Job Description

  The Forestry Policy and Resources Division leads FAO's work in promoting sustainable Forest Management and providing leadership on the environmental, social and economic dimensions of forestry, including its contributions to poverty reduction and food security and nutrition. It liaises with member countries, civil society and the private sector in aspects ranging from development of effective forest policies to forest conservation and management issues, and strengthens the role of forests in Climate Change mitigation and adaptation. The Division also collects, analyses and disseminates information on the world's forest resources and on the production, trade and consumption of wood and non-wood forest products. The post is located in the Forest Law Enforcement Governance - Trade Team (FLEGT), Forestry Policy and Resources Division. Reporting Lines The Forestry Officer reports to the Senior Forestry Officer and Team Leader, FAO-EU FLEGT Programme, under the overall supervision of the Director of the Forestry Policy and Resources Division and in close Coordination with the Regional and Subregional Forestry Officers for the African region. Technical Focus Identify, manage and implement initiatives that support increased stakeholder participation in strengthening forest governance and other FLEGT-related actions in countries eligible for Programme Support. Key Results Comprehensive technical and policy expertise to support the planning, development and implementation of departmental/division programmes, projects, products and services in accordance with Departmental/Division objectives and FAO’s Strategic Objectives. Key Functions • Plans and leads components of multidisciplinary teams, leads and/or participates on Organization-wide, cross-departmental committees, project teams, and working groups and/or provides specialized expertise on technical networks and/or international technical policy and/or international technical policy and standard setting bodies; • Develops technical, analytical, monitoring and reporting frameworks, and related methodologies, tools, systems and databases etc. to support the planning, implementation/delivery and monitoring of programmes of work, projects, products and/or services; • Designs and conducts research, Data Collection, validation, Analysis and/or reporting activities to support the development of technical standards, international instruments, innovative approaches and strategies, new tools, technologies, technical reports/publications, and/or policy proposals as well as the provision of technical/policy/ specialist/advice and expertise; • Responds to country requests for technical and policy assistance, provides technical advice, assistance and solutions to Decentralized Offices and provides technical backstopping to field projects; • Collaborates in, provides technical backstopping to and ensures the quality/effectiveness of Capacity Development and knowledge sharing activities within member countries such as policy support, organizational development and individual learning events including preparation of related information, learning materials, online tools; • Promotes international cooperation/advocates best practices, increased policy dialogue and provides technical expertise at international/intergovernmental meetings; • Participates in resource mobilization activities in accordance with the FAO Corporate strategy.   Specific Functions • Communicates and liaises with field partners (including FAO Representatives, European Union Delegations, Heads of Forestry) in countries in Africa where the Programme is operating, to support current Programme activities and ascertain client demand for further FLEGT related technical assistance and project support, and follow-up on these priorities; • Oversees and conducts FLEGT awareness raising activities and facilitate experience sharing between stakeholders in Programme countries as required; • Builds partnerships, provides guidance and works with regional and national institutions to coordinate and strengthen implementation of FLEGT- related projects and programmes in eligible countries; • Supports other FAO efforts for the forest law enforcement, governance and trade in the African region; • Plans and coordinates regional aspects of FLEGT-related Calls for Proposals in eligible countries in the African region, including the supervision of advertising calls, screening and evaluation of proposals; • Identifies and develops FLEGT-related Direct Assistance projects based on client need and demand; • Monitors, provides Technical Support, and appraises all projects developed and funded in the African region; • Provides day to day supervision of FAO-EU FLEGT Programme consultant for the African region; • Provides timely updates on project activities and provides information required for the programme database and website; • Contributes to project reporting requirements and participates in relevant discussions and presentations with donors; • Streamlines the FAO-EU FLEGT Programme for African region with FAO's work programme in the region; • Represents the Programme in the absence of the Programme Manager as necessary. CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING   Minimum Requirements • Advanced university degree in Forestry, Forest Economics, Natural Resources, or a related field; • Seven years of relevant experience in  progressively responsible professional experience in forest governance, relevant project management, or experience related to forest law enforcement and trade; • Working knowledge (level C) of English and limited knowledge (level B) of another FAO official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish). Competencies • Results Focus • Teamwork • Communication • Building Effective Relationships • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement Technical/Functional Skills • Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is desirable; • Extent and relevance of experience in forest law enforcement, governance and trade processes in developing countries, especially in Africa; • Extent and relevance of experience in the management, monitoring and technical backstopping of field projects/programmes; • Proven ability to establish networks and work with government, non-governmental institutions, and private sector to develop shared vision that positively impacts global forest sector issues; • Proven ability to organize technical meetings and training workshops; • Working knowledge (Level C) of French or Spanish is an asset.
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