Forest Monitoring IPLC specialist

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    2 weeks ago
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    Agricultural, Audit and Oversight, Evaluation, forestry and fisheries
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Organizational Setting

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) contributes to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda through FAO Strategic Framework by supporting the transformation to MORE efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agrifood systems, for better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life, leaving no one behind.  
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. Staff of the Division 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. 

In this context, the FAO Forestry Division’s National Forest Monitoring team supports FAO member countries on all aspects of forest monitoring to provide reliable information for national forest and land use related policy development, planning and sustainable management. There is an increasing recognition of the key role of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IPLCs) in the forests and climate agenda and this has been recognized with opportunities under emerging standards such as ART-TREES. However, capacity gaps – on forest monitoring and Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV), as well as legal and institutional issues, including recognition of customary rights to land and resources – present a barrier to participation. 


Reporting Lines

The incumbent will report to the Forestry Officer MRV, NFM team, under the overall supervision of the NFM Team Leader. He/she will work in close collaboration with the international Land Coalition (ILC), hosted by IFAD, NFO’s Forests and Climate Change team, REDD team, and the FAO’s Indigenous Peoples Unit.


Technical Focus 

This role will explore potential pathways for IPLCs to access emerging climate finance and lay out options to enhance participation. It will also address how forest monitoring tools can support IPLCs in advancing their community land rights.


Tasks and responsibilities

•    Assist in the assessment of capacity gaps of IPLCs, in specific in forest monitoring and MRV, that form a barrier in IPLCs access to emerging climate finance opportunities;
•    Explore possibilities to facilitate IPLCs understanding of, and potential application to Carbon Accounting Standards, where applicable;
•    Facilitate discussions with, and collect inputs and opinions from IPLCs and IPLC representatives on forest monitoring (and related climate finance and tenure issues);
•    Support the drafting of informative notes on topics related to IPLCs, forests and carbon accounting, community-based forest monitoring practices, community land rights, and related topics;
•    Collaborate with relevant teams and units in FAO, and key partner organizations, including Indigenous-led organizations, to bolster IPLC capacities for climate action;
•    Any other duties as required.


Minimum Requirements

•    University degree in Social or Environmental sciences or a related study (for Consultants) / University degree in Forestry, Environmental science or a related study (only for PSA);
•    At least two years of relevant experience in community-based forest management, community-based forest monitoring, and/or working with IPLCs;
•    Working knowledge (level C) of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge (level B) of one of the other two or Arabic, Chinese, Russian. Knowledge of one language only (English, French or Spanish) for PSA. 


FAO Core Competencies

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


Technical/Functional Skills 

•    Extent and relevance of experience in working with IPLCs;
•    Extent and relevance of experience in social forestry;
•    Work experience in/with developing countries ;
•    Work experience in Free, Prior and Informed Consent process
•    Knowledge of carbon accounting standards, payment for environmental services schemes and other climate finance is an advantage;
•    Knowledge of community-based forest monitoring is an advantage;
•    Knowledge of climate change negotiations is an advantage;
•    Capacity for analysis and synthesis, and ease of verbal and written communication;
•    Capacity to adapt to culture, gender, religion, race, nationality, and age


Selection Criteria 

•    Extent of experience with IPLCs in the forest context;
•    Extent of experience in supporting developing countries capacity development activities;
•    Experience in facilitating inclusive and participatory processes with IPLCs;
•    Experience in National Forest Monitoring Systems, and/or independent forest monitoring with IPLCs