Position: National Coordinator-Africa Climate Change Alliance (ACCRA)
Report to: Senior Programmes Director
The Africa Climate Change Resilience Alliance (ACCRA) is a consortium made up of the UK affiliates of four of the largest independent global humanitarian alliances (CARE, Oxfam, Save the Children, and World Vision) and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) - a leading think-tank specializing in international development and humanitarian issues.
It has been operational in Ethiopia, Uganda and Mozambique for 6 years. Each country consortium co-opts other members including key government actors, national Civil Society Organisations s, Local Universities etc.
The purpose of ACCRA is to ensure that vulnerable women and girls, men and boys act on their own agency and are more resilient to climate change; that they experience wellbeing, safety and equality and are empowered. That communities are supported effectively by transformative institutions and are meaningfully involved in decision making at all levels.
ACCRA aims to increase the use of evidence by governments (specifically in Ethiopia, Uganda and Mozambique) and other development and humanitarian actors (specifically consortium agencies and their networks) in developing and implementing policies and programmes that improve poor people's resilience to climate hazards and changes.
Purpose of the position:
To ensure that the ACCRA Country Consortium in Uganda is effective in supporting government and other development and humanitarian actors with evidence to develop and implement policies and programmes that improve women, men, girls and boy’s resilience to climate hazards and changes. The National Coordinator will be responsible for the overall management and technical operations of the programme in Uganda as part of a overall multi-country programme.
Major Responsibilities:(please define in output format – 1-10 things of what you expect to see as a resultof this position)
Securing Government of Uganda approval of the standard gender responsive climate change indicators supported by ACCRA and other partners ready to be presented to cabinet. This will require maintaining the strong relationship ACCRA has established with key ministries including: Ministries of Water and Environment, Local government, Finance Office of Prime Minister and Planning Authority
The two monitoring and evaluation frameworks including the Output Budget Tool and the Local Government Assessment Tool, revised and incorporate the gender responsive climate change indicators
Support the coordination among Ministries to ensure all sectors mainstream the climate change indicators in their sector strategies and plans
Support the processes of increasing awareness and coordination among the different ministries and all local governments of the understanding of the standard climate change indicators
A clear strategy on how government, ACCRA and other players will support local governments to mainstream the gender responsive climate change indicators in their District Development plans
Lobby and ensure ACCRA Alliance members continue to fund the seed adaptation pilot projects
Document and share success stories on the ACCRA Alliance members adaptation projects in Uganda
Document and share lessons of mainstreaming standard gender responsive climate change indicators in the existing development M& E frme works
Support the process of institutionalizing the weather forecast model that ACCRA has supported to make the meteorological services usable for the vulnerable women , girls , boys, and men.
Organize and coordinate the final evaluation process for ACCRA phase 2 in collaboration with the global consultant
Participate in the multi country learning and policy influencing work at regional and global
Manage the new project under the USAID funding scaling up ACCRA work with Uganda Meteorologiical Authority
Develop a solid understanding of the DRR, Climate Change Adaptation, and Sustainable Livelihoods sectors in Uganda and deliver high-quality analysis of policy and practice in these areas to deliver the programme objectives.
Lead in-country evidence based policy advocacy / influencing efforts around DRM and CCA in close collaboration and cooperation with ACCRA consortium members and other concerned stakeholders to achieve programme objectives.
Encourage the design of unique, innovative and experimental solutions to complex problems across the multiple technical disciplines encompassed by DRR and Climate Change Adaptation, using good judgement to manage risks to the programme success.
Ensure that gender is fully taken into account in all aspects of the programme analysis, design and implementation. Represent and act as focal point person for the programme both internally and externally.
Ensure that programme learning is captured and shared internally across the consortium, within the consortium and with other key learning networks in the region and globally.
Contribute and manage the design of – and deliver against – the operational objectives and strategies of the ACCRA programme and lead deliver of this in Uganda, including policy dialogue, co-production/capacity building, research, communications and MEAL (Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning) plans;
Manage the development partnerships (technical or financial) where applicable (including project and methodology selection, staffing, and financial management models), between all parties and the donor within the overall programme framework.
Providing technical support to ACCRA consortium members and other key stakeholders to improve their programme on DRR/Adaptation innovations at local level and ability to generate credible evidences of impact
Develop the Uganda consortium and ensure the policy dialogue strategy is continually developed and delivered and find ways to ensure the work with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) directly encourages more leadership from southern organisations;
Develop partnerships with Government Ministries to provide technical support towards effective policy development and piloting scalable models based on ACCRA methodologies, evidence and key messages
Support processes that enhance delivery context relevant, national and local government plans, policies and activities that are gender responsive/transformative and mainstream adaptation. This includes country adaptation and DRM plans, national thematic strategies and action plans, key budgets, M&E strategies, gender policies and other specific processes identified in the country;
Maintain an understanding of national, regional and international policy debates and processes on climate change and DRR. Contribute to the international influencing efforts of the programme in providing country evidences and contributing to decision making in the Sendai Framework for DRR, SDGs and UNFCCC processes; engaging national government stakeholders in this work;
Provide leadership in country in identifying new areas of intervention for ACCRA and ACCRA members and feed into the design of the next phases of ACCRA’s programme.
Undertake regular budget and expenditure monitoring and take necessary actions to ensure that the allocated budget is utilised consistently and meets internal and donor compliance requirements.
Ensure that the programme delivers to and meets the requirements of the consortium members and Donor’s monitoring, reporting, accountability and other programme quality standards.
Be proactive and lead development of Uganda resilience building project proposals for in-country fund mobilization; actively support ACCRA international coordinator for joint fund raising efforts for the multi-country programming.
Qualifications: Education/Knowledge/Technical Skills and Experience
A master’s Degree in relevant discipline (DRR/CCA/social development/gender/natural resources)
Minimum eight (8) years of relevant working experience (including minimum three years at senior level) in the field of climate change adaptation CCA) and disaster risk reduction (DRR) and Gender
Understanding and experience of programming and advocacy in the humanitarian and development sector, and in particular on DRR, CCA, livelihoods, resilience building or social protection.
Proven record of policy development and developing and delivering advocacy that has demonstrably influenced governments, donors and other organizations and processes at a high level (national and sub-national).
Demonstrable experience of leading and delivering capacity building activities, particularly those targeting Government institutions.
Excellent understanding of relevant government policies, strategies, programme and structures related to CCA, DRR, Governance, gender and planning processes.
Demonstrated collaborative / networking skills and experiences including proven experience of working with Government officials with good negotiation skills, diplomacy and tactics
A proven record of designing, managing and reporting on complex programmes across dispersed locations successfully.
Ability to develop and manage complex relationships and teams across a wide diversity of actors and technical areas towards meeting targets on time and within budget.
Experience of managing and reporting on complex programme budgets across various cost-centres.
Ability to represent professionally the programme externally.
Fluent written and spoken English.
Commitment to women and children rights
Flexibility to adapt to constantly changing dynamics.
A highly motivated, self-starter, able to work equally well in isolation or as part of a team.
High level of computer literacy
Good understanding of international arena on climate change, DRM and sustainable development such as UNFCCC, UNISDR and SDGs processes
Practical experience of integrating Disaster Risk Reduction and/ or Climate Change analysis into development, humanitarian or capacity building and advocacy work.
Experience of setting up or working through consortia.
An understanding of action research methodology and MEL