Job Requirements


Bachelor’s degree

Work experience:

5 years

Language skills:


Job Summary

Contract Type:

Full time

Reporting Lines:

The Early Warning System Specialist reports to the Project Manager and will work in consultation with the unit team leader.


Technical Focus:

 Leads the planning, development, and implementation of the EWS.



Minimum Requirements   

  • University degree in meteorology, agro-meteorology, hydrology, agriculture, environmental sciences, natural resources management, disaster risk reduction, or a related field
  • Five years of relevant experience in agriculture, early warning systems, vulnerability analysis, disaster risk management, information technology, and/or project management
  • Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of one of the other FAO official languages (French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Russian)


FAO Core Competencies

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement


Technical/Functional Skills

  • Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is desirable. 
  • The extent of relevant work experience in implementing Early Warning Systems in Uganda or in East Africa
  • The extent of experience and knowledge of modern information technology tools and techniques including real-time data collection, storage, and analysis
  • The extent of experience and knowledge with Geographic Information Systems, remote sensing, or computer programming
  • The extent of experience and knowledge of managing technical projects



Tasks and responsibilities:

The Early Warning System Specialist will: 

  • Develop technical design of the Early Warning System and leads all technical consultations with OPM, DLGs, and other Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of the Government of Uganda;
  • Determine system requirements, including information technology infrastructure and datasets, in collaboration with relevant stakeholders and FAO divisions;
  • Carry out a disaster risk prioritization exercise for the Karamoja sub-region, including analyzing recurrence intervals, likelihood assessments, and impact assessment;
  • Lead the process of indicator selection in consultation with key stakeholders as well as build stakeholder consensus of (biophysical) thresholds for early action and response;
  • Develop a template for EWS bulletins and integrate bulletin generation through the system in consultation with key stakeholders;
  • Determine and design a strategy for the EWS bulletin to enrich livelihoods and impact socio activities in Karamoja meaningfully;
  • Develop a communication strategy to ensure EWS messages are disseminated to communities of Karamoja through an appropriate medium;
  • Determine and develop strategies to ensure that the EWS Bulletin reaches and is read by the communities of the Karamoja sub-region;
  • Develop and maintain an Early Action repository for Karamoja sub-region as well as contribute to DLG contingency planning processes;
  • Contribute to the disaster scenario planning exercises in collaboration with key project stakeholders;
  • Develop technical Terms of Reference (ToRs) for implementing partners and support all procurement processes in line with FAO’s rules and regulations;
  • Supervise and coordinate the work of capacity building officers based at DLGs of Karamoja sub-region;
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of the project’s Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEAL) framework;
  • Identify and develop training and capacity building opportunities for project staff and stakeholders;
  • Attend project coordination meetings as well as support the work of the project steering committees;
  • Regularly travel to Karamoja sub-region for project monitoring and provision of technical support;
  • Perform any other duties related to the development and implementation of the EWS.


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