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Kampala, Uganda



March 13, 2024 at 2:00:00 PM

About the Organisation

Vi Agroforestry is a Swedish development organisation fighting poverty and climate change together. What started as a tree planting initiative in 1983, is today an agroforestry expert organisation working through local partnerships to run holistic agricultural development projects in East Africa and beyond.
We work in collaboration with farmer’s organisations, advising and training farmers in sustainable agricultural land management such as agroforestry. In agroforestry, trees are planted alongside crops and livestock on the farmland. This gives more fertile soils, better yields, and a richer variety of crops. Farmers shifting to agroforestry get more food and better incomes. The trees also help increase biodiversity, bind carbon, and stop soil from being washed away by floods.

Over the last ten years, we have contributed to the planting of over 148 million trees and helped more than 2.4 million improve their livelihoods. We offer outstanding expertise in agroforestry, climate change adaptation and mitigation, promoting well-proven practices based on scientific research. Our focus on both human and environmental sustainability makes us unique.

We are presently working in three East African countries: Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. We focus on where we are most relevant and can make a difference – both in terms of which countries to work in and what areas in the countries. The selection is based on criteria such as an area’s vulnerability to climate change, the value we can contribute, and resources available.

In the coming years, we will look into expanding our geographical area, both within the current countries in East Africa, and into new countries. Special attention will be given to exploring arid and semi-arid areas where agroforestry has great potential to make unproductive lands fertile.


Job Title

Program Officer – Environment, Climate Change and Resilience (ECCR) job at Vi Agroforestry

Job Description

The aim is to reduce poverty, hunger, deforestation, harmful gendered norms, and contribute to increased mitigation, resilience and adaptation to climate change, increased biodiversity and sustainable food systems. Current projects and programmes target smallholder farmer families – especially women, youth and children – in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

The head office in Stockholm, Sweden focuses on fundraising, advocacy, and programme monitoring and evaluation. The regional office in Nairobi, Kenya coordinates operations, advocacy and expertise. Projects and partnerships are managed by country offices in each country.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Promote and support the interest of Vi Agroforestry

  • Be committed to and contribute to the fulfilment of the Vi Agroforestry strategy.

  • Ensure and promote rights-based approach in all that we do.

  • Ensure adherence to Vi Agroforestry policies, guidelines, operating procedures and workplans.

  • Ensure compliance to donor requirements.

  • Ensure high quality in all that we do.

  • Be committed to fight corruption and fraud and always report when there is any kind of suspicion.

  • Take active part in resource mobilization.

  • Ensure that gender is mainstreamed, and Gender Transformation is promoted in all our operations.

  • Keep abreast with the development in your areas of responsibility.

  • Liaise with partner organisations, researchers and other relevant stakeholders.

  • Contribute to effective cooperation among staff in the global organisation.

  • Contribute to a healthy work environment at the workplace.

  • Support teamwork and assist each other as needs arise.

  • Contribute to the development and implementation of risk management plans, work plans and budgets for the country office.

  • Upon request from the manager, fulfil other tasks at the country office or department level.

  • Keep your manager updated on opportunities and challenges as well as on the progress of your assignments. Make sure to inform your manager well in advance if you have difficulties meeting your deadlines.

  • Contribute to development and implementation of risk management plans, workplans and country office budgets.

  • Offer technical advice to Vi Agroforestry, Partners and Stakeholders on issues related to agroforestry, SALM, SALM in ASAL, food security and nutrition, biodiversity and eco system services.

  • Ensure our methodologies, policies, guidelines and manuals in place are well known and implemented at the country’s operations.

  • Support resource mobilization and QA new proposals and reports in relation to ECCR.

  • QA workplans and reports received from partner organisations.

  • Be active in advocacy related to above mentioned working areas and support the country office on the same.

  • Take active part in networks and forums to strengthen our position as an Agroforestry and Climate Change organization, keeping a breast with the development in our core areas.

  • Empower Partners and projects on enhancing livelihood improvement options through agroforestry value chains.

  • Support partners to have Capacity in promoting use of Sustainable Energy technologies.

  • Lead the country office in the establishment of Agroforestry Training centres and oversee the achievement of their objective, i.e. They are established as centres of excellence that provide leadership, best practices, research, support and training on agroforestry, sustainable agriculture land management (SALM), biodiversity conservation, management and governance of natural resources.

  • Promote active participation of women, youths, and children in AF and SALM activities amongst partners and stake holders.

  • Empower partners on seed technology, handling, and procurement.

  • Support partners in mapping, review and updating seeds sources for their use.

  • Carry out any other duties assigned by the supervisor or Country Manager.

  • Upon request from the country manager, fulfil other tasks at the country office/regional office or department level.

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Qualifications and Competencies


  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field

Other Professional Qualifications

  • Knowledgeable on grant management and compliance issues - Good knowledge in Microsoft Office365 applications.

  • Strong network and networking skills - Well versed with application of Do not Harm, Conflict Sensitivity and Human Rights Based Approach, gender Equality.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of five (5) years’ experience from the NGO Sector.

  • A minimum of three (03) years’ leadership experience.

  • A minimum of three (03) years’ experience working with agroforestry, sustainable agriculture land management practices, climate change mitigation.

  • A minimum of 2 years' experience in project management.

  • Experience in partnership development and systems analysis.

  • Technical and administrative experience with implementing partners management and engagement.

  • Experience integrating inclusive approaches into ECCR (especially for gender, youth and social inclusiveness).

  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously in a fast-paced environment set priorities and meet deadlines.

  • Experience in carbon sequestration is an added advantage.


  • English

Personal Competencies

  • Strong management and leadership skills

  • Attention to details.

  • Strong analytical skills

  • Excellent communication skills – Written and spoken.

  • Decisive

  • Respectful and transparent

  • Strategic and conceptual thinking skills

  • Structured

  • Self-driven

  • Flexible and creative personality

  • Organizational and time management skills.

  • Excellent presentation and facilitation skills

  • Collaborative skills

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