UNEP DTU Partnership GIS assistant , Climate vulnerabilities project Jobs in Uganda

UNEP DTU Partnership GIS assistant , 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

  • Provide technical support to the UDP GIS specialist on GIS and related matters;

  • Compile a review of existing national GIS products;

  • Assist the GIS Specialist on undertaking spatial analyses and creating information products from the GIS related software and systems;

  • Conduct validation tasks such as ground trothing if and when required;

  • Ensure that the information products developed are contextually appropriate and available in the local language;

  • Provide quality control with regard to data capture, evaluation of data acquired from census data collectors and develop database;

  • Assist in the preparation of the digital climate vulnerability map;

  • Support the GIS specialist in the capacity building training on updating indicators, tool usage, and updating the digital map;

  • Encourage local ownership of the interactive tool and digital climate map.

    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 Information Technology, Geography and Natural Resource Management with
    a combination of professional training and certification in GIS mapping and remote sensing.

    • A minimum of 3 years’ relevant work experience at national level on Application of GIS in Natural Resource Management, Natural and Climate Sciences.

    • Prior knowledge and experience in development of GIS based maps and management of GIS data

    • Knowledge of natural resources, (land, wetlands, agriculture, forestry) and accessibility to existing national and sectoral GIS data bases.

    • Proven experience in GIS application including ESRI software products.

    Key Performance Indicators

    Required Completion Date: DELIVERABLES

    • Review of national GIS products and data
    : March 2021

    • Incorporation of spatial analysis in development of digital map : April 2021

    • Execution of trainings and workshops : 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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