Closure Date: 19/Feb/2021, 12:59:00 AM

Organizational Unit: FRUGA

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition: NPP (National Project Personnel)

Grade Level: N/A

Primary Location: Uganda-Kampala

Duration: 12 MONTHS

Post Number: N/A

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FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions.

Qualified female applicants are encouraged to apply.

People with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.

Organizational setting:

The FAO Representation in Uganda (FRUGA) is currently implementing an initiative to strengthen shock responsive systems in Uganda. The project is funded by the European Union and implemented in collaboration with the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), the District Local Governments (DLGs) of Karamoja sub-region and the World Food Programme (WFP). This collaboration aims to enhance the capacity of the Government of Uganda to predict, respond and reduce the impacts of shocks in Karamoja. Developing a people-centered Drought Early Warning System (DEWS) for Karamoja sub-region is a key deliverable. The system development would improve the capacity of stakeholders to generate, analyse and disseminate accurate, timely and actionable early warning information.

Reporting Lines:

Under the general supervision of the FAO Representative, the direct supervision of the Drought Monitoring and Early Warning Consultant, the incumbent directly supports the National Emergency Coordination and Operation Centre (NECOC), Department of Disaster Preparedness and Management on all aspects of the integration of DEWS in the national systems. The incumbent also supports the production of the national multi-hazard early warning bulletins and coordinates project activities with NECOC.

Technical Focus

Technical focus is on developing geospatial analysis tools and processes for drought monitoring in Karamoja region and on building the capacity of national government

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Lead the technical integration of the DEWS with NECOC infrastructure and the national multi-hazard Early Warning system;
    •    Support the development of statistical tools and techniques for the monitoring of drought indicators from remotely sensed data sources;
    •    Lead the development of geospatial data collection protocols and the collection, storage, transmission and analysis of geospatial data from Karamoja sub-region;
    •    Identify and propose data sources as well as stakeholders whose systems could be useful for unilateral data integration into NECOC;
    •    Seek and design APIs for integration of such data or with stakeholders’ systems as will be identified;
    •    Contribute to the development of the DEWS technical design and determines the technology needs and integration needs at NECOC;
    •    Develop protocols, tools or techniques to automate routine analysis of climatological variables;
    •    Design, maintain and update geospatial databases as needed for the project as well as NECOC;
    •    Contribute data and analysis to the national multi-hazard early warning system including the integration of Karamoja drought bulletins;
    •    Provide training to Early Warning Capacity Building Consultants on data collection, quality assurance, analysis and integration;
    •    Identify opportunities and provides training on data collection and analysis for early warning at the DLG level;
    •    Accept and process routine mapping exercises;
    •    Maintain a database of quality-assured base layers including administrative, hydrographic, climatological and demographic layers;
    •    Perform all other duties as would be required by the project in relation to remote sensing, data analysis, automation and integration


Minimum Requirements    

  • University degree in meteorology, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), computer science, agriculture, natural resources management, environmental sciences, or a related field.
    •    A minimum of five years of relevant experience in remote sensing applications, Geographic Information Systems, drought management, agricultural meteorology, and/or data science
    •    Work experience with and expert knowledge of GIS software (i.e. ArcGIS, QGIS, GV-GIS, GRASS GIS, etc.) and database and computer programming (python) languages would be considered an advantage
    •    Work experience with and knowledge of Google Earth Engine, Collect Earth is highly desirable
    •    National of Uganda.

    FAO Core Competencies

  • Results Focus
    •    Teamwork
    •    Communication
    •    Building Effective Relationships
    •    Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills 

  • Work experience in more than one location or area of work
    •    Extent and relevance of experience in GIS and remote sensing applications
    •    Extent and relevance of experience in computer programming languages such as python
    •    Familiarity with cloud based remote sensing applications such as Google Earth Engine


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  • Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications
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FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in its staff and international consultants in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions. 


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