2 Feb 2024

National Coordinator at FAO

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Job Description

Job Posting: 01/Feb/2024
Closure Date: 16/Feb/2024, 1:59:00 AM
Organizational Unit: FRURT
Job Type: Non-staff opportunities
Type of Requisition: NPP (National Project Personnel)
Grade Level: N/A
Primary Location: Tanzania, United Republic of-Kasulu
Duration: 6 months
Post Number: N/A
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please note that Closure Date and Time displayed above are based on date and time settings of your personal device

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 Members 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 FAO’s values
FAO, as a Specialized Agency of the United Nations, has a zero-tolerance policy for conduct that is incompatible with its status, objectives and mandate, 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

Organizational Setting

FAO is implementing the project “Greening the humanitarian response in displacement settings: Sustainable Forest Management and Ecosystem Restoration for Enhanced Energy Access and Livelihood Resilience” to assess and develop environmental-friendly humanitarian responses to address environmental impact, energy needs and climate-related risks. The project aims to design and pilot short and long-term plans for the sustainable management of forest resources in landscapes hosting displaced populations and promote livelihoods opportunities through sustainable forest-based value chains, forest management skills and knowledge sharing.

This project activities in the United Republic of Tanzania are being implemented in the refugee hosting areas of the Nyarugusu and Nduta camps in Kasulu and Kibondo District respectively. A series of detailed assessments have been conducted to develop a forest landscape management plan for both Nyarugusu and Nduta refugee camps and surrounding forests and woodlands. More specifically, baseline assessments and cost-benefit analysis of identified forestry interventions are being carried out to understand the environmental impact, the dynamics of woody biomass supply and demand in the target areas. The forest landscape management plans aim to provide site-specific technical guidance to address overexploitation of forest resources. They aim to enhance the sustainable supply of wood for energy and other forest products and services while also focusing on restoring degraded forests. Each plan considers the existing land tenure regimes in place, site suitability, and the selection of appropriate tree species for different purposes and ecological conditions.

Reporting Lines

Under the general supervision of FAO Representative of the United Republic of Tanzania, and the direct supervision of the FAO Natural Resource Officer and in close collaboration with the Project LTO, the National Coordinator will undertake the following duties and responsibilities:
Technical Focus

The incumbent will run an assessment as well as developing the Forest Landscape Management Plan within a project site; the objective being to strengthen environmental protection and promote sustainable use of natural resources within displacement settings as well as to support the mainstreaming of innovative standard procedures for greener humanitarian response.

Tasks and responsibilities

Specifically, the National Coordinator will undertake the following main activities:
• Provide technical leadership in implementing the FAO project “Greening the Humanitarian Response in Displacement Settings” in the United Republic of Tanzania.
• Lead the development and implementation of strategies to strengthen collaboration with the MoNRT, MoHA, UNHCR, UNEP and other partners for implementing pilot activities under the developed Forest Landscape Management Plans for the Nduta and Nyarugusu refugee hosting areas.
• Demarcate planting plots allocated for establishing demo energy woodlots, agroforestry plots, and areas for natural/assisted regeneration, in close collaboration with local authorities and UNHCR.
• Assess existing tree nurseries (number, quality and species of seedlings) in Nduta and Nyarugusu refugee hosting areas.
• Check the quality of seedlings sourced from the selected existing nurseries for the plantation and upon arrival to the plantation sites.
• Supervise site preparation, transport seedlings to planting sites, outplanting, along with planting equipment and material adopted by the implementing partners contracted by FAO for the establishment of demo energy woodlots and agroforestry demo plots in Nduta and Nyarugusu.
• Conduct surveys growth and survival of planted trees after three months from outplanting and reorganize replanting of failed seedlings if required.
• Prepare technical specification for the inputs to be purchased under the project in consultation with regional and district technical officers.
• Organize, in close collaboration with UNHCR and other partners, the distribution of improved cookstoves in the Nduta and Nyarugusu refugee camps.
• Organize information and knowledge sharing workshops with relevant humanitarian and development stakeholders at the national level in collecting, monitoring and reporting data on energy access, associated challenges and carbon emission reduction potential and on how to use those data to develop appropriate future interventions.
• Conduct training sessions targeting local authorities, Environment IPs on implementing the forest landscape management plans in Nduda and Nyarugusu refugee hosting areas.
• Perform other related duties as required.


Minimum Requirements

• Advanced University degree in Natural Resources Management, Forestry, Environmental Studies, Agriculture, or a closely related field.
• At least 5 years of experience working in the Forestry sector, or a closely related field with excellent understanding of the United Republic of Tanzania Forestry sector.
• Working knowledge of English and Kiswahili
• National of the country

FAO Core Competencies

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

Technical/Functional Skills

• Experience in forestry with emphasis on participatory forest management planning.
• Experience in sustainable forest resource use, restoration and conservation.
• Experience in working with communities, public sector in a multistakeholder setting.
• Ability to listen, interpret and integrate different opinions and views.
• Experience in implementing field-based activities and routine performance reporting.
• Experience in the methodologies for conducting community consultation i.e., questionnaires, FGDs, Key informants’ interviews etc.
• Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
• Ability to work in an environment with minimum supervision.
• Proven analytical capacity and drafting of high-quality reports.
• Good computer skills (word-processing, Excel, and databases).
• Ability to work with people of different professional, national and cultural backgrounds.
• Ability to work independently, analyse and solve problems and priorities issues.
• Ability to be flexible, versatile and adapt to changing environments.
• Ability to plan and deliver work according to time-scales and required milestones with a strong commitment to quality and paying attention to detail.

Selection Criteria

• Working knowledge of policy and legal aspects affecting the sustainable forest management.
• Proven training in Forest Management Plan development.



FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing)
Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted
Please note that FAO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at http://www.whed.net/
For additional employment opportunities visit the FAO employment website: http://www.fao.org/employment/home/en/
Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.

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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Closing Date : 10th February, 2024.

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