2 UNDP GEF Project Support Officer Job Careers - National Environment Management Authority (NEMA)

Organization: National Environment Management Authority (NEMA)
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Project Manager
Job Ref: NEMA/ADV/EXT/10/2016

About Us:
The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) was established under the National Environment Act Cap. 153 to promote and ensure sound environmental management practices for sustainable development in Uganda.

About UNDP GEF Project:
The Government of Uganda, through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), received financial support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) for a project on the Conservation and Sustainable Use of the Threatened Savanna Woodland in the Kidepo Critical Landscape in North Eastern Uganda. The Project is being implemented by the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) on behalf of government in collaboration with Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), National Forestry Authority (NFA) and relevant partners at the district level. The project aims at strengthening management effectiveness of the Kidepo Critical Landscape (KCL) protected area cluster [comprising of Kidepo Valley National Park, Karenga Community Wildlife Area (KCWA), Central forest reserves of Morungole, Zulia, Nyangea Napore, Lwala, Timu and Rom] and integrating protected area management in a wider KCL. The project thus focuses on conservation of biodiversity inside and outside protected areas in KCL. Part of the project funds are used to pay staff salaries. In that regard, NEMA is seeking the services of two Project Support Officers to join the existing Project Management Unit (PMU) in the remaining project life.

Job Summary: The Project Support Officers (PSOs) will be responsible for day-to-day implementation of project activities at field level for either National Forestry
Authority or Uganda Wildlife Authority as shall be indicated in the appointment letter. The officers will coordinate with the Project Field Officer for component 2 of the project and with district liaison officers in the six project districts.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
·         Make sure of timely and effective implementation of the approved project activities at field level;
·         Offer technical support to the development of a landscape wide management plan for biodiversity conservation in KCL as well as finance plans for the Kidepo Protected Area (PA) cluster;
·         Support the preparation of Project Quarterly and Annual Work Plans and Budgets based on the Project Document;
·         Prepare and submit accurate and timely quarterly reports or such other reports for the project as may be required;
·         Provide technical assistance to districts and Community Based Organizations (CBOs) on implementation of sub-projects, ensuring a coordinated approach with the overall project that complies with both GoU and UNDP standards and procedures;
·         Provide linkage role between PMU, UWA, NFA and District Liaison Officers (DLO), project area;
·         Follow-up and ensure proper use of resources by CBOs and other partners in the implementation of project activities;
·         Follow appropriate data gathering and monitoring systems that ensure maintenance of rigorous quality standards;
·         The incumbent will support the organization and facilitation of district level meetings aimed at developing a common understanding and approach to biodiversity conservation;
·         Represent the PMU, UWA and NFA at field level while maintaining regular updates to UWA or NFA depending on the letter of appointment;
·         Work closely with project staff in NEMA, UWA, NFA and districts to ensure effective collaboration in implementation of project activities and;
·         Perform any other duties that may be assigned from time to time.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
·         The ideal candidate for the NEMA Project Support Officer job opportunity should hold a  bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences, Forestry or Natural Resources Management
·         Possession of a Master’s Degree in any of the above fields is a MUST
·         At least five (5) years of progressive experience in environment and natural resources
·         Previous experience in working with district local governments and training local communities in the project area is an advantage
·         Prior exposure and experience in project management, a MUST. At least five years’ experience in project management
·         Previous exposure and experience in natural resource management at district and local community level
·         Ability to coordinate and work with multi-sectoral staff at all levels and interact with local, district and Government officials
·         Strong drafting, editing, reporting and presentation skills
·         Proficiency in use of computer applications and packages (Excel and Word among others)
·         Excellent report writing and communication skills;

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their hand written applications together with copies of certificates/ testimonials and detailed curriculum vitae indicating three professional referees addressed to:-

The Executive Director,
National Environment Management Authority (NEMA),
NEMA House, Plot 17/19/21 Jinja Road,
P.O. Box 22255, Kampala. Uganda

Deadline: 7th October, 2016

Note: The job title applied for should be printed at the top left hand side of the envelope. Applicants, who will not have heard from us by 30th November 2016, should consider their applications unsuccessful.

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