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Nile Basin Initiative (NBI)


Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Program Coordination Unit (NELSAP-CU)


Water Resources Development


Project Officer, NEL Wetlands (Regional Position)


Program Officer, Water Resources Management & Development


Kigali, Rwanda


April, 2018-March 2020


Nile Basin Initiative is currently advancing conservation of Nile Basin transboundary wetlands and wetlands of regional significance in concurrence with NBI Wetland Management Strategy and enabling state parties meet their obligations under Ramsar Convention and Convention on Biological Diversity. The objective of the wetlands programme is to develop the capacities of the NBI and its member states for sustainable management of wetlands of transboundary significance based on an ecosystem management approach.

NBI/NELSAP has secured funding from the GIZ under the International Climate Initiative (IKI), on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) and would like to use part of the funds to hire a NEL Wetlands Project Officer.

The Project Officer for NEL Wetlands, will be based at NELSAP-CU in Kigali, Rwanda to play the leading role in the implementation of project activities in NEL sub-region.


The Project Officer, NEL Wetlands will play a lead role in coordinating wetlands related project activities in NEL basin on the following tasks;   

  • Coordination of wetland and water use interventions in NEL Basins focused on wetlands ecosystem services, , water allocation, wetland/water assessment and integrated management of wetlands
  • Undertake site level management of wetlands project process in the sub-basins
  • Undertake leading role in implementing environmental-flow assessment studies for wetlands at the site level in the different project basins.
  • Mainstreaming wetlands project / ecosystem service projects into Nile Equatorial Lakes Investment Program (NELIP) and mobilizing funding. 
  • Provision of technical backstopping and support of project activities targeting wetlands sustainability.
  • Undertaking leading role in site level partner and stakeholder relationships among target wetlands communities and associated state and non-state actors in conjunction with GIZ.
  • Liaising with other project team members from the NBI Secretariat (Nile-SEC) and GIZ


  • 1) Must be a holder of an advanced degree (preferably masters) in Wetlands/Aquatic Ecology, Natural Resources Management, Conservation Biology, Environmental Economics, Environmental Science, Water Resources Management or any other related field of expertise;
  • 2) 5 years or more post MSc work experience in management of conservation and sustainable development programmes and projects; including excellent knowledge, skills and experience in project management, monitoring, evaluation, reporting and learning;
  • 3) Work experience of more than 5 years in wetlands management. including (a) hands-on experience in wetlands management planning, incentives based wetlands conservation and livelihoods design and greening in wetlands ecosystem context; (b) Experience in biodiversity  assessment and monitoring wetland  resources (c) ecosystem based adaptation approach for climate change adaptation and livelihoods security;
  • 4) Experience in regional cooperation in the context of transboundary natural resources including understanding of trans boundary wetlands in the NEL region will be an added advantage; Experience in river basin management and integrated water resource management will also be an added advantage.
  • 5) Excellent knowledge and skills in communication, facilitation and management of multiple stakeholders networks forum and associated inclusive participatory processes;
  • 6) Excellent interpersonal skills, team player, proactive, result-oriented person able to work under minimum supervision;
  • 7) Passionate about wetlands conservation and be willing to undertake frequent travel in remote wetlands areas working with wetlands communities and liaising with state and non-state actors.

Details of the Job Description can be accessed on the website nelsap.nilebasin.org


Kindly submit your current detailed curriculum vitae (CV) and application letter highlighting your suitability for the required candidate for this job vacancy to NELSAP Regional Coordinator at Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Program Coordination Unit (NELSAP-CU); P.O Box 6759 Kigali, RWANDA This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and CC to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. P.O Box 6759 Kigali, RWANDA. DO NOT attach your academic or professional training certificates at this stage of application. The subject of the email should be “Project Officer NEL Wetlands”. Please provide contact details of three referees. Submit your electronic application to the indicated email address by 19th March, 2018. Only the candidates who will meet the requirements and are short-listed for the interview will be contacted. The NBI/ NELSAP-CU is an equal opportunities employer and female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.