Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Technical Specialist (Training Material Development)

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Job Description

  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 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 Training Material Development 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 training materials related to law enforcement, particularly in terms of procedures for export of wood products (handout of the Law, legislation, checklist of the permit letter(s) for timber transportation and import-export, etc.). The training should consist of a mix of theory and practical exercises, and it is expected that training materials will consist of power point presentations, handouts, checklists and/or other tools necessary for conducting participatory exercises. It will include information on Due Diligence requirements in countries Cambodia is currently exporting to (e.g. Japan) and the implications for export checks.
  • Design pre-test and post-test evaluation instrument to assess improvements in knowledge before and after the training
  • Facilitate and/or provide the training at the National and Sub national levels, in collaboration with resource persons from the Forestry Administration
  • Prepare report or proceedings on the outcomes of training and national and sub-national Capacity Building, which includes an Analysis of the pre-test and post-test results. The report should also include information provided by training participants regarding challenges, recommendations for changes to the procedures, documents or processes related to legality verification at export points, which could be used to inform Cambodia’s timber legality definition and/or possible reform to existing procedures.
  • Present updates on the results from the national and sub-national trainings 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 FLEGT Focal point and FLEGT-SWG secretariat.

Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced university degree in forestry, natural Resource Management, communications, or a related field
  • 5 years of relevant experience with capacity building in the context of forestry and/or natural resource management
  • Track record of developing training materials for capacity building activities
  • Ability to coordinate with a various range of actors from the private sector, civil society, governments
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English
  • National of Cambodia
FAO Core Competencies

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
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