAC is implementing with the support of UNDP the project “Strengthening the Capacity of IGAD in Building resilience in the Horn of Africa”. The project is focused on the achievement of four key outputs: Strengthened capacity of IGAD to plan, implement and coordinate the drought Emergency activities; Make Available Drought Resilience and Disaster Risk Management related knowledge products, policies and systems; Development and Implementation of IGAD’s Resource mobilization and Partnership strategy to strengthen the Drought Resilience in the Region; Strengthened National Coordination Mechanisms of Member states for Drought Resilience.
In its effort to improve IGAD and National/Member States’ Human Resource Capacity for Building Drought Resilience, Conflict Prevention, and DRM, especially in addressing challenges associated with climate change risks, ICPAC wishes to engage a climate change expert within the framework of this project
2.0 Overall Purpose
Provide expert services to ICPAC, UNDP project on all climates change related activities as well as supporting IGAD and other specialized institutions on climate change related programmes in support of Building Disaster Resilience capacity in the Horn of Africa.
3.0 Core Duties and Responsibilities
• Support Strengthening of climate change capacity required by ICPAC, UNDP project, and other IGAD specialized institutions to plan, implement and coordinate the integration of climate change issues in Disaster Risk Management, Conflict Prevention activities, etc.;
• Support development and availability of climate change knowledge products, policies and systems required by ICPAC, UNDP project and other IGAD specialized institutions in support of Disaster Resilience, Conflict Prevention, and Disaster Risk Management;
• Support climate change gaps, needs and priorities that should be included in the Development and implementation of IGAD/ICPAC’s resource mobilisation and partnership strategy to strengthen disaster resilience in the region;
• Support Strengthening of National Coordination Mechanisms and development of an integrated climate change and disaster risk reduction strategy and related issues for Disaster Resilience and Conflict Prevention;
• Support the enhancement of ICPAC and other IGAD specialized institutions on development and implementation of climate change Systems, Tools, and Processes for Drought Resilience, Disaster Risk Management (DRM), Conflict Prevention, coordination to ensure Organizational Effectiveness and Efficiency;
• Provide regional technical advice to member states on all climate change related activities in partnership with relevant national institutions and partners, including technical support to the negotiations of the global, regional and national agreements;
• Build the climate change technical capacity of member countries to handle climate change issues in partnership with relevant national institutions and partners;
• Sensitize and enhance awareness of policy makers and other key players in the region on climate change in partnership with relevant national institutions and partners;
• Coordinate preparation and implementation of regional climate change education, training and communication programmes;
• Coordinate the development of strategies for climate change knowledge and technological development, networking, sharing to support regional climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts in partnership with NMHSs and all relevant institutions and partners;
• And any other related duties as may be assigned by the Director of ICPAC.
4.0 Minimum Qualifications and Experience
• At least a Master of Science Degree in Climatology/Meteorology, Environmental Sciences and related fields with specialization in Climate change.
• Five (5) years of working experience in climate change science, impacts, mitigation, and adaptation analysis,
• Practical working experience with climate change institutions or related sectors including operational meteorological services, university or user communities.
• Evidence of ability to coordinate and support the implementation of National adaptation plan of Action (NAPA) and National Communications to the UNFCCC
• Knowledge of on-going and planned regional efforts in Climate change.
• Experience of working in East African context.
• Evidence of ability to coordinate and support partner institutions including operational meteorological and hydrological services, universities and user communities.
5.0 Key Skills and Competencies
• Good computing skills including knowledge of compiled computer languages and model output visualization packages
• Good knowledge of the international climate change frameworks
• Knowledge of on-going and planned regional climate change efforts
• Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing
• Ability to prepare written reports in a clear, concise and meaningful manner
• Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural environment
• Ability to work under pressure with minimum supervision
• Fluency in English
• Knowledge of French is an advantage
6.0 Salary
Competitive salary based on qualifications
7.0 How to apply
You are invited to submit your CV and motivation letter to ICPAC using below address not later than 17th March 2015, 23:00 (GMT+3). Specify the job reference in your application. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview.
The Director,
IGAD Climate Prediction and Application Centre (ICPAC)
P. O .BOX 10304, 00100 GPO
Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: +254 203514426
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