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Organisation: CARE International
Duty Station:  Uganda
Reports to: Project Coordinator

About US:
CARE (Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere, formerly Cooperative for American Remittances to Europe) is a major international humanitarian agency delivering emergency relief and long-term international development projects. Founded in 1945, CARE is nonsectarian, impartial, and non-governmental. It is one of the largest and oldest humanitarian aid organizations focused on fighting global poverty.

Job Summary:   The Environment Officer, Kyangwali Humanitarian Program will support sustainable utilization of natural resources, shared environment and promote safe access to energy (fuel). The incumbent will build resilience of the target communities’ in disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and ecosystem management. S/he will proactively promote appropriate smart climate (green) technologies and approaches in collaboration with private sector and development actors and determine how best to incorporate these approaches into CARE International in Uganda operations.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
 Take lead in field Implementation of Project activities (50% of time)
  • Formulate strategies/activities for sound sustainable management of natural resources and ensure that they are effectively implemented on time and within budget.
  • Offer technical support to ensure the integration of sound natural resource management considerations into the District Environment Action Plan and development plans;
  • Spearhead mobilization of households and institutions to participate in planting, growing of trees and construction of energy saving stoves.
  • Work in liaison with the relevant agencies, institutions and individuals to promote environmental management for mitigating environmental damage.
  • Plan to establish and maintain woodlots in the host community and refugee settlement. Promote restoration of the depleted forest cover through tree-planting at household levels.
  • Provide technical assistance to refugees and host communities in energy saving stoves and use to reduce the amount of fuel (firewood) required for cooking e.g rocket Lorena stoves.
  • Promote appropriate technologies and approaches to energy utilization, including fuels, renewable energy, stoves and lighting and powering technologies.
  • Promote awareness-raising on energy issues through community campaigns on the benefits and use of clean energy for cooking and lighting to enhance adoption.
  • Facilitate production of briquettes to conserve environment at household level; both domestic and commercial production in partnership with the private sector.
  • Promote new smart climate (green) technologies and approaches as necessary with possibilities of scaling-up and replication.
  • Promote environment educational programmes and resources to the target audience through leaflets, sign post brochures;
  • Liaise with colleagues, and community groups on the design and delivery of educational programmes;
  • Give talks in schools or to community groups on environmental issues;
  • Teach community groups and interpret the natural environment for them on-site by leading guided walks and answering questions;
  • Organizing events, debates and international environment days and activities to raise awareness of environmental issues;
  • Training stakeholders, such as teachers, scouts in schools and environment management groups in the use of natural resources and sustainable agricultural practices;
  • Develop plans for all activities under natural/energy/environment and ensure that they are effectively implemented within specified budget and time.
  • Coordinate energy and environment interventions with different stakeholders including the local authorities, implementing partners and private sector.
  • Working closely with the implementing partners of CAMP+ project by providing technical support
Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) and Reporting for project under implementation (35%)
  • Conduct research studies on energy and environment for refugee’s /host community and establish effective coordination, monitoring and evaluation systems.
  • Support the effort in resource mobilization for energy and environment-related activities with emphasis on non- traditional donors.
  • Ensure that the project beneficiaries i.e. refugees and host communities, are participating as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of the project.
  • Document and draw from good practices and lessons learned for dissemination in collaboration with Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning guidelines.
  • In collaboration with data management and monitoring and evaluation officer, put in place project field monitoring plan, tools and project database and ensure the database is updated regularly with project information.
  • Provide timely, high quality project progress reports both for CARE internal and donor requirements
  • Ensure quality of project outputs through regular supervision and monitoring.
Representation and coordination (10%)
  • Attend relevant meetings (Technical Working Group, coordination meetings etc.)
  • Representing CARE in relations with local authorities, partners, local and international NGOs and other relevant stakeholders
Others: Any other duties (5%)

Key Performance Indicators:
  • Woodlots established and maintained in the host community and refugee settlement
  • Restoration of the depleted forest cover promoted through household levels tree-planting.
  • Technical assistance provided to refugees and host communities in energy saving solutions
  • Research papers and success stories on energy and environment developed and disseminated
  • Coordination, monitoring and evaluation systems on natural resource management established.
  • Environment and Natural resource management good practices and lessons documented

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the Environment Officer job opportunity should hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Resources, Environmental Sciences, Forestry, Agro-Forestry or other related fields from recognized University or Institution.
  • At least three years of progressively working in natural resources, environment and energy with International NGOs or local government.
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of emerging sustainable and appropriate energy technologies and renewable energy
  • Extensive knowledge of community participatory approaches and disaster risk reduction.
  • Broad knowledge of supporting a comprehensive approach to biodiversity, safe access to energy and/or climate change.
  • Knowledge of the concepts, principles, techniques and practices of energy, environment and/or climate change.
  • Extensive experience of working in natural resources, environmental management, climate change, mitigation and adaptation
  • Previous experience in coordinating of energy and environment-related proj ects in humanitarian and development settings
  • Good team player with excellent inter-personal and communication skills
  • Excellent computer skills (MS Word, Excel, internet)
  • Excellent communication, including written and presentation skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure and to make accurate decisions.
  • Excellent analytical and coordinating skills
  • Excellent command of both written and spoken English with working knowledge of Kiswahili an added advantage
  • Patient, understanding and of a pleasant character
  • Excellent management skills
  • Able to build and develop capacity of others
  • Show commitment to the organizational values
  • Ability to ride motorcycle, with a valid rider permit

  • Planning
  • Proactive problem solving
  • Contributing to team success
  • Managing work
  • Building partnerships
  • Communicating with impact
  • Initiating action
  • Information monitoring
  • Adaptability
  • Stress tolerance
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Diversity
  • Excellence
  • Accountability

How to Apply:
Candidates who are interested in the above jobs should submit an updated CV and Application letter giving a day time telephone contact and names, telephone contacts and email addresses of 3 (three) work related referees only through our recruitment email: clearly indicating the job title in the email subject.

NB: Please note that when you are successful for the above position, CARE will need verified copies of your academic documents.

Deadline: 14th September 2019

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