National senior long-term expert for Participatory Land Use Planning for SNNP region

Posted on:
29 Jul, 2022
Application by:
17 Aug, 2022
Project status:
Ongoing project
Project title:
Technical advisory support for Climate Sensitive Innovations for Land Management (CLM) - Lake Chamo catchment management (GIZ Project)
Period of project:
08/2022 - 03/2024
Duration of assignment:
up to 20 months
Duty station:
Arba Minch, SNNP region, Ethiopia
Job code:

Project description

The Lake Chamo catchment area is located in the Ethiopian Rift Valley system, about 520 - 560 km south of Addis Ababa. The watershed comprises a total area of 1943 km2, the surface area of the lake itself is 329 km2, and the altitude of the catchment area ranges roughly between 1100 and 2200 m asl. Lake Chamo is mainly fed from Sile and Sego Rivers which receive little rainfall in a short rainy season. Water from the Kulfo River, also draining into Chamo Lake, is excessively extracted for irrigation in the dry season, which leaves the river dry and diminishes its capacity to recharge the adjacent wetland and riparian forests close to Arba Minch town and Nechisar National Park. Currently there are no effective regulations in force to control water extraction from the lakes and its tributaries. The forest cover in the Lake Chamo catchment area has declined from ca. 30% at the turn to the 20th century to less than 4% in the early 1990's. Today, the forest is confined to small remnants in high altitudes and to a riparian forest at Lake Chamo within the national park. The basin is densely populated and intensively used for small-scale agricultural production in the upper catchment areas and commercial and irrigated production in the lower and flatter areas closer to the lakes. Intensive farming on steep slopes, high population density and deforestation, amongst other reasons, are causing excessive soil erosion. This soil erosion affects both, the highland farmers loosing fertile topsoil, lowering their resilience as well as sediment and nutrient wash-out which is carried into Lake Chamo altering its physical and chemical properties and threatening the ecosystem, and henceforth the peoples livelihood.

Job description

The Senior Long-Term Expert for Participatory Land Use Planning (PLUP) shall contribute to the development of a holistic, cross-sectoral landscape approach, which enhances the participation of local communities, strengthens local ownership and increases their benefits from land rehabilitation. This is to increase the livelihood of local people and enhance sustainability. Additionally, to the approaches pursued by SLMP in Ethiopia, new tree plantings, managed natural regeneration of the remaining forests, agroforestry, or improved land management to accommodate a mosaic of land uses, including agriculture, and managed plantations, and more should be considered. This may include the plantation and usage of economically important trees such as fruit trees.
The Senior Long-Term Expert for Participatory Land Use Planning supports developing a landscape approach in the Lake Chamo area in the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ Regional State (SNNPRS) by capacitating local extension workers and relevant stakeholders in the lake catchment area during planning, implementation, and monitoring of sustainable watershed management through training, coaching, and backstopping.

Specific Tasks

  • Actively participate in meetings with local stakeholders and project beneficiaries to explain the project approach.
  • Support assessments using Remote Sensing, GIS and GPS
  • Prepare land use/cover/degradation maps including livelihood conditions.
  • Produce technical proposals on how to integrate participatory multiyear and annual watershed and land use planning into a landscape approach.
  • Train and coach partner extension staff in the preparation of Participatory Land-Use and Watershed Management plans.
  • Support the implementation of the Land-Use and Watershed Management plans by local communities and contribute to the conclusion of agreements with communities
  • Advise of hiring short-term experts for specific tasks (e.g. impact studies, training and knowledge management)
  • Provide input and assistance to project M&E, reporting, administration and coordination with partners


  • Education/training: Postgraduate university degree in Land Use Planning (LUP) and or in Natural Resource Management (NRM) with specialisation in participatory Natural Resource Management
  • Language: C1 proficiency level in English, C1 proficiency level in Amharic and the local language of the area of assignment (i.e. the ethnic languages around Lake Chamo)
  • General professional experience: 8 years of professional experience across various geographic regions and various settings in the land use planning sector in Ethiopia (3 long-term assignments, i.e. > 6 months, in the past 10 years) – 3 major contributions of the expert are to be described in the context of the selected / highlighted assignments
  • Specific professional experience: 3 years proven track record of work related to Sustainable Land Management (SLM) and or Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) and or development of NRM-related value-added products and or similar fields (1 long-term, i.e. >6 months, in the past 10 years) – 2 major contributions of the expert are to be described in the context of the selected / highlighted assignment
  • Specific Knowledge: Proven track record on the application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Remote Sensing, and Geographic Position System (GPS)

Contact person

  Regine Reuter

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