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Forestry Officer (Planted Forests & Restoration)

Rome (Italy)

  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Rome (Italy)
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Agriculture and Forestry
  • Closing Date: 2021-07-26

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• FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, background and culture
• Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented member nations and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply
• Everyone who works for FAO is required to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct, and to uphold our values. FAO has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and FAO, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination.

All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks
• 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 Forestry Division (NFO) 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 Forestry Division's Forest Resources Management Team.

Reporting Lines
The Forestry Officer reports to the Senior Forestry Officer, Team Leader (Forest Resources Management).

Technical Focus
The Forestry Officer will be responsible for providing technical and policy support for forest and landscape restoration, with specific focus on reforestation and afforestation.

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

Key Functions
• 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.
• Provides 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.
• Participates on multi-disciplinary teams, and/or leads working groups/teams collaborates with other divisions 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.

Specific Functions
• Promotes and advises member countries on policies, strategies and methods of reforestation and afforestation in the context of FAO's strategic framework, with a view to facilitating the contribution of forests and trees to improved environment, livelihoods, rural development and food security;
• designs, supervises and implements normative activities in the planning and management of planted forests and of planted tree resources aimed at the provision of a range of ecosystem services; collaborating closely with other units in FAO and with partner organizations dealing with trees in land-use systems, especially sustainable productivity, genetic resources, as well as biodiversity, soil and water conservation measures in the broader context of sustainable food and agriculture or rural development;
• supports capacity building and generates, compiles and disseminates technical information and training course materials, maintains and regularly updates databases and web-based information systems on planted forests, in close collaboration with the Global Forest Resources Assessment Programme (FRA);
• serves as the Forestry Division's focal point for matters related to planted forests and plans, organizes and participates in relevant international meetings, seminars, and workshops as appropriate;
• plans, designs and implements programmes and activities in member countries for the establishment and management of planted forests, including project formulation, resource mobilization, and technical backstopping;
• collaborates with international agencies, institutions, mechanisms and processes on planted forests; and prepares and disseminates information on this subject; supports networks, websites, and partnerships among countries and institutes;
• serves as focal point for daily matters of the Secretary of the International Commission for Poplars and Other Fast-Growing Trees for People and the Environment (IPC) and contributes to the implementation of the reform process of the IPC in close cooperation with its Executive Committee and member countries.
• Any other duties, as required.

Minimum Requirements
• Advanced university degree in forestry or other field related to reforestation and afforestation.
• Five years of relevant experience in forestry development, especially establishment and management of sustainable planted forests or trees
• Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of another FAO official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish)

• Results Focus
• Teamwork
• Communication
• Building Effective Relationships
• Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills
• Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is desirable
• Extent and relevance of experience and knowledge in sustainable forest management, including reforestation and afforestation for ecosystem restoration and provision of multiple ecosystem services, in particular in developing countries.
• Experience in capacity development in this area is desirable.
• Extent and relevance of experience with in integrating planted forests and tree resources in broader land use or rural development contexts.
• Extent and relevance of experience in planning and managing field projects on sustainable planted forests, including in small holder or community forestry or development contexts.
• Extent and relevance of experience with intergovernmental processes or secretariat services.
• Ability to analyze complex planted forests for restoration issues from a public and private sector point of view.
• Ability to mobilize resources.

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