UNEP DTU Partnership Adaptation expert, Climate vulnerabilities project Jobs in Uganda

UNEP DTU Partnership Adaptation expert, Climate vulnerabilities project Jobs in Uganda


  • Climate change in Uganda is predicted to cause temperatures to rise and to make rainfall seasonality more erratic, including changes in onset, duration and intensity punctuated with intra-seasonal dry spells. Analysis of recent climate trends in Uganda indicate a significant increase in temperature at a rate of 0.52⁰ C per decade, as well as the number of annual hot days increasing by over 20%. Some models anticipate an increase in mean annual temperature of more than 2 ⁰ C by 2030 and as much as 4.9⁰ C by the 2090s. Rainfall observations show statistically significant decreasing trends in annual rainfall. These changes in temperature and precipitation are expected to further enhance climate-related vulnerabilities and risks.

  • The Government of Uganda (GoU) has set an ambitious goal for its development, aiming to transform the country into a modern, middle-income country by 2040 with adaptation to climate change being a priority. The country intends to legislate against climate risk, and conducting vulnerability assessments is one of the approaches for strategic planning. Noting that the Economic Assessment of the Impacts of Climate Change in Uganda projected severe damages due to climate risks in the sectors of agriculture, water and environment, energy and infrastructure, including health due to
    rising zoonotic diseases, GoU is committed to address the challenges associated with climate change as defined in its strategic policies, strategies and plans. In doing so, the third National Development

  • Plan 2020/21 - 2024/25 highlights the Natural Resources, Environment, Climate Change, Land and Water Management Programme to reduce and reverse the adverse effects of climate change.

  • Furthermore, Uganda’s priority climate action response is adaptation as communicated in the first Nationally Determined Contributions to the United Nations Framework Convention of Climate Change.

  • In addition, Uganda’s National Climate Change Policy (2015) calls for mainstreaming of climate change concerns in the relevant sectoral, national and local policies, plans and budgets.
    Responding effectively to the challenges posed by climate change requires i) identifying and
    understanding climate impacts, risks and vulnerabilities, and ii) identification, prioritisation and implementation of concrete adaptation and resilience actions and measures to address vulnerabilities and take advantage of emerging opportunities.

  • Aggregating already existing risk maps and vulnerability assessments as well as developing new ones would provide a holistic vision of the country’s current and future state of vulnerability.

    Objectives of the Project

  • This project aims to assist the Government of Uganda in identifying and measuring national climate vulnerabilities and in tracking adaptation efforts and resilience in land-based sectors (agriculture, water and environment, forestry, wetlands, wildlife and biodiversity), the energy sector, the mineral development sector, the infrastructure sector, and the health sector. Due to the limited availability of funds, the project
    will take a macro-level approach to all sectors while providing a more in-depth approach to the land-based sectors.

  • The consultant will work under the supervision of UDP and the assignment includes the specific activities below.

    Specific Tasks

    • Review and compile relevant documentation on climate adaptation. This includes grey and
    white literature regarding existing climate vulnerability assessments in Uganda and
    relevant frameworks, such as national systems for monitoring and evaluation of climate
    change action in the country;

    • Identify and report on ongoing revisions of national policies and strategies that are
    relevant to the project (adaptation plans/ strategies, NDCs, NAPS and NAPAs and
    understanding of the UNFCCC);

    • Assist the project team with conducting climate vulnerability analyses (participatory
    research appraisals, interviews, stakeholder consultations, community consultations, field

    • Support the project team with reporting on the climate vulnerability analyses conducted;

    • Consult with various stakeholders on the climate vulnerability assessments to validate
    findings and ensure accuracy;

    • Act as a moderator and organiser in the capacity building trainings;

    • Contribute to report writing.

    • Other Tasks

    • Participate in field missions as a translator and liaison officer where needed;

    • Undertake any other task as agreed upon with the UDP Project Manager to suit the objectives
    of the assignment.


    • University degree in Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources, Geography, Climate Sciences (Climate Change, Meteorology and Climatology) and Natural Sciences and Economics.

    • A minimum of 5 years’ relevant work experience in climate change adaptation (Adaptation plans/ strategies, NDCs, NAPS and NAPAs and understanding of the UNFCCC).

    • Proven experience with developing or implementing climate change adaptation plans,
    strategies and policies in one or more of the following sectors Agriculture, water and
    environment, health, energy and infrastructure (transport and works).

    • Experience in vulnerability and adaptation needs assessments at the community and
    national level.

    • Familiarity with, and up-to-date knowledge on, various international efforts in vulnerability and adaptation to climate change and climate variability.

    • Proven experience in conducting research.

    • Experience in Monitoring and Evaluation of climate change related projects.

    Key Performance Indicators


  • Reports on climate vulnerability assessments

  • Execution of trainings and workshops

    Required Completion


  • March 2021

  • April 2021

    How to Apply

  • Please submit your application to
    Fanny Minjauw at

  • fmemi@dtu.dk

    Application deadline: 31/12/2020

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