The Regional Office for Africa (RAF) leads FAO’s response to regional priorities for food security, agriculture and rural development through the identification, planning and implementation of FAO’s priority activities in the region. It ensures a multidisciplinary approach to programmes, identifies priority areas of action for the Organization in the region and, in collaboration with Offices, Centres and Divisions at headquarters, develops, promotes and oversees FAO’s strategic response to regional priorities. In its programme delivery, RAF contributes to the achievements of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, guided by Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 1 No poverty, SDG 2 No hunger, and SDG 10 Reducing inequalities. In addition to supporting FAO’s work in Country Offices, RAF develops and maintains strategic partnerships with continental organizations, such as the African Union Commission and the Regional Economic Communities (RECs). At the policy level, RAF supports countries to develop strategies, policies and regulatory frameworks as well as supports regional and country policy dialogues that sustain efficient and inclusive agricultural and food systems. RAF also facilitates partnerships with a broad range of stakeholders, supports capacity development and resource mobilization for food security, agriculture and rural development in the region.
Job Title: Senior Forestry Officer
The position is located in the Regional Office for Africa (RAF) in Accra, Ghana.
The Senior Forestry Officer reports to the Regional Programme Leader under the overall guidance of the Assistant Director- General/Regional Representative for Africa. He/she will work in consultation with technical officers in technical Offices and Divisions at headquarters including the Forestry Division, the Office of Climate Change and Biodiversity, and the Land and Water Division, and other technical officers in RAF region including the Sub-Regional Forestry Officers in Africa, the South-South Cooperation Officer and the RAF Partnerships Officers.
The Senior Forestry Officer will provide technical leadership and supervision for RAF’s regional forestry work and regional thematic priority on climate action and sustainable natural resources management with specific responsibility for leading the programme of work area on scaling up climate smart agriculture. He/she will be responsible for planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting of RAF’s work programme related to scaling up climate smart agriculture with other components of the regional thematic priority on climate action and sustainable natural resources management, including ecosystem restoration and sustainable land management, sustainable use of biodiversity, responsible governance of natural resources and water management for sustainable agriculture as well as other RAF programme of work areas. The Senior Forestry Officer will lead RAF’s activities for strengthening partnership and knowledge networks within and outside the Organization, supporting country-level actions guided by FAO’s Country Programming Framework (CPF) as well as increasing South-South and Triangular Cooperation.
Leadership and technical policy expertise for the planning, development and implementation of Regional Programmes of Work, projects, products and services in accordance with Regional Objectives and the FAO Strategic Framework.
• Plans, manages, or leads highly specialized or multi-disciplinary teams, leads, coordinates, and/or participates in regional 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;
• Analyses global and country specific requirements and relevant technical issues to provide critical input into the FAO Strategic Framework, 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 Members 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 Members 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.
• Provides vision and strategic thinking on climate action and sustainable natural resources management for the development and implementation of the work programme in Africa, with a focus on environment and natural resources issues, including forestry, biodiversity, climate change and desertification;
• Provides technical expertise on strategies and approaches as well as guidance on technologies and innovations for developing and implementing solutions on sustainable forest management, in particular on protection, restoration and sustainable use of forests and trees with a view to building resilient livelihoods, ending poverty and ensuring food security and nutrition in the context of a changing climate;
• Provides leadership for RAF’s programme of work on scaling up climate smart agriculture, including planning, implementation, delivery, monitoring and reporting, as well as leading highly specialized and multistakeholder teams on forestry, agroforestry and agriculture projects and programmes;
• Works with other Thematic Regional Priority Leaders and Programme Managers as well as with technical Offices and Divisions at headquarters, Programme Priority Areas and other relevant FAO units to coordinate delivery of activities related to the FAO Africa Regional Thematic Priority on climate action and sustainable natural resources management;
• Provides technical support and policy advice to Members in the implementation of FAO’s regional initiatives, thematic and programme priorities and activities in the formulation and implementation of activities under the UN Cooperation Framework;
• Coordinates FAO’s technical inputs and represents FAO Africa on scaling up climate smart agriculture and promotion of sustainable forest management in Africa in engagements with governments, continental organizations, such as the African Union Commission, the Regional Economic Commissions, inter-agency initiatives, development finance institutions, development partners and national and regional stakeholders;
• Leads RAF resource mobilization and partnership activities on scaling up climate smart agriculture, sustainable forest management and related work;
• Leads secretariat services for and organizes the sessions of the FAO Statutory Body “The African Forestry and Wildlife Commission (AFWC)”and coordinates the implementation of recommendations and follow-up activities;
• Performs other related duties as required.
CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING
• Advanced university degree in forest resources management or a related field (forestry, forest economics, forest engineering or other fields related to sustainable natural resources management).
• Ten years of relevant experience in forest resources management, forest conservation management, or related fields such as community-based natural resources or landscape management, biodiversity or wildlife management or climate smart agriculture in developing countries.
• Working knowledge (proficient – level C) of English and limited knowledge (intermediate – level B) of another official FAO language (French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic or Chinese).
• Results Focus
• Leading, Engaging and Empowering
• Partnering and Advocating
• Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
• Strategic Thinking
• Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions.
• Extent and relevance of experience or knowledge of regional and global forestry issues and/or climate change and/or biodiversity including wildlife management.
• Extent and relevance of experience in sustainable forestry or agroforestry production and related community development.
• Demonstrated results-based management capabilities with an ability to manage programmes, budgets and human resources efficiently under shifting priorities.
• Extent and relevance of experience in different countries and regions, especially in developing countries and countries in transition.
• Ability to mobilize resources.
• Demonstrated knowledge of and experience in planning and implementation of programmes or projects related to forestry, agriculture or natural resources management.
• Extent and relevance of experience in organizing international meetings, seminars and training courses.
FAO staff are expected to adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency.
- Extension of fixed term appointments is based on certification of performance and availability of funds
- FAO reserves the right not to make an appointment.
- Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances. Subject to certain exemptions, vaccination against COVID-19 will in principle be required. Vaccination status will be verified as part of the medical clearance process
CONDITIONS OF SERVICE
A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. For information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, click on the following link: http://www.un.org/Depts/OHRM/salaries_allowances/salary.htm
Other benefits, subject to eligibility, include:
• Dependency allowances
• Rental subsidy
• Education grant for children
• Home leave travel
• 30 working days of annual leave per year
• Pension fund entitlements under the UN Joint Staff Pension Fund
• International health insurance; optional life insurance
• Disability protection
FAO encourages a positive workplace culture to increase inclusivity and diversity within its workforce. FAO applies measures in which all staff members contribute equally and in full to the work and development of the Organization. This includes:
• elements of family-friendly policies
• flexible working arrangements
• standards of conduct.