Water Storage Facility Built in Moroto

This facility is a low cost simple innovation. Flowing water is diverted from within a river
bed and conveyed through a filtration system into an impermeable well for storage. A hand pump is used to draw the water. The well is recharged as the water is drawn and the technology design ensures maximum recharge both in the wet and dry seasons.

Karamoja has a semi-arid climate with most parts faced with water stress. Pastoralists have to move for long distances in search of water and pasture for their animals. Pastoralists in Karamoja have over the years engaged in inter-communal conflicts
over pasture, water and livestock.

Working closely with WWF, and with funding from UNDP, International Union for Conservation of Nature IUCN is constructing the water facilities as a sustainable solution to drought risk and climate change impacts in Karamoja. The well is excavated deeper than the river bed ¬to create storage space. The walls and bottom of the well are plastered up to the level corresponding to the infiltration gallery in order to reduce water loss through seepage. The well is a circular pit. Its walls are built with curved interlocking blocks; the bottom of the well is cast with concrete. The well is then internally plastered to a height of 15ft from the bottom with a cement:sand mortar mix of 1:3 and waterproof cement to prevent any leakage. The well’s capacity is 12.4m3 or 12,400 litres. A bigger well with larger capacity would require deeper and wider excavation – and more money. A livestock watering trough has also been provided at a reasonable distance from the well to
harvest the water that spills during pumping.

The advantages of this facility

  • Provision of safe water from the river during the wet and dry seasons.
  • Improved quality of water from the river. The turbidity is greatly improved due to presence of filter material in the infiltration gallery.
  • It’s simpler and cheaper to build compared to a subsurface or sand-storage dam.

Construction of such small facilities will greatly increase safe water coverage
during the dry season. The facility can be constructed on a small piece of land
and hence it is possible to build separate ones for the clans that regularly
conflict over water. More wells will be constructed in Abim and Kotido
districts.

Graduate Training Opportunity

Who we are
The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is a conservation organization with a mission to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by:
– conserving the world’s biological diversity;
– ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable;
– Promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.
We conduct our conservation activities in partnership with government and non-government agencies.
WWF Uganda Country Office now seeks to recruit qualified, YOUNG and FRESH GRADUATES for the following Training position;
Position : Young Environmental Trainees (YETs)
Number of Positions : 14
Reports to : The Host institution and WWF’s Oil and Gas Project Officer
Location : The Albertine Rift Region
Duration of the Training: six (6) months
Major Duties
– Strengthens the capacity of the host Civil Society Organisation (CSO) in the petroleum development aspects in the Albertine Rift. Major focus will be Advocating for improved Governance in the petroleum sector and private sector engagement.
– Takes lead in fundraising for his/her Host CSO especially for petroleum/environmental related projects; with support from his/her mentor. He/she is also expected to take lead in developing appropriate work-plans, reporting on project activities, with support from the host organization mentor.
– Promotes and supports the work of the Albertine regional networks (Bunyoro Albertine Petroleum Network on Environmental Conservation, BAPENECO and Northern Albertine Network on Environment and Petroleum, NANEP).
– Engages the local government by contributing towards improved civil society capacity building and policy advocacy efforts related to environment conservation practice during energy development in the Albertine Rift;
– Takes lead in coordinating the host Institution’s work in promoting transparency, equitability and environmental sustainability in Uganda’s petroleum development energy development including developing appropriate work-plans, fundraising, reporting on project activities, with support from the host organization mentor.
Required qualifications:
– Preferably Bachelors degree (first or second class Honors) from a recognized university in one of the following disciplines: Environmental Science Management and Technology, Development Studies, Communication, Renewable Energy, Law, or other related studies;
– Demonstrated initiative in community development;
– Excellent commitment and ability to stay full time on the programme for the specified duration is a must;
– Result-oriented and have the ability to multi-task under limited supervision;
– Computer literacy, familiarity with GIS applications;
– Knowledge of natural resource management including review of EIAs and compliance monitoring is an added advantage.
Required skills and competences
– Passionate about nature conservation;
– Strong interpersonal and networking skills;
– Ability to implement community mobilization, awareness-raising, communication, advocacy, lobbying and capacity building (e.g. training, workshop facilitation and capacity building);
– Ability to work independently as well as in teams is desired;
– Excellent organization skills;
– Excellent oral and written communications skills.
Working Relationships
Interacts with the Albertine Rift-based civil society organizations (CSOs), local governments, regional CSO networks on petroleum (BAPENECO, NANEP), Civil Society Coalition on Oil and Gas in Uganda (CSCO), private sector (oil companies and their contractors) line ministries including but not limited to Ministries of Energy and Mineral Development, Water and Environment, Tourism, Trade and Industry and related departments and agencies among others.
How to apply:
Candidates meeting the required qualifications, skills and experience should send a letter of application, academic documents, CV, telephone contacts and addresses of at least 2 referees to the People Development Manager – WWF UCO, Plot 2, Sturrock
Road, Kololo. P.O. Box 8758, Kampala or email kampala@wwfuganda.org not later than 24th May 2013 by 5:00 PM.
Note:
1. This position is meant for Young and fresh graduates below the age of 26 years.
2. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted