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Forest Management Specialist


  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Serbia
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Agriculture and Forestry
  • Closing Date: 2020-06-03

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FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender and nationality

People with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality

The incumbent may be re-assigned to different activities and/or duty stations depending on the evolving needs of the Organization


Organizational Setting

The selected applicant will work on project GCP/SRB/002/GFF that aims to address the barriers for mainstreaming of a sustainable forest management in Serbia and contribute to the conservation of biodiversity and climate change mitigation through the promotion of multifunctional sustainable forest management in productive forest landscapes (Global environmental objective). The objective will be achieved through (i) improving information availability to enable informed decision making in forest development and management, and reporting according to international standards and practices, through the set up of an integrated Forest Information System, and the implementation of the second National Forest Inventory (ii) strengthening coordination and dialogue between key public and private stakeholders, (iii) strengthening capacities of forest managers to implement SFM practices through guidance materials and trainings and (iv) generating strategies to provide incentives to private forest owners to engage in SFM, and (v) implementation of updated forest development plans and forest management plans according to SFM guidelines in two pilot regions. The project strategy builds on the close engagement of key stakeholders to ensure sustainability of the results.

Total project financing amounts to USD. 29.454.799 over the four-year implementation period. Co-financing amounts to USD 26.180.141, out of which 61 % in cash, provided by the Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management, Institutes of Forestry, National Park Administrations, Public Forest Enterprises, the Forest Chamber as well as FAO. GEF incremental resources amount to USD 3.274.658 (11 % of the total financing).

Reporting Lines

Under the overall supervision of the Assistant Director General / Regional Representative for Europe and Central Asia (REU), the direct technical supervision of the Forestry Officer (REU), day to day supervision of the National Project Coordinator and in close coordination with GEF National Project Director, the consultant works closely with the Forest Management Specialist (Coordinator - Component 2 and Western Serbia) and the National Forest Management Specialist (Vojvodina Region) as well as other international and national experts as appropriate.

Technical Focus

Technical supervision of the preparation of at least 15 guideline documents for silvicultural practices in different forest types, integrating biodiversity conservation based on EU habitats directive.

Tasks and responsibilities
  • Contribute to and provide technical supervision of integration of technical guidelines for forest development and forest management planning integrating Climate Change Mitigation (CCM) and Biodiversity (BD) considerations into Forest Development Plan (FDP) and Forest Management Plan (FMP) procedures.
  • Contribute to and provide technical supervision of the elaboration of methodologies for new elements in FDP and FMP such as Forest Function Mapping, Forest Site Mapping and Land Erosion Risk Mapping.
  • Contribute to the elaboration of a new Forest Development Programme and related legislation.
  • Lead design of trainings (including training materials) for SFM for forest professionals and forest owners.
  • Participate in training of forest planners and managers.
  • Technical supervision of the implementation of activities in pilot Forest Management Units (FMUs).
  • Perform other duties as required.

The above-mentioned tasks will be performed during the course of the project as appropriate

Minimum Requirements
  • Advanced University degree (preferably PhD) in forest management planning or forest inventory, or other related disciplines;
  • At least ten years of progressively professional experience with forest management planning and

implementation, in particular in private forests;

  • Working knowledge of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge of one of the other two or Arabic, Chinese, Russian.
FAO Core Competencies
  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Familiarity with international norms and standards on forest carbon assessment;
  • Experience in the region an advantage;
  • Working knowledge of English;
  • Knowledge of Serbian an advantage;
  • Strong ability to work under pressure and against tight deadlines;
  • Strong drafting and interpersonal skills, honesty, orientation on achievements.


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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