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Urban Forestry Specialist

various locations

  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: various locations
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Agriculture and Forestry
    • Infrastructure and Urban-Rural development
    • Urban Development, planning and design
  • Closing Date: 2021-10-02

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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, therefore, 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 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 and ecosystem services.
The post is located in the Forest Resources Management (FRM) Team, Forestry Division. The FRM Team is leading FAO’s work on urban forestry and providing technical support to the implementation of urban forestry projects around the world. Among other activities, the FRM Team is currently coordinating the organization of a number of regional and global fora on UPF, contributing to the implementation of the corporate FAO Green Cities initiative, developing the recently launched Green Urban Oases programme, supporting the development and implementation of urban and peri-urban forestry and urban greening strategies in various countries and regions worldwide, contributing to the development of learning and training material.
Within this context, the FRM Team is seeking to hire consultants and/or personal service agreement (PSA) subscribers with varying profiles to provide specific inputs to the ongoing activities on the planning, design and management of urban forests, as well as to the implementation of the current projects and to the development of new projects on urban forestry, including overall project management tasks (i.e. coordination, financial monitoring and reporting).

Reporting Lines

The consultants/subscribers will report to Senior Forestry Officer, FRM Team Leader with direct supervision of the Forestry Officer, Urban Forestry.

Technical Focus
The assignments will support the FRM Team in the implementation of its normative work, projects and other activities on urban forestry at global, regional and national levels in the following areas: planning, design and management of urban forests and green spaces, development of city-wide greening strategies/visions.

Tasks and responsibilities

The consultants/subscribers will support the work on urban forestry by (note: specific tasks for each consultant/subscriber will be agreed separately):

• gather, analyse and review latest scientific and other relevant information, including best practices and case studies;
• write syntheses of the above-mentioned analyses for upcoming publications, including graphs, tables and other data-visualization material;
• contribute to the preparation of reports, guidelines and other publications on urban forestry
• contribute to the development and, if appropriate, to the delivery of capacity building and training materials;
• contribute to the coordination, implementation and management of current projects and other activities in accordance with FAO and donor rules, procedures and systems;
• contribute to the development of new projects/programmes on urban forestry in accordance with FAO and donor rules, procedures and systems;
• contribute to the organization of regional or global events on urban forestry; and
• carry out any other tasks as required.


Minimum Requirements

• University degree in forestry, natural resources, landscape architecture, urban planning or related fields
• One to four years of relevant experience for base-level consultants, at least five years for middle-level consultants, and at least 10 years for senior-level consultants in issues related to the planning, design and management of urban forests and green spaces
• Working knowledge of English, and limited knowledge of Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish (for consultants). For PSA subscribers, working knowledge of English only.

FAO Core Competencies

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

Selection Criteria

• Extent of relevant work experience on the planning, design and management of urban forests
• Extent of work experience in different parts of the world, in particular in developing countries and countries with economies in transition
• Experience in writing scientific, technical and policy documents in English
• Experience in operations support, i.e. technical and financial reporting.
• Familiarity with FAO activities, policies and procedures will be considered an asset

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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