UN Jobs – Early Warning Capacity Building Associate – Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Job Title: Early Warning Capacity Building Associate

Organisation: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda


About US:

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has a global mandate to improve nutrition, increase agricultural productivity, raise the standard of living in rural populations and contribute to global economic’ growth. Achieving food security for all is at the heart of FAO’s efforts – to make sure people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives.


Job Summary:  Under the general supervision of the FAO Representative and the direct supervision of the Field Coordinator of the FAO Field Office in Moroto, and in close collaboration with the Project Manager based in Kampala, the incumbent will oversee monthly data collection and analysis as well as provide support to District Local Governments (DLGs). The overall duties of the incumbent include dissemination of EWS recommendations and the rollout of an efficient, reliable and quality multi-hazard EWS in Karamoja sub-region.


Technical Focus

  • Capacity building of District Local Governments to routinely collect data on multi-hazard impacts in Karamoja region
  • Oversee monthly data collection and analysis
  • Dissemination of Early Warning System (EWS) recommendations and the rollout of an efficient, reliable and quality multi-hazard EWS in Karamoja sub-region


Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • In consultation with the Early Warning System Specialist and the Field Supervisor/Head of Moroto Office, design training materials for community data collectors, community leaders and representatives as well as district head of departments and early warning focal persons
  • Build the capacity of District Early Warning Focal Persons (DEWFP) through trainings and follow up, regarding all components of EWS with a focus on data analysis and production of timely multi-hazard bulletins
  • Take stock of the existing EWS equipment from previous implementation and make recommendations on replacements and ensure that they are in safe custody and in good working condition for a functional and operationally active system
  • Ensure all equipment in the district needed for the functionality of the system are operational and active
  • Monitor the achievement of the districts and community and provide appropriate technical/advisory support where needed in regard to the EWS in consultation with Field Supervisor and Drought Monitoring and Early Warning System Specialist
  • Facilitate and encourage buy-in of all the EWS processes by DLGs including ownership and sustainability of the system through DLG budget allocations
  • Follow up the data collection at the district and parish level through monitoring of the DEWFP and the District Heads of Department (DHOD) together with the sentinels
  • Coordinate DLG Early warning stakeholders including DEWFP and DHODs as well as the sentinels for timely collection, analysis and dissemination of the Early Warning Bulletins
  • For every EWS meeting, document DLG level deliberations and produce approved meeting minutes;
  • Conduct field visits and trainings for the sentinels including technical backstopping to sentinels to ensure timely and accurate data collection
  • Compile the field level findings in regards to technical capacity gaps noted from the sentinels to inform further capacity building trainings with the Field Supervisor and Early Warning System Specialist
  • Work closely with DLGs and advocate for the inclusion of EWS in the district development plans;
  • Support district budget development as it pertains to the operation of EWS;
  • Conduct data quality control activities for both parish and district level of data collection and document all the activities done in this period;
  • Participate in the continuous development/upgrade of the EWS software and databases;
  • Organize the trainings of the DEWFP whenever new versions of the software are released and address emerging capacity needs
  • Support DLGs through District Disaster Management Committees in particular – to disseminate multi-hazard alerts and recommendations in a timely manner;
  • Support the development of early warning messages, the early action repository and district level contingency planning;
  • Monitor DLG level agro-meteorological stations and ensure data is available for monthly multi-hazard analysis;
  • Provide support to the overall implementation of the project including administrative support;
  • Submit monthly progress and technical reports to the Project Manager;
  • Perform any other tasks related to the rollout of the project in Karamoja sub-region.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The ideal applicant must hold a Bachelor’s degree in agro-meteorology, meteorology, hydrology, agriculture, natural resources management, environmental sciences, disaster risk reduction, or a related field;
  • At least five years of relevant experience in working on humanitarian and/or development programming
  • National of Uganda
  • Working knowledge of English


FAO Core Competencies

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement


Technical/Functional Skills

  • Extent and relevance of experience in disaster risk reduction and management, food security and/or agricultural meteorology
  • Extent and relevance of experience in data collection, analysis, reporting and dissemination
  • Extent and relevance of experience in organizing and conducting trainings at local government level
  • Extent and relevance of experience in building partnerships with government and development or humanitarian actors
  • Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is desirable.
  • Ability to ride a motor Bike
  • Working knowledge of a local language spoken in Karamoja (e.g. Ng’karimojong, Ethur or Kiswahili/Pokot) is desirable


How to Apply:

All suitably qualified candidates should apply online at the link below


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Deadline: 28th May 2022


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