Project Manager – Integrated Natural Resources Management, Agro-Pastoral Farmer Field Schools, Watershed Management and Sustainable Land Management

Location: Kaabong and Karenga, Uganda

Deadline: Open until filled

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:

IIRR desires to hire a Project Manager who will lead, administer, and organize all project activities in cooperation with and under the leadership of the Programs Director. The Project Manager will oversee the implementation of the Integrated Natural Resources Management and Sustainable Land Management practices using Agro-Pastoral Field School and watershed management approaches in Karamoja

You will implement project activities and provide technical support to project implementation, providing leadership to the project implementing team, 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 poor and vulnerable. Your knowledge and support will contribute to the effective, adaptive, and innovative implementation of the project.

  • Ensure proper and timely project activity planning, budgeting, and execution based on the project’s document and set detailed implementation plans (DIP)
  • Identify all key project activities and develop the project’s overall detailed implementation plan.
  • Provide technical leadership for implementing – Integrated Natural Resources Management, Agro-Pastoral Farmer Field Schools, Watershed Management and Sustainable Land Management (INRM/SLM) interventions/practices in Kaabong/Karenga
  • Work with key local leaders and relevant stakeholders to identify and select the beneficiaries based on the set criteria
  • Plan, coordinate, implement, supervise, monitor, and evaluate all project activities in line with the approved project documents and signed cooperation agreement
  • Coordinate and supervise all project staff and take appropriate action to ensure efficient and effective performance
  • Ensure that the activities are conducted as planned with appropriate adjustments when deemed necessary
  • Ensuring that project beneficiaries are properly identified/ selected, organized into groups, and trained/ supported with required skills in IWRM/SLM.
  • Plan and implement a weekly and monthly schedule of activities in the fields
  • Prepare periodic project work plans and budgets with the other project staff and finance to ensure appropriate utilization of project resources
  • Prepare and submit quality and timely reports as required from time to time by Program Director
  • Develop project M&E tools to assess the project and report on the progress and quality of completed and on-going project activities
  • Conduct visits to beneficiaries in project sites to determine and verify project implementation against project standards and donor requirements
  • Coordinate project activities with the district, head office, the donor, and other stakeholders
  • Ensure that the activities are conducted as planned with appropriate adjustments when deemed necessary
  • Document lessons learned, good practices, and success stories

Specific outputs:

  • Mobilize and raise awareness of 3000 Resource Users in selected Micro-watersheds in INRM/SLM, CSA, and FFS Approach
  • Establish and strengthen 6 parish level Watershed Management Associations (WMA) in selected micro watersheds to enhance and sustain local Institutional capacities
  • Train Community members (Water Resource Users) on Prioritization of problems and Watershed Management Planning
  • Establish 63 Agro-pastoral Farmer Field Schools and build /strengthen their capacity in watershed management, sustainable land management, and climate-smart agriculture through Agro Pastoral Field School module
  • Establish and formalize new 56 APFS groups; 24 in Kaabong and 32 in Karenga, re-mobilize seven (7) existing ones in the 2 districts and support them to develop/review their group action plans (GAPs)
  • Facilitate the establishment and strengthening of 2 Sub-county APFS Networks
  • Develop at least 2 (two) Community-based integrated watershed management plans (CAPs)
  • Carry out Comprehensive Participatory Integrated Watershed and Climate Risk assessments in selected Micro-watersheds
  • Develop Community Based Watershed Management plans and Monitoring and Evaluation systems for selected Micro-watersheds
  • Establish validation studies among 63 APFS to identify viable adaptation options for improved crop and livestock productivity
  • Train 3000 community members in the micro watershed on integrated natural resources management, Sustainable Land Management, and Climate-Smart Agriculture
  • Facilitate quarterly APFS review meetings, end of season evaluation workshops, and bi-annual review meetings for watershed resource user committees
  • Conduct parish /micro watershed level field days to showcase good farming practices, facilitate the end of season evaluation workshops, and organize AFPS graduation and field day at sub-county level
  • Coordinate and promote sustainable livelihoods through convergence approach at the watershed level
  • Rehabilitate 1050 Hectares of degraded croplands and forest watershed areas through supporting communities to rehabilitate 450 hectares (1,125 acres of degraded cropland in selected micro-watershed areas
  • Establish temporary enclosures to support assisted natural regeneration to restore vegetation in 400 hectares (1000 acres) of degraded watershed areas.
  • Undertake reforestation and rehabilitation of 200 hectares (500 acres) of degraded hotspots in a selected micro watershed
  • Establish a mechanism for sustainable Management of Watershed Management Associations and Farmer Institutions
  • Support Watershed Management Associations to conduct Watershed Learning and Advocacy activities and support APFS and Watershed Groups to develop exit/sustainability strategies
  • Ensure active participation of all stakeholders during implementation including district local governments, donor, catchment management committees, and other stakeholders
  • Link the project with other Government poverty eradication and Climate Resilience programs to increase the resilience of watersheds and communities

Resource Mobilization:

  • Develop fundable proposals in collaboration with other IIRR members and other key stakeholders for the sustainability of various programs in the region in line with IIRR strategic objectives

Partnerships, Networking, and Advocacy:

  • Develop and maintain strategic partnerships and networks with district key stakeholders and other partner organizations involved in programs and advocate for comprehensive, relevant, and harmonized interventions in the region in line with various program objectives and Central and Local Governments.
  • Represent IIRR in local, national, and international forums
  • Facilitate staff capacity enhancement on aspects of partnering, collaboration, and networking

Resource Management and Accountability:

  • Ensure periodic reports are written and shared with relevant stakeholders in time and in agreed formats
  • Ensure assets and equipment are prudently utilized and well maintained according to policy and set guidelines
  • Implement policies that promote accountability of resources
  • Use project management tools to monitor budget, plans, and expenditure
  • Manage budget according to project budget expenditure within the planned time frame and approved budgets
  • Monitor and manage over or under spending in a timely manner in line with standards
  • Ensure adherence to financial management and accountability in line with policy guidelines
  • Risk management – Monitor and address or report any risks to management
  • Ensure appropriate filing and availability of documents required for internal and external communications, accountability, audits, and evaluation purposes and reporting

Education and experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science, Natural Resources Management, Integrated Watershed Management, Agriculture, Development Studies or a related field
  • Minimum of five (5) years of relevant work experience ideally with an international NGO
  • Knowledge of technical principles and concepts in integrated natural resources management (INRM), Sustainable Land Management practices, and watershed approach
  • Proficient in MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), GIS, Web Conferencing Applications and good report writing skills

Competencies / Attributes / Knowledge and 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
  • Leadership style that will develop the team
  • High-level integrity and initiative-taking and 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.
  • Must have team-building skills, personnel management, and supervision skills.

Required/Desired language:

  • 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.

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IIRR is an equal opportunity employer. We will respond to short-listed candidates only. All applications should be sent electronically.