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Job Opportunities!

Posted by csdi on August 30, 2012 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (4)

 

Position/station:              FieldOfficer – Livelihoods (Garissa)                                                            

Reportingto:                     ProgramsCoordinator, CSDI                                            

DutyStation:                      Garissa                                                                 

Basedin Garissa and with 70% field travel in remote and harsh localities, the holderwill work closely with the pastoralist communities targeted by the AdaptationLearning Program in Garissa County and will support planning by communities andtheir model community adaptation approaches as per their adaptation plans inline with the objectives and approaches of ALP. The Livelihoods field officerwill support ALP target groups develop sustainable livelihoods throughpromotion of climate resilient livelihood strategies and diversification asadaptation options.

Responsibilities

Capacity development of ALP target community groups in business development skills Capacity building of the ALP communities on natural resources management with emphasis on range lands rehabilitation for sustainable livelihoodsParticipate in PSPs and dissemination of advisories to the ALP target communities Identify support needed by the ALP target groups to implement CBA strategiesSupport ALP target groups by creating linkages  with the relevant service providers  Providing on-going support and training for ALP community groups engaged in new and improved Livelihoods activities Participate in conducting Training Needs Assessments for ALP community groups in order to identify areas of training in livelihood activitiesSupport ALP target groups by providing linkages  with the relevant service providers  QUALIFICATIONS:

Education,experience and competencies:

You will have a minimum qualification of auniversity degree, in a relevant discipline such as rural development,community development or agriculture and livelihoods. The candidate must havepractical experience in community facilitation and working with diverse teams,and have people’s skills, resilience, flexibility, good communication skills,and experience working in difficult environments.

 S/he must be an experienced and mature officer,with at least three years’ working experience and capable of working largelyindependently. You are expected to possess knowledge of and experience insustainable livelihood approaches and participatory planning, especially inbusiness development and management. In addition the right candidate will havebasic computing skills.

 

Position/station:              FieldOfficer –Disaster Risk Reduction (Garissa)                                                      

Reportingto:                     ProgramsCoordinator, CSDI                                            

DutyStation:                      Garissa                                                                 

Basedin Garissa and with 70% field travel in remote and harsh localities, the holder will work closely with the pastoralistcommunities targeted by the Adaptation Learning Program in Garissa County.  S/he will support planning by communities andtheir model community adaptation approaches as per their adaptation plans. Theofficer will support the community groups to protect their livelihood assets tominimize risks in their livelihood strategies as well as development andstrengthening of community DRR systems.

 

Responsibilities

Facilitate the identification and prioritization of household/individual CBA strategies by community groups.Contribute to institutional mapping exercise to identify local actors and organisations in adaptationParticipate in facilitation of regular planning and coordination meetings among partners working at the community levelSupport ALP target communities in DRR planning processParticipate in strengthening climate related disaster early warning systems in collaboration with the local governments and other stakeholders   Participate in capacity assessment and capacity development planning for the project stakeholders Capacity building of the ALP communities on range lands rehabilitation and management Support ALP communities strengthen customary institutions relevant in management of community disaster risk reduction systems Support ALP target community groups identify and implement livelihood protection activities in a sustainable and environmentally friendly approach Identify support needed by the ALP target groups to implement CBA strategiesSupport ALP target groups by providing linkages  with the relevant service providers  Capacity building of the ALP communities on environmental conservation and natural resources managementProvide supports and mentoring of ALP community DRR committees through trainings and cross learning sessionsQUALIFICATIONS:

Education,experience and competencies:

S/he will have a minimum qualification of auniversity degree, in a relevant discipline such as rural development, livestock/rangemanagement or agriculture and livelihoods, with 4 years’ experience incommunity development. The candidate must have practical experience incommunity facilitation and working with diverse teams and have people’s skills.

S/he must be an experienced and mature officer;capable of working largely independently and with experience in participatoryplanning. S/he should be sensitive to cultural dynamics and have strong gendermainstreaming skills, with well-developed writing and communication skills

Computer Skills: Basic computing skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, andOutlook; and, advanced internet searching skills

Integrity: Works with trustworthiness andintegrity

Resilience/Adaptability and flexibility: Abilityto operate effectively under difficult circumstances

 

Persons meeting the above skills set andqualification for the two positions should send their applications to

hjelle@csdikenya.org before 15 September 2012

 

CSDI to participate in the Africa Climate Change Market Place!

Posted by csdi on February 8, 2012 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (2)

CSDI has been invited by the Action Foundation CIF (AFCIG) in Bamenda, Cameroon, to attend and participate in the Africa Climate Change Market Place (ACCMP), which is billed to take place between March 8 and 9, 2012, at the British Council Library in Bamenda. This was made possible by the nomination of CSDI by CARE Kenya in the context of the ALP (Adaptation Learning Program) project in Kenya.

The ACCMP is a trade fair of innovative adaptation strategies for climate change by grassroots organisations. In this forum the various organizations are expected to sell the work that they have been doing in this domain to the general public and their peers. Participating organizations shall come from Ghana, Kenya and Cameroon. Each participating organization shall be provided with space where they shall set up their exhibits. Judges, other organizations and the general public shall be free to visit each stand and share. The event shall also include presentations from experts in the domain of climate change. The winning organizations shall be revealed and be presented trophies at the end of the event.

CSDI hopes to share its experiences working on innovative dryland management methods at the fair, and hopes to also learn from other organisations at the meet. We are grateful to CARE Kenya for affording us this opportunity to showcase our work.


In Morogoro

Posted by csdi on November 30, 2010 at 3:27 AM Comments comments (0)

Hosted by Sokoine University of Agriculture

Mozambican trials - Maputo

Posted by csdi on October 15, 2010 at 8:14 AM Comments comments (0)

I arrived in Mozambique on Sunday 10 October, with Kenya Airways flightKQ740 from Nairobi. The first thing that arrested my thoughts about Moz is howhot Maputo was. The hot wind was billowing from the sea, and matters were notmade any easy by the fact that we had to walk on the apron straight to theterminal building, in the wake of hot fumes emitted by a South African Airwaysjet about to take off for somewhere.


The moment Istepped forward to stand by the Immigration cubicle, I was sure things would betough. The stern-looking woman didn't seem as if she ever considered smiling asa human virtue. She looked at me as if I was the greatest villain on earth, andperemptorily pointed to the notice pinned on the cubicle: US$ 82 for a Mozvisa! Holy smoke, I never knew some countries could be so expensive, until mycolleague from Nairobi informed me it is even dearer in West Africa!


Negotiating withthe stout taxi driver was a lesson in human perseverance. “How much to town?”The gruff response” “meter.” It took a while to notice that he was referring tothe fact that his taxi is metered. It turned to be a badly maintained taxi withcreaking sounds as it rumbled on the potholed road out of the Aeroporto.


You onlyneed to see the avenues (avenida) of Maputoto see the vestiges of Portuguese influence. The avenues are wide andtree-lined. But there is sadly evidence to show that for much of its modern historyMoz has known unrelenting war.


I went tobook my weary self at the grandly named Hotel Avenida, and voila! My secondshock was the US$205 the hotel was charging a room for the night! Quick calculationsshowed that this was about 4 times the per diem offered by AGRA! Knowing noother cheaper alternative I reluctantly settled for this piece of bliss. Later I was to learn that Moz was the land of the best prawns and lobsters in this sideof the hemisphere.

 

 

 

 


Mozambican trials - Maputo

Posted by csdi on October 15, 2010 at 8:14 AM Comments comments (0)

I arrived in Mozambique on Sunday 10 October, with Kenya Airways flightKQ740 from Nairobi. The first thing that arrested my thoughts about Moz is howhot Maputo was. The hot wind was billowing from the sea, and matters were notmade any easy by the fact that we had to walk on the apron straight to theterminal building, in the wake of hot fumes emitted by a South African Airwaysjet about to take off for somewhere.


The moment Istepped forward to stand by the Immigration cubicle, I was sure things would betough. The stern-looking woman didn't seem as if she ever considered smiling asa human virtue. She looked at me as if I was the greatest villain on earth, andperemptorily pointed to the notice pinned on the cubicle: US$ 82 for a Mozvisa! Holy smoke, I never knew some countries could be so expensive, until mycolleague from Nairobi informed me it is even dearer in West Africa!


Negotiating withthe stout taxi driver was a lesson in human perseverance. “How much to town?”The gruff response” “meter.” It took a while to notice that he was referring tothe fact that his taxi is metered. It turned to be a badly maintained taxi withcreaking sounds as it rumbled on the potholed road out of the Aeroporto.


You onlyneed to see the avenues (avenida) of Maputoto see the vestiges of Portuguese influence. The avenues are wide andtree-lined. But there is sadly evidence to show that for much of its modern historyMoz has known unrelenting war.


I went tobook my weary self at the grandly named Hotel Avenida, and voila! My secondshock was the US$205 the hotel was charging a room for the night! Quick calculationsshowed that this was about 4 times the per diem offered by AGRA! Knowing noother cheaper alternative I reluctantly settled for this piece of bliss. Later I was to learn that Moz was the land of the best prawns and lobsters in this sideof the hemisphere.

 

 

 

 


In Bumala ... with ARDAP

Posted by csdi on September 15, 2010 at 4:04 AM Comments comments (1)

I arrived in Bumala yesterday after I got hopelessly lost in Malaba town.....


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