Wednesday, Oct 16, 2019



Job title:

Land Tenure Expert, P4


Agriculture and Environment


IGAD Secretariat in Djibouti

Reporting to

Land Governance Expert

Expected Start Date

20th  November 2019

Duration of the Assignment

The contract is for one year renewable based on the availability of funds and satisfactory performance




The IGAD Land Governance Project was launched in 2015 as a joint initiative of the Africa Land Policy Centre and IGAD Secretariat, within the Agriculture and Environment Division. The project has been supported through funding of the Swiss Development Corporation (SDC).


Land governance in IGAD involves integrating sustainability objectives into poverty reduction practices, building internal and external capacities, promoting regional strategies, policies and programs for improving land governance and improving the capacity of IGAD to deliver land related programmes to achieve broader socio-economic and human development goals. To do this the project focuses on implementing the AU Declaration on Land issues and challenges in Africa by –


  • convening periodic regional platforms to facilitate experience sharing, lessons learnt and dissemination of best practices in land policy formulation, implementation and monitoring based on members states experiences;
  • Appropriately capture and address issues of land policies within common agricultural policy frameworks.
  • Undertaking measures for the establishment of mechanisms for progress tracking and periodic reporting by Member States on progress achieved.


In this context the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) with financial support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), developed a three-year project called “Improving land governance in the IGAD region.”


The project is aimed at helping IGAD and its member states to address the various land policy and governance issues and constraints faced by countries in the East and the Horn of Africa.


Concerted efforts are required in order to deliver land policy and institutional reforms. Concerted efforts aim at:

  1. Garnering political will at national and regional levels to address land governance and land related challenges
  2. Facilitating peer learning of successes and failures among member states.
  3. Facilitating review of progress achieved made in delivering sound policy and institutional reforms
  4. Forging strong coordination and partnerships that address existing knowledge, resources and capacity needs
  5. Building capacity of the secretariat to be able to engage member states on land policy development and implementation.


In view of the above mentioned, IGAD seeks to recruit a Land Tenure Expert to support the implementation of the project.


Organizational Setting and Reporting Relationships: This position is located in the IGAD headquarters in Djibouti.  The Land Tenure Expert reports to the Land Governance Expert who coordinates the Land Governance Unit.


Responsibilities:  Within limits of delegated authority and depending on location, the Land Tenure Expert will be responsible for the following duties: 


  1. Support countries in their efforts to improve governance of tenure in the framework of the SDGs, AU F&G, AU Declaration on Land Issues and Challenges, the VGGT and other global frameworks governing land through the provision of strategic and technical support/analysis to various assessments, studies and initiatives;
  2. Provide technical backstopping to field projects in the IGAD Land Governance Unit and in the field;
  3. Facilitate knowledge exchange, capacity development and the collection of good practices through the development of capacity development tools and the organization of meetings, thereby supporting efforts of member countries and partner institutions to improve governance of tenure;
  4. Support project management, liaison and awareness raising activities on thematic areas.
  5. Promote awareness and dissemination of best practices and land administration models developed through the course of project implementation;
  6. Organize and facilitate multi-stakeholder dialogue and processes to contribute to the implementation of the AU Declaration at regional, country-levels and local levels in an inclusive and participatory way;
  7. Support Civil society platform strengthening for land governance in the IGAD Region;
  8. Undertake research and analyze technical, social, economic, environmental, institutional, and technology related information to support the delivery of projects, products and services;
  9. Contribute to producing a variety of technical information, data, statistics and reports as well as inputs for technical documents and the IGAD Land Governance Portal
  10. Facilitate online discussions on thematic areas through the communities of practice;
  11. Collaborate in the development of improved/updated tools, systems, processes, and databases related to governance of tenure;
  12. Participate in multi-disciplinary teams and working groups, and collaborate with other departments and institutions to ensure collaboration across natural resource sectors, stakeholder groups and disciplines as a means of mainstreaming land governance.
  13. Contribute to the preparation of clear and concise donor reports on land tenure and land administration.


Technical/Functional Skills

  • Extent and relevance of experience in land tenure, land administration, rural development and related cross-cutting issues (such as governance, climate change, conflict resolution), with particular emphasis on land governance in the IGAD Region.
  • Extent and relevance of experience in project management and in building and facilitating synergies and partnerships (political partners, technical partners) in the field of land tenure, governance and sustainable local development.
  • Extent and relevance of experience in analyzing land tenure and land administration and governance issues, particularly within the framework of the AU Declaration on Land Issues and Challenges.
  • Experience regarding preparation of communication materials on land tenure issues and outcomes.
  • Relevant experience regarding elaboration of training and capacity development materials on land tenure issues.
  • Experience is supporting and building civil society capacity in land governance.
  • Experience in pastoralists land management and drylands management.
  • Familiarity in the preparation of technical reports, guidelines and manuals in the field of land tenure and land administration within the context of the AU Declaration on Land Issues and Challenges.
  • Ability to provide assistance in the organization of workshops and technical meetings.
  • Ability to operate effectively in a team, contributing positively to team operations and working relationships. High proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel and Outlook.



Professionalism: Knowledge of internal policies, processes and procedures generally and in particular those related to project administration, implementation and evaluation, programming and budgeting. Ability to work well with figures, undertake basic research and gather information from standard sources. Demonstrated ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given. Shows pride in work and in achievements; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. 


Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors commitments. Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards. Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules. Supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments. Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, 
correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed. 

Teamwork and Commitment to Continuous Learning: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings. Keeps abreast of new developments in own occupation/profession. Actively seeks to develop oneself professionally and personally. Contributes to the learning of colleagues and subordinates. Shows willingness to learn from others. Seeks feedback to learn and improve.

Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services. Offers new and different options to solve problems or meet others’ needs. Promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas. Takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks "outside the box." Takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things. Is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.


Education and Work Experience

A PhD in in a discipline relevant to land tenure and its administration, law, agricultural sciences, development, communication for development, economics, social or rural development with 5 years of practical experience; or  Master’s Degree in a discipline relevant to land tenure and its administration, law, agricultural sciences, development, economics, social or rural development with at least 7 years practical Experience; or a University degree in a discipline relevant to land tenure and its administration, law, agricultural sciences, economics, social or rural development, international cooperation with 10 years of practical experience.


Work experience in the IGAD region will be an advantage. 


For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of French language is an advantage but not necessary.

How to apply 

Only candidates who meet the profile of the minimum qualifications, experience and core competences stated above need apply. Applications should be accompanied by:

  • Applicant’s detailed CV, copies of both academic and professional certificates and testimonials;
  • Names and addresses of three reputable referees and the candidate’s contact details (E-mail address and telephone numbers). 

The applications should be addressed to: 

The Director, Administration & Finance, IGAD

P.O. Box 2653, Djibouti,

Republic of Djibouti;


Sent by email:

E-mail to the following e-mail address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. bearing the subject line:

Land Tenure Expert

Deadline for submission of applications:

Applications must be received by email on or before C.O.B 20th October 2019.

IGAD is an equal opportunities employer. Female candidates are encouraged to apply.



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