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Climate Change Specialist

About Environmental and Economic Resource Centre (EERC)

Environmental and Economic Resource Centre is an international research-based NGO that works with a network of local and international partners to catalyse and develop inclusive agriculture, sustainable livelihoods, natural resource conservation, and environmental management in Africa. EERC undertakes research and capacity building to develop scalable technologies and innovative practices with real impact on poverty reduction, food security, ecosystem health, conservation, and livelihood development.

About the Project

EERC is partnering with Mercy Corp to Build Resilience to Climate Change and Carbon Market Opportunities in Smallholder Farming Systems in Northeast Nigeria under the “Feed the Future Rural Resilience Activity (RRA), a 5-year project funded by the United State Agency for International Development (USAID).

Northeast Nigeria (NEN) is characterized by harsh weather conditions, with the majority of the population being smallholder farmers, pastoralists, fishermen/women, and forest-dependent households who derive their livelihoods from natural resources and thus, are most vulnerable to climate shocks and natural hazards and consequently loss of investments leading to low productivity and income. EERC aims at building resilience to climate change by promoting climate change mitigation and adaptation practices that have the potential to not only increase productivity and conserve the environment but also increase productivity as well as create opportunities for carbon credits among the beneficiaries. The project has three main objectives and these include:

  1. Enhance the capacity of the state government to establish a suitable platform for carbon market mechanisms as well as ensure mitigating the impact of climate change across the state.
  2. Promote Agro-forestry among 3000 farmers to create multiple benefits such as improved food security, livelihoods, ecosystem functions, regeneration of degraded farmland, and lasting income generation from carbon markets.
  3. Promote the effective utilization of agri-waste and carbon farming practices among 7000 farmers to reduce the incidence of soil erosion, improve the productivity and income of smallholder farmers as well as enhance the sustainable utilization of resources, thereby reducing the impact of climate change.

The project will adopt a market-led approach to improve livelihood, build the resilience of farm households to climate change, and increase income through participation in agroforestry and carbon farming opportunities and thereby reducing the incidence of soil erosion, improving the productivity and income of smallholder farmers as well as enhance the sustainable utilization of resources, thereby reducing the impact of climate change in Adamawa and Gombe State.

About the Position

The Climate Change Specialist is primarily responsible for mainstreaming climate change adaptation through technical guidance, strategy development, support, oversight, capacity development, advocacy, and representation, contributing to EERC’s objectives to build Climate Resilience and Carbon Market Opportunities in Northeast Nigeria. S/he is expected to work with international NGOs, government agencies, communities, private sectors, and other relevant stakeholders to build private-sector partnerships and alliances, identify opportunities to improve business-enabling conditions, and strengthen the capacity of community enterprises.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead climate change assessments and support activities to reduce GHG emissions through improved forest management, sustainable livelihood alternatives, and improved policy and regulatory enabling environment.
  • Provide technical assistance to the project in accordance with the approved work plan.
  • Support monitoring and evaluating of project performance and progress, including GHG and sustainable landscape indicators.
  • Coordinate technical training on measurement of greenhouse gas emissions, agroforestry practices, and carbon farming techniques for government officials, private sectors, and smallholder farmers.
  • Coordinate plans to measure and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Lead public and community awareness programs on climate change mitigation and adaptation in Adamawa and Gombe
  • Provide technical inputs and quality control to climate change-related education, training, and outreach.
  • Provide technical support related to climate change, including project and activity design.
  • Coordinate and support monitoring and evaluation of project performance and progress, including GHG and sustainable landscape indicators.
  • Coordinate the leading of identification, development, sourcing, and deployment of private sector investments to support the design and implementation of climate adaptation investments at the community level.
  • Works as part of a team to contribute to EERC’s effort to integrate climate change adaptation and mitigation considerations into its development work in Northeast Nigeria.
  • Perform any other tasks of a similar nature as requested by the Agriculture and Environmental Program Officer.

How to apply:

Interested and qualified candidates with the required experience are invited to submit their applications by email to apply@eerce.org. Candidate should be ready to submit Cover Letter, CV, and 3 references while filling the application. The application should be submitted on or before 11 August 2023. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Required Qualification

 Minimum Qualifications and Experience 

Education: A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree relevant to environmental economics, natural resource management and/or climate change, or any other related field is required.

Prior Work Experience: A minimum of three years of progressively professional experience in the development sector providing technical assistance and/or advisory services on donor-funded projects in Nigeria is required.

Applicants who clearly meet the minimum required academic qualification and prior work experience requirements and basic eligibility requirements will be further evaluated based on scoring of the Evaluation Factors listed below. The highest-ranking applicants may be selected for an interview.

FACTOR 1: Knowledge and Competencies

State-of-the-art specialized knowledge of technical, research, and program design and demonstrated experience with climate change risk assessment and mitigation is required. A thorough knowledge and understanding of agricultural land use, regenerative agriculture, circular economy, agroforestry practices, carbon farming, sustainable livelihoods, climate change, and environmental conservation with the ability to contextualize the nexuses, in particular as it relates to smallholder farming systems within the context of a developing economy is required.

FACTOR 2: Skills and Abilities:

Sound ability in communications and collaborating Learning, and Adaptability (CLA) Leads to the development of strategies to encourage public awareness and behavior change. Must be able to work effectively with mid-and senior-level public and private sector officials from the Governments, Research Institutions, Private Sector, etc. Must be able to work effectively in a team environment and coordinate well with others. Thorough understanding of environmental science and climate change in order to establish and maintain effective working relationships with team members. Organizational skills and the ability to multitask and stay organized in a complicated environment, excellent data analysis, mathematical, and deductive reasoning skills with meticulous attention to detail.

FACTOR 3: Communication and Language Skills: Fluent English in oral and writing ability is required and the ability to speak Hausa is an added advantage.

More Info.

Opening date: 2023-07-28
Closing date: 2023-08-11
Location: Yola, Adamawa State, Nigeria