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Environment and Climate Change Advisor, DRC

ACDI/VOCA

Bukavu, the Democratic Republic of Congo 

Responsibilities:

  • Ensures project activities are environmentally sound by assessing possible environmental and climate change impacts; prepare an environmental assessment and review framework and Initial Environmental Examinations of priority project activities;
  • Lead teams of experts in qualitative and quantitative design of sector-based and country-wide vulnerability assessment methodologies in Africa;
  • Implement a continual improvement process (CIP) to identify lessons learned and integrate best practices into future vulnerability assessments;
  • Provide robust analysis of cost-cutting opportunities in vulnerability assessments and make recommendations to the Chief of Party (COP);
  • Advise donor and foreign government officials on vulnerability assessment methodologies and adaptation options;
  • Ensure activities are environmentally sound by assessing possible environmental and climate change impacts; prepare environmental assessments; review framework and Initial Environmental Examinations of priority project activities; and propose environmental mitigation measures;
  • Provide inputs as required supporting the submission of the Kivu VC Annual Work Plans;
  • Develop annual work plans and overseeing the completion of deliverables on these tasks;
  • Contribute to the periodic progress reports;
  • Support and contribute to grants development for new tasks under the Kivu VC project.

Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in a relevant field; strong experience producing documentation to comply with USAID environmental regulations, experience with development projects and small holder farmers; demonstrated ability to work and coordinate effectively with a wide variety of stakeholders; demonstrated understanding of DRC context; experience producing technical reports and managing data; understanding of quantitative data used for monitoring and reporting;
  • Advanced degree in natural resource management, forestry, agriculture, environmental studies, development studies or other field directly related or relevant to climate change adaptation;
  • 8+ years of relevant and progressively responsible work experience in international development demonstrating substantial and in-depth familiarity with climate change resilience and/or adaptation interventions and issues in a sustainable development context;
  • Demonstrated understanding of vulnerability assessments and their applied use;
  • Experience implementing continual improvement processes (CIP) and leading teams of experts to adopt and implement best practices;
  • Demonstrated competence to assess priorities, and concurrently manage a variety of activities effectively to meet deadlines with attention to detail and quality;
  • Strong communication stills, with demonstrated verbal, writing and editing skills;
  • Fluency in French, written and spoken. English language proficient skills preferred.

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