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Technical Adviser

rome

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FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in its staff and international consultants

in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions.

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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.

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 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 posts are located in the FAO-EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Programme and will assist the Programme in achieving its objectives in supporting stakeholders in eligible countries to strengthen forest governance, legality of timber produced and traded, and more equitable forest management systems.
 
Reporting Lines
 
Consultants will work under the overall supervision of the Programme Manager and in coordination with the Programme Staff.
 
Technical Focus
 
The focus will be on one or several of the thematic areas under which the Programme is working\:
  1. Sharing or developing information and knowledge about the FLEGT action plan and developing national or regional FLEGT strategies, including consensus-based processes, awareness raising, dissemination of information, and multi-stakeholder involvement.
  2. Improving transparency and develop mechanisms for independent observation in the forest sector, including developing information-sharing mechanisms and public information, developing and implementing independent observation strategies and strengthening civil society in the field of independent observation and forest governance or impact monitoring.  
  3. Supporting local communities, smallholder timber producers and community forestry activities in line with the FLEGT objectives and the VPA process where applicable, including initiatives to improve governance at the local level, participatory forest management, awareness raising on FLEGT as well as developing timber legality assurance systems (TLAS) for community forests in VPA countries.
  4. Supporting improvements in national timber traceability systems, the traceability of forest products and national verification and control systems, including support for developing and implementing TLAS systems in VPA countries, chain of custody, forest revenue collection and monitoring, and the monitoring of timber trade flows.
  5. Supporting improvements of policy, legal and regulatory frameworks, including the analysis of legal frameworks and complementary laws and initiatives to develop legality standards.
  6. Supporting private sector initiatives, raising awareness of FLEGT and international market requirements on legality, providing training in internal audits on legality/traceability, chain of custody and strengthening the capacity of the private sector to meet the requirements of trade regulations  including the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR)
  7. Addressing domestic and regional market issues, including the socio-economic analysis of the informal, artisanal logging sector, and integrating informal sectors in national regulatory frameworks.
  8. Developing guidelines on Project Cycle Management and conducting basic training in FAO financial and administrative management policies and procedures for Staff and Service Providers (e.g. Programme reporting requirements, administrative policies, accounting, communication, gender mainstreaming or monitoring and evaluation)
  9. Conducting rapid financial review of all expenditures prior to final close-out of small grants as well as spot checks during the implementation to ensure procedures are understood and are being followed by Service providers
  10. Identify synergies with other programs of FAO and other regional and national projects and initiatives that can help improve impact, sustainability of actions, and leverage funds and produce a good value for money to the donor

Key Result
 
Support the planning, development and implementation of the FAO-EU FLEGT Programme objectives in accordance with the Departmental/Division objectives and the FAO Strategic Objectives.
 
Tasks and responsibilities
 
  • Support the Programme in providing technical advice and capacity building to country stakeholders;
  • Provide analysis regarding specific country contexts, topics and lessons learned;
  • Develop publications and other written material, such as technical guidelines and tools for country stakeholders and publications for national and international dissemination;
  • Provide support to Programme mechanisms, including evaluating project proposals received through regular call for proposals and direct assistance requests;
  • Support Programme Officers to increase FLEGT awareness raising and facilitate experience sharing between stakeholders in programme countries as required;
  • Support Programme officers in monitoring and evaluating projects developed and funded through the programme.
  • Perform other duties as required.
 
 

 
CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING
 
 
Minimum Requirements
  • Advanced university degree in Natural Resources Management, forest policy, International Relations, International Economics, or related fields.
  • At least seven years of relevant experience in one or several of the thematic areas under which the Programme is working (listed above).
  • Working knowledge (C-level) of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge of one of the other two.

 
FAO Core Competencies
  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
 
Technical/Functional Skills
  • Working experience in developing countries, especially in Latin America and/or Africa and/or Asia-Pacific region
  • Relevance and extent of experience in forest law enforcement, governance and trade processes
  • Extent of field experience including the management, monitoring and technical backstopping of field projects/programmes
  • Ability to work effectively with government and non-governmental institutions and to organize technical meetings and training workshops
  • Ability to communicate clearly orally and in writing
 
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 Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO,

Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency 

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
  • FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing).
  • Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognised in the IAU/UNESCO list.
  • Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications.
  • For other issues, visit the FAO employment website\: http\://www.fao.org/employment/home/en/
  • For further information on categories, contract duration and honoraria, please refer to the Conditions page.
 
HOW TO APPLY
 
To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only applications received through the recruitment portal will be considered.
 
Vacancies will be removed from the recruitment portal 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\: iRecruitment@fao.org
 

FAO IS A NON-SMOKING ENVIRONMENT

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: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
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  • Closing Date: 2018-08-02

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