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Job Title:       Forestry Officer (Redd+ Advisor)
Organisation: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: FAO Representative
Vacancy Announcement Number: FRUGA/02/SPGS3/17
Grade: P-3

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.

Job Summary: The Forestry Officer (Redd+ Advisor) will coordinate project implementation, manage and ensure the project coherence and monitor its implementation. The incumbent will also provide technical support for effective and efficient delivery of the project outputs, including the planning and coordination of the national multipurpose forest inventory, and capacity building of key institutions and stakeholders.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:
·         Researches and analyzes technical, social, economic, environmental, institutional, and technology related information, data and statistics and/or related policy issues to support the delivery of programme projects, products and services
·         Produces a variety of technical information, data, statistics and reports as well as input for technical documents and web pages.
·         Offers technical support/analysis to various assessments, studies and initiatives and provides technical backstopping to field projects.
·         Collaborates in the development of improved/updated tools, systems, processes, and databases.
·         Actively participates on multi-disciplinary teams, and/or leads working groups/teams collaborates with other departments and agencies on work groups and committees and promotes best practices.
·         Collaborates in, provides technical backstopping to and ensures the quality / effectiveness of capacity development activities within member countries such as policy support, organizational development and individual learning events including preparation of related information, learning materials, on-line tools.
·         Promotes knowledge sharing and best practices at international meetings and conferences and influences partners in stakeholder consultations.
·         Supports resource mobilization activities in accordance with the FAO Corporate strategy.
·         Manages, monitors, coordinates and provides guidance for all project activities in collaboration with the National Forest Authority (NFA);
·         Assists National Forest Authority (NFA) and the Forestry Sector Support Department (FSSD) in planning, executing and monitoring activities conceptualized in the project document, including developing work plans, ToRs, workshops - training courses and national capacity building programmes in consultation with FSSD/REDD+ Secretariat;
·         Supports the National REDD+ Secretariat and MRV National Consultant with overall technical guidance and advice for the coordination of NFMS/MRV activities in the country and assists coordination with other ongoing efforts to support monitoring at national and local levels;
·         Manages the project related operations, including procurement;
·         Provides support in implementing NFI, including ensuring technical clearance of NFI field forms, work plans, services, products and deliverables;
·         Works closely with the national and international remote sensing experts to ensure that satellite-based LULC change maps and data from NFI are harmonized; Coordinates inputs and improvements to be made to Forest Reference Level (FRL)
·         Provides support to the National REDD+ Focal Point in leveraging funding for REDD+ implementation in Uganda (e.g. drafting additional financing requests, developing new projects, partnerships, terms of references, etc. related to MRV/NFMS) in coordination with relevant key FAO units and programs;
·         Communicates with donors on progress of project implementation and continues to promote FAO’s comparative advantage as strategic implementing partner;
·         The incumbent facilitates regular meetings to enhance technical knowledge and stakeholders coordination on MRV/NFMS, prepares project reports and related publications and liaises regularly with project LTO to inform on progress/challenges of project workplan;
·         Performs other duties as required.

Key Results: Research, technical analysis, and project related services to support the delivery of programme projects, products, and services.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
·         The ideal candidate for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Forestry Officer (Redd+ Advisor) career opportunity should hold an advanced university degree in forestry, natural resources management, environmental sciences or other related field.
·         At least five years of relevant experience in project/programme implementation in developing countries;
·         Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is desirable
·         Knowledge on national forest monitoring;
·         Previous experience working with both governmental and non-governmental forestry stakeholders
·         Extent of knowledge of issues related to REDD+ activities, as well as the different components of REDD+ implementation in the context of the UNFCCC;
·         Extent of knowledge and relevance of experience in forest inventories and/or greenhouse gas inventories and/or forest reference emissions levels in developing countries;
·         Broad and relevant experience in managing projects/programmes involving multiple partners;
·         Relevant experience in capacity building and in advising developing country authorities on forestry/ environmental issues;
·         Knowledge of the REDD+ process and stakeholders in Uganda is desirable;
·         Broad knowledge and understanding of FAO policies and programmes is desirable.
·         Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of Arabic, Chinese French, Russian or Spanish
·         Competencies: Results Focus, Teamwork, Communication, Building Effective Relationships,  Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

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)  -> Access Other vacancies -> Jobs -> Select Kampala, UG

Deadline: 18th December 2017

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