1 Apr 2021



Job Description

Vanuatu Climate Information Services for Resilient Development (CISRD) Project

CISRDP Vanuatu Traditional Knowledge Assistant is a 3 – years contract initially (possible renewal in line with the project timeframe  subject to performance during the initial term, and availability of funds)

Vanuatu is among the most vulnerable countries on earth to the increasing impacts of climate change, climate-related natural disasters and the effects of slow-onset events such as sea-level rise and ocean acidification. In an effort to address these challenges, the Government of Vanuatu VMGD and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has successfully secured financing from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to develop and implement the Vanuatu Climate Information Service for Resilient Development (CISRD) Project.

The primary purpose of the CISRD project is to develop and strengthen climate-resilient development in Vanuatu, with emphasis on supporting climate-smart adaptation and disaster risk management policy and planning. The project aims to do this by building institutional and community-based capacity and providing critical resources to facilitate transformational and sustainable change in the application of science based evidence to inform decision-making for relevant policy development and planning processes .The project aims to do this by building institutional and community-based capacity and providing critical resources to facilitate transformational and sustainable change in applying scienc-based evidence to inform decision-making for relevant policy development and planning processes. This support will be deliverable through the provision of tailored Climate Information Service (CIS) specifically aligned with relevant national strategies for priority sectors, to address information gaps and priority needs of target beneficiaries (‘next’ and ‘end’-users of CIS) at National provincial and local community levels.

Primary measurable benefits in the short-medium term (i.e. with the term of the project) are designed to better inform decision-making through mainstreamed the use of CIS. Such CIS will meet priority climate adaptation, climate-related disaster risk reduction policy and planning and, associated development needs of stakeholders (Next.End0Users) at national, provincial and local community levels. Collectively, these benefits will include more specifically:

  • Enhance capacity and capability of target stakeholders to understand, access and apply CIS
  • Enhanced CIS communications, knowledge products, tools resources and associated stakeholder outreach processes
  • Enhanced reliability, functionality and timeliness of CIS delivery systems
  • Enhanced scientific data, information and understanding of past resent and future climate to facilitate innovation and continuous improvement of reliable, accurate, effective and efficient CIS

Target sectors for the focus and implementation of the CISRD project are:

  • Agriculture
  • Fisheries
  • Tourism
  • Water
  • Infrastructure

The Assistant Traditional Knowledge Officer will work under the supervision of the Traditional Knowledge officer and the Principal Scientific Officer, Research and Development, VMGD – Climate Division. The officer will assume direct responsibility for developing a database system for traditional knowledge related to the CISRD Project under VMGD, while also working closely with other project team members within the Project Implementation Unit (PIU). The main role of the Assistant Traditional Knowledge Officer will be to ensure that the CISRD Project under VMGD has integrated traditional knowledge in all relevant climate information provide to the stakeholders and the public.


Diploma or Degree in Science of Geography or Sociology or Community Work

Special Education (Preferred)
WMO Class IV

WMO Class IV
Pacific Advanced Certificate in Meteorology

Special Skills

  • Computer skills
  • Adobe designs (Photoshop/InDesign/illustrator)
  • Statistical skills
  • Photo and videography skills
  • Audio recording skills

Thinking Style
Analytical thinker. An eye for detail

Communication/ Interpersonal Skills
Good standard of listening, verbal and written communication skills

Behavioural Competencies
Team work

English and Bislama.
French an advantage

How to Apply

VMGD now invites eligible interested applicants to indicate their interest in providing the services.

Further information and Terms of Reference are available from Moirah Matou at [email protected] , or Carol Samuel at [email protected] or can be collected at VMGD.

Pour plus d’information en Francais, vous pouvez contacter Moirah Matou at [email protected]  or Carol Samuel at [email protected]

Olgeta we ie wantem moa infomasen long Bislama plis contactem Moirah Matou at [email protected], or Carol Samuel at [email protected] or yu save karem moa infomesen lo VMGD.

Interested applicants should send their application letter, resume, written work samples and name and current contact details of three referees to Moirah Matou via email or mail to ‘confidential’, VMGD, PMB 9054, Port Vila, Vanuatu, by 5:00pm, Tuesday 06 th April 2021.

Job Category: Government & council. Job Type: Full-Time.
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