Climate Resilience & Livelihoods Advisor

at ZOA
Location Kampala, Uganda
Date Posted April 2, 2024
Category NGO Jobs in Uganda
Currency UGX


The Climate Resilience & Livelihoods Advisor will be responsible for the development of high-quality implementation strategies, planning, and monitoring, providing technical expertise in climate resilience & livelihoods for the ZOA Uganda programme.

Technical support areas include: crop production, agri-business development and agriculture-related income generating activities, skilling, green energy, financial inclusion, Climate Smart Agriculture, Sustainable Land Management, Natural Resource Management, and Nature Based Solutions.

The Advisor will ensure the integration of climate resilience into non-CRL specific programming such as Education and Land Rights. The Advisor will be a champion for “greening” of ZOA Uganda’s operations internally.

The Advisor contributes to the development of high-quality proposals demonstrating technical integrity and expertise in climate resilience and livelihoods. The Advisor also reviews and contributes to ensure timely and impactful reporting on projects. They lead representation of ZOA Uganda in relevant technical fora, foster collaborative relationships with local partners and donors, and raise the profile of the organisation’s work in this area.

The Advisor is critical in supporting the achievement of ZOA’s global strategy and ZOA Uganda’s country strategic annual plan.

Place in organisation and characteristics of the role
The Advisor will be a member of the Programme Quality team within ZOA Uganda. He/she is in regular contact with the Programme Managers of ZOA’s regional offices in West Nile, Acholi and Karamoja Regions, as well as Project Managers managing ZOA CRL projects. The Advisor will have regular contact with counterparts in ZOA HQ and in other ZOA countries, to ensure alignment with ZOA policies, and share learning and thought leadership across the organisation.

The Advisor will be based in Kampala, regular visits to project locations and other districts are anticipated, for several days at a time.

The role is full time, at an average of 40 hours a week. Some flexibility on working hours is required, e.g. for travel at weekends or when there are tight deadlines.

Detailed responsibilities and activities
Programme quality

Provides high quality technical support to the implementation of ZOA Uganda’s climate resilience, livelihoods, food security and renewable energy and environment programme; supporting projects throughout the project management cycle, including technical review of procurement tasks, workplans, and activity descriptions;
Develops and upholds a coherent ZOA Uganda CRL strategy in line with national and/or international trends, approaches and standards.
Promotes innovation in the CRL sector through varied partnership models
Provides additional oversight to high-risk activities in the CRL sector to ensure technical integrity throughout implementation
Produces technical guidelines and tools as required to facilitate technically sound implementation
Provides direction and support to the design, testing, and evaluation of innovations to advance CRL programming
Supports project teams to integrate climate resilience approaches into their implementation
Learning and capacity strengthening

Contributes to the development and implementation of CRL Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEAL) plans
Contributes to learning and knowledge development for ZOA (worldwide) specifically related to CRL with a specific focus on food security and livelihoods, crop production, agri business development and agricultural related income generating activities, skilling, green energy, and climate resilience, NRM and SLM
Builds capacity of CRL project staff on key project concepts and build capacity and ensures capacity strengthening of co-implementing partner(s) in line with identified needs;
Rolls out the Environmental Stewardship Tool (EST) across ZOA Uganda projects
Recommends strategic training opportunities for project staff.
Stays abreast of technical developments in the CRL field,
Leads or participates in maintaining updated capacity statements, program descriptions, or other documentation useful in articulating CRL approaches and achievements
Proposal development

Identifies new funding opportunities for ZOA Uganda;
Leads or participates in development of high quality CRL project proposals;
Collaborates with, Programme Managers, Project Managers, Field based staff, and finance department for proposal development.

Reviews, and where required leads, the writing of donor reports in line with contractual obligations;
Contributes to ZOA’s quarterly and annual reports, the annual Country Plan (CP), and new strategy development (the current country strategy runs 2023-2025).
Stakeholder management

Builds and upholds relationships with key CRL stakeholders in Uganda
Represents ZOA Uganda externally in relevant CRL planning and coordination meetings, specifically at national level – e.g. the Sector Working group and applicable task teams.
Links with stakeholders active in ZOA’s sectors and promote ZOA’s approaches

Leads on the identification of strategic local partners working in CRL
Initiates and builds partnerships with local partners for collaboration on proposals and implementation
Provides capacity building in technical livelihood, food security and climate resilience areas to local partners
Documents successes and lessons learned in localisation, climate resilience and livelihoods

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