Senior Rangeland management expert

JOB REFERENCE: ICPAC/Senior Rangeland management expert /2015Location: ICPAC, Nairobi, KenyaJob Title: Senior Rangelands ExpertGrade: Project staff, IGAD P5Accountable 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 risks in Rangelands, agriculture and food security, ICPAC wishes to engage a Senior Rangelands Management expert within the framework of this project
2.0 Overall Purpose
Provide expert services to ICPAC and UNDP project on all Rangeland related activities as well as supporting Natural resource and food security related programmes at IGAD and other specialized institutions in support of building disaster resilience capacity in the Horn of Africa.
3.0 Core Duties and Responsibilities
• Strengthening of Rangeland capacity required by the ICPAC, UNDP Project and other IGAD specialized institutions to plan, implement and coordinate Natural resource management activities in Disaster Risk Management, Conflict Prevention activities, Food Security, etc.
• Coordinate the development and availability of Rangeland knowledge products, services, polices and systems required by ICPAC, UNDP Project and other IGAD specialized institutions in support of  Disaster Resilience, Conflict Prevention, and Disaster Risk Management
• Coordinate the identification of Rangeland knowledge gaps, needs and priorities that should be integrated in the Development and implementation of IGAD’s resource mobilisation and partnership strategy to strengthen disaster resilience in the region.
• Strengthening of National Coordination Mechanisms through development of tailored Rangeland products and services required for disaster risk reduction strategy and related issues for Disaster Resilience and Conflict Prevention.
• Coordinate the enhancement of Rangeland Management Systems, Tools, and Processes for Drought Resilience, Disaster Risk Management (DRM), Conflict Prevention and coordinated Organizational Effectiveness and Efficiency of IGAD, ICPAC and other IGAD specialized institutions
• Identify capacity building gaps and coordinate capacity building activities of ICPAC and Member States, in relation to applications of climate products and services in Rangeland vulnerability assessment and management, including on-the-job-training of Natural resource staff in support of DRM.
• Periodically assess and map regional Rangeland vulnerability and the impacts of climate change/variability on Agriculture and Food Security Sectors and build scenarios to support future climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies. Co-ordinate development and use of climate information systems and tools in Rangeland management practices including decision support tools (systems).
• Coordinate with relevant institutions the development and delivery of Rangeland management products and services (information, warnings, and advisories) on climate related risk to Agriculture and allied sectors in partnership with National Meteorological Services and other relevant institutions, in support of DRM and Conflict Resolution.
• Co-ordinate the development of regional strategies for enhanced applications of climate products and services in Rangeland vulnerability assessment and management;
• Support development and implementation of DRM strategies with an integrated Rangeland vulnerability and technological knowledge, networking and sharing to support ICPAC, UNDP Project and other IGAD specialized institutions.
• Provide technical input to the Rangeland related activities of the Food Security and Nutrition Working Group (FSNWG) in support of IGAD’s Resilience Agenda
• Perform 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 Rangeland Management, Natural resource Management, Agriculture or related fields.
• Ten (10) years of working experience.
• Good knowledge of computer and applications in Rangeland or natural resources.
• Experience of working in IGAD region, ASAL, or East African context.
• Knowledge of Rangeland statistics and other relevant Rangeland tools and methods.
• Extensive practical working experience with operational Rangeland management system / institution
• Evidence of ability to coordinate and support partner institutions including operational meteorological and hydrological services, DRM institutions, universities and user communities.
5.0 Key Skills and Competencies
• Good knowledge of the international Rangeland issues and systems
• Knowledge of on-going and planned regional Rangeland management 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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