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Local And Community Development Specialist – Climate Change, Arua

Closing: May 24, 2022

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Published: May 13, 2022 (11 days ago)

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RequirementsRequired experience

3 years of experience in local and community development, climate change and/or environment related issues, of which at least one (1) supporting local governments and/or communities; Monitoring and evaluation; Planning and budgeting processes, preferably with local government authorities and/or communities; Training and capacity building activities; Affinity with or interest in LoCAL mechanism of UNCDF and volunteerism as a mechanism for durable development, and the UN System. Fluency in Acholi is required.

Area(s) of expertise

Community development, Energy and environment , Development programmes

Driving license

Licence for motorcycle is required. Required

Languages

English, Level: Fluent, Required

Required education level

Bachelor degree or equivalent in climate change, environment, development, international relations, geography, engineering, agronomy


Responsibilities

RequirementsRequired experience

3 years of experience in local and community development, climate change and/or environment related issues, of which at least one (1) supporting local governments and/or communities; Monitoring and evaluation; Planning and budgeting processes, preferably with local government authorities and/or communities; Training and capacity building activities; Affinity with or interest in LoCAL mechanism of UNCDF and volunteerism as a mechanism for durable development, and the UN System. Fluency in Acholi is required.

Area(s) of expertise

Community development, Energy and environment , Development programmes

Driving license

Licence for motorcycle is required. Required

Languages

English, Level: Fluent, Required

Required education level

Bachelor degree or equivalent in climate change, environment, development, international relations, geography, engineering, agronomy


UNCDF has supported the Government of Uganda (GoU) to design the LoCAL-Uganda Mechanism with aims of increasing the resilience of communities and local economies across the country, through regular, predictable, systemic and verifiable climate finance in support of local climate responses, through increased District access to climate finance to implement climate change adaptation investments in Uganda (outcome 1) and institutionalising a standard and internationally recognized country-based mechanism of performance-based climate resilience grants in the country, further attracting climate finance, domestic and international (outcome 2). To this end, LoCAL-Uganda will raise awareness and strengthen capacities for subnational climate change adaptation at both District and central levels (output1); support the integration of climate change into local planning and budgeting processes and finance local adaptation interventions and investments (output 2) and establish and deploy across the whole country an effective performance-based climate resilience grant system (financing mechanism) that can attract various sources of climate finance (output 3). Based on a whole-of-society approach, LoCAL-Uganda will be fully aligned with the country’s climate change policy, the Nationally Determined Contribution, with the National Adaptation Plan process, financial systems for local governments, and related institutional and regulatory frameworks. Within this programme context, UNCDF is seeking to hire a UN Volunteer to be based in Nwoya district to contribute to the effective delivery of the Programme’s activities. The UNV will work in close collaboration with the Ministry of Local Government, Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, Ministry of Water and Environment, the District teams and other LoCAL stakeholders. Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of the National Coordinator, the Local and Community Development Specialist (field officer based in Nwoya district) will:

• Support Districts to collect and interpret climate-related data and information, as well as undertake local climate risk assessments, and to mainstream climate change into local public planning and budgeting systems;

• Under the guidance of the Programme Management Specialist and MoLG, support capacity building (“learning by doing”) and preparation of local government development and investment plans and budgets that foster climate resilient local economies and communities;

• Support Districts in the management, implementation and monitoring of performance-based climate resilience grants and activities/interventions/investments and propose improvements through reviewed work-plans;

• Support the preparation and participate and contribute to the annual performance assessment of participating Districts;

• Facilitate consultation and exchange of information, synergies, learning and know-how at the local level, in particular in relation with partners and stakeholders involved with LoCAL expected results;

• Support the preparation of periodic technical and financial reports on the implementation of LoCAL activities and undertake regular monitoring of the activities, including through field visits;

• Assist in providing inputs to the LoCAL roadmap development and support the identification of skills gaps and training needs in the area of climate change and PBCRG mechanism; support the mapping of training providers and skill areas in target Districts in line with LoCAL investment menu and climate resilience grant priorities;

• Support the knowledge and communication efforts of LoCAL in Uganda (i.e. LoCAL stories, news articles, photos, videos, social media presence, country webpage and web presence, as appropriate) with support and guidance from Lead LoCAL communication expert;

• Perform any other related duties as required by supervisor/ management or guided by the LoCAL Committee and other key stakeholders. Furthermore, UN Volunteers are encouraged to integrate the UN Volunteers programme mandate within their assignment and promote voluntary action through engagement with communities in the course of their work. As such, UN Volunteers should dedicate a part of their working time to some of the following suggested activities:

• Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark International Volunteer Day); • Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country;

• Provide annual and end of assignment self-reports on UN Volunteer actions, results and opportunities.

• Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.;

• Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers;

• Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible. Results/expected outputs:

• As an active UNCDF team member, efficient, timely, responsive, client-friendly and high-quality support rendered to UNCDF and its beneficiaries in the accomplishment of her/his functions, including:

o Awareness of LGAs and local stakeholders is increased on climate change and capacities to address those issues are built through “learning by doing”; o LGA development and investment plans and budgets that foster gender equality and climate resilient local economies and communities are developed;

o Methods and procedures for mainstreaming into local public planning and budgeting, as well as into local resource allocation processes are identified and piloted;

o The performance-based country mechanism (LoCAL) is effectively piloted and deployed in target LGAs;

o Lessons learnt and good practices are documented, capitalized and shared (e.g. photos, videos, stories from the field, etc).

• Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective is systematically applied, integrated and documented in all activities throughout the assignment

• A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for peace and development during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed


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