Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Technical Specialist (Forest Policy and Governance)

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Job Description

FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in its staff and international consultants in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions. Qualified female applicants and qualified nationals of non-and under-represented member countries are encouraged to apply.

Persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

Organizational Setting

The FAO-EU FLEGT Programme is a global Programme funded by the European Commission (EC), the United Kingdom and the Swedish International Cooperation Agency (SIDA), implemented by FAO’s Forestry Department. The Programme’s current phase will operate from 2016-2021. Its overall objective is to tackle illegal logging, promote trade in legal timber products and ultimately contribute to sustainable Forest Management (SFM) and poverty reduction. A FLEGT Work Plan 2020-2021 has been endorsed by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries for helping Cambodia to improve its forest law enforcement, governance and the trade of legal timber (FLEGT) through the completion of strategic activities that would benefit the country’s Forestry Sector. The Work Plan is based on the following pillars:
  • Develop a Cambodian Timber Legality Definition.
  • Review laws and regulations and take part in the ongoing process of amending regulations including the roles and duties of the Forestry Administration.
  • Support the relevant Capacity Development.
  • Select model areas for effective piloting of the trading of timber originated from community forestry and family tree plantation.
Reporting Lines

The Technical Specialist on Forest Policy and Governance will report to the Head of Operations.

Technical Focus

Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Cambodia, direct guidance of the Operations Coordinator, and technical guidance of the FLEGT Forestry Officer for Asia-Pacific, the incumbent will support and liaise with related government agencies and partners to implement technical and administrative aspects of the Programme in the country. The consultant will undertake the following specific tasks: Tasks and responsibilities

  • Develop a technical assessment report of four tree plantation management modalities: (1) State-owned tree plantations; (2) Private/individual investment in plantations on private land; (3) Community-based tree or forest plantations; (4) Joint venture activities (Public-private land). The report drafting will need to collect information from plantation owners on key parameters, such as 1. Cost of establishing the tree plantation, 2. data on growth rates, 3. pest/fire management, 4. tree plantation planning, and 5. Social and environmental impact considerations. The assessment should also assess additional cross-cutting parameters such as: 1. Primary assessment of the policy, legal and regulatory framework (PLR) including tenure, and social and environmental considerations, where appropriate, 2. Assessment of current and potential plantation areas for each modality, and 3. Cost-benefit for the whole cycle of plantation timber production, and 4. Proposed options for modelling future wood supply
  • As part of the technical assessment report development, facilitate and/or participate in consultation meetings with the private sector to assess current tree plantation resources, and options for modelling future wood supply.
  • Prepare a second assessment report that looks at supply chains and markets for planted timber. This report will provide insight on the relevant challenges and opportunities for plantation timber in terms of the current policy and regulatory framework for Business Development
  • Develop a farmer tree plantation booklet on tree plantation management including a detailed but easy-to-understand description of the legal requirements of plantation establishment and management.
  • Develop a plantation management training manual that will explain to farmers how to develop small-scale tree plantations
  • Present the results from the above assessment and technical report at relevant meetings of the Sub-Working Group on FLEGT, Technical Working Group on Forest-Reform, and/or development partner Coordination meetings, as requested by the direct supervisor; and
  • Conduct all aforementioned tasks in close collaboration with the technical specialist on Forest knowledge Management

Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced university degree in forestry, natural Resource Management, communications, or a related field, with additional qualification in law is an advantage
  • 5 years of relevant experience in the field of natural resource management, especially related to plantation forestry.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English
  • National of Cambodia or resident in the country with a regular work permit.
FAO Core Competencies

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
Technical/Functional Skills

  • Experience in legislative assessment desirable;
  • Ability to coordinate with a various range of actors from the private sector, civil society, governments
  • Professional experience in legal Analysis
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