Catchment Implementation Specialist

at CRS
Location Kampala, Uganda
Date Posted February 12, 2024
Category Management
Currency UGX


CRS Uganda employs around 150 staff and has its main office in Kampala, with sub-offices in Yumbe, Kyangwali and Kasese.

Job Summary:

The USAID Uganda Water and Food Systems (WFS) is a five year activity (2023-2028) that aims to inclusively and equitably improve food and water security in the Kyoga Basin in northeastern Uganda, specifically three watersheds of Lokok, Awoja, and Lokere, by empowering individuals and communities to mitigate and adapt to shocks and stressors in order to improve livelihoods, maintain nutrition and health wellbeing, address drivers of conflict, and reduce reliance on humanitarian assistance. This area is home to agro-pastoralists whose livelihoods are at risk due to violent cattle raiding and the effects of climate change (drought and flooding). This part of Uganda also suffers from fragmented markets, chronic underinvestment in public services, and a lack of private sector investment. This Activity is aligned with the Water and Development II (WADI II) scope to access critical technical services in support of the U.S. Government’s Global Water Strategy, Global Food Security and Strategy Refresh, Agency Climate Strategy, and the President’s Emergency Plan for Adaptation and Resilience; and is a cornerstone of the USAID Uganda 2022 Country Development Cooperation Strategy Development Objective (DO) 2, Resilient Growth Enhanced. The activity aims therefore is to achieve results under the following development objectives:

Improve water supply and integrated water resource management.
Increase equitable access to sanitation and hygiene services for households and schools.
Improved agriculture-based livelihoods.
Increased consumption of nutritious foods among women and children.
Expanded access to financial resources for women, men, youth, indigenous people, and marginalized groups.
Improve local capacity to manage shocks and stressors.
WFS will enhance market systems, strengthen relevant institutions, expand access to climate-resilient services, and—in two of the most vulnerable of the 21 districts covered by the activity—employ “graduation” approaches to assist the ultra-poor. These initiatives will incorporate conflict sensitivity, local leadership, climate change adaptation, and approaches inclusive of women, youth, the elderly, persons with disabilities, and indigenous groups. The 21 districts include the following:

Karamoja: Amudat, Nakapirit, Napak, Kaabong, Moroto, Kotido, Abim, and Nabalatuk District.
Teso: Soroti, Amuria, Serere, Bukedea, Ngora, Katakwi, Kapelebyong and Kumi District.
Bugisu: Bukwo, Bulambuli, Kapchorwa, Sironko, and Kween District.
WFS will be implemented from three regional offices, one per water catchment (Lokok, Lokere and Awoja) so each water catchment will have two CIS employed by CRS but supporting implementation of all six objectives presented above.

Roles and Key Responsibilities:

Proactively implement catchment-level interventions from inception to completion, ensuring they align with the Activity annual work plan, policies/procedures, organizational goals, and quality standards.
Support WASH Team-lead and Catchment Managers to host/attend meetings with district authorities and local council members and present high-level letters of intent (LOIs) concerning the Activity’s process and the possible interventions for approval and signature.
Facilitate the implementation and completion of start-up and interim assessments conducted in the assigned catchment area by Activity partners according to the annual work plan (such as the Baseline, Infrastructure Gap Analysis, Construction Implementation Plan, Market Systems and Private Sector Landscaping Analysis, and MBISA Formative Research among others).
Facilitate the selection of sub-counties, communities, and households where appropriate for Activity interventions.
With WASH Team-lead and Catchment Managers/Cross-cutting team members, support and participate in co-creation/co-design of local interventions where assigned.
Facilitate awareness and outreach activities to solicit partnerships via the Notices of Funding Opportunities (NOFOs) designed by the Technical and Grants/Procurement teams.
Report back to WASH Team-lead and Catchment Manager with key progress updates on interventions for inclusion in bi-weekly, quarterly, and annual reports.
Facilitate the design and implementation of pause and reflect and listening sessions with local stakeholders to help the Activity adapt interventions where needed.
Attend assigned local collaboration and coordination meetings and platforms with local authorities, donors, and other implementing partners to ensure the Activity interventions are not duplicative and report back to Catchment Manager for Activity awareness of the implementation environment.
Stay abreast of local, district and national regulations and ensure compliance within catchment areas; collaborate and comply with regulatory agencies such as National Environmental Management Authority, Environment office to obtain necessary permits and approvals for catchment interventions.
Build and maintain positive communication and relationships with local communities, government agencies/authorities, environmental organizations, and other stakeholders.
Participate in Activity annual work planning and pause and reflect workshops to plan for and adapt the Activity interventions each year.
Ensure accurate and timely exchange of information and reporting to external and internal stakeholders.
Support the organization and hosting of intervention site visits by the client (USAID) and/or others as assigned.
Other tasks as assigned by the WASH Team-lead or Catchment Manager.
Basic Qualifications

Bachelor's Degree required in the field of environmental health science, public health, agriculture, or social works with experience in approaches such as MBSIA or CLTS Plus, Market system or gender and governance will be a plus.
Minimum of 4-year work experience in related projects with INGO. Experience in Lokok, Lokere or Awoja is desired.
Experience in implementing USAID funded activities is a plus.
Specialized experience in any of the following: IWRM, WASH, agriculture, nutrition, disaster risk management, community engagement, gender, and social inclusion, and/or market systems and graduation approaches is preferred.

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