Program Description Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze
The primary objective of the Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze activity is to sustainably increase smallholder farmers’ income, improve nutritional status of Rwandan women and children, and increase the resilience of the agriculture and food systems to the changing climate.
Reporting to the Senior M&E Specialist, the Environmental Officer is responsible for ensuring compliance on all environmental-related project activities. The Environmental Officer, in conjunction with the Chief of Party, will design project activities that mitigate the negative effects of climate change. The Environmental Officer is based in Kigali.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Update on a regular basis and implement the Environmental Mitigation and Monitoring Plan (EMMP) in accordance with USAID and CNFA guidelines;
- Lead the monitoring and evaluation team in assessing the environmental impact of project activities;
- Provide regular updates to Chief of Party on the environmental implications of project activities;
- Responsible for ensuring compliance and leading compliance for all grant activities and asset development activities, such as terrace rehabilitation and irrigation;
- Ensure project’s activities are in compliance with the PERSUAP, IEE, EMMP and USAID and GOR environmental regulations;
- Contribute technical guidance to the design and implementation of activities aiming to increase resilience of local food systems and agricultural production to climate change (e.g. terracing, small-scale irrigation, climate smart agriculture techniques)
- Coordinate with relevant technical leads in the field and the Kigali-based Agriculture Productivity Unit and Provincial offices to ensure smooth implementation of environmental compliance activities;
- Produce environmental review forms and mitigation plans for project-use and as required by USAID or GOR regulations;
- Conduct environmental training and ensure relevant records, reports, and audits are effectively implemented;
- Responsible for contributing training modules related to agriculture, and safe use of pesticides;
- Contribute as appropriate to report preparation, and participate and assist in the project’s workshops and seminars as needed;
- Undertake other assignments or tasks at the request of the Chief of Party.
- Master’s degree Environmental Science, Natural Resources Management, or relevant field is required.
- Minimum of 5 years working in natural resource management on donor funded projects.
- Demonstrated ability advising on the environmental implications of development activities.
- Proven ability to work independently and as part of a team.
- Proven knowledge of USAID regulations regarding environmental monitoring and mitigation is added advantage.
- Advanced oral and written communication skills in English required; Kinyarwanda and French considered an asset.
This position is open only to Rwandan Nationals.
Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Deadline for submission is September 15, 2017
CNFA is a US-based nonprofit nongovernmental organization (NGO) that works to stimulate economic growth and improve rural livelihoods by empowering the private sector through five core capabilities: (1) Productivity, Food Security and Nutrition; (2) Input Supply and Farm Services; (3) Economic Resilience and Rapid Recovery; (4) Value Chain Development; and (5) Volunteer Technical Assistance. CNFA assists smallholders in increasing household-level food security and nutrition through improved agricultural practices, introduction of new varieties, diversification of crop production, food preservation and storage, development of farmer-based organizations (FBOs) and strengthened linkages to markets.