Senior Social Economic Expert

JOB REFERENCE: ICPAC/Senior Social Economic Expert /2015
Location : ICPAC, Nairobi, Kenya
Job Title: Senior Social Economic Expert
Grade: Project staff, IGAD P5
Accountable to: Director, ICPAC
Duration: 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 socio-economic challenges associated with climate risks, ICPAC wishes to engage a Senior Social Economic Expert within the framework of this project.
2.0 Overall Purpose
Provide expert services to ICPAC and UNDP project on all socio-economic and related activities as well as supporting IGAD, and other specialized institutions related programmes in support of Building Disaster Resilience capacity in the Horn of Africa.
3.0 Core Duties and Responsibilities
• Strengthen socio-economic and related capacity required by the ICPAC and UNDP Project, and other IGAD specialized institutions;
• Coordinate the development and availability of disaster risk reduction related socio-economicknowledge, products, services, polices and systems required by ICPAC, UNDP Project, IGAD and other specialized institutions;
• Coordinate assessment and identification of resources requirements for availing disaster risk reduction related socio-economic indices and systems that should be resourced through IGAD’s resource mobilisation and partnership strategy.
• Strengthen capacity for National Coordination Mechanisms and development of sustainable socio-economic data base and information for the ICPAC, UNDP Project, and other IGAD specialized institutions;
• Support the enhancement of applications climate products and services required for disaster risk reduction related socio-economic sector applications;
• Coordinate capacity building activities related to applications of climate products and services in socio-economic sector risks assessment and management, including on-the-job training activities.
• Coordinate the development of regional strategies for enhanced applications of climate products and services in socio-economic sector risks assessment and management;
• Coordinate the collaboration with relevant institutions to develop methodologies for downscaling and generation of climate products and services tailored for socio-economic sector applications including effective use of climate outlook products at Regional,national, and community levels;
• Coordinate with relevant institutions plans for assessing and mapping the impacts of climate change/ variability on national/regional socio-economic systems to help develop plans for building scenarios for future adaptation and mitigation strategies;
• Coordinate with relevant institutions plans for development and implementation of integrated DRM strategies with socio-economic risks scenarios and relevant technological knowledge, networking, in support of ICPAC, UNDP Project, and other IGAD specialized institutions;
• 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 Social or Economic or related fields.
• Ten (10) years of working experience in applications of climate products and services for Socio-economic risks reduction
• Good knowledge of computer requirement for deriving socio-economic products and information required by the project.
• Experience of working in IGAD region or 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 knowledge of the on-going and planned  international and regional socio-economic   programmes
• Knowledge of on-going and planned regional efforts in Socio-Economic and DRM.
• 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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