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11 May 2016

Assistant National Project Coordinator/Plantation Development Manager UN Careers - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Organisation: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: International Project Coordinator  
Vacancy Announcement Number: FRUGA/01/SPGS3/16

About US:
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has a global mandate to improve nutrition, increase agricultural productivity, raise the standard of living in rural populations and contribute to global economic’ growth. Achieving food security for all is at the heart of FAO’s efforts - to make sure people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives.

About Project:
The Sawlog Production Grant Scheme Phase III is a joint initiative between the Government of Uganda and the European Union whose primary objective is to encourage private sector investment in commercial timber plantations through provision of grants and technical support. It aims at increasing the incomes of the rural population through commercial tree planting by small, medium and large scale planters and local communities, while at the same time helping to mitigate climate change effects through intensive afforestation.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: The Assistant National Project Coordinator/Plantation Development Manager will perform a variety of routine functions. In particular, s/he will;
  • Provide all necessary support and guidance in the review, selection and award of contracts to SPGS grant applicants as well as community and woodlot applicants
  • Work in liaison with the Grant Management firm/ company/agency, support the management of contracts of Planters (clients) and those of woodlot contractors to ensure achievement of SPGS III planting targets
  • Actively participate in procurement activities of the project including procurement of seedlings, tree planting tools, and woodlot contractors among others
  • Coordinate SPGS field activities such as inspections, clients meetings, including preparing, in collaboration with concerned staff, activity based budgets, timely delivery of inspection reports to clients, etc
  • Recommend clients’ payments following inspections of commercial tree growers and woodlot contractors to the Grant Management Agency
  • Coordinate community and woodlot support while conducting internal audits to maintain standards;
  • Maintain database of SPGS supported clients, woodlot beneficiaries and communities
  • Manage the maintenance of a rigorous system of monitoring and evaluating activities of the SPGS project
  • Oversee expansion into regional offices and coordinate with regional office staff
  • Actively participate in appraisal of subordinate staff assigned to the Plantation Development
  • Compile monthly, quarterly and annual technical reports on timely basis
  • Supervise the national staff under his/her delegation m) Undertake other activities related to the project as required.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Assistant National Project Coordinator/Plantation Development Manager job opportunity should hold a Bachelor’s (Hons) degree in forestry or in a related field, a Master's degree will be of a great added advantage.
  • At least ten years working experience in private sector commercial forestry plantations
  • Computer literacy skills i.e. proficiency in MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint, etc
  • Ability to work under difficult field conditions, meet deadlines and work without supervision
  • Physical fitness and ability to work under difficult environmental conditions
  • Good negotiation and managerial skills, including ability to manage project teams
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely to a variety of audiences and to work in multidisciplinary teams
  • Significant experience in project management and coordination, and specifically with reference to the fields of commercial forestry plantation development and management.

NB: Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency.

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested Ugandan nationals should submit their applications together with detailed curriculum vitae (CV) and copies of certificates in a sealed envelope, and a completed FAO Personal Profile Form that can be accessed online, Click Here (Please logon or create online profile) , quoting Vacancy Announcement no. addressed to:

The Country Representative,
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Uganda.

NB: The envelopes should be registered at reception and placed in the box at reception of the FAO offices at Plot 88 Buganda Road, Wandegeya, Kampala. 

Deadline: 20th May 2016 by 2:00pm

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