Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

International Sustainable Forest Management Specialist

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Job Description

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In an effort to support the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) in fulfilling its forestry-related objectives, FAO is implementing a Technical Cooperation Programme (TCP): “Strengthening the Enabling Environment to Promote Innovative Approaches to Sustainable Forest Management (TCP/CMB/3802)”. This initiative intends to encourage greater policy dialogue and strengthen capacities to identify Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) priorities. To this end, and in concurrence with the request for assistance delivered to FAO by Ministry of Environment (MoE), the technical assistance will lead to the formulation of roadmaps for piloting innovative approaches to urban and peri-urban forestry and the development of forest tree plantations. The strategic vision in the roadmaps will be substantiated by solid policy review and recommendations as well as feasibility assessments to support Government’s decision-making structures in the modernization and diversification of the Forestry Sector.

Reporting Lines

The International Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) Specialist will be based in the FAO Representation in Cambodia and will report to the Head of Operations.

Technical Focus

  • Technical assessment of policies, strategies, legal frameworks and institutional capacity related to Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) and Natural Resource Management
  • Stakeholder engagement and facilitation with the focus on the forestry sector
Tasks and responsibilities

Under the overall guidance of the FAO Representative in Cambodia, direct supervision of the Head of Operations, direct technical guidance of the Lead Technical Officer (LTO) and HQ Technical Officer and other relevant technical officers and units in FAO, and in consultation with the project team and the Government counterparts, the International SFM Specialist will:
  • Lead and provide necessary inputs to deliver the project outputs.
  • Lead, facilitate and moderate the technical discussions during the inception workshop, national policy dialogues and other relevant project meetings and events;
  • In close consultations with government counterparts, FAO experts at the Representation in Cambodia, RAP and Headquarters, and development partners, develop the project work plan and Gantt Chart with clear roles, responsibilities and deadlines;
  • Establish the institutional collaboration framework to build the basis for project implementation;
  • Put in motion, guide and monitor the timely implementation of the planned activities and ensure synergy with other SFM- and NRM-related activities of the FAO Representation in Cambodia and development partners;
  • Develop the terms of reference for the international and national specialists to be recruited;
  • In consultation with government agencies, conduct preliminary assessment and research on types, legal ownership and jurisdiction of planted forests which the project will help develop;
  • Conduct a Mapping of institutional stakeholders and Coordination mechanism and clarify roles and responsibilities in the coordination of the different aspects of the forestry sector;
  • Conduct stakeholder consultations with government agencies and development partners to understand the major policy bottlenecks hampering the smoother development of urban forestry and planted forests sub-sectors;
  • Lead and provide direct guidance to the development of feasibility assessments, strategic roadmaps and Capacity Building programme Design;
  • Liaise closely with government counterparts and development partners throughout the implementation of project activities;
  • Contribute to preparation of knowledge and communication products;
  • Coordinate and technically supervise the overall quality and timely advancement of the project;
  • Provide inputs to narratives of progress and other reports as needed; and
  • Perform other related tasks.

Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced university degree in Forestry, Environmental Science or closely related field
  • Five years of relevant experience in policy-related work at international level, particularly on sustainable forest management in developing and least Developed Countries.
  • Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of one of the other FAO official languages (French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Russian)
FAO Core 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
  • Extent and relevance of experience of participatory methods, approaches and tools related to SFM
  • Familiarity with Government of Cambodia in the forest and land use sector is an advantage
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