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National Sociologist/Anthropologist

Kigali (Rwanda)

  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Kigali (Rwanda)
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Human Resources
  • Closing Date: 2021-01-29

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FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender and nationality

People with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality

The incumbent may be re-assigned to different activities and/or duty stations depending on the evolving needs of the Organization

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Organizational Setting

The project “Knowing Water Better: Towards fairer and more sustainable access to natural resources for greater food security (Knowat)” aims to strengthen water governance processes in three countries – Senegal, Sri Lanka and Rwanda – so that they are better prepared to ensure food security and adapt to climate change, and for managing increased competition for water resources in a more equitable and sustainable manner The practical importance of law in connection with water tenure, whether formal or customary, will tend to increase with water scarcity and increased competition for water. For this, the project promotes an integrated approach to arrive at a comprehensive methodology for the assessment of water tenure that takes into account not only the biophysical aspects, but also the policy, legal, economic and socio-cultural aspects link to water use.

The sociological/anthropological component of this project requires to conduct in depth research (literature review and field research) to contribute to the water use and water users’ assessment and the assessment of the governance of water tenure. The sociological/anthropological component of the preliminary and scoping phases of the implementation of the guide “Methodology for the assessment of water tenure” will result in a description of the main water uses in the assessment area, the identification of water governance arrangements and rules related to water tenure in the assessment area and conduct a field research is conducted to identify water users, the source of the water they use and the relations with the authorities (customary or governmental) that have a say regarding those uses.

Reporting Lines

She or he will be working under the overall guidance of the FAO Representative in Rwanda and direct supervision of the Assistant FAO Representative/Programme and with technical supervision by the KnoWat National Project coordinator. The Lead Technical Officer at FAO Head Quarters and KnoWat global Project Coordinator will also provide technical support in the whole process.

Technical Focus

  • Updated justification of the assessment and research area
  • Completion of concrete activities and steps under activity 2.2 “Preliminary water use and water user’s assessment” of the implementation plan
  • Completion of concrete activities and steps under activity 2.3 “Preliminary assessment of the governance of water tenure” of the implementation plan
  • Completion of concrete activities and steps under activity 2.4 “Preliminary field research” of the implementation plan
  • Regular activity reports and executive summary of the main findings

Tasks and responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the Knowat project Lead Technical Officer (LTO) and the National Knowat Project Coordinator, under the overall technical supervision of the project team and in consultation with national authorities and local actors, and in close collaboration with the national legal specialist will, the National Sociologist/anthropologist will:

1. In collaboration with the project coordinator and the project team, provide technical backstopping to finalize the selection of the assessment area and the research area for the field research.

2. In collaboration with the legal national specialist, he/she will contribute to the preliminary water use and water users’ assessment in the assessment area (activity 2.2 of the preparatory research). More specifically he/she will identify the uses and users of water recognized by custom, religion, family status, etc. by conducting a desk review to identify the uses of water in the research area (even if not recognized/protected by the formal legal framework) and if possible identify the users rights and responsibilities related to each use. (See implementation plan for the recommended steps).

3. In collaboration with the legal national specialist and water accounting expert he/she will contribute to the preliminary field research of water tenure in the research area (activity 2.3 of the preparatory research). More specifically he/she will identify and describe policy framework in the country that related to water, identify the agencies in charge of water tenure legislation, and their respective roles and responsibilities and identify what hydrological information exists, for both surface and groundwater. (See implementation plan for the recommended steps).

  1. In collaboration with the legal national specialist conduct field research in the identify research area he/she will identify water users at local level, identification of local authorities (traditional, in the family, public ), identify the uses and user of water and if they are or not recognized by the legal framework, identify water uses and water resources that are dependent of the land, and finally identify challenges regarding water tenure arrangements in the assessment area, including actual or potential conflicts. (See implementation plan for the recommended steps).
  2. Prepare regular activity reports and executive summary of the main findings under items 1-3 for the international governance consultant and the project team;
  3. Prepare short reports of meetings and workshops organize under items 1-3 with main points discussed, conclusions and action points for review by the international governance consultant and the project team;
  4. Ensure synergies and links with the overall of the components of the Water tenure assessment guide;
  5. Participate to team meetings, validation workshops and other related activities;

CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING

Minimum Requirements

  • A university degree in sociology or anthropology, with focus on environmental, natural resources management, development or agriculture in Rwanda and a minimum of three to five years of experience in related fields.
  • At least 5 years’ experience in conducting field research using qualitative research methods with a socio-cultural perspective.
  • National of Rwanda or resident in the country with a regular work permit.

FAO Core Competencies

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

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Flexibility and tact to work with multidisciplinary teams.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet agreed dates.
  • Knowledge of the operation and procedures in epidemiological surveys.
  • Familiarity with water management and water uses, governance of natural resources, applicable to food security and nutrition are considered an asset.
  • Excellent drafting skills in English.
  • Problem solving and analytical thinking skills

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Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency

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