National Sand and Dust Specialist

Tehran, Iran
Industry Sector:
International Public Sector
Type of contract:

National Sand and Dust Specialist

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National Sand and Dust Specialist

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Develop/adapt together with other national experts and LTO – based on existing data, knowledge and methods – a SDS focused risk and vulnerability assessment tool for agriculture and lead the implementation of the assessment in 2-3 selected districts. This will include field trips to selected districts and final output  documentation
  • Liaise with Partners and National SDS focal points on existing sector-disaggregated data on SDS source and impact, as well as on technology options that reduce SDS source and impacts on the agriculture sectors and should be taken up in context of SDS contingency planning
  • Lead the execution of national stakeholder consultation and capacity building workshops to map and assess capacities of national SDS stakeholders and existing relevant policies and practices to define entry points for SDS planning and actions in the agriculture sectors.
  • Based on the national consultations and workshops, and in close collaboration with the LTU and other project experts  draft generic SDS contingency plans and SOPs for implementation in the 2-3 selected districts, ensuring linkages to overall SFDRR planning (SFDRR target E national DRR planning update 2020 and SDG 3.2 indicator)  and priorities.
  • Provide 3 monthly progress reporting
  • Attend as resource person the interregional project workshops and provide technical inputs as demanded to the programme formulation process.

Minimum Requirements

  • University degree in environmental sciences, forestry, watershed management or a relevant field.
  • At least 4 years’ of relevant experience project implementation, development or research related to sand and dust storms and/or disaster risk reduction.
  • National of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
  • Proven communications and writing skills and fluent in English and Persian.

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Knowledge and familiarity with existing national disaster risk reduction and sand and dust mitigation and control policies, regulatory frameworks and engaged institutions and stakeholders
  • Ability to interact tactfully and effectively with multiple institutional actors in diverse sectors and at diverse levels, to communicate messages and to promote dialogue
  • Experience and familiarity with vulnerability, risk and impact assessments.
  • Proven capacity to conduct fieldwork and ability to work in teams and establish working relationships central and local government institutions and civil society organizations
  • Good command of computer skills (MS Word, Excel, Power point, Internet)
  • Familiarity with vulnerability, risk and impact assessments.
  • Experience of working with relevant government stakeholders would be a strong asset.
  • Experience of working on climate change related areas would be an asset.
  • Experience of working with the UN agencies or other international organizations would be an asset.

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