NRM and Climate Change Adaptation Manager

at CARE Ethiopia
Location Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Date Posted September 7, 2021
Category Business Development
Facility Management
Social Sciences
Job Type Full-time
Base Salary 1837
Currency USD


1. Job Summary

The Manager-  NRM and Climate Change adaptation will act as the key technical support person supporting the implementation and accomplishment of all natural resource and climate change adaptation related activities of the SELAM recovery project in the context of conflict affected community. The position holder is responsible to support and facilitate development of different training manuals, NRM design standards, implementation guidelines, and monitoring and supervision checklists. S/He will coordinate joint supervision of NRM/CCA works with regional and zonal relevant government staff. The incumbent will also be responsible for capacity-building of partner and government staff in SELAM operation areas. S/he will work closely with and support the field project managers, as well as other field-based technical advisors, to ensure NRM/CC activities are implemented in a coordinated and harmonized manner. The position holder will also lead NRM/CCA related works such as development of donor proposals, standard working guideline, monitoring and reporting formats etc. of the WATER+ unit.


II. Responsibilities and Tasks


Job Responsibility # 1: Technical Support and Capacity-Building

50% of time


  • Coordinate and lead all NRM/CCA planning, DIP, assessments, evaluation, and sharing.
  • Lead and facilitate design works of different NRM interventions, implementation guideline preparation, training material development and policy review.
  • Lead NRM/CCA proposal development works of the unit
  • Provide systematic technical support to ensure quality and impactful implementation of all NRM/CC related activities in the area of operation, as per the agreed upon work plan and established guidance and support
  • Assist implementing partners to identify viable and appropriate climate change adaptation technologies (such as improved cook stoves, solar technologies….) and to develop a strategy for technology promotion
  • Closely follow up and monitor promotion of climate change adaptation technologies in the field and provide support and technical inputs (on-site when possible)
  • Provide technical support to implementing partners in disseminating findings (manual/guidelines) of the climate vulnerability and capacity assessment (CVCA) and Participatory Scenario Planning (PSP) for government use after project phase-out
  • Support implementing partners in organizing regional learning events/field visits for government stakeholders on climate vulnerability and capacity assessment rollout and its benefit with regard to helping VESA members apply climate change adaptation strategies/measures
  • Communicate and check in regularly with implementing partners to ensure the timely delivery of seasonal weather information and advisories from participatory scenario planning to VESA members and non-project farmers through government structures
  • Support implementing partners to ensure sustainability by the institutionalization of participatory scenario planning in the government system/structure
  • Support the identification and systematic inclusion of key CCA and NRM governance stakeholders at local and regional level in all relevant activities and processes.
  • Support the development and/or adaptation of facilitation approaches and trainings for local implementing partners (LIP) and relevant government staffs in areas of NRM, CCA and watershed development.
  • Strengthen performance of team in NRM/CC activities providing on-site support to field officers during activity implementation, and facilitating or coordinating capacity-building workshops and trainings as agreed upon with government and LIP.
  • Identify areas for further capacity development in NRM/CC for field teams, partners, government staffs and communities;
  • Regularly provide feedback to the SELAM leadership team on the progress of NRM/CC activities in the field, articulating successes, challenges and providing recommendations for maximizing impact.
  • Provide support to livelihood diversification teams around environmentally sustainable practices related to their field activities.
  • Provide technical support in the implementation of the environmental mitigation and management plan at the field level, supporting all sectors to screen relevant activities against plan.



Job Responsibility #2:  Harmonization and Representation

25 % of Time

  • Establish and/or maintain strong working relationships, formal and informal communication mechanisms with all NRM/CC stakeholders at Federal and regional level and within the CARE’s field programming in NRM/CC.
  • Facilitate or strengthen field-level networks and forums on NRM and CCA related activities in the program implementation area.
  • Coordinate systematically with the field–based CARE team member, LIP staff and other sector leaders and field-based program managers to ensure harmonization of approach in activity implementation, and supporting activities across sectors to build off of each other.
  • Support buy-in and enhanced understanding of CARE’s approach, strategy and intended impact in relation to NRM and climate change among communities, local government and other NRM/CC stakeholders at the field level.
  • Keep field teams and SELAM leadership team up-to-date on government and partner strategies and activities related to NRM/CC;
  • Support linking and harmonization of CCA and NRM activities with other program sector activities, particularly those related to WASH, livestock production and marketing, and alternative livelihoods.

Job Responsibility # 3: Representation, Learning and Reporting

25% of Time

  • Stay abreast of current trends and best-practices in relation to high-impact NRM/CC techniques and technologies appropriate for the intervention areas.
  • Work closely with the LDM manager, program manager, REST head office team, field-based program staffs, and relevant government sectors to monitor and assess program performance against the targets and areas of impact.
  • Support sound implementation of established M&E systems related to NRM and CC activities.
  • Inform documentation of best-practices, challenges and lessons-learned from project implementation; develop documents and presentations as requested.
  • With support of program manager and LDM manager, facilitate regular review and reflection meetings with partners in the field to assess accomplishments, challenges and lessons-learned with respect to NRM and CCA activities that support sustainability and resiliency objectives.
  • Provide on-going feedback on NRM and CCA activities to the Program Manager.  Make recommendations on how programs can be improved and adjusted to incorporate on-going learning towards maximizing impact.
  • Represent CARE WATER+ unit in different NRM/DDR/CCA related forums, workshops, meetings and learning events; and share CARE experience to the wider audience.
  • Promote and adhere to the principles and objectives of CARE Ethiopia and its programs;
  • Periodically produce project NRM/CCA reports, lessons, stories and good practices.
  • Perform any other duties assigned by supervisor




While the incumbent will face all three levels of  problem-solving, the biggest challenges belong to category number three.  The incumbent must use interpersonal skills to pick and choose the right strategy to address a given problem and also has to deal with variable solutions, which need analysis, problem definition and development of alternative solutions.   This position is to increase the the project and government staffs capacity to think, analyze, plan and operate more strategically in terms of addressing the underlying causes of vulnerability, and identify appropriate processes, methodologies and strategies for community based NRM and climate change adaptation in Tigray Region.  This will require an understanding and use of different tools and programming approaches for identifying, analyzing, prioritizing, implementing and evaluating those interventions with the highest potential for increasing the target population's resilience to recurrent shocks and increasing their livelihood security in a sustainable manner.





  • The Project Team Leader will be responsible for ensuring that gender equality and diversity values are upheld in the recruitment, orientation, performance assessment and management of staff.
  • Provide adequate time to staff to participate in gender sensitivity workshops and related events.

Job Requirements




  • BSC in Climate Change/Environmental Science, Environmental Management, Natural Resource Management, other field related to climate change and NRM or equivalent combination of education and work experience.



  • Master’s degree in Climate Change/Environmental Science, Environmental Management, Natural Resource Management, Rural development or other field related to climate change and NRM.




  • 5 years of progressive experience for BA and 4 years’ experience for post graduate degree in working on rural Climate Change, Dry land NRM, and rural development.
  • At least 1 year of management experience.
  • Experience in practical field-based activity implementation in dryland areas
  • Experience in proposal writing, donor report preparation, training material development and carbon trading areas
  • Willingness and ability to perform field work and spend extensive time in remote areas
  • NGO Experience is a plus





  • Good writing and communication skills in English
  • Knowledge of participatory assessment, awareness-raising and planning tools for NRM and CCA
  • Skills in organizing and facilitating meetings, workshops
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to liaise with government, community leaders and other stakeholders at all levels;
  • Ability to engage with and represent CARE and its programs to communities and all levels of government



  • Knowledge of the local language
  • Remote sensing/GIS expertise




Respect, accountability, courage, excellence, adaptability, stress tolerance, innovation, building partnership, communicating with impact, coaching, facilitating change, developing teams, information monitoring, planning and organizing, leading through vision and value.



  • The incumbent is expected to establish and maintain open and cordial relationship with relevant government partners, local government officials, donors and other development organizations working in the Pastoral, NRM and climate change arena in order to obtain the required support and collaboration for the smooth coordination and implementation of program activities.


  • The incumbent is also expected to maintain good working relationships with partner institutions, consortium members, and all CARE staff to promote and ensure complementary of development efforts and synergy of results.



  • The position is based in Addis Ababa with frequent travel to field sites.



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