Tuesday, Aug 20, 2019

TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION OFFICER

Strengthening the Resilience of the IGAD region to the adverse Impacts of Climate Change through effective Adaptation and Mitigation Actions (RICCAMA), project supported under the Intra-ACP Global Climate Change Alliance Plus (GCCA+) Programme of the EU.

1. Introduction

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) is the regional organization for economic and political cooperation in the horn of Africa. IGAD was created in 1996 to supersede the intergovernmental Authority on Drought and Development (IGADD) which was founded in 1986. It is one of the regional economic communities (RECs) of the African Union and is mandated to promote regional economic integration and other political, security and socio-economic issues of importance to member states through the implementation of common policies and programmes. IGAD brings together the states of Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda.

IGAD Climate Prediction and Application Centre (ICPAC) is a specialized institution of IGAD mandated to perform climate monitoring and prediction to provide timely climate early warning information and supporting specific sector applications to enable the region cope with various risks associated with climate variability and change.

Impacts of human induced climate change are becoming evident around the world and the most recent scientific consensus - including the works of the IPCC – indicate that they are coming faster in some cases than had earlier been predicted. More impacts are projected, particularly if heat-trapping gas emissions continue unabated.

The international community has recognized the climate change challenge and adopted the UNFCCC, the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement to combat it. IGAD Member States are all parties to the UNFCCC, the Kyoto protocol and the Paris Agreement and they are making efforts to address climate change through the formulation and implementation of national strategies and plans.

IGAD recognizes the threat posed by climate change for the region and the world at large including the need to take urgent action on the implementation of climate agreements at all levels. To this effect ICPAC on behalf of IGAD formulated the IGAD Regional Climate Change Strategy (IRCCS) in consultation with the Member States. The strategy aims to support the implementations of member states climate mitigation and adaption policies and plans including NAPAs, NAPs, NDCs and NAMAs. ICPAC on behalf of IGAD is mandated to lead and coordinate climate change activities in the region. ICPAC representing IGAD has an observer status with the UNFCCC and organizes side events, make statements and exhibitions at COPs.

2. Project Background

The Intra-ACP Global Climate Change Alliance Plus (GCCA+) Programme is an initiative of the European Union (EU) to support the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States efforts in addressing the challenges of climate change. The regional component of the GCCA+ program is funded by the 11th European Development Fund (EDF 11)..
The GCCA+ Programme specifically targets ACP Member States, helping them to better tackle climate change as a challenge to their development and implement appropriate adaptation and mitigation responses.
10 Regional organizations are partners in implementing the Intra-ACP GCCA+ Programme are:
• African Union Commission (AUC)
• Indian Ocean Commission (IOC)
• Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)
• Southern African Development Community (SADC)
• Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)
• East African Community (EAC)
• Permanent Inter-State Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS) and Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
• Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)
• University of the South Pacific (USP)
• Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC)

The GCCA+ projects primarily aim at facilitating the transition to a climate-resilient, low-carbon future in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change (2o C target) by emphasizing on mainstreaming climate change into national development and identifying win-win approaches, developing coherent national strategies and ensuring their proper implementation in line with NDC commitments.

3. Project development goal

The overall objective of the RICCAMA project is to increase the resilience of the IGAD region to the adverse impacts of climate change and contribute to the achievement of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals in particular its Goal 13 "Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts" in order to reduce poverty and promote sustainable development. RICCAMA is a three year project funded by the 11th European Development Fund (EDF 11) with a budget of € 1.6 million.

The specific objectives of the project are to:
I. Enhance the capacity of IGAD, through the IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC), to address regional and national climate change challenges and support IGAD Member States.
II. Support IGAD Member States to mainstream climate change adaptation and mitigation into their strategies and policies and align them to the Paris Agreement and other UNFCCC aspirations.
III. Promote engagement and strategic dialogue across relevant stakeholders to manage and share information, knowledge and capacity in support of climate initiatives and actions across the region.
IV. Strengthen the capacity of other regional and national institutions for improved service delivery within the IGAD region for addressing climate change-related challenges.
IGAD would like to fill the position of Climate Change Adaptation Officer
for the RICCAMA project.

1. Overall Purpose
To undertake project activities related to regional climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation at regional and national levels.

2. Core Duties and Responsibilities
• Conduct studies related to climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation
• Undertake climate change adaptation capacity and needs assessment at regional and national levels
• Formulate and conduct regional capacity building activities in line with climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation.
• Support the implementation of relevant regional strategies (e.g IRCCS) for enhanced adaptation activities at regional and national levels.
• Support organization of planned project meetings and workshops
• Prepare periodic and annual reports on regional climate impacts, vulnerability, and adaptation including ongoing and planned programmes.
• Review and assess progress of National Communication in support of climate change adaptation in the region
• Provide technical advice to member states on climate change adaptation issues in partnership with relevant national institutions
• Provide modelling support for climate change applications including impacts, vulnerability and adaptation studies.
• Develop and validate regional, national and sub-national climate change adaptation frameworks, policies and guidelines
• Perform any other related duties as may be assigned by the Project Team Leader.

3. Minimum Qualifications and Experience
• Master’s degree in climate change or related field
• Five (5) years of practical working experience in areas related to climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation assessments

4. Key Skills and Competencies
• Good knowledge of use of computer tools and methods required for climate impacts, vulnerabilityand adaptation assessments and relevant applications
• Familiarity with NAPAs, NAPs, IRCCS and national communications
• Good inter-personal skills
• Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing
• Ability to prepare written reports in a clear, concise and meaningful manner
• Ability to work with minimum supervision
• Good knowledge of the IGAD region
• Fluency in English
• Knowledge of French is an advantage

5. Reporting
The Selected candidate will report to the Project Manager.
6. Remuneration
Negotiable within the IGAD salary Scale and policy which is attractive based on the applicant qualifications and Experience.

7. Contract Duration
The position will be tenable for One year renewable upto three years subject to availability of funds and performance.

8. Work Station

The Climate Change Adaptation Officer will be based in ICPAC Head Office within Nairobi Metropolitan Area.

9. How to Apply

Send your Cover Letter, Detailed Curriculum Vitae and Scanned Copies of Certificates by email to the following Address by 21st August 2019 with the title of position as subject:


The Director, Administration & Finance, IGAD,
Avenue Georges Clemenceau,
P. O. Box 2653
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Djibouti, Republic of Djibouti

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