The International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) Uganda is part of an International Development, training, and research institution that was established back in 1960 empowering rural communities and organizations to end extreme poverty and hunger.
IIRR operates a Global Training Centre from its headquarters in the Philippines, Asia with regional offices in both Africa and Asia. In Africa, we operate in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, South Sudan, and Zimbabwe. IIRR’s nature of business is anchored in the four core program areas of; (i) Food Security and Resilient Nutrition sensitive Food Systems, (ii) Disaster/Climate Risk Reduction, resilient livelihoods and ecosystems management – (iii) Education for marginalized communities, and (iv) Applied Learning (Capacity development).
In Uganda, IIRR was registered in 2007 and is at the forefront for promoting Community-based Disaster/Climate Risk and Adaptation approaches/ interventions that enhance the resilience of local people, their livelihood assets, and restoration of ecosystems through which they derive their livelihoods.
About the Project
IIRR is implementing a project on Integrated Natural Resources Management and Sustainable Land Management practices using Agro-Pastoral Field School and watershed management approaches in Karamoja between September 2020-February 2022. The project aims to increase production through climate-resilient production techniques, and also support efforts to diversify production to increase income and reduce vulnerability to food insecurity. A strong emphasis is on rehabilitating degraded ecosystems and ecosystem services through the restoration of degraded landscapes, agro-forestry, Climate Smart Agricultural practices, natural regeneration, and sound pasture management. The project puts target specific activities towards women and youth, who are among the most vulnerable, to ensure equality of participation and remove underlying vulnerabilities in Karamoja During project implementation, the Project Officer Agro-pastoral Farmer Field Schools/Integrated Watershed Management is expected to apply the concepts of integrated Natural Resources Management (INRM) and Sustainable Land Management (SLM) to build community capacities to sustainably manage land and water resources, and promote a more productive landscape in the target districts through Farmer Field Schools/ Agro-pastoral Farmer Schools and Watershed Management approaches
Job summary and key responsibilities:
You will implement project activities and provide technical support to Agro-pastoral Farmer Groups, provide leadership to the communities during implementation, align with IIRR program quality principles and standards, donor guidelines, and IIRR’s best practices to advance the delivery of high-quality programming to the rural community. Your knowledge and support will contribute to the effective, adaptive, and innovative implementation of the INRM/SLM project.
- Mobilize Agro-pastoral Farmer Field Groups
- Support formation of Watershed User Associations/Restoration Groups
- Support group strengthening for improved Agricultural production, Integrated Natural Resources Management, and restoration of degraded watershed areas
- Mobilize Farmers and Agro-pastoral Groups to restore degraded landscapes, farmlands, and forests using appropriate measures
- Train Farmer Groups in Agro-Pastoral Farmer Field School and Integrated Watershed Management Curriculum
- Collect weekly timely data and reports on Agro-Farmer Learning and efforts on Restoration
- Promote community-Based Restoration Approaches
- Conduct training and capacity building for APFS groups and networks
- Identify the watershed issues for developing measures
- Conduct sensitization and awareness meeting in the community about the project
- Prepare weekly and monthly plans and budgets
- Submit weekly and timely reports as required from time to time by Project Officer
- Support the organization efforts in resource mobilization and any other assignments
- Represent IIRR in forums, workshops, meeting, and other related assignments
- Document lessons learned, good practices, and success stories
- Mobilize community members to participate in the project
- Conduct community sensitization meetings to create awareness
- Support identifying Watershed Management Association/user groups.
- Conduct rapid capacity needs assessment of the new APFS,
- Support the new APFS groups to register with local government as Community Based Organization
- Support to remobilize the 7 existing APFS in Kaabong and Karenga districts
- Conduct mentorship sessions for new APFS/FFS in federation/cooperatives
- Facilitate the formation of new FFS/APFS network at 2 sub-counties
- Conduct Community discussions on existing climatic sensitivities, vulnerabilities, and critical climate-related thresholds for the farming sector
- Identify priority issues according to the communities
- Support to upscale the Village Savings and Loan Schemes (VSLAs) at the watershed level, promote small scale irrigation and water harvesting schemes along with major water sources
- Promote livelihood diversification such as bee-keeping and small enterprises development, value addition through processing and Post-Harvest Storage Equipment and horticulture, agroforestry and tree farming
- Support PM and PO to identify and demarcate boundaries (enclosures) for ANR (400 hectares), marking woody regenerants
- Sensitize community about project activities, gather information about the sites for restoration and identifying hotspot areas for re-forestation and support establishment and monitoring of 200 hectares of forest seedlings
- Support the PM and PO to organize a write shop, conducting radio talk shows and video documentation
Education and experience:
- Diploma Social Sciences, Environment, Agriculture, Development Studies or a related field
- Minimum of two (2) years of relevant work experience
- Familiar with the local environment and able to express him/herself very well
- Proficient in MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint) and good report writing skills
- Understand, respect, and practice the set of organization’s shared vision, mission, and values, including mutual respect, equity, and justice; honesty, and transparency.
- Ability to communicate clearly and demonstration of good interpersonal skills with strong training skills, meeting & facilitation; coaching skills are essential for capacity building of project staff and beneficiaries
- High-level integrity and initiative-taking and a positive attitude towards learning and sharing.
- Good computer knowledge in the area of MS word, MS Excel, Powerpoint & e-mail.
- Working knowledge of budget management
- Valid riding license and with the ability to ride a motorcycle
- Ability to establish strong relationships with the local leaders, community, and government representatives will be vital.
- Strong analytical skills with focus on detail
- Ability to work effectively under stressful conditions
- Presentation, facilitation, training, mentoring, and coaching skills
- Proactive, resourceful and results-oriented
- Proficiency in spoken and written English is essential. Ability to speak the local language is an added advantage
NOTE: This job description is not an exhaustive list of skills, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.
Job application procedure: To apply for this job, email your application letter and CV to firstname.lastname@example.org
IIRR is an equal opportunity employer. We will respond to short-listed candidates only. All applications should be sent electronically.