Livelihoods and Environment officer (UN Careers) at United Nations Volunteers

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Mission and objectives

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the United Nations’ global development network. UNDP works in about 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. We help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience to sustain development results.

Context

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the leading United Nations organization fighting to end the injustices of poverty, inequality and climate change. Working with a broad network of experts and partners in 170 countries, we help nations to build integrated, lasting solutions for people and planet earth. In Uganda, UNDP has over the last 50 years been supporting the Government to achieve sustainable development, create opportunities for empowerment, protect the environment, minimise natural and man-made disasters, build strategic partnerships and improve the quality of life for all citizens. The United Nations Development Programme in Uganda is implementing the Restoration of wetlands and associated catchments in Eastern Uganda project funded by the Austrian Development Agency worth Euro 1,9 million for 3 years starting 2021 to 2023 in collaboration with Ministry of Water and Environment in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, 5 District Local Governments of Kaliro, Namutumba, Kibuku, Budaka and Butaleja and selected Civil Society Organizations namely BRAC Uganda and ECOTRUST. The project is comprised of three components namely: – 1. Restoration and management of wetland hydrology and associated catchments. 2. Improved agricultural practices and alternative livelihood options in wetland catchments. 3. Knowledge management and communication. NB: The assignment is based in Mbale district.

Task description

Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of the Programme Management Officer or his/her designated mandated representative(s), the UNV Livelihoods and Environment officer (based in Mbale district) will: • Promote a common understanding, within the communities and other relevant stakeholders on the UNDP’s role in environment-related aspects of livelihoods recovery. • Consolidate and designs livelihood plans for the communities including sound approaches for environment-related aspects of livelihoods in recovery in wetland restoration program. • Provide technical and strategic support to UNDP and the programme manager in developing area-based approaches in recovery situations and supports the consolidation and dissemination of tools and analytical approaches to understanding and reducing environmental crisis risks in vulnerable livelihood systems. • Build partnerships and supports networks, within and beyond the target areas of implementation, regarding environment-related aspects of livelihoods in recovery situations. • Contribute to UNDP’s knowledge building on environment-related aspects of livelihoods in recovery situations. • Any other related tasks as may be required or assigned by the supervisor. Results/expected outputs: • As an active UNDP team member, efficient, timely, responsive, client-friendly, and high-quality support rendered to UNDP and its beneficiaries in the accomplishment of her/his functions, including: o Creating a decisive impact on the capacity of UNDP to effectively implement the ADA-funded Restoration of Wetlands and Associated Catchments Project in Eastern Uganda because of creating appropriate livelihood options for the target communities. o Systematically integrating and documenting Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspectives 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

Eligibility criteria

Age

27 – 80

Nationality

Candidate must be a national or legal resident of the country of assignment.

Requirements

Required experience

3 years of experience in the field of sustainable livelihoods approaches with a focus on recovery and reintegration in crisis and complex contexts. Experience in partnership building and/or inter-agency coordination in post-conflict and/or post-natural disaster settings in particular at the field level and working with donors and NGOS. Proven ability to interact at the highest governmental and inter-agency levels. Familiarity with UN common procedures and tools, especially regarding needs assessments, pooled funds and joint programming is added advantage. Experience in project design, implementations, and evaluation. Experience in the use of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.). Have affinity with or interest in building resilient communities, volunteerism as a mechanism for durable development, and the UN System.

Area(s) of expertise

Agriculture, Energy and environment

Languages

English, Level: Fluent, Required

Required education level

Master degree or equivalent in International development, Agricultural economics, sustainable livelihoods, public policy, environmental studies or other relevant social sciences.

Competencies and values

• Professionalism: demonstrated understanding of operations relevant to UNDP; technical capabilities or knowledge relevant or transferrable to UNDP procedures and rules; discretion, political sensitivity, diplomacy and tact to deal with clients; ability to apply good judgement; ability to liaise and coordinate with a range of different actors, especially in senior positions; where appropriate, high degree of autonomy, personal initiative and ability to take ownership; resourcefulness and willingness to accept wide responsibilities and ability to work independently under established procedures; ability to manage information objectively, accurately and confidentially; responsive and client-oriented; • Integrity: demonstrate the values and ethical standards of the UN and UNDP in daily activities and behaviours while acting without consideration of personal gains; resist undue political pressure in decision-making; stand by decisions that are in the organization’s interest even if they are unpopular; take prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behaviour; does not abuse power or authority. • Teamwork and respect for diversity: ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries; excellent interpersonal skills; ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and harmonious working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, mixed-gender environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity; sensitivity and adaptability to culture, gender, religion, nationality and age; commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of UN operations; ability to achieve common goals and provide guidance or training to colleagues; • Commitment to continuous learning: initiative and willingness to learn new skills and stay abreast of new developments in area of expertise; ability to adapt to changes in work environment. • Planning and organizing; effective organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to manage a large volume of work in an efficient and timely manner; ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor (own) work; ability to work under pressure, with conflicting deadlines, and to handle multiple concurrent projects/activities. • Communication: proven interpersonal skills; good spoken and written communication skills, including ability to prepare clear and concise reports; ability to conduct presentations, articulate options and positions concisely; ability to make and defend recommendations; ability to communicate and empathize with staff (including national staff), military personnel, volunteers, counterparts and local interlocutors coming from very diverse backgrounds; capacity to transfer information and knowledge to a wide range of different target groups. • Flexibility: adaptability and ability to live and work in potentially hazardous and remote conditions, involving physical hardship and little comfort; to operate independently in austere environments for protracted periods; willingness to travel within the area of operations and to transfer to other duty stations within the area of operations as necessary. • Genuine commitment towards the principles of voluntary engagement, which includes solidarity, compassion, reciprocity, and self-reliance; and commitment towards UNDP’s mission and vision, as well as to the UN Core Values.

Living conditions and remarks

The assignment is based in Mbale district. As this is a national UN Volunteer assignment, the UN Volunteer will be responsible for arranging his/her own housing and other living essentials.

Inclusivity statement

United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements

Selected candidates for certain occupational groups may be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) in line with the applicable host entity policy

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