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Senior Forestry Officer - (Forest Resources Management Team Leader)


Organizational Setting

The Forest Policy and Resources Division leads FAO’s work in promoting sustainable forest management and providing leadership on the environmental, social and economic dimensions of forestry, including its contributions to poverty reduction and food security and nutrition. It liaises with member countries, civil society and the private sector in aspects ranging from development of effective forest policies to forest conservation and management issues, and strengthens the role of forests in climate change mitigation and adaptation. The Division also collects, analyses and disseminates information on the world’s forest resources and on the production, trade and consumption of wood and non-wood forest products.

The post is located in the Forest Resources Management Team.

Technical Focus

Forest Resources Management

Reporting Lines

The Senior Forestry Officer reports to the Deputy Director, FOA, with a high degree of autonomy for Forest Resources Management activities.

Key Results

Leadership and technical policy expertise for the planning, development and implementation of Departmental / Division Programmes of work, projects, products, services in accordance with (Departmental &) FAO Strategic Objectives.

Key Functions

· Plans, manages, or leads highly specialized or multi-disciplinary teams, leads, coordinates, and/or participates on Organization-wide, cross-Departmental committees, project teams, and working groups, and/or provides technical leadership/secretariat services on technical networks and/or international technical policy and standard setting bodies.

· Analyzes global and country specific requirements and relevant technical issues to provide critical input into the FAO Strategic Objectives, Programme of Work, work plans and the supporting budgets and/or resourcing strategies.

· Implements and monitors programmes of work involving the development of the approach, evidence based strategies, and related tools, methodologies and the supporting system/database, monitoring and reporting frameworks

· Conducts, designs and oversees research and analysis activities to support the development of technical standards, international instruments, innovation, technical reports, publications and/or on-going programme development as well as the provision of technical and/or policy advisory services

· Provides technical and policy advice to Member countries and technical support to decentralized offices in the development and implementation of their programmes.

· Leads and/or collaborates in, provides technical backstopping to and ensures the quality / effectiveness of capacity development and knowledge sharing activities within member countries such as policy support, organizational development and individual learning events including preparation of related information, learning, on-line tools.

· Represents the Organization at international meetings and conferences, identifies and implements strategic partnerships, advocates best practices and increased policy dialogue and develops and negotiates effective working relationships/consensus and agreements with international and national stakeholders.

· Leads and/or participates in resource mobilization activities in accordance with the FAO Corporate strategy.

Specific Functions

· Provides managerial and technical leadership, guidance and support to the Forest Resources Management Team, including to multiple use forest management, fire management, planted forests, forest health, forest genetic resources, wildlife and protected area management, and inter-sectoral dimensions of forest and wildlife resources management in all ecotypes, including fragile ecosystems, thus contributing to FAO Strategic Programmes and respective Delivery Mechanisms, including in particular Strategic Programme 2 on increasing and improving the provision of goods and services from agriculture, forestry and fisheries in a sustainable manner;

· Coordinates and harmonizes international, national and sub-national efforts for forest resources management to adapt to and mitigate climate change;

· Provides advice to FAO member countries in strengthening their capacity to manage forest, wildlife and tree resources sustainably, in a wider sustainable agriculture and natural resource management context;

· Plans, allocates resources, implements, monitors and reports upon the technical, operational and financial delivery of unit results of the Team;

· Fosters, strengthens and manages strategic partnerships with relevant institutions at international, national and local levels, including the private sector, NGOs and donors dealing with matters related to the functions of the Task Force;

· Provides guidance and supervision to Task Force personnel to strengthen their knowledge and skills in forest resources management;

· Plans and supervises the secretariat services to the Statutory Bodies of the International Poplar Commission and Silva Mediterranean and the Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management (CPW), in the framework of FAO’s Strategic Objectives;

· Promotes resources mobilization for programmes and projects in forest resources management;


Minimum Requirements

· Advanced University Degree in forestry, natural resources or a related field.

· Ten years of relevant experience in the field of forest resources management or a related field

· Working level knowledge of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge of one of the other two or Arabic, Chinese or Russian.


· Results Focus

· Leading, Engaging and Empowering

· Communication

· Partnering and Advocating

· Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

· Strategic Thinking

Technical/Functional Skills

· Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is essential

· Demonstrated expertise in forest resources management, assessment or inventory

· Relevance of academic qualifications and training

· Extent and relevance of experience in developing countries and knowledge of their forest resources and relevant international experience

· Ability to mobilize resources

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


· All candidates should possess computer/word processing skills.

· Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by a competency-based interview.

· Your application will be screened based on the information provided in your iRecruitment online profile (see “*How to Apply*”). We strongly recommend that you ensure that the information is accurate and complete including employment record, academic qualifications and language skills.

· Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognised in the IAU/UNESCO list.

· Other similar positions at the same level may be filled from this vacancy notice and the endorsed candidates will be considered for the Employment Roster for a period of 2 years.

· Candidates may be requested to provide performance assessments.


A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. For information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, click on the following link:

To apply, visit the iRecruitment website at and complete your online profile. Only applications received through iRecruitment will be considered.

Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile.

Vacancies will be removed from iRecruitment at 23:59 Central European Time (CET) on the deadline for applications date. We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date. If you need help, or have queries, please contact:

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Rome
  • Grade: Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Agriculture and Forestry
    • Management, Administration and Finance
  • Closing Date: 2016-02-18

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