Full-Time CISRDP VANUATU TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE ASSISTANT
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:
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.
CRITERIA TO BE SELECTED FOR THIS POST
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
- Computer skills
- Adobe designs (Photoshop/InDesign/illustrator)
- Statistical skills
- Photo and videography skills
- Audio recording skills
Analytical thinker. An eye for detail
Communication/ Interpersonal Skills
Good standard of listening, verbal and written communication skills
English and Bislama.
French an advantage
How to Apply
VMGD now invites eligible interested applicants to indicate their interest in providing the services.
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.
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