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National Climate Change Specialist

Juba (South Sudan)

  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Juba (South Sudan)
  • Grade: NPP - National Project Personnel - Local Contractors Agreement - All levels
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Environment
    • Meteorology, Geology and Geography
    • Climate Change
  • Closing Date: 2021-10-25

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  • FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, background and culture
  • Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented member nations and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply
  • Everyone who works for FAO is required to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct, and to uphold our values. FAO has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and FAO, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination
  • All selected candidates, therefore, will undergo rigorous reference and background checks
  • 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

Organizational Setting

The main aim of the FAO country offices, which are headed by an FAO representatives, is to assist governments to develop policies, programmes and projects to achieve food security and to reduce hunger and malnutrition, to help develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors, and to use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable manner to ensure zero hunger in the country. FAO provides support in three priority areas: sustainable increase in production and productivity, agriculture-based economic growth, and increased resilience of livelihoods to threats and crisis.

The current portfolio of projects in South Sudan includes activities related to agriculture (crop), livestock, Fisheries, Natural Resource management, food information systems is implemented with humanitarian, transitional and development funding. The incumbent will contribute to the country’s Programme and portfolio as foreseen in the project he/she will coordinate and be assigned.

Reporting Lines

The NPP will work under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative and Direct Supervision of the Head Of Programmes.

Technical Focus

• Provides strategic and technical support in administrative, procurement and operational processes related to climate change adaptation/mitigation and natural resource management.
Tasks and responsibilities

• Support in development of concept notes and proposals pertaining to climate finance/investments mitigation and adaptation in FAOSS programming.
• Support in enhancement of climate, conflict and gender sensitive approaches in crops, livestock, fisheries and forest resource management activities.
• Support agricultural land management strategies and policies through community based participatory approaches enhancing agro-ecology.
• Conduct stakeholder analysis and mapping as well as liaise with relevant national with relevant national and decentralized authorities and stakeholders to enhance collaboration. This includes organizing a capacity development workshop for key stakeholders on integrated watershed management, making use of existing FAO materials.
• Facilitate the development of a joint background paper by key stakeholders with necessary information for integrated watershed planning including environmental characteristics, population, institutional framework and risk situation of the area. The identification of risk hotspots, risk reduction priority areas and prioritized risk reduction measures.
• Conduct desk research and interviews to develop a compendium of feasible climate-sensitive national and regional best practices that benefit farmers, fisher-folks and pastoralists while enhancing peaceful interactions
• Manage the development of appropriate communication items and disseminate them for each purpose, example (case study) and practical instructions e.g. briefs, posters, videos, radio show inputs.
• Support trainings, awareness raising campaigns and capacity development initiatives pertaining climate change and natural resource management internally and externally.
• Collaboratively explore options of climate finance and investment that enhance agro-sylvo-pastoral climate resilient programs and activities. This will include providing support in development of concept note and proposals.
• Support in studies pertaining to strengthening adaptive capacity of pastoralists and farmers to climate change through diversification of seeds, crops and livestock, fodder, promotion of small ruminants.
• Support the strengthening of resilience in drought-prone areas and pastoral and agro-sylvo-pastoral production systems to climate change.


Minimum Requirements

• University degree in Environmental Science and Economics, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Management and any other course in line with climate change adaptation/mitigation, sustainable land, water and forest resource management.
• At least five years (5) of relevant experience related to Natural Resource Management (NRM), forestry conservation and regulation programs, integrated watershed management, and facilitating multi-stakeholder processes.
• Working knowledge of the FAO official language (English) and working knowledge of the local language(s).
• A South Sudanese National.

FAO Core Competencies
• Results focused
• Teamwork
• Communication
• Building effective relationships
• Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

• Intermediate skills and competency in the use of MS Word, MS Excel, MS Access, MS PowerPoint computer package as well as with statistical software.
• Knowledge of the Organizations administrative procedures and practices.
• Working knowledge of English (Level C) in written and spoken form, and Arabic (written and spoken), and other local languages is a strong asset.
• Systematic, well-structured and efficient approach to work assignments. Analytical ability, accuracy and consistency. Exercise diligence and care in dealing with records and expenditures.
• Possess a cooperative spirit, flexibility and openness to work in an international environment. Tact and courtesy. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people of different national and cultural background.


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