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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Technical Advisor - Climate Smart Agriculture Job at GIZ - Career Opportunity in Uganda

Vacancy title:
Technical Advisor - Climate Smart Agriculture 

Jobs at:

Deadline of this Job:
17th February 2019  

Duty Station:
Gulu , Uganda , East Africa , 256 

Date Posted: 4th February 2019 , Base Salary: Not Disclosed , Employment Type: Full-Time , Currency: Ush

As part of the Rural Development Program in Northern Uganda (PRUDEV), the EU commissioned GIZ to support Uganda achieve sustainable development contributing to the sectoral implementation of its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) under the Paris Agreement through Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA). Thus, the project (ProCSA) contributes to measures and actions to which Uganda committed when it signed “The Paris Agreement” in April 2016. The overall objective is to strengthen the rural population of selected districts and sub-counties in northern Uganda against the effects of climate change and support poverty reduction. The project anticipates three results areas:
Result 1: Enhanced actions of national and local governments and other stakeholders for mainstreaming CSA in local planning processes; Result 2: Applied CSA practices among smallholder farming communities; Result 3: Enhanced Awareness and capacities on MRV in the agricultural sector.
GIZ is now recruiting three (3) technical advisors to provide technical guidance and capacity building to six selected districts in Northern Uganda.
Job Title: Technical Advisor - Climate Smart Agriculture
Rural Development Program in Northern Uganda
Report to: Component Manager
Duty Station: Gulu
Ref. No: GIZ – PRUDEV/TACSA021910
Key Responsibilities
The Technical Advisor is responsible for;
● Providing technical advisory services and capacity development support to the counterparts in six districts in Northern Uganda, with a specific focus on Climate Smart Agriculture and the implementation of Result area 2.
● The provision of advisory services and support to the service providers for implementing CSA measures.
● Close cooperation with result Area 1 to ensure that CSA measures are included in the annual work plans and are refl ected in the new DDPs (2020-2024) of the two responsible districts.
● Close cooperation and developing synergies with PRUDEV’s result Area 2 “Improved market integration for small holder farmers”.
In this context the professional advisor performs the following tasks:
Specific Tasks
Core Scope of tasks
● Advise on the implementation of climate smart agriculture related activities in selected districts in Northern Uganda
● Assist and monitor the development and implementation of project work plans and activities in close consultation with the respective counterparts
● Contribute to preparing and implementing the joint overarching project activities and work plan
● Provide technical advice in the conceptualisation and implementation of trainings, workshops, seminars and other events on issues connected to implementation of CSA on district and regional level
● Coordinate relevant project activities at local level in consultation with the programme and component manager and in cooperation with the partners, both with regards to implementation and preparing organisational aspects
● Develop and organise quality assurance measures and suggests necessary changes, improvements and initiatives to the services providers/consultants supporting the implementation of CSA measures on district level.
● Support the mainstreaming of Climate Smart Agriculture into annual work plans and their reflection in the new DDPs (2020-2024) of the selected districts in close collaboration of result area 1.
Networking and cooperation
● Support cooperation, regular contact and dialogue with partners, assist with PR work and cooperate with local communities, relevant organisations, non-governmental agencies and individuals in the project environment and with other projects to improve and maintain good working relationships.
● Facilitate experience-sharing and knowledge exchange between relevant CSA actors on district and regional level.
Knowledge management
● Support the development of ready-to-use technical concepts, including guidelines, manuals and procedures.
● prepare appropriate inputs for various project reports including annual reports and contributes to the other reports required by the programme manager, GIZ Head Office and EU.
● Support the development of relevant knowledge products about CSA in close collaboration with the communication and knowledge management advisor.
Coordination tasks
● Coordinate relevant project activities at local level in consultation with the manager and in cooperation with the partners, both as regards implementation and preparing organizational aspects.
● Compile relevant information for joint activities and assignments.
● Liaises with the project coordinator to support the overall programme’s work.
● Gives strategic input to the overall implementation strategy of the project.
Other duties/additional tasks
● Performs other duties and tasks at the request of the component manager.
Required qualifications, competencies and experience
● Masters/MSc in Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, Rural Development, Environmental Governance or any other relevant field.
Professional experience
● At least 5 years of progressive relevant professional experience in a comparable position in the area of agriculture and climate change or related areas.
● In depth knowledge about Climate Smart Agriculture and Climate Change Adaptation in the agricultural sector.
● Local or regional work experience in the area of climate smart agriculture or related field.
Other knowledge, additional competences
● Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work within a team and independently
● High degree of self- motivation with fl exibility and ability to multi-task, and work in an international team.
● Ability to explain complex concepts in a clear and concise manner
● Openness to share information and knowledge (“excellent communicator”)
● Proven administrative, organizational and management skills.
● Attention to detail and diligent and pro-active work approach and method.
● very good working knowledge of ICT technologies (related software, phone, fax, email, the internet) and computer applications (e.g. MS Office).
● Excellent written and oral English language proficiency is required.
● Excellent knowledge of Luo.
● Flexibility and willingness to travel.
● Very good knowledge of the Northern region of Uganda.
● Willingness to upskill as required by the tasks to be performed.

Job application procedure
All interested and qualifi ed persons are strongly encouraged to apply by submitting their application and CV along with the contacts of three professional referees to The Director, Future Options Consulting Ltd, 4th Floor, DTB Centre, Kampala Road, P.O. Box 34934, Kampala, Uganda by email:; Tel: +256 414 231204/6. Applications should be received by 5.00pm on the 17th February 2019. Pleas e note: This is a national position. Application, CV and attachments should be in one document. No other attachments are required at this stage. Only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted.