Drm/Nrm Specialist


Job Description


Work Location : Ethiopia – Borena Type of Post : Other Possible Location : Funding : APPROVED Expected Travel : Type of Contract : Language Requirement : AFAN OROMO Application Deadline : 6/2/23 Employee Duration : Full-Time

I. Job Description Summary

The Disaster Risk Management (DRM)/ Natural Resources Management (NRM) Specialist will act as the key field level Technical Support person supporting the implementation and accomplishment of all Drought Risk Reduction (DRR), Early Warning Systems (EWS) and Natural Resources Management (NRM) related activities and programming that fall under the Food and Water system (FWS) unit/program as well as Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) activities in CARE Ethiopia’s broader pastoralist program portfolio.

With supervision and direction from FWS Water Resources Advisor (technically) at Head office and operations direction from Head of Operation/program manager in Borena, the individual will be responsible for supporting the consolidation and dissemination of knowledge, technologies, and practical approaches to DRM, EWS, NRM, and Climate Change Adaptation and mitigation, and support Capacity Building of staffs, implementing partners and government agencies, consortium members and the community in this regard. S/he will ensure that DRM, EWS and NRM related activities are based on sound Analysis and best-practices, and support wider program objectives around economic development, food security and resilience in pastoral areas. The position holder will work in an integrated manner, ensuring cohesion within an overall program approach both within FWS and within CARE’s larger portfolio. The position will be responsible of field level technical implementation, staying within budget and hitting targets, as agreed upon with his/her direct supervisor. S/he will be expected to spend up to 90% time in the field, working with government and community partners directly supporting technical implementation and providing capacity building support.


Identify, develop, and consolidate approaches, tools, and methodologies for practical implementation of DRM, EWS, NRM and climate change adaptation and mitigation activities under FWS, including CARE’s CVCA, NRM and PSP participatory tools. Stay up to date with current trends and best-practices in relation to climate change adaptation and climate tracking technologies; present and make recommendations on how to incorporate relevant, appropriate methods to inform-decision-making and support adaptation outcomes at different levels. Support the identification and systematic inclusion of key NRM governance stakeholders at local and regional level in all relevant activities and processes. Support the facilitation of PRM approaches and NRM training, and community based NRM dialogue events for field stakeholders, to support sound implementation of NRM activities. Support inclusive, responsive and holistic multi-stakeholder planning and implementation, including community members, government, scientific bodies, and research institutions with principal inclusion of community beneficiaries, in climate related activities. Ensure programs demonstrate the benefits and enhanced outcomes from multi-stakeholder collaboration around DRM, EWS, NRM and CCA. Lead gender mainstreaming approaches in all DRM, EWS, NRM and CCA activities. Apply a multi-community, landscape-level approach to climate change analysis, and DRM, EWS, NRM and CCA planning and implementation that considers the diverse and dynamic community and governance systems – ensure a sound and comprehensive Context Analysis informs all planning and implementation of DRM, EWS, NRM and CCA activities. Support the development of technical work plans in all implementation areas related to climate change; guide field teams in the implementation of activities, conducting remote and on-site monitoring of progress and providing systematic feedback through reporting to both supervisor and field teams. Build the capacity of project stakeholders/partners, community, NGO and government partners, in climate change tracking tools and technologies and DRM, EWS, NRM and CCA methods – this includes all range of tools from participatory CVCA to software in climate change modeling. Design and deliver formal trainings, learning workshops, consultative meetings and provide on-site assistance in this regard as requested. Ensure approaches and methods are clearly documented for learning and dissemination around programmatic approach to DRM, EWS, NRM and CCA. Identify and recommend areas for specific training and capacity-building both for staff, government, community and implementing partner institutions. Support the identification and systematic inclusion of all key climate change adaptation stakeholders, at national, regional and local levels in DRM, EWS, NRM and CCA activities. Cultivate and maintain strong professional partnerships in this regard. Support Coordination and harmonization in approaches among all EWS, NRM and CCA stakeholders, including government, communities, scientific bodies and research institutions. Support linking and harmonization of DRM, EWS, NRM and CCA activities and targets with other program sector activities, particularly those related to natural Resource Management, WASH, livestock production and marketing, and alternative livelihoods. Support development of plans and setting of targets in relation to DRM, EWS, NRM and CCA activities. Work closely with water resource Advisor/project manager to monitor and assess program performance against the targets including successes, challenges and lessons learned. With support of the water resource advisor and head of operation/project manager, facilitate regular review and reflection meetings with partners in the field to assess accomplishments, challenges and lessons-learned with respect to DRM, EWS, NRM and CCA activities. Provide on-going feedback on DRR project progress to Water resources Advisor and the head of operations. Make recommendations on how programs can be improved and adjusted to incorporate on-going learning towards maximizing impact. Work with LDM/ knowledge management point persons to develop DRM, EWS, NRM and CCA indicators; support the design of M&E systems to track performance. In consultation with direct supervisor/advisor, write and disseminate reports on the progress, approaches, success and challenges of DRM, EWS, NRM and CCA activities. Support the development of any written materials related to technical implementation and outcomes related to DRM, EWS, NRM and CCA activities. This could include “how to” guidelines, outcome reports, success stories, or other best-practice documentation with respect to DRM, EWS, NRM and CCA. Develop and deliver presentations documenting DRM, EWS, NRM and CCA Program approach and outcomes as required, including to the government and donor community. Promote and adhere to the principles and objectives of CARE Ethiopia and its programs. Represent CARE professionally at all events both during and after working hours.


Understanding and demonstrated commitment to the importance of gender, youth and social inclusion issues. Demonstrated commitment to principles of Gender Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and PSEAH (safeguarding), as evidenced in previous positions / programming

IV. Qualification (Know How)

A) Education/Training


BSc in the field of Disaster Risk Management, Climate Change and Society, Environmental Management, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Science, or other related fields or equivalent combination of education and work experience.


MSc degree in Disaster Risk Management, Environmental Science, or other related fields

B) Experience


At least 5 years of relevant experience with first Degree and 2 years of relevant work experience plus post graduate degree in supporting DRM, EWS, NRM and CCA or related activities. Knowledge and experience of in working in Afan Oromo.


Knowledge of participatory assessment, awareness-raising and planning tools for DRM, EWS, NRM and CCA. Knowledge and experience with software for tracking climate trends Experience in practical field-based activity implementation Willingness and ability to perform field work and spend extensive time in remote areas Ability to engage with and represent CARE and its programs to communities, all levels of government, and the international community Experience in Do No Harm approach Ability to write clear and concise reports in English. Strong written and spoken English skills a definite advantage. Knowledge and experience of working language in Oromia areas

C) Technical Skills


Proficiency in verbal and written English, proposal development, strategic and operational planning, budget planning and management, monitoring and evaluation, report writing; Proficiency in standard office software package; Demonstrated leadership ability to inspire and empower others. Ability to work within a small team, take initiatives and deliver results. Good interpersonal communication skills and ability to effectively liaise with government, community leaders and other stakeholders. Firm belief in teamwork, gender equality, and conceptual understanding of participatory approach and sustainable development.


Knowledge of local languages. Skills in organizing and facilitating training events; Expertise in one or more of the following program areas: Gender empowerment, nutrition/health, water/sanitation, income generation, education or HIV/AIDS, especially with a rights-based approach (RBA) focus.

D) Competencies

Respect, integrity, diversity, excellence, adaptability, stress tolerance, innovation, building partnership, communicating with impact, coaching, facilitating change, developing teams, initiating action, strategic decision making, planning and organizing, leading through vision and value.

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