DFID BRACED Non-profit Vacancies – Natural Resources Management Team Leader at Mercy Corps

Organisation: Mercy Corps
Project
Name:
Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters
(BRACED)
Funding
Source:
DFID
Duty
Station:
  Uganda
About
US:
Mercy Corps
is an international non-profit organization which implements high-quality,
analytical development programmes in very difficult places. Mercy Corps has
been operating in Uganda since 2006. It has and continues to implement programs
in Acholi and Karamoja sub regions. Mercy Corps is taking a community-led,
market driven approach to address poverty and food insecurity needs through
interventions that get to the root causes and contributing factors of economic
vulnerability. Donors include the United States Agency for International
Development (USAID), the European Commission (EC), United States Department of
Agriculture (USDA) and Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC).
About DFID BRACED Project:
Mercy Corps has recently been
awarded a multi-year programme called BRACED (Building Resilience and
Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters) funded by DFID. BRACED is
comprised of a multi-partner consortium poised to deliver a 36-month initiative
designed to build absorptive, adaptive and transformative capacity of more than
250,000 individual households in northern Kenya (Wajir County) and northern
Uganda (Karamoja). The Moroto-based NRM Team Leader will play a key role in
implementation.
Job Summary:
Job Summary: The Mercy Corps Natural Resources
Management Team Leader will be responsible for overseeing program activities
aimed at strengthening the horizontal and vertical linkages that support good
governance of community assets and resources derived from the natural
environment, including the land and the naturally occurring elements above and
below it. The incumbent will steer the BRACED processes for engaging
communities, governments and private sector actors in collective action plans
that support household and community access to and management natural, physical
environment and the socio-ecological systems supported by it. This can include
access to land and water resources for both human consumption and livestock
rangeland and watering, plus innovative methods for land restoration, watershed
and water resource management, energy conservation and alternative energy
solutions, and climate-smart agriculture through agro-ecology and permaculture
methods.
Key Duties and
Responsibilities: 
1. Program Implementation:
  • Actively
    engage with remote communities to establish priorities for community-led
    natural resources management, and lead process for developing community
    NRM plans
  • Work
    in liaison with the local government to advocate for community NRM needs
    and priorities, especially around land access and rangeland management for
    Karamoja and water resources for production as well as livestock watering.
  • Identify
    opportunity areas for alternative methods of climate-smart agriculture,
    such as the “green” livelihoods zones, permaculture, agro-ecology and
    traditionally agriculturally intensive districts of Karamoja. Work with
    Mercy Corps technical staff, Consortium members such as University of
    Nairobi and local partners to establish locally appropriate pilots.
  • Identify
    pilot opportunities for community NRM plan implementation and manage pilot
    projects and monitor for possibility of scale up.
  • Work
    within national and local government strategic plans for resource
    management and advocate for cohesive implementation of projects that
    demonstrates government responsiveness to community processes.
  • Work
    closely with private sector and line ministries to address environmentally
    harmful methods of extracting local natural resources and support policy
    formulation around sustainable methods, alternative energy mechanisms, and
    water management and conservation.
  • Coordinate
    with counterpart agencies and organizations involved in conservation,
    climate change adaptation for information exchange, learning and
    optimizing efforts and resources.
  • Actively
    engage pastoralists in inter-community dialogue around access to land and
    water for livestock management.
2. Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) and Reporting:
  • Technically
    support the Programme Manager in the achievement of program targets and
    objectives and support efforts towards the design effective M&E
    systems and operations. Actively facilitate the coordination, scheduling
    and production of formal and informal reports and documentation and
    communication of reports and learning materials.
3. Coordination and Representation: Represent Mercy Corps at government, donor, NGO and other relevant
events in the field, in close coordination with the Programme Director. Attend
key events, committee meetings, fora, seminars, etc. as they relate to
resilience.
4. Staff Management:
  • Professional Development and Team
    building:
    Contribute
    to country team-building efforts, and ensure the integration of all team
    and consortium members into relevant decision-making processes.
5. Program Support Operations: Ensure close communication across cross-country field teams and
consortium members regarding program activities and plans, challenges and
obstacles to timely and quality implementation. Coordinate with program,
finance, and administration staff for troubleshooting and problem solving.
6. Organizational Learning: As part of Mercy Corps’ agency-wide Organizational Learning
Initiative, all team members are responsible for spending 5% of their work time
in formal and/or non-formal professional learning activities.
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
  • The
    ideal candidate should preferably hold a Postgraduate (MSc and PhD) degree
    in a related field of expertise (e.g. NRM, pastoral livestock management,
    animal husbandry, water resources, irrigation, agro-economy, rural
    development, conservation agriculture, environmental policy, etc).
  • A
    minimum of eight years of technical and practical work experience in one
    of the required fields;
  • Significant
    eperience and proven track record in rural development and participatory
    methods (including participatory integrated development plans)
  • Detailed
    knowledge of various natural resource disciplines, including air quality,
    water quality, geomorphic and hydrologic processes, fire and vegetation
    management, fish and wildlife management, aquatic and terrestrial ecology,
    conservation biology and restoration ecology.
  • Working
    knowledge and experience in either livestock and rangeland management, OR
    irrigation, water harvesting and water saving methods in arid lands, OR
    economic feasibility in agriculture and rural development;
How
to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates should send their applications including a
cover letter clearly stating the salary requirements, updated CV (with three
professional referees), and copies of academic qualifications/certificates to
the HR/Admin Manager, Kampala Head Office on 4th Floor Embassy Plaza, Plot
1188-1190 Ggaba Road. The E-mail applications with cover letter should be sent
to: mcjobs@ug.mercycorps.org.
Deadline:  19th June 2015
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