Climate Information Expert Needed For The Intra-ACP Climate Services and Related Applications

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The Horn of Africa (HA) region has a highly variable climate and is prone to climate extremes such as droughts and floods that exacerbate food and water insecurity. Economies and livelihoods of the HA countries (Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, and Uganda) are dependent on rain-fed agriculture that is highly sensitive to weather as well as climate variability and change. Rainfall plays a significant role in determining agricultural production and thus the economic and social well-being of rural communities.

Climate change in the region could result in an increase in the frequency and the intensity of extreme weather/climate events, leading to more intensive flash floods and more recurrent drought and water scarcity. Climate risks impacting the livelihoods and food security situation of pastoralists and agro-pastoralists are also increasingly associated with resource-based conflicts in countries such as Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Uganda and South Sudan that could lead to a further deterioration in vulnerability of the affected populations in the region. It is expected that climate change will enhance the variability in climate as currently observed.

Project Background
The Intra-ACP Climate Services and Related Applications Support to IGAD/ICPAC is a direct grant award by the 11th European Development Fund to support the climate information services value chain in the IGAD region with technical and financial assistance, and infrastructure and capacity building to improve wide access and use of climate information, and to enable and encourage the generation and use of climate services and applications for decision-making processes at all levels.

The overall objective of the Action is to support the climate information services value chain with technical assistance, financial assistance, infrastructure, and capacity building to improve wide access and use of climate information, and to enable and encourage the generation and use of climate services and applications for decision-making processes at all levels.

The Action will strengthen the tools to bridge climate services stakeholders and users in climate-sensitive sectors to resource and implement GFCS at all levels. The Action will further contribute to six SDGs (1, 2, 5, 7, 13, 15) by

  • building the resilience of poor people and minimizing the risk to climate-related extreme events and early warning,
  • enhancing food production through improved uptake, access and use of food-security tailored climate services through engagements of the regional multi-stakeholder Food
    Security and Nutrition Working Group (FSNWG), by closely working with IGAD Secretariat and its other implementing regional bodies (especially IDDRSI and Cross-Border Cooperation Working Group) and international organizations, and
  • enhancing cooperation between institutions to tackle a major issue of common concern i.e. supports improvement and capacity building on use of climate services for improved adaptation planning from regional down to national and local levels. The Action complements ICPAC’s Strategic Plan 2016-2020 of enhancing the livelihoods of the people of the region so as to mitigate climate-related risks and disasters.

The specific objectives of this Action are to

(1) ensure improved interaction between the users, researchers and climate services providers in the IGAD region through structured and strengthened User Interface Platforms (UIPs);

(2) guarantee the provision of climate services at regional and national levels;

(3) expand access to climate information;

(4) enhance the capacity to generate and apply climate information and products; and

(5) mainstream climate services into policy processes at regional and national levels.

Objectives of the position
The objective of the assignment is to increase the efficiency in the delivery of climate
services. This includes improving dissemination methods and quality of climate
information and early warnings through adequate channels, to relevant audiences,
including advocacy for efficient climate services, translating climate science to policy
and tailoring different products and services to the users.

Tasks and responsibilities
• Work with the climate applications and communication sections of the Centre to contribute to the development and provision of climate early warning advisory services to users.
• Assist in establishing an institutionalized interface with user-sectors for effective co-development and uptake of climate information services.
• Assist the Centre in communicating success stories and research results, including the preparation of public awareness materials.
• Assist in consolidating and developing the Centre’s position on climate variability
and change and accordingly develop and disseminate advocacy message based
on evidence and research, whenever necessary,
• Assist in the consolidation of existing evidence-based and research to provide succinct analysis and substantive data to illustrate the need for use of climate information to specific sectors (DRR, water, agriculture and food security, humanitarian, health).
• Assist in developing a Common “terminology” for external communication on issues such as early warning early action; adaptation; disaster risk reduction, etc.
• Spearhead the simplification of climate information particularly development of policy briefs, translation of science to policy and packaging climate information for the end-users

Required Qualifications and Experience
• At least a Masters Degree in Atmospheric Science or Meteorology from a recognized University;
• A minimum of five years’ experience in the delivery of climate services in a national or regional institution,
• Experience in disseminating weather and climate information and early warning advisories for Resilience
• Excellent understanding of the needs of disaster risk management institutions in the region
• Working experience with National and Regional Climate and Meteorological Institutions

Personal Skills and competencies
• Strong quantitative skills and an analytical, data-driven mindset
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills – Ability to work well in a team environment
• Experience in public speaking and public representation
• Ability to communicate complex quantitative analysis and analytic approaches in a clear, precise, and actionable manner
• Attention to details and proactive approach to problem-solving
• Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing in English and knowledge of another language in the region is an added value
• Ability to prepare written reports in a clear, concise and meaningful manner
• Ability to work with minimum supervision

Reporting
The Selected candidate will report to the Project Coordinator.

Remuneration
Negotiable within the IGAD salary Scale and policy which is attractive based on the
applicant qualifications and Experience.

Contract Duration
The position will be for three years with the possibility of renewable subject to
performance and availability of funds.

Work Station
The Project Climate Information Expert will be based within the greater Nairobi
Metropolitan Area, Ngong, Kibiku.

How to Apply
All applications must be received via email (Hard copies will not be accepted) with
the subject line ‘‘Application for Intra-ACP Climate Services Project Climate Information Expert’’. Applications should  include Cover Letter, detailed Curriculum Vitae and Scanned Copies of Certificates to the following Address: recruitment@igad.int

Deadline:  21st February 2020 by 1300HRS EAT