IGAD Centre for Pastoral Areas and Livestock Development (ICPALD)
Position Title: Programme Officer – Socioeconomics
Reference: ICPALD – POSE
Organizational Unit: ICPALD
Duty station: Nairobi, Kenya- ICPALD Office
Expected start Date: March 2023
Duration: 12 months
Deadline for Applications: 23 February 2024
- 1 Background
Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) was established in 1986 to mitigate the effects of recurrent drought and environmental degradation, boost agricultural production, and facilitate sustainable management of natural resources. With the emerging political, security, and socio-economic challenges, the Assembly of Heads of State and Government in 1996 resolved to expand IGAD’s mandate to include areas of cooperation and integration, peace and security, and socio-economic dimensions. IGAD’s broader mandate is to promote the resilience of the region through regional cooperation and integration, fostering peace and security, boosting agricultural sector development, facilitating sustainable management of natural resources, and environmental protection. IGAD Member States are Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, and Uganda.
The IGAD Centre for Pastoral Areas and Livestock Development (ICPALD) was established in July 2012 as an IGAD Specialized Institution mandated to “promote and facilitate sustainable and equitable drylands and livestock development in the IGAD region.” To fulfil its mandate, ICPALD provides a platform for regional cooperation and coordination in drylands, pastoralism, and livestock development. ICPALD thrusts in the improvement of animal health, production and marketing, enhanced dryland production and pastoralism including value added alternative livelihood products from non-wood rangeland products (NWRP) and artisanal minerals (in areas of production) with the aim of bringing positive impacts on food and economic security, especially in rural pastoral populations. Regional cooperation and coordination of actions based on evidence of risks to shared natural resources, animal feed security, climate change adaptation and mitigation, animal health, and the evaluation of other factors of production and consumption remain the principal means of achieving these objectives.
- About the Project
IGAD, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), and the University of Sussex have secured a research fund for a project called ‘Strengthening Pastoralist Livelihoods Through Effective Anticipatory Action’ (PASSAGE). This project is funded under the UK-Canada framework research programme called Climate Adaptation and Resilience (CLARE) and supported by International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and UK Foreign, commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). Collaborating institutions include Kenya’s National Drought Management Agency, University of Nairobi, Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD), Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC), Jigjiga University, Centre for Research and Integrated Development, Makerere University, World Food Program, and Virridy Research Inc.
PASSAGE project aims to enhance operational early warning systems and anticipatory action for drought risk in pastoralist livelihood systems across the greater Horn of Africa to enhance climate-resilient and sustainable livelihoods, especially for the most vulnerable. In addition, the project intends to address the challenges of drought monitoring, preparedness, and implementation in the Greater Horn of Africa. It focuses on improving the management of extreme climate events by local governments to support pastoral livelihoods and vulnerable communities.
The project is expected to enhance modelling, forecasting, and anticipatory action plans, particularly in the transboundary areas hosting the most vulnerable pastoral communities. It builds upon existing initiatives and investments in anticipatory action, employing coproduction of knowledge, participatory methods, and a combination of qualitative and quantitative approaches. The expected outcomes include improved climate risk forecasting and modelling, effective anticipatory actions, and enhanced capacity for equitable adaptation.
IGAD Centre for Pastoral Areas and Livestock development (ICPALD) will be leading part of Work Package 1 (WP1) on Early Warning Systems – Data: which includes design and collection of livestock data using cross-sectional surveys and household livelihoods analysis using household surveys and other data including anticipatory actions that pastoral households undertake in response to climate hazards, actions they would take and the timing, in anticipation of climate hazards and impacts. The data collection and information will be differentiated by gender, age and economic capacity, towards understanding what actions work best for whom, when and how. The data will lead to evaluation of economic viability of the anticipatory action (AA) options to determine the returns, and choice experiment to determine the willingness to pay/accept adaptation options. In order to fulfil the target of the WP1, IGAD has planned to recruit competent individual consultant with socio-economic background.
- General Objective of the Position
In the framework of the project IGAD seeks to recruit a Socioeconomic Programme Officer to lead a transdisciplinary and holistic approach to understand the socio-ecological dynamics of pastoralist areas in the Greater Horn of Africa. The Officer is expected to utilizes qualitative approaches, including household economy analysis, key informant interviews, and literature reviews, to evaluate the economic viability of anticipatory action. The officer is expected to use participatory methods, such as the IFRC enhanced Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment and Community-Based Participatory Planning, are used to map vulnerabilities, develop anticipatory actions, and incorporate traditional knowledge.
- Specific tasks and responsibilities
- Assessment of Socioeconomics for Anticipatory Actions:
- Evaluate the socio-economic landscape in targeted geographies where Anticipatory Actions are implemented.
- Leverage insights from researchers, local governments, regional organizations, national governments, and local communities.
- Conduct a thorough review and assessment of Anticipatory Action Protocols (AAP) within these geographies.
- Aim to better understand the complex interplay of social, ecological, political, and economic dynamics that impact local communities.
- Ensure gender-sensitive interpretation of findings to capture the unique experiences and vulnerabilities of different genders and promote gender equality and inclusion.
- Economic Valuation of Early Actions/Anticipatory Actions Protocols:
- Undertake a comprehensive economic valuation of the Early Actions/Anticipatory Actions Protocols.
- Assess the economic impact and value generated by these protocols.
- Evaluate the cost-effectiveness and benefits derived from Anticipatory Actions.
- Highlight the economic advantages of early interventions.
- Ensure gender-sensitive interpretation of economic valuation findings to recognize gender-specific impacts and promote gender equality and inclusion.
- Embedding Gender Equality and Inclusion:
- Integrate gender equality and inclusion considerations into all aspects of the implementation and dissemination of research findings.
- Identify opportunities to enhance gender equality and social inclusion through Anticipatory Actions.
- Provide recommendations and strategies to improve gender-sensitive outcomes within the context of Anticipatory Actions.
- Deliverables at the end of the contract
- Comprehensive assessment report on the socioeconomics of target communities relevant to Anticipatory Actions, including gender-sensitive insights.
- Report on Economic valuation of Early Actions/Anticipatory Actions, with a focus on gender-sensitive findings.
- Policy briefs
- Minimum Education and Work Experience Requirements
- Education Qualification
At least Master’s Degree from a recognized institution in economics, agricultural economics, or a related field
- Professional work experience
- At least 7 years of relevant professional experience in socio-economic analysis, with a focus on pastoral areas and rural development;
- At least five years of experience in conducting socio-economic studies, including data collection, analysis, and report writing;
- with strong background in quantitative analysis skill
- Strong analytical skills and ability to use statistical software and other relevant tools;
- Demonstrable experience in Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment and Community-Based Participatory Planning
- Demonstrable experience in writing policy briefs
- Familiarity with national and regional policies and strategies related to pastoral development,
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and ability to work effectively in a multicultural team.
- Knowledge of the IGAD region
- Command in oral and written English
- Ability and willingness to travel to pastoral areas in the IGAD countries
- Self-driven, result oriented, problem solver
- Continuous improvement and knowledge sharing
For this position a strong command of English is required. Knowledge of French will be an added advantage.
- How to Apply
Appropriately qualified applicants from IGAD Member States are eligible to apply.
Interested candidates should send their applications in PDF accompanied by cover letter, Curriculum Vitae, academic credentials, copy of passports/ ID cards biometric page and three reference persons including the last employer.
The application should be sent by E-mail to the following addresses: E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line ‘ICPALD – POSE’.
Closing date for application will be on 23 February 2024. Due to the large number of applications we expect to receive; only successful candidates who meet the required experience & qualifications for this position will be contacted. Contact: + 25321354050
IGAD is an equal opportunity employer. Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.
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