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VAC-10823 Senior National Park Advisor


  • Organization: CTG - Committed To Good
  • Location: Riyadh
  • Grade: Mid level - Mid level consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Natural Resource Management
  • Closing Date: Closed

Job description

CTG overview

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Overview of position

In support of the realization of the ambitious Saudi Arabia & Middle East green initiative under the Saudi Vision 2030, the National Center for Vegetation Cover & Combating Desertification (NCVC) has been tasked with combating desertification, rehabilitating forest vegetation cover, protecting local endangered plant species & managing national parks. This project is designed to support NCVC in increasing necessary institutional, technical & technological capacities to realize its mandate more effectively & efficiently. The enhanced NCVC capacity will be achieved through transforming information technology & digital capabilities, establishing cooperation & strengthening its network internationally & promoting forest conservation practices & increasing environmental awareness to ensure the long term sustainability of NCVC activities at the policy level & on the ground. The project will support the achievement of the ambitious Saudi green initiative by designing a model of a tree nursery & seed bank with a road map for establishing a large scale nursery facility to meet the Kingdom’s afforestation goals, along with by aligning policy & standards of tree planting & creating a mechanism to coordinate the afforestation work among different actors. These objectives will be achieved through a whole of society approach, in close partnership with the private sector, academia, youth & other relevant stakeholders to ensure the long term sustainability of the activities across the project lifecycle & beyond. This project will build upon the long standing Standard Basic Framework Agreement (SBBA) which was agreed upon between the Kingdom & our client in 1975. The project expected outputs are:

  • Output 1: Strengthening international cooperation & network.

  • Output 2: Promoting conservation practices & strengthening environmental awareness via advocacy & outreach.

  • Output 3: Model tree nursery design & ecosystem conservation.

  • Output 4: Transformation of information technology & digital infrastructure.

  • Output 5: Strengthening institutional & technical capacity.

Role objectives

The Senior National Park Advisor will be responsible for the following:

Park development & conservation:

  • Spearhead the development & management of central protected areas within the nation.

  • Oversee the mapping, documentation & conservation of paleontological sites, ensuring that heritage is preserved.

  • Collaborate with international teams, universities & institutions to gain insights & adopt best practices.

  • Ensure that all conservation activities comply with national & international standards.

Policy development & implementation:

  • Develop policies that balance the need for research, tourism & conservation within national parks.

  • Collaborate with stakeholders, including local communities, to ensure policies are inclusive & beneficial.

  • Oversee the implementation of these policies, ensuring they are adhered to & periodically reviewed for improvements.

Education & tourism initiatives:

  • Develop & manage educational displays for tourists, highlighting the nation's rich geological & paleontological heritage.

  • Ensure that tourist activities are conducted in an eco friendly manner, preserving the natural habitat & promoting sustainable tourism.

  • Collaborate with educational institutions to introduce programs that enhance awareness of the nation's geological history.

Research & publications:

  • Drive research initiatives in the field of geology & paleontology, enhancing the nation's contribution to global knowledge.

  • Collaborate with international researchers & institutions to produce high quality publications.

  • Promote the importance of research & its findings to a broader audience through seminars, workshops & other platforms.

Technical skills & training:

  • Utilize GIS software & other technical tools to aid in park management & development.

  • Stay updated with the latest technologies & methodologies in park management.

  • Organize & participate in training programs to upgrade skills, both for oneself & for the team.

The Senior National Park Advisor will be responsible for delivering the following:

Park development & conservation:

  • A comprehensive strategic plan for the development of central protected areas within the nation, with clearly defined milestones & timelines.

  • Detailed reports on the mapping, documentation & conservation activities of paleontological sites, highlighting key findings & preservation techniques used.

  • Collaboration agreements or MoUs with international teams, universities & institutions, detailing the scope & objectives of partnerships.

  • Periodic assessment reports ensuring compliance with national & international conservation standards.

Policy development & implementation:

  • A well documented policy framework that addresses the balance between research, tourism & conservation in national parks.

  • Stakeholder engagement reports, showcasing feedback & suggestions from local communities & other relevant entities.

  • Periodic review documents highlighting the effectiveness of the implemented policies & suggesting areas of improvement.

Education & tourism initiatives:

  • Design prototypes & content drafts for educational displays targeting tourists.

  • Quarterly reports on tourist activities, emphasizing eco friendly practices & their impact on the environment.

  • Collaborative initiatives with educational institutions, including curriculum enhancements & outreach programs, aiming to raise geological & paleontological awareness.

Research & publications:

  • Published research papers in recognized journals or presentations at international conferences, contributing to the field of geology & paleontology.

  • Collaboration agreements with international researchers, detailing the scope & objectives of joint research initiatives.

  • Organized seminars, workshops & other events promoting research findings, with post event feedback reports.

Technical skills & training:

  • Utilization reports showcasing the effective application of GIS software & other technical tools in park management.

  • Updates & reviews of current technologies & methodologies, presented in the form of whitepapers or briefs.

  • Organized training sessions with measurable outcomes, such as participant feedback, skill enhancement metrics & post-training evaluations.

  • It's important to note that the expected outputs & deliverables may be subject to adjustment & refinement during the project based on evolving needs & priorities.

Project reporting
  • The Senior National Park Advisor will work at the Strategy Department of NCVC under the direct supervision of the National Project Coordinator & indirect supervision of the National Project Officer.

  • This advisor consultancy will be implemented under the total supervision of NCVC, which is according to the NCVC act no. (8) by law, is responsible for the design, establishment, operation & supervision of national parks, whether terrestrial or geologic parks, including but not limited to infrastructure, services, mapping, signposting, education services & the imposition of fines for violations of national law or its regulations.

Key competencies
  • Proven track record of collaboration with international teams & institutions.

  • Expertise in geological & paleontological research & documentation.

  • Strong leadership & team management capabilities.

  • Proficient in GIS software & other park management tools.

  • Policy development & stakeholder engagement.

  • Project management & strategic planning.

  • Experience in organizing seminars, workshops & educational programs.

  • Skills in multi cultural & multi ethnic collaboration.

  • Knowledge of sustainable tourism practices.

  • Familiarity with international conservation standards & best practices.

  • Fluency in Arabic & English is required.

  • Set & align challenging, achievable objectives for multiple projects, have a lasting impact.

  • Proactively mitigate potential risks, develop new ideas to solve complex problems.

  • Create & act on opportunities to expand horizons, diversify experiences.

  • Proactively initiate & champion change, manage multiple competing demands.

  • Think beyond immediate task / barriers & take action to achieve greater results.

  • Political savvy, navigate complex landscape, champion inter agency collaboration.

  • Appreciate benefits of diverse workforce & champion inclusivity.

  • Knowledge of intergovernmental bodies (general assembly, ECOSOC, UNDESA, etc.), including respective mandates, ways of working & negotiation processes.

  • Ability to take decisions in a timely & efficient manner in line with one’s authority, area of expertise & resources.

  • Knowledge on conservation & sustainable use of biodiversity, land, forests & oceans.

  • Knowledge reduced emissions from deforestation & forest degradation.

  • Knowledge on green economy & green growth & economic transformation, policy & planning.

  • Effective & efficient delivery & implementation of programs & projects.

Team management
  • Team management experience is desired for this role.

Further information
  • The expected duration of the work is 12 months.

  • The post is anticipated to start on 1st December 2023 & end on 30th November 2024.

  • The completion of deliverables & milestones will be spread out throughout the duration of the project, with specific timelines provided in the deliverables table.

  • The timeline for review & feedback on deliverables will be communicated by the Project Manager at the NCVC.

  • Any adjustments or extensions to the duration of the work will be mutually agreed upon by the Senior Advisor & the NCVC, considering the project's progress & requirements.

  • This assignment will be based in NCVC Riyadh.

  • Our client will cover the around ticket to/from the duty station.

  • If unforeseen travel outside the consultant’s duty station city is requested by our client & not required by the Terms of References (ToR), such travel shall be covered by our client in line with applicable rules & regulations & upon prior written agreement. In such cases, the consultant shall receive living allowances not exceeding the United Nations (UN) Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) rate for such other location(s).

  • A written approval from our client & relevant authorities will be required to facilitate the consultant's travel to any locations than stated on this ToR on official missions where necessary.

· At no stage of the recruitment process will CTG ask candidates for a fee. This includes during the application stage, interview, assessment and training.
· CTG has a zero tolerance to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) which is outlined in its Code of Conduct. Protection from SEA is everyone’s responsibility and all staff are required to adhere to CTG’s Code of Conduct at all times.
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