South Sudan: Natural Resource Management (NRM) Consultant

We are looking for highly qualified, self-motivated Natural Resource Management practitioner/consultant able to work with diverse teams of both national and international staff as well as local government authorities, UN agencies, I/NGOs, other partners, refugee and host communities under difficult, stressful and sometimes insecure conditions.

Who are we?

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) and Danish Demining Group (DDG) is a humanitarian, non-governmental, non-profit organization founded in 1956 that works in more than 30 countries through-out the world, including South Sudan. DRC/DDG fulfills its mandate by providing direct assistance to conflict-affected populations, including refugees, internally displaced people and host communities. Under its mandate, the organization focuses on emergency humanitarian response, rehabilitation, post-conflict recovery and humanitarian mine-action.

Danish Refugee Council (DRC) in conjunction with Danish Demining Group (DDG) has been operating in South Sudan since 2005 initially concentrating on providing safe and supportive conditions for refugees returning from neighboring countries after the Comprehensive Peace Agreement was signed.

In 2012 - 2013, DRC opened its operations in Upper Nile and Unity States to respond to the large influx of refugees coming from Blue Nile State and South Kordofan (Sudan). In addition to the refugee response and since 2014, DRC has been then actively engaged in responding to the humanitarian needs of IDPs affected by the internal conflict through the provision of integrated approaches.

With a total of 500 national staff, 50 expatriate and an annual budget of USD 20 million, we are currently implementing multi-sectorial interventions through the provision of humanitarian services focused on CCCM, protection, SGBV, FSL, shelter and infrastructure to both internally displaced persons and refugees across 5 field sites (Ajuong Thok, Bentiu, Maban, Malakal and Melut).

DRC opened its refugee operation in the former Unity State-Pariang County in January 2013. The majority of the refugee population in Unity State originate from South Kordofan state, Sudan. This population began arriving in Yida, a town approximately 25 kilometres from the Sudan and South Sudan border crossing at Jau, in May 2012. Through support of UNHCR, DRC is the Camp Management agency for the Ajuong Thok refugee camp in the newly formed Ruweng State, which hosts over 33 ,000 Sudanese refugees. Ajuong Thok refugee camp as well as the neighboring Jam Jang host community is facing increasing population pressures and competition for available natural resources, intensification and unsustainable tree management practices, has led to degradation of land and vegetation/forest cover. The anticipated relocation of up to 60,000 refugees from Yida refugee camp to the newly established Pamir camp by mid- 2016 will not make the situation any better

About the consultancy

In line with the negative effects overpopulation of Ajuong Thok has caused to the existing natural resources, especially forest cover, DRC is proposing to hire a consultant who will work with both the refugee and host community in Ajuong Thok camp and surrounding areas to develop an NRM strategy and work with communities to ensure the adoption of improved natural resource management practices.

The programme is envisaged to take 40 working days, 8 hours per day, totaling to 320 hours.

The overall aim of the consultancy is:-

(i) To facilitate change from unsustainable practices into appropriate Natural Resources management practices in the short and long term and thereby harness environmental benefits;

(ii) To promote improved access to necessary information, resources and technologies in order to address vulnerability of the communities who depend on the natural resources.

Scope of work

Reporting to the FSL manager and in coordination with the Area manager, the FSL consultant (NRM) is required to:

  • Carry out and document a Community Natural Resource Mapping and Action plan
  • Facilitate participatory planning and mapping of community natural resources and development of community action plan and information system as a key step in capacity building and developing the knowledge base of local people to improve management of the natural resources and ecosystem with special reference to vegetation, air, water and soils.
  • Review the status and trends of use of natural resources, land use in relation to its impact on the environment, ecosystems and climate change;
  • Produce baseline information for systematic data collection, analysis and monitoring, as well as degree of adoption of Fuel efficient cooking and lighting methodologies and renewable energy/bio fuels.
  • Provide Technical Assistance (TA) to community environmental support groups, Governmental and Non-Governmental Organizations and partners in preparing resource inventories and management plans;
  • NRM strategy: Develop a South Sudan community/ national/ Global NRM strategy on sustainable use and management of Natural resources to be made available to decision makers / land users at different levels, locally, nationally and globally to enable communities use the information in making informed decisions which will bring about change towards more sustainable and echo friendly use of natural resources, as well as adaptation to climate change.
  • End of assignment report outlining key findings, recommendations and Lessons learntA PowerPoint brief presentation to partners

Key Deliverables

  • A Community Natural Resource Mapping and Action plan
  • NRM strategy
  • End of assignment report outlining key findings, recommendations and Lessons learnt
  • A PowerPoint Presentation brief to partners

Qualifications and Experience

The successful consultant will have:

  • A Master’s degree in preferred disciplines including Agriculture, Forestry/wood technology, Natural Resource Management/environmental protection, Energy management, Technical Education or its equivalent;
  • Experience of not less than five (5) years in NRM/Environment management, renewable energy/bio fuels, climate change, land use & ecosystems, and Agroforestry or its equivalent is required;
  • Must be fluent in spoken and Written English; understanding of basic Arabic will be an added advantage.

Key competencies

  • Demonstrable success in supporting Environment (natural resource management, climate change) and/or Agriculture sectors in populous areas where the main source of fuel is firewood and charcoal.
  • Competence in training methodologies, planning, Strong research work, information synthesis, analysis and reporting skills;
  • Be officially registered to carry out institutional contracts with relevant technical skills, knowledge and extensive work experience in providing consultancy services in the relevant field with donor-funded projects for at least 5 years, in environmental management systems ;
  • Proven organizational ability and working proactively, with initiative, work effectively and meet deadlines;
  • Flexible, effective collaborator, personable, networker, with excellent interpersonal and communication and training skills, able to build and manage relationships internally and externally;
  • Computer skills ( MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint) is mandatory
  • Knowledge of the working environment and cultural awareness and sensitivity towards different ethnic groups is an added advantage.

Reporting Lines

The consultant will be directly reporting to the Livelihoods manager but accountable to the DRC Area Manager. Any proposed changes to the work plan must be approved by the Area manager


The assignment will be conducted and documents produced over a 3 months period, starting mid April 2016.

We offer

DRC will offer the successful applicant a 3 months consultancy contract with the daily rate of USD300. You must be available to start work as soon as possible and be willing and able to work in the field, in comfortable but basic accommodation.

Application process

Interested? Then apply for this position by clicking on the apply button.
All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages). Both must be in English. CV only applications will not be considered. Applications sent to DRC staff will not be considered.

Applications close by April 6th, 2016

Please note, that this position is urgent, applicants may be shortlisted and interviewed prior to the closing date.

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